Sunday, July 29, 2012

BBQ at the Big House Visitors: July 29

Derrick Green
Devon Allen - WR - Phoenix (AZ) Brophy Prep: Allen is visiting on Saturday and won't be around for the BBQ on Sunday, but his visit does indicate somewhat serious interest in Michigan.  However, most analysts seem to believe that LaQuon Treadwell will take the final wide receiver spot in the class and that Allen will head elsewhere, anyway . . . possibly to Ohio State.  I wrote up a scouting report on Allen a couple months ago.

Drew Barker - QB - Burlington (KY) Conner: Barker, a 2014 prospect, is a 6'3", 204 lb. signal caller with offers from Illinois, Purdue, South Carolina, and a few others.  He originally stated that he would visit for the BBQ, but this visit may will not take place now. (Highlights.)

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

Jimmy Byrne - OG - Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius: Byrne is a 6'4", 275 lb. class of 2014 prospect with offers from Illinois, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and West Virginia.  I believe there's a good chance that he will offered when he visits. (Highlights.)  UPDATE: Byrne will not be visiting this weekend.

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

Mason Cole - OT - Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake: Cole is a 2014 prospect who holds offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, Stanford, and USC.  He stands 6'5" and 267 lbs.

Gareon Conley - CB - Massillon (OH) Washington: Conley committed to Michigan in March.

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

Nathaniel Devers - OG - Massillon (OH) Washington: Devers, a 2014 prospect, has a single offer from Toledo.  He stands 6'3" and 265 lbs.  He claims a 385 lb. bench press and a 495 lb. squat, both of which are great numbers for a high school sophomore.  Brady Hoke showed in the 2013 class that he's willing and able to go after only elite prospects on the offensive line, and I'm not sure Devers fits in that category.  Despite being teammates with 2013 commit Gareon Conley, I would not be surprised if Devers goes without an offer, at least until some other options on the offensive line shake out. (Highlights.)

Tommy Doles - OT - Grand Rapids (MI) Christian: Doles is a 6'5", 240 lb. prospect whose only offer comes from Michigan so far.  His teammate is 2014 wide receiver Drake Harris, who picked Michigan State over Michigan.  Doles is very athletic, but obviously needs some time to fill out his frame.

Deon Drake - LB - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Drake is a 6'1", 215 lb. weakside linebacker prospect.  He has offers from Notre Dame, Pitt, and some others, but not from Michigan.  If that changes this weekend, he would be one to watch for a commitment, just like most Technicians.  Drake is considered to be the second-best 2014 prospect on the team behind wide receiver/cornerback Damon Webb. (Highlights.)

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

Michael Ferns III - LB - St. Clairsville (OH) St. Clairsville: Ferns is a 6'3", 230 lb. athlete from the class of 2014.  He looks like a SAM linebacker to me, but he could also play tight end or middle linebacker.  He has already narrowed down his recruitment to a final three of Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State.  Several insiders think Michigan is #1 on that list. (Highlights.)

Clifton Garrett - LB - Joliet (IL) Plainfield South: Garrett is a 6'3", 220 lb. linebacker from the class of 2014.  He already has offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Wisconsin, and I would be surprised if he walks away from Ann Arbor without an offer from the Wolverines unless the coaches have off-the-field concerns.  He has a very impressive highlight film and looks like a future middle linebacker, although he could also be utilized at the SAM position.  UPDATE: Garrett will not be on campus this weekend.

Ben Gedeon - LB - Hudson (OH) Hudson:
 Gedeon committed to Michigan in April.

Derrick Green - RB - Richmond (VA) Heritage: Green is a 6'0", 215 lb. tailback with reported 4.37 speed, but he's more of a two-down running back who struggles to catch the ball.  He has offers from virtually every notable school in the country, including Michigan.  Every other offered running back is off the board, so Green may be Michigan's last chance to grab an "elite" tailback in the 2013 class.

Jay Hayes - OG - Brooklyn (NY) Poly Prep: Hayes is a 6'5", 270 lb. lineman from the 2014 class.  He could play either side of the line, but Michigan is recruiting him for offense.  He also has offers from Notre Dame, Oregon, and Penn State, among others.  UPDATE: Hayes is not attending the BBQ.

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

Jonathan Hilliman - RB - Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's Prep: Hilliman is a 6'0", 201 lb. tailback from the class of 2014 who already holds offers from Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, and Wisconsin.  New Jersey has not been particularly kind to Michigan over the last several years, so I would be surprised if he ends up as part of Michigan's class, and he might not make it to the BBQ. (Highlights.)  UPDATE: Hilliman will not be visiting this weekend.

Corey Holmes - WR - Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas: Holmes is a 6'1", 172 lb. prospect from the class of 2014.  He has offers from Florida, Michigan, and Wisconsin, among others.  Despite being somewhat small-ish, Holmes looks more like a possession receiver than a blazing downfield threat.  He grew up as a Michigan fan, and although I would be a little surprised if he commits to Michigan anytime soon, I would not be surprised if that occurs sometime down the road. (Highlights.)  UPDATE: Holmes will not be visiting this weekend.

Jamarco Jones - OG - Chicago (IL) De La Salle: Jones is a 6'5", 285 lb. guard prospect from the class of 2014.  He already has offers from Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, among others.  My guess is that he will end up at Ohio State, but Michigan has a chance to impress him at the BBQ. (Highlights.)  UPDATE: Jones is not visiting for the BBQ.

Coleman Key - QB - Broken Arrow (OK) Broken Arrow: Key camped at Michigan in June and came away without an offer, but he still has a chance.  He's a 6'5", 210 lb. prospect from the 2014 class.  He won't be one of the most highly recruited quarterbacks in the class, but with Shane Morris arriving in 2013, Michigan might have to take a second-tier quarterback to groom behind Morris.  Key has zero offers so far. (Freshman highlights.)

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

Montae Nicholson - S - Monroeville (PA) Gateway: Nicholson is a 6'2", 195 lb. safety with offers from Michigan, Penn State, Pitt, and a few others.  Gateway has sent a lot of kids to FBS schools in recent years, but many have chosen Ohio State or Pitt.  There was some buzz recently that Nicholson might commit to Michigan at the BBQ, but I think that was all it was - buzz. (Highlights.)

D'Andre Payne - CB - Washington (DC) H.D. Woodson: Payne is only 5'9" and 172 lbs., but he's a very smooth, dynamic athlete.  Michigan has already offered him as a field corner, but most big schools in the country have offered him, too.  Still, it's a good sign that he's planning to return to campus, since he was already in Ann Arbor back in June for summer camp. (Highlights.)

Austin Roberts - WR - Carmel (IN) Carmel: Roberts is a 6'2", 195 lb. prospect from the class of 2014. He already has offers from Florida, Iowa, Miami, Purdue, and Stanford.  UPDATE: Roberts is not visiting for the BBQ.

Artavis Scott - WR - Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake: Scott is a 5'11", 180 lb. receiver from the class of 2014.  He already holds offers from Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, and South Carolina, among others.  Scott has not been offered by Michigan yet, but he will probably receive one on the visit.

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

Conor Sheehy - DE - Milwaukee (WI) Marquette University: Sheehy is a 6'4", 255 lb. defensive end with a single offer from Wisconsin.  He camped at Michigan in June and left without an offer, but since he's been invited back for the BBQ, there's at least a decent chance the coaches extend an offer in person.

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

Bentley Spain - OT - Charlotte (NC) Providence: Spain is a 6'6", 285 lb. prospect from the class of 2014.  He already has offers from Clemson, Florida, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, and Stanford, among others.  I have a feeling that South Carolina will be the team to beat.  Spain indicated that he may or may not make it to the BBQ, and usually that means no, so don't be surprised if he doesn't appear.  UPDATE: Spain will not be visiting this weekend.

Channing Stribling - CB - Matthews (NC) Butler: Stribling committed to Michigan in June.

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

LaQuon Treadwell - WR - Crete (IL) Crete-Monee: The recruitment of Treadwell has been well documented.  He has offers from all over the country but wants to visit Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.  However, Michigan is the front-runner, and there's a decent chance that he will commit to Michigan at the BBQ.  I wrote up a scouting report on him a few months ago.  UPDATE: Treadwell will not be visiting this weekend.

Damon Webb - CB - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Webb is a 5'11", 170 lb. wide receiver/cornerback from the class of 2014.  The Wolverines are recruiting him for defense.  Aside from Michigan, he holds offers from LSU, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin, among others.  Michigan is considered to be the heavy favorite for his services, although his recruitment may last beyond the BBQ.

Parrker Westphal - CB - Bolingbrook (IL) Bolingbrook: Westphal is a 6'1", 181 lb. defensive back prospect with offers from Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, and West Virginia, among others.  Michigan seems to be #1 on the 2014 prospect's mind, and he's coached by former Michigan cornerback Todd Howard.  The Wolverines are recruiting him mainly to play boundary corner and the slot corner position currently inhabited by Courtney Avery. (Highlights.)

William White - LB - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: White is a 6'1", 215 lb. linebacker who currently holds no offers.  He's the son of former Detroit Lions safety William White.  If an offer comes for White, it will likely be some time down the road. (Highlights.)

Csont'e York - WR - Harper Woods (MI) Chandler Park Academy: York committed to Michigan in May.


  1. Pretty sure that Laquon will be at the Gridiron Kings event with Shane this weekend.

  2. I also thought I saw that Ross Douglass, the latest commit, was going to be there

  3. Thanks for the info. Green looks impressive in that photo. I hope things work out with him, even though I think we have plenty of depth at RB, it'd be nice to get a guy with his recruiting profile.

    1. What do the "rubber bands" that Green is wearing around his biceps do? I've seem many players wear them, but haven't been able to figure out their purpose.

    2. They make your biceps look bigger. That's about it.

    3. Looks like they work.

  4. Thunder, who do you like more as a CB prospect, Damon Webb or Parrker Westphal? Westphal looks to have good size, but I haven't seen any film on him. Just curious as to what you think.

    1. I haven't really seen film on Webb at corner much. I'm inclined to say Westphal because I've seen more of him. I like Webb as a wideout, though.

  5. I remember when the BBQ first started with RR. Thunder how important, or not important do you think this event has become? Do you think recruits really love this event, and if so, whats the main draw?

    1. I think the main draw is the Big House and the chance to bond with the commits, coaches, and families. I really like the idea and I think it's a valuable recruiting tool, because other schools are more about camps and workouts. I think Michigan could do a quality job of recruiting without this event, but the BBQ builds a family atmosphere that you can see pervading the 2013 recruiting class. Ho

    2. Hopefully the coaches can wrap up the 2013 class and get a jump start on 2014 this weekend.

    3. I was going to say the food, but that other stuff is probably important, too.

  6. Jamarco Jones is an OT not an offensice guard

    1. He looks like a guard to me, so that's where I'll list him.

  7. Thunder, what are your thoughts on Derrick Green? Even after viewing his highlight video several times I remain relatively meh. Seems like a big body with a good burst, but goes down relatively easily on contact and isn't really a home-run threat. Plenty good back to be sure though, but almost certainly not worthy of the #1 ranking Rivals gives him (though I know to take that with a grain of salt...).