New Scout 300

Submitted by UM_lawful on January 18th, 2011 at 10:41 AM

The new Scout 300 was released today.

Link (to article and rankings): 




Players of Note:

* Stefan McClure #69 (#4 CB) (Visitor)

* Brennen Beyer #76 (#12 DE) (Commit)

* Justice Hayes #131 (#14 RB) (Commit)

* Aundrey Walker #204 (#9 OG) (Visitor?)

* Blake Countess #232 (#20 CB) (Commit)

* Kellen Jones #242 (#12 MLB) (Commit)

* Jake Fisher #248 (#26 OT) 

* Kris Frost #269 (#18 OLB)



January 18th, 2011 at 2:36 PM ^

McClure has said he's talked to former UM CB Leon Hall, who went to same HS, about Michigan but all was said was that UM was good fit for Hall n in end McClure must make best decision for him....I think we have great chance for him if the visit goes well...He currently lists Boise St, Cal, UCLA, n Mich as top 4 on scout....he's visited Oregon state, Colorado, washington n Boise already

Number 7

January 18th, 2011 at 11:35 AM ^

Take a look at M's recent top 100 recruits, per Scou (major contributors in bold, Those Who Did Not Stay in italics,  no judgment rendered on the rest (albeit charitably so in the non-2010 cases):

  • 2010:  Devin Gardner, Cullen Christian, Josh Furman  (no flameouts, but none made major contributions as freshman)
  • 2009: J.T. Turner, Will Campbell, Craig Roh
  • 2008: BooBoo Cissouko, Brandon Smith, Sam McGuffie, Daryl Stonum.
  • 2007:  Ryan Mallett, Donovan Warren, Tony Clemons, Ryan Van Bergen, Michael Williams

Possible conclusions: 

  • Scout is not so good at rating.
  • Landing a top-100 recruit is no gaurantee of success (current most-likely-to-be-drafted-the-first-round, Taylor Lewan, was ranked 280-something)
  • Michigan is either snake-bitten in recruiting or not doing something right on the coaching side, given the a high propensity for flaming out highly rated prospects.


January 18th, 2011 at 10:51 AM ^

Other names of "interest":  AZ OG Cyrus Hobbi, MD DT Darrien Cooper, CA WR Devin Lucien, GA DE Ray Drew, FL TB/CB Tre Mason, and FL S Karlos Williams.

Other than the OP's list, and these six - UM is essentially absent from the lists of the Top 300.

Also, Scout lists K. Jones, Countess, and Fisher as soft commits

Number 7

January 18th, 2011 at 11:03 AM ^

Noticed that Michigan is a "School of Interest" for not-yet-committeds Ray Drew (5* DE from GA, #33 overall) and Christian Westerman (5* OL from AZ, #17 overall).  Can we dream?

(Also, Didn't realize that Jernigan hasn't committed yet. Any chance he'd re-open to us since the CC, or was that the problem in the first place?)


January 18th, 2011 at 11:09 AM ^

I remember reading he was really interested in Michigan and loved his visit.  His concern was the 3-3-5.  He didn't want to get double-teamed CONSTANTLY like Mike Martiin!

Then reports came out that he wanted to be closer to home.  Maybe that was the case but I had a feeling that the 3-3-5 was the BIGGEST problem. I don't blame him for not wanting to be double-teamed ALL THE TIME.

Maybe Michigan can get back into the mix? Maybe Hoke, being the HC and DL coach, can pull some strings...


January 18th, 2011 at 10:55 AM ^

For those of you more knowledgable than me, has Michigan ever had a worse recruiting class?  No offense to any of the young men that have committed of course!  I mean as a whole, not its separate parts.


January 18th, 2011 at 11:06 AM ^

No doubt this will be our lowest rated class as a whole in a long time.  Part of that is simply because of the size, part of that is because we've sucked for the last three years, and part of that is because of the coaching change (and timeliness of it). 

Things we need to d oto have a better class next year - don't suck, and don't change coaches. 


January 18th, 2011 at 4:04 PM ^

The size of the class isn't the problem. We have enough spaces for a good class - they just need to be filled.

RR was still recruiting well. Tim had us rated just behind OSU, ND and Nebraska before he was fired - and that was while he was being held back by uncertainty about his status.

I think our problem is almost entirely a result of Brandon's screwup.

Hoke is in a very difficult position so I will agree that this is likely to be our worst class in my memory.


January 18th, 2011 at 10:57 AM ^

And Lucien is the #45 WR.

I thought his Senior highlight reel was ABSURDLY awesome, but ESPN has him ranked lower than Scout, so the opinion on him is definitely mixed. Seems like the new staff should know him well since they offered and he was essentially in their backyard...

I think they get a pass on Lucien...until he starts putting up crazy numbers at UCLA.


January 18th, 2011 at 11:03 AM ^

Look, I wanted to get Lucien too, but take a look at his offer list, or more specifically, the Pac Ten schools that didn't offer him, and you'll see why he's not ranked higher, and likely why he didn't get an offer from us either. 


January 18th, 2011 at 11:13 AM ^

The truth is we are all fans who want UM to perform well each Sat afternoon, but we are only fans.  We are not in any meetings, prep rooms, weight rooms, film rooms or on the field with any current players.  In addition we are not scouts traveling the country watching actual games, watching full game tape, not an edited highlight tape.  These coaches are getting paid for a reason.  We lost recruits because we started 5-0 and then started losing, losing caused anxiety in recruits not a coaching change.  Lets trust the coaching staff that they are building a program that will succeed now and in the future.   Point being with Lucien, although his tape looked impressive, great hands and body control he didn’t strike me as being quick or fast.. But as stated if you are on the west coast and don’t have offers from USC, Cal, Oregon or

, we should be suspicious.  Lets just all take a breath and stop making conclusions before the first game is played, we haven't even seen Feb 2nd, let alone a spring practice/game.  Just step away from the blades and GOBLUE.