5-Star OL Braden Smith visiting soon

Submitted by AnthonyThomas on March 6th, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Jeez, the board is slacking on recruiting these days. Smith is from Olathe, KS. He's a 5-star to Scout and also will be to Rivals eventually (he's currently ranked #19 overall). 


Another big timer slated to drop in for a #Michigan spring practice... Olathe (KS) South OT Braden Smith slated to vist the 19th or 20th.



March 6th, 2013 at 12:39 PM ^

This wasn't covered on here but yesterday Chantel Jennings tweeted that a big time recruit was going to spend his third consecutive weekend visit in AA. I assume this means Drake Harris? More good news.


March 6th, 2013 at 1:01 PM ^

According to his Rivals page, he's 6'6'', 275 lbs, so essentially, on track to be a road grader, as people have mentioned. If Michigan is in his top group, to have another section of The Wall on offense in place for the future would not be a bad thing at all.

His current offers, per their site, includes Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas St., Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio St., OKlahoma, South Carolina, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Virginia.


March 6th, 2013 at 1:31 PM ^

I think you have to establish a culture where kids know even if they are not "the guy," they will still get playing time through being rotated in. I would guess Hoke is going to attempt to do what he did with the dline and have guys rotate in and out on the oline. Therefore keeping people fresh. We really couldn't afford to do that much last year thanks to depth issues, but in the future, I could see that happen.


March 6th, 2013 at 2:56 PM ^

over the next few years (15, 13 and 18 IF everyone matriculated on schedule), should we expect more kids from outside the Midwest as the coaches can focus on a tight group of studs?

The 2014 class is showing signs of multiple top 100 kids with most outside MI and OH. There are still 10 or so elite in the area every year but that pile is small with ND and OSU fighting for some of those 10.

It "feels" like Hoke is shifting to more national effort now that a local foundation exists.


March 6th, 2013 at 6:22 PM ^

It's good see that the highly rated guys at least seem to find Michigan attractive again.  Hope we can pull them in.  Speaking of highly rated prospects; is anyone familiar with Clifton Garrett? He's a 4 star linebacker out of Illinois, with offers from all of the big-time programs except Michigan.  Does anybody know why Hoke & Company hasn't offered him?


March 6th, 2013 at 6:27 PM ^

The issue appears to be that Michigan has a plethora of linebackers, and Michigan already has a MIKE in the 2014 class in the form of Michael Ferns III.  If Ferns weren't committed, then I think Garrett would have been offered by now.