Monday, April 23, 2012

Recruiting Update: April 23, 2012

Bamberg (SC) Bamberg-Erhardt athlete Kevin Crosby
ADDED TO THE BOARD (2013, 2014)
Bamberg (SC) Bamberg-Erhardt linebacker Kevin Crosby was offered by Michigan.  The 6'1", 226-pounder caught 32 passes for 784 yards as a tight end and also made 58 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions as a linebacker.  The 2014 prospect also has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, LSU, South Carolina, and USC, among several others.  Here are his freshman highlights:

Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's Prep running back Jonathon Hilliman, a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan.  He's a 6'1", 200-pounder who also has offers from Boston College, Nebraska, Penn State, and Rutgers.  If the name of the school sounds familiar, that's because 2013 target Tre Bell (Florida), 2012 target D.J. Singleton (Wisconsin), and 2011 targets Savon Huggins (Rutgers), Josue Matias (Florida State), and Sheldon Royster (South Carolina) are from there, too.  Michigan hasn't recruited the school successfully in any recent year, but maybe persistence will pay off sometime in the near future.  Hilliman looks like a kid who can run between the tackles but won't make the highlight reels for his speed or elusiveness.  (Highlights here.)

Wyomissing (PA) Wyomissing Area outside linebacker Alex Anzalone committed to Ohio State.  Anzalone was planning to visit Michigan in recent months, but much like Shane Jones (below), he was told that the Wolverines were full at linebacker.  The 6'3", 220 lb. prospect chose Michigan's archenemy instead.  He has impressive film and should turn into a very good SAM linebacker for the Buckeyes.

Baltimore (MD) Gilman quarterback Shane Cockerille committed to Maryland.  Cockerille is the teammate of defensive tackle Henry Poggi, who is strongly considering Michigan.  However, Michigan fans shouldn't worry that Poggi will follow Cockerille.  Poggi's top three at the moment are Alabama, Michigan, and Ohio State.  Despite wanting to play quarterback in college, the Wolverines wanted him to play safety.

Cincinnati (OH) Moeller linebacker Shane Jones committed to Michigan State.  Jones was planning to visit Michigan in recent months, but he was told that the Wolverines were full at his position.  It seemed odd at the time because he looks like a weakside linebacker and Michigan didn't have any weakside linebackers committed.  He'll join former teammate Monty Madaris, a wide receiver from the 2012 class.

Bloomfield (NJ) Bloomfield offensive tackle Marcell Lazard committed to West Virginia.  The 6'6", 293-pounder never expressed serious interest in Michigan.

Everett (MA) Everett offensive guard John Montelus committed to Notre Dame.  Michigan was an early possibility for Montelus, but now that the Wolverines are full up on offensive linemen, I guess the next best thing is a coach with an exploding head.

Murrieta (CA) Vista Murrieta safety Su'a Cravens will be announcing his college destination on June 6th, which is his mother's birthday.  Whenever guys set soon-ish announcement dates without visiting your school, you should be concerned.  Cravens has not visited Michigan.

Woodbridge (VA) C.D. Hylton linebacker E.J. Levenberry will be announcing his college destination tomorrow.  His choice is down to Florida State and Michigan.


  1. My father's family came from Bamberg and Denmark SC. A cousin played on what I'm pretty sure is their only state football championship team.

    That Hoke is offering kids from there is a testament to his commitment to recruiting.

    Think "The Muck" ... only dusty.

    SC rules in this particular neighborhood.

  2. I think it's just a formality because it's better to pick from three hats, but Levenberry has Oklahoma as a finalist too.

  3. Nice that EJ is now deciding soon. Hopefully, UM can reel him in. But if not, at least the coaches have plenty of time to adjust the recruiting strategy and re-target.

  4. Joey Bosa to osu...I don't know guys osu seems to be catching is or almost passing us on the recruiting trail...

  5. Ya may be catching but OSU doesn't have the best defensive coordinator, who specializes with the D-line, an football. Also must realize our commits came so early on. They may catch us but to pass us they will need Cravens, Fuller and another 5-star that seems to be guranteed at the next level.

    Urban to Greg: "Greg, look at all these great lineman I have brought in. Are you sure you don't want to pretend you are taking a break from football and come be on my team? You know I need you Greggy."
    And then there is that weird silence because Urban doesn't realize Greg hung up after the first sound of voice. Urban does look around to see if anyone is looking.

  6. Matias didn't go to Prep, he went to Union City High School.