Max Preps Top 100 has 5 Michigan Recruits

Submitted by umhero on July 11th, 2011 at 11:33 PM

I realize this might be the least credible recruit ranking source, but it is interesting.

Max Preps Top 100 players in the country include the following five Michigan recruits:

  • 33 - Terry Richardson
  • 61 - Kyle Kalis
  • 79 - Eric Magnuson
  • 94 - Mario Ojemudia
  • 98 - Anthony Standifer

While this list does include a large number of prospects we are still in on, it suprises me that none of our LBs make the list.

Edit: It appears this is Tom Lemming's list which makes the absence of any of our LBs even more puzzling since he's a midwest guy.



July 12th, 2011 at 8:33 AM ^

Lemming used to be the big dog at ESPN.  Ultimately he was fired (released?) because he's a f*cking dirtball.  

Anyone who runs their recruiting rankings through a guy who used to (still does?) sell recruits on Notre Dame isn't worth sh*t in my eyes. 


July 11th, 2011 at 11:48 PM ^

The weird thing is those top 3 guys are no surprise, near-unanimous top100 guys, and the other two are actually two of our lower ranked recruits in this class. 

The awesome part about our recruiting class is that at least one service or guru is high on almost all of our recruits, and most of our recruits are guru approved by all services.  Ojemudia is the only one who's not at least a 5.7 to Rivals, but he's a 4 star to Scout and top-100 to Lemming.  And he was invited to The Opening. 

Point is, there are almost no unanimous "meh" guy in the class.


July 12th, 2011 at 11:03 AM ^

Thanks a lot, that's a good list.  Not really any OSU over UM bias either, seemingly.

However, not near enough love for Caleb Stacey and AJ Williams.  They are solid prospects are are way down in no-man's land. 

Pharaoh Brown and Stroebel underrated too, IMO, but then again guy like Wormley and Ringer were a lot higher than I expected.  Bolden as the top LB is nice to see.

Mr Mackey

July 12th, 2011 at 9:17 AM ^

I think the consensus on this board is that Gant is vastly underrated. His lowest grade comes from ESPN, who has him listed as a WR, so they're obviously wrong.

Don't be a dick. We want all these recruits. I personally think Gant is gonna surprise a lot of people and be a very solid player


July 12th, 2011 at 10:51 AM ^

Yeah, I disagree with the Gant comment as well.  He may be our lowest regarded recruit, but I still don't think he falls into the generic "meh" that a handful of our recruits have over the last few years.  Rivals has him as almost a 4 star, btw.

And Gant has his reasons for lower ranking.  He hasn't gone to many (any?) camps where a lot of these ratings are generated, and he doesn't have much of an offer list because he said from the beginning he was interested in UM and OSU and little more.

What we know about Gant:  He's big (6'2", 210), he's fast (many good reported track times) and he lays big hits.  Also, his dad was a good college football player, which can only help. 

Rivals ranks the top 50 safeties, 16 of them have 4+ stars.  Gant is 22nd.  Wilson, by comparison, is 13th.  Considering that list combines FS and SS, Gant is somewhere around a top 10 SS nationally.


July 11th, 2011 at 11:54 PM ^

I'm sure someone must have linked the article linked below (from rivals) already, but I'd love to see this happen, so fuck it.

"Kalis' commitment instantly makes him the headliner of the Wolverines' stellar 2012 haul, which already included five offensive linemen and nine players from Ohio. Five of them bear a four-star rating from Rivals, and Kalis and California lineman Erik Magnuson are both in line to pick up the rare fifth star later in the process."

Boom.  Also nice they're linking to Mgoblog.…-?urn=ncaaf-wp3463



July 12th, 2011 at 12:14 AM ^

Ojemudia is one of those guys that you look at his hieght, weight, 40 time, etc and think of him as a so-so recruit, not really big enough for DE and not really fast enough for LB.

But everything single word I hear about his play on the field is very positive.  And I'd rather have that guy than the recruit with measurables off the charts but doesn't know how to put it together.

Solar Bob

July 12th, 2011 at 2:12 AM ^


as seniors  probably explains it too.  At this point the rivals rankings are pretty much in lock step with the caliber of their scholarship offers sheet.   I don't think it's too much of a stretch to assume that he's ranked as a midling 3 star on rivals instead of a top 100 recruit here (or as a 4 star on Scout) because they haven't seen much of him yet.  In Hoke I trust.



July 12th, 2011 at 2:03 AM ^

Very true. I'd just also want to add the very obvious fact that this UM coaching staff can recruit well. They aren't just adding kids to fill spaces. You don't offer Plan B kids this early in the process. The fact that many of our "so-so" commits (and I find it hilarious that 3/4* tweeners are considered our "so-so" commits) were offered in May or earlier says that this coaching staff wants them. You don't offer "meh" kids when you're in on so many great prospects.


July 12th, 2011 at 8:59 AM ^

^ This, I hate it when the any draft comes (looking @ you Darko) and you pick the 17 year old European wunderkid instead of the 23 year old PG who has played 4 years in a college system. 

This is why I think Andy Dalton will be loads better than Cam Newton, somone who can play in a system rather than being the system. 

Everything the scouts say about Mario is that he is just a non stop player and the NFL is saturated with players who were to short/fat/slow to be a NFL caliber player but dominate year in and year out. 


July 12th, 2011 at 2:01 AM ^

I think it is already just desserts for Ohio that this is one of the best crops of players in OH, PA, and the midwest in general in the last ten years, and all they can do is watch players who once would have been locks for them go somewhere else.  It's even more just when that "somewhere else" happens to be a school 162 miles NNW of them.

The year might have started out shitty, but it certainly has been a great spring and summer so far. If we're lucky, the NCAA will apply the coup de grace in Columbus later this year.

Mr Mackey

July 12th, 2011 at 7:07 AM ^

So Magnuson getting his 5th star, plus maybe picking up Dunn and Diamond/Garnett, who already have their 5 stars? Holy crap. Three 5* OL plus three underrated 3/4*s blocking for a 5* RB is Texas-style recruiting. I think I like this class.


July 12th, 2011 at 9:32 AM ^

And according to @mspeedkills on twitter Washington and Stanford are going to visit Michigan this weekend. Hopefully this time they can actually make it up. Sorry I don't have enough points to post it on the board.


July 12th, 2011 at 2:20 PM ^

It seems odd (although encouraging) that Standifer is listed as a top 100 recruit here when all of the other agencies have him as a mediocre 3-star.