Initial 2015 Top247 Released

Submitted by Trebor on May 22nd, 2013 at 3:42 PM

It might be a bit early to think too much about 2015 for some people, but 2014 recruiting will be done before you know it.

Of interest to Michigan:

#2 SDE Terry Beckner, Jr.
#5 QB Josh Rosen
#16 WR George Campbell
#18 OLB Jashon Cornell
#23 RB Soso Jamabo
#25 RB/WR Jaason Lewis
#47 OLB Malik Jefferson
#72 CB Brian Cole
#86 OT Sterling Jenkins
#87 RB Jacques Patrick
#90 RB Damien Harris
#92 TE Devonaire Clarington
#113 RB Mikey Weber
#149 CB Shaun Crawford
#163 RB/OLB Osa Masina
#167 OT Garrett Thomas
#187 SDE Joshua Alabi
#207 OLB/WDE Anthony Wheeler
#212 TE Tyrone Wheatley, Jr.
#218 WDE Hjalte Froholdt
#224 SDE Darian Roseboro
#239 OLB Cameron Townsend



May 22nd, 2013 at 10:44 PM ^

Will he come though?
I surely hope so.
When Green goes pro, he might still be just a freshmo.
Runs like a back-hoe
He keeps his weight low.
And Hoke's fine with okay speed for running our O.

Just so you know,
There's a long way to go.
We don't know if he'll choose us or Colorado.
But I do know
Where we'd like him to go.
And hell no it's in no "co" like in ohio.
It's the house by Yost that's filled each week by Bo.

/Brooke Waggoner


May 22nd, 2013 at 3:46 PM ^

Either it's a very bad year in the midwest for talent in 2015 or they haven't gotten as much exposure as the southern schools where there seem to be more camps and spring football. In the top 100, the only Michigan kid is Brian Cole and there are only 4 Ohio kids.


May 22nd, 2013 at 4:05 PM ^

I like Harris's film better than both Jamabo's and Patrick's. weird placement for him. I'm guessing its a level of competition thing? Either that or 247 just sucks. I think I remember seeing that Harris and Campbell were both lookin good for 5 star status on rivals.


May 22nd, 2013 at 3:54 PM ^

He's one of like 50 CA QBs on that list. One is right around the corner from me: Brady White. His name would fit well both with out coach and previous M players at his position.

Darth Wolverine

May 22nd, 2013 at 3:49 PM ^

Come on, fella. We aren't even close to the 2014 finish yet. It's ridiculous to even care about the 2015 recruits right now (the fans I mean, not coaches of course).


May 22nd, 2013 at 3:55 PM ^

Interesting that so many DEs are being picked as top recruits: 2014 - Hand, 2012 - Nkemdiche, 2010 - Clowney, and 2015 - Kaumatule.

Brown Bear

May 22nd, 2013 at 5:08 PM ^

Equanimeous St. Brown is a 6-4, 200-pound wide receiver from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite. St. Brown is a 4.0 GPA student who also speaks four languages (French, Spanish, German, English) and can read and write in three (English, German, French).

This kid is what 15(?) and already knows more languages then I will in my lifetime.


May 23rd, 2013 at 9:56 AM ^

Working in a school, I know tons of people that can't read English but can't write. Now, it's not considered a very phonetic language, but still. And when I visited Guatemala a couple years ago, most people could speak Spanish but I would say a large percentage of those I encountered couldn't read or write it.


May 22nd, 2013 at 4:38 PM ^

So I was taking a peek through these and it seemed to me like the rankings were light on Midwestern prospects. Caveats apply obviously (these are not final rankings, this is just one sites opinion, etc.), but that definitely seems to be the case and it would seem to signal that the rust belt/sun belt trend is deepening.

For the three major midwestern states, the ones that Michigan draws upon most heavily at least, the "High blue chip talent" is falling.

2008 Rivals Rankings:
OH: 5 top 100 players and 16 top 247
MI: 4 top 100 players and 7 top 247
IL: 2 top 100 players and 5 top 247

2009 Rivals Rankings:
OH: 3 top 100 players and 14 top 247
MI: 2 top 100 players and 6 top 247
IL: 2 top 100 players and 6 top 247

2015 247 Sports Rankings:
OH: 4 top 100 players and 10 top 247
MI: 1 top 100 player and 4 top 247
IL: 2 top 100 players and 4 top 247

This may not seem like a lot, but I think it does have some pretty major ramifications for the Big Ten and Michigan. Michigan is going to have to dig deeper down south to get their talent, which is why I think you're seeing them hit a more vulnerable place like Virginia so hard. The Big Ten is going to be fighting for fewer and fewer scraps as well. There's a lot more to be said, maybe I'll throw together a diary on this if people would be interested.


May 22nd, 2013 at 4:56 PM ^

2012 Rivals:
OH: 4 top 100 and 14 top 247
MI: 0 top 100 and 7 top 247
IL: 1 top 100 and 6 top 247

2013 Rivals:
OH: 3 top 100 and 14 top 247
MI: 2 top 100 and 5 top 247
IL: 3 top 100 and 5 top 247

I said there were some caveats, but I do think it's still a downward trend. All of these sites do have dedicated midwest scouting guys, so I don't necessarily think it's a scouting issue. More guys always get discovered, but you players from all over move up and down throughout the process, not just Midwest guys.


May 22nd, 2013 at 5:09 PM ^

Yes, they each have a Midwest guy, but because more talent comes out of the big football states, they always start there.  Plus, most of the 2015 guys haven't been to campst yet, so guys from different parts of the country haven't yet been compared in the same setting.  Think about it - a kid from CA or TX or FL who looks good on film will get a higher initial rating than a kid from MI who looks just as good and it's not until these guys are put up against other elite players that their ratings shake out.  

Like I said, we'll see where 2015 is when it's 2015, but there is certainly not a trend from 2008-2013 based on the numbers you posted.  Plus, 2015 could just be an anomoly.  

Unfiltered Manball

May 22nd, 2013 at 4:54 PM ^

for 2015.  Seems about right for how many we'll take for this class.  

I think you misspelled "Committing"-  was spelled "Of interest".

Also, we should have at least 75% of the 2015 class and 50% of the 2016 class signed by now.  Wish Hoke and Co. would do some damn recruiting already!

Dude Lebowski

May 22nd, 2013 at 5:44 PM ^

It's amazing that some of these guys like Josh Rosen already have crystal ball predictions and still have 2 years of high school football left to play.  Nothing like speeding things along for these kids.