Handicapping the 2012 Recruiting Class

Submitted by umhero on April 23rd, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Coach Hoke and his staff have been very active on the recruiting trail this year and even though we've still got ten months until signing day our top prospects for the class are taking shape.  I thought since many of us follow this pretty closely we might, as a group, be able to effectively handicap the candidates for the remaining spots.

It seems to me we have the following positions to fill:

QB - 1

RB - 1

FB - 0 to 1

WR - 1 to 2

TE - Devin Funchess, A.J. Williams, and 0 to 1 more 

OL - Ben Braden, Caleb Stacey, and 2 to 4 more

DE - 2 to 3

DT - 2 to 3

LB - Kaleb Ringer, Royce Jenkins-Stone, and 0 to 2 more

CB - 1 to 2

S - 1 to 2 

With this in mind, I've created a poll where the amateur recruiting experts on this board can vote for their best guesses.  Maybe collectively we can identify our next class.


Which QB will be part of this class? Pick 1
Gunner Kiel
Zeke Pike
Maty Mauk
Bart Houston
Devin Fuller
Bennie Coney
Cyler Miles
Robert Gregory
Austin Appleby
Tyler O'Connor
Jake Rodrigues

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Which RB will be part of this class? Pick 1
Keith Marshall
Brionte Dunn
Greg Garmon
William Mahone
Drew Harris
Wes Brown
I'Tavius Mathers

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Which WR will be part of this class? Pick 1
Stefon Diggs
Dorial Green-Beckham
Dwayne Stanford
Aaron Burbridge
Amara Darboh
Derrick Woods
Corey Smith

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Which TE will be part of this class? Pick 1
Ron Thompson
Taylor McNamara
Evan Baylis
Sam Grant
Sean Price
None - We are full for TE

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Which OL will be part of this class? Pick up to 3
D.J. Humphries
Jordan Diamond
Zach Banner
Andrus Peat
Kyle Murphy
Jordan Simmons
Mark Harrell
John Theus
Avery Young
Kyle Dodson
Paul Thurston
Tyler Orlosky
Josh Garnett
Kyle Kalis
Ryan Watson
Jonah Pirsig
Erik Magnuson
J.J. Denman

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Which DE will be part of this class? Pick up to 3
Chris Wormley
Ifeadi Odenigbo
Pharaoh Brown
Tom Strobel
Mario Ojemudia
Se'Von Pittman
Adolphus Washington
Jordan Jenkins
Darius Hamilton
Greg McMullen
Noah Spence
Ken Ekanem

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Which DT will be part of this class? Pick up to 3
Tommy Schutt
Eddie Goldman
Vincent Valentine
Sheldon Day
Danny OBrien
Greg Kuhar
Matthew Godin
Aziz Shittu
Ondre Pipkins

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Which LB will be part of this class? Pick up to 2
Deaysean Rippy
James Ross
Joe Bolden
Antonio Morrison
Laron Taylor
None - We are full for LB

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Which DB will be part of this class? Pick up to 3
Elijah Shumate
Jarrod Wilson
Deon Bush
Wayne Morgan
Allen Gant
Brian Poole
Yuri Wright
Armani Reeves
Terry Richardson
Anthony Standifer
Geno Smith

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If you choose other in the poll, please identify your other player in the comments section.



April 23rd, 2011 at 1:43 PM ^

your polls for dt and de won't let you select multiple people besides the first option.

other than that like theidea of being able to see what mgobloggers collectivelly think


April 23rd, 2011 at 3:08 PM ^

People here have no more than a tangential relationship to recruiting. When you think about it, what more can we do but go with name recognition? Take WR- the only name on that list people are familiar with are Diggs and Burbridge, neither of whom is likely to come here. But who's going to vote for another WR of unknown talent and unknown interest? So...this is more like a wishlist than a handicap. democracy in action.


April 23rd, 2011 at 2:30 PM ^

Great idea and good fun.  A few comments:

We will definitely take at least one more LB - the only question is whether we take one or two more.  

Godin should be listed under DE as he is a 5 tech which means SDE (if the 5 techs count as tackles then we would be looking for 3-4 tackles and only 1-2 rush ends).

Don't mean to be picky as I really appreciate the effort.  Thanks


April 23rd, 2011 at 2:37 PM ^

It was fun playing recruiter!  Overall, we should have a great class for 2012.  May be a top 10 class if Hoke and company can get 9 or more wins and a win against OSU at home!


April 23rd, 2011 at 2:45 PM ^

Not sure if this comment deserves a separate thread, but I lack the points to do that anyhow.  So on the topic of Hoke and recruiting and continuing the theme of "random recent dinner conversations" in other posts, I had the pleasure of meeting a 5th year senior from Ball State 2 nights ago.  He was receiving an academic scholarship, business major.  He also started for Ball State's football program. 

So I asked him if Hoke had recruited him and what he thought, etc.  His comments were basically. "Hoke is the most genuine guy I've ever met.  You guys at Michigan probably don't realize what you have there yet, but you will.  He sat on my couch and was just compelling.  I may not have been able to play in some of the other conferences (he was their punter), but people gravitate toward him.  You saw that with that D-Coordinator he snagged from the Ravens.  I'm telling you, Michigan is going to be just fine with that guy at the helm."

A lot of players get bitter when their coach leaves, so I'm not sure that says more about Hoke or this kid, but it was a nice conversation, made me feel pretty good, so I thought I'd pass it along to the rest of the MGoBlog community.



April 23rd, 2011 at 4:25 PM ^

...of regarding M as being such a unique and special place spills over in several tangible ways. Since Hoke believes the "leaders and best" thing is not just a line in a song:

  • We're going to recruit the leaders and best and not settle for anything less - because we shouldn't have to, and
  • Those affiliated with M are going to become the leaders and best - because every stakeholder in the M tradition expects nothing less.

People learn best in two ways: having something (a) clearly taught and (b) consistently modeled. Thus far Hoke is saying AND doing the things that reflect his fundamental belief: Michigan is the singular institution that anyone who has the opportunity should be willing to crawl across broken glass to be a part of.

That attitude, sincerely stated and lived out, is contagious.


April 23rd, 2011 at 3:20 PM ^

I think this is a combination of wishful thinking and truth, since we actually are in pretty good position with some of these recruits such as Thompson, Wormley, Godin, Ross or Bolden etc.... I also think we don't get Dunn or Marshall unless something drastic changes. Kiel or Mauk are interesting though considering I doubt both go to ND, so we will have to see about those two. Either way it was a cool idea to put it up on here to poll everyones wish list, even though its still early. Hey you never know though if Auburn or OSU gets spurned for their dealings Pike and Dunn could both change their minds..


April 23rd, 2011 at 3:50 PM ^

Havent heard anything recently about him. Earlier on some people were saying that the michigan offer was the one he was waiting for. Just wanted to see if there was anything new on him and if Michigan is still in good position with him.


April 23rd, 2011 at 4:54 PM ^

It's interesting, I feel as if we (the laymen) have heard very little about RBs this year, other than the fact that Hoke wants to take one every year, and that Dunn can tap into the Speed Force and kill linebackers with his mind.

Understanding that Dunn is something of a pipe dream (unless OSU gets the hammer dropped), I was wondering what you thought about our RB options? I look at the list and shrug. Which ones are worth taking, why, and do we have a shot? In your opinion, of course.


April 24th, 2011 at 9:57 AM ^

I don't think RB should be a priority.  We already have 8 of them on the roster for 2012.  You don't need 8 tailbacks.  I think you take an elite guy if you can get him (Marshall, Dunn, etc.) but there's no need to take a mediocre guy.

That being said...most of the guys we've offered are pretty good.  I would be excited about Keith Marshall, Bri'onte Dunn, Wes Brown, I'tavius Mathers, or Jonathan Williams.  Theyre all exceptional talents who I think would do very well out of the I-formation.  Unfortunately, I don't think we have a great shot at most of them.

The guys we seem to have the best chance with are Greg Garmon and Donovan Roberts, both of whom I'm lukewarm on.


April 23rd, 2011 at 4:20 PM ^

I was a little surprised to see O'Brien being pretty high on people's lists.  He's been off the radar for awhile now in the stuff I've read.  Is this wishful thinking or did I miss something?  (Mrs. Brimley, as usual, votes "miss something", or "head up ass" if she's really worked up).


April 23rd, 2011 at 7:37 PM ^

As much as guys 17-22 grow and pack on  muscle, I like taking a lot of LB's.  They are athletic, good feet, lateral movement and can grow into DE's.