Friday, February 3, 2012

Recruiting Update: February 3, 2012

Cleveland (OH) Glenville defensive tackle Willie Henry (#74) was one of two commitments Michigan received
Cleveland (OH) Glenville defensive tackle Willie Henry committed to Michigan.  He received an offer over the weekend on a hastily planned official visit, and things went well enough for him to commit almost immediately. (Find Henry's commitment post here.)

Detroit (MI) King running back Dennis Norfleet committed to Michigan.  He received an offer on the eve of National Signing Day and committed almost on the spot.  The 5'8", 175 lb. athlete could play running back, slot receiver, punt returner, and/or kick returner. (Find Norfleet's commitment post here.)

Tampa (FL) Berkeley Prep wide receiver Nelson Agholor committed to USC.  Agholor was heavily considering Florida and Notre Dame, too, but you can't really go wrong with USC when they've had a steady string of NFL-bound quarterbacks, including returning senior Matt Barkley.

Oxford (AL) Oxford linebacker Kwon Alexander committed to LSU.  The 6'2", 212 lb. outside linebacker spurned the in-state schools in favor of the LSU Tigers.  He's an athletic kid who really looks like he's going to be a star at the next level.

Lakewood (WA) Lakes offensive tackle Zach Banner committed to USC.  Banner is the son of former Washington Husky, Atlanta Falcon, and Oakland Raider Lincoln Kennedy.  Banner himself is already 6'9" and 310 lbs.

Oxon Hill (MD) Potomac cornerback Ronald Darby committed to Florida State.  Darby is only 5'11" and 172 lbs., so he lacks some bulk, but he has some of the best speed in the country.  He had previously been committed to Notre Dame, but I can't blame him for wanting to get away from the Fighting Irish and the ticking time bomb that is Brian Kelly.

Cleveland (OH) Cleveland Heights offensive tackle Kyle Dodson flipped from Wisconsin to Ohio State.  The 6'6", 315 lb. monster had been committed to Wisconsin for a couple months, but the departure of some of Wisconsin's offensive staff (coordinator Paul Chryst became the head coach at Pitt) and the arrival of Urban Meyer contributed to the change of heart.

Washington (D.C.) Friendship nose tackle Eddie Goldman committed to Florida State.  The 6'4", 307 lb. Goldman was offered when Rich Rodriguez was still Michigan's head coach.  Many expected Goldman to choose Auburn, so he surprised some people.

Lakewood (OH) St. Edward's tight end Sam Grant committed to Oklahoma.  He had previously been committed to Boston College, and many Michigan insiders expected Grant to pick Michigan.  The 6'4", 245 lb. tight end might find himself lingering near the bottom of the depth chart with the Sooners.

Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep defensive end Darius Hamilton committed to Rutgers.  One of the top recruits in the nation, the 6'4", 245-pounder seemed to be leaning toward Rutgers all along, so this wasn't a surprise in the slightest.  High school teammate Leonte Carroo is a part of the Scarlet Knights' class as well.

Euless (TX) Trinity offensive guard Hiva Lutui committed to Utah.  Lutui didn't receive a lot of attention from Michigan fans, and a while ago, it seemed he would choose UCLA.

Cincinnati (OH) Moeller wide receiver Monty Madaris committed to Michigan State.  His recruitment ended in a bit of a head-scratching way, because he was reportedly concerned about going so far from home.  Michigan is right next to Ohio, of course, but driving from Cincinnati to East Lansing is a significant drive (5 hours and 23 minutes, according to Google Maps).  Madaris held off from signing on Wednesday, which caused his high school coach to say some pretty immature things.  There's nothing like supporting your 18-year-old student-athlete when he's troubled with the biggest decision of his life.

Brooklyn (NY) Erasmus Hall cornerback/safety Wayne Morgan committed to Syracuse.  The 5'11", 188 lb. defensive back suffered a somewhat precipitous drop on some recruiting sites as the recruiting cycle wore on, dropping as far as the #116 safety in the nation, according to Scout.

San Clemente (CA) San Clemente offensive tackle Kyle Murphy committed to Stanford.  The 6'7", 275 lb. lineman has good feet and will likely remain at left tackle as a collegian.

Lehi (UT) Westlake defensive end/outside linebacker Moana Ofahengaue committed to Utah.  The 6'4", 205-pounder could play weakside end or outside linebacker in college, and he really stood out in the Semper Fidelis All-American Game.  He was high on Michigan early in the process, but Michigan filled up at defensive end pretty quickly.

Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian wide receiver Jordan Payton flipped from Cal to Washington UCLA.  Throughout his recruitment, he was committed to 33% of the Pac-12's schools: USC, Cal, Washington, and finally UCLA.  You do not want to stand behind him in line at McDonald's, because you will be waiting a long time just to order your damn McDouble.  He could stand to listen to the Toadies a little more.

Tempe (AZ) Corona Del Sol offensive tackle Andrus Peat committed to Stanford.  The mammoth 6'7", 305 lb. Peat has a brother who plays defensive tackle at Nebraska.  Peat visited Michigan last summer, but it was pretty clear early on that he would be staying out west somewhere.  I would envision the above mentioned Murphy at left tackle and Peat on the right side, giving the Cardinal two solid bookends on the offensive line for the next several years.

McKees Rocks (PA) Sto-Rox linebacker Deaysean Rippy committed to Pitt.  The 6'2", 200-pounder looks like a wideout (and indeed played WR in high school) and is a little thin.  He will probably take a year or two to add some weight, but he's very fast and could turn into a solid, athletic outside linebacker for the Panthers.

Atwater (CA) Buhach defensive tackle Aziz Shittu committed to Stanford for the second time.  The 6'3", 275-pounder originally committed to the Cardinal early last year, but he re-opened his recruitment in June.  He was always thought to be staying on the west coast; it just wasn't clear which California school he would attend.  Along with Murphy, Peat, linebacker Noor Davis, and running back Barry Sanders, Stanford pulled in a hell of a recruiting class, perhaps their best ever.

Sacramento (CA) Grant safety Shaq Thompson flipped from Cal to Washington.  Thompson had just committed to Cal a few weeks ago, but when lead recruiter Tosh Lupoi left the Golden Bears for the Huskies, Thompson followed quite promptly.  This will make it extremely disappointing for Thompson once Lupoi takes a job elsewhere in about two years, which seems likely in the coaching world.

McDonough (GA) Henry County defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson committed to Alabama.  The 6'2", 270 lb. Tomlinson will probably play defensive end in the Crimson Tide's 3-4 scheme, although he could easily be a defensive tackle in a four-man front.

Edwardsville (IL) Edwardsville defensive tackle Vincent Valentine committed to Nebraska.  He's a 6'3", 300 lb. nose tackle type.

Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Palm Beach Gardens offensive tackle Avery Young committed to Auburn.  Young is a 6'6", 273 lb. lineman whose brother Willie currently plays for the Detroit Lions.

There are a few prospects on the 2012 Offer Board who have yet to announce their college destinations:

Chicago (IL) Simeon offensive lineman Jordan Diamond will announce tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST.  Michigan insiders are not particularly optimistic that things will fall their way, with the recent vibe leaning toward Arkansas.

Olney (MD) Good Counsel athlete Stefon Diggs will announce next Friday, February 10th.  Michigan appears to be out of the running for Diggs.

Klein (TX) Oak fullback E.J. Fatu has run into some personal/family issues, transferred schools, and his recruitment is a bit up in the air right now.

Wimberley (TX) Wimberley fullback Dennis Smith has allegedly run into some legal trouble, and he might be one of those kids who ends up at a JUCO.

Bamberg (SC) Erhardt athlete Demetrius Williams has fallen off the radar.  He was recruited by Rich Rodriguez, so he probably didn't have a committable offer from Brady Hoke and Co.  However, I have been unable to find any new info on Williams for the last several months.


  1. When you see a kid fooling around within the process ala Jordan Payton you have to start wondering about maturity and the level of seriousness and commitment he can muster for the grind that is college football.

    Big Will felt a need to jerk people's chain and has been among the biggest disappointments around here in many, many years.

    I'd take Kozan still, but would have to wonder for a good long time about how he'll handle the invariable adversity that is college itself before you throw in the football.

    With regards to Demetrius Williams, I've been to Bamberg, South Carolina, the childhood home of Grandpa Roany.

    Radar doesn't extend that far into the sticks.

    1. I don't really think Payton was fooling around with the process. He genuinely seemed confused. I agree that it shows a lack of maturity, though. Will Campbell was fooling around with the process, though. I think his recruiting hype got to his head a little bit.

    2. It seems that Jordan Payton's mom ran his recruitment. His mom wanted him to stay as close to home as possible. Cut the cord mom. Is the next step not allowing him to enter the NFL draft as long as it is promised that the Raiders or 49ers draft him?

  2. Kozan? Does anyone know what is going on with him? Is there a reason you didn't mention him?

    1. There's no reason I didn't mention him other than the fact that he hasn't signed/decided yet.

  3. Magnus, what happened to Efe Scott-Emuakpor? He was getting big-time hype at this time last year, speculated to choose between U-M, MSU, and OSU. He ended up getting a single offer from Ball St. Big 6'5" receiver with 4.5 speed. Any idea what happened to him?

    1. I don't have a good answer for you about Scott-Emuakpor. I heard lots of questions about his hands, and those questions are valid. He double-catches a lot of balls and I saw some camp film of him dropping some easy catches. But still, you would think that a 6'5" kid with his speed and leaping ability would get more offers. I don't know about personal issues, but with a case like that, you have to consider that possibly there were some things going on behind the scenes.

      Assuming he doesn't have personal issues, though, I think he's definitely one who slipped through the cracks.

  4. lol at The Toadies shout out! Possum Kingdom's a good song.

  5. I keep thinking that Diamond's "shock the world" comment was a Fab Five thus Michigan reference.

    We'll know in about 20 mins