Thursday, July 15, 2010

2010 Recruiting Awards

Best overall recruit: Devin Gardner
Gardner will likely redshirt, but largely because there are two good sophomore quarterbacks on the team. He's got the size, speed, arm strength, and leadership - the sky is the limit.

Best offensive recruit: Devin Gardner

Best defensive recruit: Marvin Robinson
Robinson will go through an adjustment period, but he's going to be a star at some point. He should be a 215 lb. heat-seeking missile within a couple years.

Recruit most likely to make an early impact: Will Hagerup
He's virtually guaranteed to be the starting punter as a true freshman.

Fastest recruit: Josh Furman
Furman has run electronic times in the high 4.3-second range.

Strongest recruit: Ken Wilkins
A supposed workout warrior, Wilkins reportedly bench presses 365 lbs. and squats 375 - as a 244 lb. linebacker/defensive end.

Best under-the-radar recruit: Jake Ryan
Even Michigan's middling recruits got a lot of hype, so not many qualify for this category. But Ryan has the potential to be a solid linebacker in a couple years. I'm hoping he plays middle linebacker rather than Craig Roh's rush linebacker position.

Most overrated recruit: Jeremy Jackson
Jackson's recruiting rankings fell slowly as the recruiting cycle wore on, but he reportedly had offers from Texas and Florida. In my opinion, his lack of speed will make college ball a very difficult transition for him.

Recruit most likely to redshirt: Christian Pace
He enrolled early, but weighed only 259 lbs. for spring ball. With two capable centers on the roster (David Molk, Rocko Khoury) and a couple other guys who have been getting snaps for two years now (Elliott Mealer, Ricky Barnum), Pace won't be needed in 2010.


  1. Is it possible that Jeremy Jackson could develop despite a lack of speed? It has been surprising to me how well Roundtree has done with his limited wheels. I haven't watched any HS film on Jackson - maybe he brings some intangibles?

  2. @ Painter Smurf

    It's possible, yes. But I definitely don't think so. Roundtree is Usain Bolt compared to Jackson. Jackson is tall and could be a red zone threat, but that's his ceiling, in my opinion...and Rich Rodriguez isn't really a big fade route guy.

  3. lol most likely to redshirt could easily go to almost* anyone. gardner not winning it because he already won 2 different awards or you just think that center is a more solidified position?


  4. Gardner didn't win it because if Forcier or Robinson gets hurt for any significant amount of time, Gardner's redshirt will probably get burned. Michigan only has 3 scholarship QBs. There are at least 4 guys who can snap the ball ahead of Christian Pace.