Friday, April 13, 2012

Weekend Visitors: April 13-15, 2012

Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas DE Joey
Bosa is perhaps the most important of the uncommitted
prospects to be coming to town this weekend
I'll update this list as the week continues, but here's a list of high schoolers who will be visiting for Michigan's spring game.  All players listed have Michigan offers unless otherwise noted.

Nashville (TN) Montgomery Bell DE Alex Bars: Bars is a 6'6", 250 lb. defensive end for the class of 2014.  His older brother is Blake, the incoming Michigan freshman offensive lineman.

Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas DE Joey Bosa: Bosa is a 6'5", 260 lb. strongside end and/or 3-tech tackle.  He's not very far along toward making a decision, so nothing should be expected soon.  He's a long shot to pick the Wolverines, but getting a kid on campus is a step in the right direction. (Bosa's scouting report.)

Wheaton (IL) St. Francis OG Kyle Bosch: Bosch committed to Michigan in February.

Pickerington (OH) North TE Jake Butt: Butt committed to Michigan in February.

Pickerington (OH) Central DE Taco Charlton: Charlton committed to Michigan in February.

Forestville (MD) Bishop McNamara DT Darius Commissiong: Commissiong is a 6'2", 285 lb. tackle who could be in line for a Michigan offer now that Greg Webb is off the board.  He already has offers from Iowa, Maryland, Purdue, Virginia, and several others.  He is also the teammate of 2014 offensive tackle target Damian Prince.

Massillon (OH) Washington CB Gareon Conley: Conley committed to Michigan in March.  UPDATE: Conley is not coming anymore due to taking the ACT.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech OG David Dawson: Dawson committed to Michigan in February.

Columbus (OH) Marion-Franklin WR Jaron Dukes: Dukes committed to Michigan in February.

Parker (CO) Ponderose OT Chris Fox: Fox committed to Michigan in February.

Olney (MD) Good Counsel CB Kendall Fuller: Fuller is a 6'0", 185 lb. defensive back who is generally considered to be one of the top couple corners in the country.  His linebacker teammate Dorian O'Daniel was originally supposed to come, too, but Michigan is no longer recruiting him. (Fuller's scouting report.)

Olney (MD) Good Counsel CB Kirk Garner: Garner does not have a Michigan offer, but he is being pursued by Florida State, Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee, West Virginia, and several others.  Michigan recently extended an offer to Avon (OH) Avon cornerback Ross Douglas, so the coaches might be willing to expand their search for more defensive backs if they think Garner is worthy.  UPDATE: Garner is no longer visiting due to because the coaches have told him they're full at cornerback.

Akron (OH) Firestone WR Kevin Gladney: Gladney is a 6'1", 175 lb. wideout who has been considered by some to be on the verge of committing to Michigan.  Despite a slowly building offer list, he's held off so far.  Iowa, Michigan State, and Purdue are also after him.  UPDATE: According to Tom VanHaaren, Michigan is no longer pursuing Gladney.

Detroit (MI) Crockett TE Khalid Hill: Hill committed to Michigan in February.

Mequon (WI) Homestead DT Brandon Hines: Hines is a 6'2", 265 lb. defensive tackle from the 2014 class.  He doesn't have any offers yet, but he has shown considerable interest in the Wolverines.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech LB Gary Hosey: The 6'0", 230 lb. Hosey, a 2014 prospect, will be visiting along with some of his Cass Tech teammates.  He currently has no FBS offers.

Toledo (OH) Central Catholic QB DeShone Kizer: Kizer is a 6'4", 205 lb. quarterback from the 2014 class with offers from Bowling Green, Syracuse, and Toledo.  He's a teammate of 2013 recruits Jayme Thompson and Matt Miller.  UPDATE: Kizer will NOT be visiting Ann Arbor this weekend because he doesn't have a ride.

College Station (TX) A&M DT Christian Lacouture: Lacouture is a 6'5", 255-pounder who's somewhat similar to Bosa.  He could play either SDE or DT if he chooses Michigan, but he was previously committed to Texas A&M, a school that's still in the mix for his services.

Woodbridge (VA) Woodbridge LB E.J. Levenberry: Levenberry is a 6'3", 226 lb. linebacker who could play either MIKE or SAM at Michigan.  Michigan was his leader at one point, but after a week-long trip to Tallahassee, he now has Florida State tied at #1 with the Wolverines.  Perhaps the visit can vault Michigan back into the lead, but either way, Levenberry wants to wait until January to commit.  UPDATE: Levenberry recently announced that he plans to make his commitment in August.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech CB Jourdan Lewis: Lewis committed to Michigan in February.

Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison LB Mike McCray: McCray committed to Michigan in March.

Detroit (MI) Loyola DE Malik McDowell: McDowell is a 6'6", 260 lb. defensive end in the class of 2014.  So far his only offers are from Michigan, Michigan State, and Syracuse, but Michigan appears to be the odds-on favorite.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech WR/S Johnny Miggins: Miggins is a 5'11", 170-pounder who could play wide receiver, safety, or possibly cornerback at the next level.  He's another class of 2014 prospect out of Cass Tech with no offers yet.

Perrysburg (OH) St. John's DE Matt Miller: Miller is a 6'5", 250 lb. strongside end whose brother Jack plays offensive line for the Wolverines.  He has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Miami, Michigan State, Purdue, and Toledo, but he appears to be a backup option for Michigan.

Warren (MI) De La Salle QB Shane Morris: Morris committed to Michigan last May.

Brookfield (WI) Central DE Chikwe Obasih: Obasih is a 6'4", 230 lb. defensive end who has not yet been offered by the Wolverines, but he does have verbal offers from Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, Purdue, and Wisconsin, along with a few others.

Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral TE Jake Roh: Roh is the 6'3", 200 lb. brother of Michigan defensive end Craig Roh.  He doesn't have a Michigan offer but is sitting on Arizona, Duke, and Oregon State offers.  Jake doesn't seem to have the speed to play wide receiver at Michigan, which is his current position and where Arizona wants him to play.

Novi (MI) Catholic Central RB Wyatt Shallman: Shallman committed to Michigan in February.

Warren (OH) Howland RB DeVeon Smith: Smith committed to Michigan in March.

Peoria (IL) Manual OT Logan Tuley-Tillman: Tuley-Tillman committed to Michigan in February.

Toledo (OH) Central Catholic TE Keith Towbridge: Towbridge has not been offered by Michigan yet, but he's a 6'4", 230 lb. option if the Wolverines want to expand their search for a tight end.  The Wolverines will need to give out more tight end offers if they want to add another player at the position, since every current offeree has committed somewhere already.  He does have offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Nebraska, and Purdue, along with a couple offers from smaller schools.  UPDATE: Towbridge committed to Louisville on Thursday, so he will NOT be visiting Michigan.

Crete (IL) Crete-Monee WR Laquon Treadwell: Treadwell was supposed to visit Oklahoma this weekend, but due to bad weather, he will be making the trek to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines' spring game. (Treadwell's scouting report.)

Los Angeles (CA) Loyola CB Cameron Walker: Walker is a 5'10", 180 lb. corner whose only other offer comes from San Diego State.  The coaches still seem to be actively pursuing him, and I would not be surprised if Walker commits after the visit.  UPDATE: Walker has canceled his trip after being told that the recruiting class is full at cornerback.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech WR Damon Webb: Webb is a 5'11", 170 lb. wideout who is transferring into Cass Tech this year.  He has impressed observers at some recent camps.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech LB William White: The 6'1", 215 lb. linebacker, a 2014 kid, is the son of former Detroit Lions safety William White.  He also has no offers yet.

Cleveland (OH) Glenville S Christopher Worley: Worley is a 6'2", 185 lb. safety with offers from Arkansas, Boston College, and West Virginia.  He doesn't have a Michigan offer yet, but there may be opportunities to add more depth at the safety position before the end of the recruiting cycle.  Redshirt sophomore safety Josh Furman is currently suspended from the football team, and redshirt freshman Tamani Carter has also been absent from spring practices for undisclosed reasons.


  1. Kevin Gladney is no longer being recruited according to TomVH and a couple others. I'm going to ask Tom in tonights ESPN chat (7 pm) why the coaches stopped recruiting him and if it has to do with feeling good about some other prospects (Massington, Treadwell, Allen).

    1. Tom hasn't heard any reason for why the recruitment has stopped yet.

  2. Have you seen any tape on Cameron Walker? How do you feel about him?

    1. He's a solid recruit, but not a superstar. I think he's rated pretty accurately, generally a 3-star kid. I find it a little strange that the coaches would still be after him hard because it seems they want bigger guys and he's only 5'10" or 5'11". A guy like Devin Butler has a lot more upside, so if Michigan was going to take a so-so recruit, I would have preferred Butler.

    2. Again, according to TomVH, Cam Walker's visit is cancelled and he's no longer being recruited. Cam told Tom that the coache said they were full at CB. I assume this means they're holding out for more elite options

    3. Hmmm...well, there's some conflicting information out there, I guess.

    4. Tom got a text from Walker during the live chat @ WolverineNation about an hour ago, so it may be a VERY new development.

  3. Interesting mix of guys lately. You have elite national recruits like Bosa, Fuller, and Mathis on one hand and backup-plan types like Walker and Obasih. Will be interesting to see if/when they extend new offers and to who.

    Given the many DB offers it's clear they want another guy, and they're not going to wait around for Fuller or Cravens...though they may keep an extra spot open for those guys.

    Have you heard about any other NT options now that Greg Webb committed to PSU?

    1. I think Cravens basically has a spot anytime he wants it. Michigan now has enough scholarship players (unlike back in 2009-10, for example) where missing out on one position group won't necessarily spell doom. So if we take a safety like Cravens and miss out on a third tight end, a third wide receiver, a third linebacker, another defensive end, etc., we won't necessarily feel the effects.

      Scott Pagano, out of Hawaii, was offered shortly after Webb committed to PSU. I also wouldn't be surprised if Cass Tech's Kenton Gibbs gets an offer. There aren't a lot of nose tackles out there this year.

    2. Thunder, have you done a scouting report on Gibbs? He seems to be a player that is getting better/getting more attention recently. Wisconsin seems to like him quite a bit.

    3. I've only done scouting reports on kids who have been offered by Michigan. I did a brief review of his highlights and wasn't extremely impressed.

  4. Another question for ya, how do you like Bosa compared to Mathis? I think Bosa seem like a long shot at this point with Mathis being a very possible catch, but who would you prefer?

    1. I would prefer Mathis, partly because I think he has the ability to slide inside and play 3-tech defensive tackle. Bosa has a narrower frame and it would take some significant bulking up to play inside. Both are good prospects, but we need interior players more than we need ends.

      Also, I know the coaches told Mathis that he could be their Terrell Suggs, but I don't see that happening. I think that's a little bit of rhetoric designed to get him on campus more than an actual plan.

  5. there were some rumblings that treadwell would visit again either the first week of april or for the spring game. not the case anymore?

  6. How is Roh not fast enough to play WR at Michigan but he's fast enough for RR? That doesn't seem right..

  7. Note: Levenberry moved his decision date up to Mid-August.

    1. If Levenberry does not commit at the spring game or in the week after I believe the coaches move on to other positions of need. JMO