Initial Rivals 100 for 2014

Submitted by Bo Knows on February 11th, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Interesting that they already have 5 new 5 stars and dropped a kid's 5th star from their  ten early 5 stars list.  Players of note:

Malik McDowell #21

Damon Webb #32

Montae Nicholson #47

Alex Bars #55

Drake Harris #56

David Cornwell #63 (although he now seem unlikely)

Michael Ferns #84

Artavis Scott #93

At least these are the kids who have shown the most Michigan interest early, other than Webb and Cornwell.  Webb is included because he is an Ohio guy, Cornwell because there was buzz on him recently.

Comments

Blazefire

February 11th, 2013 at 1:50 PM ^

He does seem unlikely at this point, but that really doesn't concern me that much. Speight is going to be a revalation this year and on the camp circuit. Plus he looks young. I feel like he may not be done growing. 6'7" QB, anyone?

DGDestroys

February 11th, 2013 at 1:52 PM ^

FWIW, Speight is the same age as our 2013 class. He re-classified after hurting his collarbone during his junior season. So this year, he's technically a fifth-year senior. 

I guess if you're expecting Morris to grow some more, you can expect the same from Speight? But I wouldn't. 

Blazefire

February 11th, 2013 at 1:57 PM ^

of that are very near to zero. I mean, unless he's secretly named Tyler Bray or something.

I suspect that may have had a little to do with the offer, actually. These coaches love to tear kids down and rebuild them. I think they probably favor tools and attitude over outright production. Obviously, the kid has to have the build and the tools, but if he needs a redshirt and some time learning the game to become what he can be, they'd rather have that as long as he's got the attitude and the commitment, rather than a kid who is absolutely ready to go, but also is a douche because he knows it.

DGDestroys

February 11th, 2013 at 1:54 PM ^

I guarantee the Michigan coaches evaluated Speight/Cornwell closer than the ratings sites. A lot of times, the 'well I just trust the coaches' argument is silly, because the guy we landed is just because we missed out on someone else. In this case, they had their pick of literally every QB in the country and chose Speight. So whatever the reason, I wouldn't worry about it. 

EGD

February 11th, 2013 at 3:13 PM ^

Is Michigan still recruiting Parrker Westphal?  I haven't seen him mentioned anywhere in a while whereas the names of other DBs keep coming up.