2012 Rivals 250 to Watch is out

Submitted by MH20 on February 9th, 2011 at 2:03 PM


Today, Rivals release their 250 to Watch list for 2012, which includes six players from Michigan.  Four of them should be household names to Wolverine fans already:

  • Danny O'Brien
  • Royce Jenkins-Stone
  • James Ross
  • Terry Richardson

The other two I am not familiar with (Efe Scott-Emuakpor and Kelby Latta).

Anyway, since Rivals usually has at least 250 4* members (well, the top 30 or so of their rankings are 5*), this is a decent barometer of an initial top 250 of Rivals rankings.



February 9th, 2011 at 2:06 PM ^

Was going to post but obviously no point now. Anyway, here's an incomplete list of some of the players either with offers or who are rumoured to be interested:

Feel free to add names that I missed...


QB-Connor Brewer (Texas), Bennie Coney, Bart Houston, Gunner Kiel, Maty Mauk, Zeke Pike

RB-Warren Ball (OSU), Bri'onte Dunn (OSU), Barry Sanders Jr.

WR-Amara Darboh, Stefon Diggs, Avery Johnson (LSU), Efe Scott-Emuakpor

TE-Taylor McNamara

OL-Jordan Diamond, Kelby Latta

DE-LaTroy Lewis,Greg McMullen, Se'von Pittman, Chris Wormley

DT-Eddie Goldman, Danny O'Brien, Tommy Schutt, Vincent Valentine

LB-Royce Jenkins-Stone, Deaysean Rippy, James Ross

DB-Bam Bradley, Terry Richardson


February 9th, 2011 at 2:26 PM ^

I was going to make the post prettier with some more links and lists of guys we are/probably will be after, but I really had to take a deuce, so I got up what I did and then made way for the restroom.

P.S.  Excellent list above.

P.P.S.  Sorry for the TMI.

Blue Palasky_68

February 9th, 2011 at 4:51 PM ^

I scout for a team in Latta's conference and his school, Harper Creek, is our main rival. I'll be able to give a first hand take him as the season progresses. Talk around here has him as a Badger lean, due to the style of offense ran at Michigan by RR.  Maybe something changes if Hoke gets his chance. I can say that they conference isn't exactly the strongest in West Michigan, but there should be a couple good tests for him.


February 9th, 2011 at 2:15 PM ^

4 kids from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Maryland.  that school always pumps out great talent.  i'd love to see us really make significant inroad there.


February 9th, 2011 at 2:18 PM ^

Barry Sanders Jr.


I hear that he's not leaving Big 12 country anytime.  His dad still lives in West Bloomfield so if he wants to be closer to his dad, Michigan is a possibility but an extremely long shot nonethless.


February 9th, 2011 at 2:40 PM ^

Great so we're in on 6 guys in Rivals' first top 250 ranking.  6.  Doesn't that seem pretty low?  I know the whole "win and they will follow" addage, but wasn't 6 around what we had this year?

All the people shouting "Michigan and Ohio talent is as high as it's ever been" and "We're going to have a great recruiting class this year because of the talent level in the Midwest" are smoking some serious crack. 


February 9th, 2011 at 2:47 PM ^

Is this serious? Michigan has a chance at seven or eight high four star guys, all from Michigan and Ohio, not to mention recruits from other parts of the country that they'll be in on as we get deeper into the class. Guys like Allen Gant and Ifeadi Odenigbo are big time talents who OSU may not even offer and who aren't even on this list. Wormley will be a top five fuy in the state of Ohio. When was the last time Michigan had chance at a guy like that?

Not to mention it's a year before signing day and this list will change by the time the season starts.


February 9th, 2011 at 3:16 PM ^

It was serious.

I was here for the NSD liveblog, and all I heard was "Ooooohhh man 2012 here we come!!!".  Well, it looks like we have a shot with 6-8 kids that will be 4 stars or higher.  That's not exactly great.  I'd be willing to bet large sums of money there are at least 15 teams that have more interest from more 4/5 stars than Michigan.

Of course the list WILL shift, and wins WILL raise interest from top flight recruits.  I am just stating that I think people on this board shot their load too quickly saying MI and OH talent will just fall into our laps.  Another reason being, we won't get all of these guys who are interested, and we've seen over the years (both Lloyd and RR) that getting 5-star instate talent is no cake walk. 


February 9th, 2011 at 3:26 PM ^

Some people do get too excited over prospects and they oversimplify the process, but this class really has a chance to be one of the better ones in the country at the end of the day. It's too early to judge either way, but a top ten caliber class can be the backbone to a return to contending for a B1G title every year, and it can provide plenty of momentum for subsequent recruiting classes.


February 9th, 2011 at 5:01 PM ^

You may want to review our offers.  The majority of our offers are to top 250 players:


Targets       250
Zeke Pike 6'5" 220 lbs. 4.7 Yes
Gunner Kiel 6'4" 220 lbs. N/A Yes
Bennie Coney 6'2" 205 lbs. 4.8 Yes
Running Backs        
Matt Jones 6'2" 200 lbs. 4.53 Yes
Wide Receivers        
Stefon Diggs 6’1″ 185 lbs. 4.4 Yes
Dorial Green-Beckham 6’6″ 215 lbs. 4.4 Yes
Dwayne Stanford 6'4" 200 lbs. 4.5 Yes
Aaron Burbridge 6'0" 175 lbs. 4.35  
Tight Ends        
Sam Grant 6’6″ 230 lbs. 4.8  
Sean Price 6'4" 206 lbs. 4.9  
Devin Funchess 6'5" 205 lbs.    
Offensive Linemen        
D.J. Humphries 6’5″ 265 lbs. 4.9 Yes
Jordan Diamond 6’6″ 289 lbs. 5.0 Yes
Zach Banner 6'9 295 lbs.   Yes
Defensive Ends        
Chris Wormley 6’4″ 255 lbs.   Yes
Ifeadi Odenigbo 6’4″ 210 lbs. 4.44  
Pharaoh Brown 6’6″ 220 lbs. 4.7  
Tom Strobel 6'6" 240 lbs. 4.9 Yes
Mario Ojemudia 6'3" 215 lbs. 4.65  
Defensive Tackles        
Tommy Schutt 6’3″ 301 lbs.   Yes
Eddie Goldman 6'4" 307 lbs.   Yes
Vincent Valentine 6'3" 300 lbs.   Yes
Sheldon Day 6'2" 268 lbs.    
Danny O’Brien 6’4″ 255 lbs. 5.1 Yes
Greg Kuhar 6'3" 265 lbs.    
Deaysean Rippy 6’2″ 198 lbs.   Yes
James Ross 6’0″ 203 lbs.   Yes
Elijah Shumate 6'1" 205 lbs. 4.5 Yes
D.J. Singleton 6'3" 195 lbs. 4.5  



February 9th, 2011 at 3:49 PM ^

Following recruiting never gets old for me and I'm already excited about following the next class. Hopefully we can pull some nice kids out of the midwest and keep the Texas thing going along with the apparent MD talent that is there.