Monday, June 24, 2013

Recruiting Update: June 24, 2013

Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseph's offensive tackle Jon Runyan, Jr.
Elkton (MD) Eastern Christian wide receiver Freddy Canteen was offered by Michigan at camp last week. He's a 6'1", 175 lb. prospect with offers from Maryland, Rutgers, and Tennessee, among others. 247 Sports' Composite ranking places him as a 3-star, the #69 wide receiver, and #551 player overall. He's teammates with Brandon Watson (see below) and catches passes from quarterback David Sills, who committed to USC as a seventh-grader several years ago. Canteen is known for his impressive route running, but he's not the most explosive athlete you'll see.

Plantation (FL) American Heritage wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was offered by Michigan. He's a 5'8", 160 lb. prospect with offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Rutgers, and West Virginia, among others; he named Notre Dame his leader recently. As a junior in 2012, he had 30 receptions for 842 yards and 15 touchdowns. 247's Composite ranking places him as a 3-star and the #148 wide receiver in the country.

Elkton (MD) Eastern Christian cornerback Brandon Watson was offered by Michigan at camp last week. He's a 6'0", 185 lb. prospect with offers from Connecticut and Rutgers, along with a couple others. According to 247's Composite ranking, he's a 3-star and the #115 cornerback in the class.

Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseph's Prep offensive guard Jon Runyan, Jr. was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'4", 250 lb. prospect with no other offers. According to 247 Sports, he's a 3-star and the #37 offensive tackle in the class. His father was an All-Big Ten offensive tackle at Michigan in the early/mid-1990s and went on to be a fourth round pick of the Houston Oilers, who turned into the Tennessee Titans; he also played for the Philadelphia Eagles. The elder Runyan is now a Congressman in New Jersey, and the younger Runyan has said he will most likely commit to Michigan. He could very possibly be the first commit for the 2015 class.


Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna defensive tackle Khairi Clark committed to Florida. Michigan never really had a shot at Clark.

Lithonia (GA) Martin Luther King cornerback Wesley Green committed to South Carolina. Green never showed much interest in his Michigan offer.

Orange Park (FL) Oakleaf linebacker Darrion Owens committed to Miami. Owens, who played strong safety last year, was being recruited for the SAM linebacker position. Georgia seemed to be the front-runner with Michigan and Miami in the next tier, so it's a bit of a surprise that he picked the Hurricanes. In my opinion, Owens was the best SAM prospect on the board if Michigan wants another in 2014.

Wylie (TX) Wylie safety T'Kevian Rockwell committed to Baylor. This would have been a fun name for Michigan fans to say over the next several years, but it was not meant to be.

Gilbert (AZ) Chandler wide receiver Dionte Sykes committed to UCLA. Sykes visited Michigan and voiced strong interest early, but he's more of a big possession receiver, and the Wolverines have plenty of those in the fold for the next few years.

Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy offensive tackle Denzel Ward committed to Purdue. Ward almost committed to Purdue when they were his first offer, and then he almost immediately jumped on his Michigan offer. He moved to Florida without telling the coaching staff - which is a little odd - and hoped for bigger offers while training with IMG Academy, a high school campus renowned for getting athletes ready for the next level. After all that . . . he went ahead and committed to the Boilermakers.


  1. I tend to get down on a kid who commits and then decides, nevermind. But in this case, I'm kind of pulling for Denzel Ward based on the good things he had to say about Purdue and wanting to be part of building the program there. I thought that was some real good stuff and hope it all works out for him.

  2. "Isaiah McKenzie was offered by Michigan. He's a 5'8", 160 lb. prospect ... 247's Composite ranking places him as a 3-star and the #148 wide receiver in the country."

    Is it 2009 in here? :)

    What does TTB think of Runyan Jr.?

    1. Yeahhh Magnus, been waiting to hear your thoughts on this guy. Can he play center?

    2. I don't think Runyan is a center. He looks like a tackle, but he's a little on the short side. He could play guard, but he definitely doesn't look like a center. The kid moves his feet well and looks athletic. Michael Schofield comes to mind when watching his highlights.

    3. So, do you think if he grew 2-3 inches, and gained 50lbs he could play Left Tackle? I believe Michael Schofield was recruited for left tackle, but Lewan.

  3. I'm encouraged to see them going after a shorter and presumably quicker/faster player. Viva playmaker!