Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Visitors: Michigan vs. Ohio State

Joshua Alabi - DT - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Alabi is a 6'5", 270 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee, and others. The Volunteers appear to be the early favorite. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, #29 OT, and #270 overall. UPDATE: Alabi will be headed to MSU instead.

Jason Alessi - S - Birmingham (MI) Brother Rice: Alessi is a 6'0", 170 lb. prospect for 2014 with offers from Air Force, Akron, Harvard, and Yale. He's committed to Michigan as a lacrosse player but was recently offered a preferred walk-on spot with the Wolverines. (Highlights.)

Trevon Avery - CB - Grand Blanc (MI) Grand Blanc: Avery is a 6'1", 165 lb. prospect for 2015 with no offers at this time. He's a 3-star quarterback to Scout. He's also the younger brother of Michigan senior defensive back Courtney Avery.

Jerome Baker - LB - Cleveland (OH) St. Benedictine: Baker is a 6'1", 205 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Tennessee, among others. He recently declared Ohio State his clear #1, and it would be a huge surprise if he went anywhere else. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, #6 ATH, and #66 overall. (Highlights.)

Kei Beckham - CB - Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison:
 Beckham is a 6'0", 155 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, and Kentucky, among others. He's a former teammate of Michigan freshman defensive back Reon Dawson and linebacker Mike McCray. (Highlights.)

Ian Bunting - TE - Hinsdale (IL) Central: Bunting committed to Michigan in April.

George Campbell - WR - Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake: Campbell committed to Michigan in August.

Freddy Canteen - WR - Elkton (MD) Eastern Christian Academy: Canteen committed to Michigan in June.

Stefan Claiborne - WR - Clinton Township (MI) Chippewa Valley: Claiborne is a 6'1", 168 lb. prospect for 2016 with no offers at this time. He also visited Ann Arbor a couple weeks ago for the Nebraska game. (Highlights.)

Brian Cole - WR - Saginaw (MI) Heritage: Cole is a 6'2", 190 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Tennessee, among others. Rumors keep swirling about him going back and forth between favoring Michigan and MSU, so it's anybody's guess right now. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, #5 ATH, and #58 overall. (Highlights.)

Mason Cole - OG - Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake: Cole committed to Michigan back in February.

C.J. Conrad - TE - La Grange (OH) Keystone: Conrad is a 6'5", 225 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Duke, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, among others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, #8 TE, and #228 overall. As a junior in 2013, he had 59 receptions for 924 yards and 14 touchdowns. (Highlights.)

Jashon Cornell - DE - St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall: Cornell is a 6'4", 245 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from just about everywhere. He's a 247 Composite 5-star, #1 WDE, and #15 overall. So far he's the only weakside end Michigan has offered in the class of 2015, and that appears to be purposeful as Michigan pursues him as their #1 guy. Cretin Derham is known for sending guys to Notre Dame, but they've had a number of elite recruits in recent years (Michael Floyd, James Onwualu, Seantrel Henderson) so it's worth keeping up a good relationship. (Highlights.)

Shaun Crawford - CB - Lakewood (OH) St. Edward: Crawford committed to Michigan in August. UPDATE: Crawford can no longer attend the game.

Andrew David - K - Massillon (OH) Washington: David committed to Michigan in June.

Messiah DeWeaver - QB - Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison: DeWeaver is a 6'2", 180 lb. prospect for 2016 with an offer from Louisville. He has visited Michigan several times and camped in Ann Arbor this past June. He attends the alma mater of current Michigan linebacker Michael McCray. (Highlights.)

David Edwards - QB - Downers Grove (IL) North: Edwards is a 6'6", 225 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Illinois, Indiana, Syracuse, and Vanderbilt. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, #42 ATH, and #348 overall. Michigan is looking at him partially as a quarterback, but he also might be a tight end, and I think that's the position where Edwards would be more likely to find a slot from Michigan, in my opinion. (Highlights.)

Brendan Ferns - LB - St. Clairsville (OH) St. Clairsville: Ferns is a 6'3", 208 lb. prospect for 2016 with no offers at this time. He's the younger brother of 2014 Michigan linebacker commit Michael Ferns.

Michael Ferns III - LB - St. Clairsville (OH) St. Clairsville: Ferns committed to Michigan in August of last year.

Jimmy Fitzgerald - QB - Champaign (IL) Centennial: Fitzgerald is a 6'3", 205 lb. prospect for 2015 with a lone FBS offer from Illinois. As a sophomore in 2012, he completed 96/195 passes for 1,300 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He's a 247 Composite 3-star, #26 pro-style QB, and #529 overall. Fitzgerald is one of the handful of quarterbacks that have been in touch with Michigan's coaching staff.

Desmond Fitzpatrick - WR - Farmington (MI) Farmington: Fitzpatrick is a 6'0", 170 lb. prospect for 2016 with offers from Indiana, Ohio, and Toledo. He has visited Michigan a couple times this season and also camped in Ann Arbor last June. (Highlights.)

Zach Gentry - QB - Albuquerque (NM) Eldorado: Gentry is a 6'6", 215 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Louisville, New Mexico, New Mexico State, and San Diego State.

Lawrence Gordon - DE - Saginaw (MI) Arthur Hill: Gordon is a 6'5", 230 lb. prospect for 2016 with no offers at this time. He has visited Michigan a couple times and appears to be one of the top few in-state prospects for his class.

Dele Harding - LB - Elkton (MD) Eastern Christian Academy: Harding is a 6'1", 218 lb. prospect for 2016 with offers from UMass, Tennessee, and USC. He's a teammate of 2014 Michigan commits Freddy Canteen and Brandon Watson. He visited Ann Arbor with his teammates back in July and genuinely seemed interested in Michigan at the time those two committed, partly because Michigan's coaches intimated to him that he would be offered down the road but felt it was too early to offer many 2016 guys.

Damien Harris - RB - Berea (KY) Madison Southern: Harris committed to Michigan in August. He is having an outstanding junior season and was recently ranked the #17 overall prospect in his class by ESPN.

Drake Harris - WR - Grand Rapids (MI) Christian: Harris committed to Michigan in April. He did not play during his senior season due to a serious hamstring injury suffered in the preseason.

Daelin Hayes - LB - Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary's: Hayes is a 6'2", 210 lb. prospect for 2016 with no offers at this time. The younger brother of Michigan redshirt sophomore running back Justice Hayes, Daelin has visited Penn State and Notre Dame in recent weeks and appears enamored with those squads. The fact that his brother is mostly buried on the depth chart probably does not help.

Lavert Hill - CB - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Hill is a 5'11", 165 lb. prospect for 2016 with no offers at this time. He's the younger brother of Michigan freshman safety Delano Hill. He has visited Michigan for most home games this year.

Justin Hilliard - LB - Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier: Hilliard is a 6'2", 225 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, among others. His brother C.J. Hilliard is a 2014 commit to the Hawkeyes. I did a scouting report on Hilliard a couple weeks ago.

Elijah Holyfield - RB - Atlanta (GA) Woodward Academy: Holyfield is a 5'11", 190 lb. prospect for 2016 with a lone offer from Boston College. As a freshman in 2012, he had 66 carries for 645 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's the son of famed boxer Evander Holyfield. (Highlights.) UPDATE: Holyfield no longer plans to attend.

Joshua Jackson - WR - Saline (MI) Saline: Jackson is a 6'1", 180 lb. prospect for 2016 with no offers at this time. He's the younger brother of Michigan senior wideout Jeremy Jackson and the son of running backs coach Fred Jackson.

Sterling Jenkins - OT - Pittsburgh (PA) Baldwin: Jenkins is a 6'8", 305 lb. prospect for 2015. I did a scouting report on him a few weeks ago.

Nick Johns - QB - Washington (DC) Gonzaga: Johns is a 6'3", 215 lb. prospect for 2015 with an offer from Virginia. He's another on the short list of quarterbacks Michigan has been in contact with for the upcoming recruiting cycle. He's a 247 Composite 3-star, #30 pro-style QB, and #575 overall. (Highlights.)

Tyree Kinnel - S - Huber Heights (OH) Wayne: Kinnel committed to Michigan in August.

Darrin Kirkland, Jr. - LB - Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central: Kirkland is a 6'2", 215 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Northwestern, and Virginia Tech, among others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, #9 ILB, and #245 overall. He also visited for the Nebraska game. (Highlights.)

Thiyo Lukusa - OT - Traverse City (MI) West: Lukusa is a 6'5", 300 lb. prospect for 2016 with an offer from Michigan State. He has visited Michigan a couple times this season and also camped in Ann Arbor in June. (Highlights.) UPDATE: Lukusa is no longer planning to attend.

Kendric Mallory - WR - Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison: Mallory is a 6'2", 175 lb. prospect for 2014 with an offer from Illinois. He's also the former teammate of Reon Dawson and Mike McCray.

Corey Malone-Hatcher - DE - St. Joseph (MI) St. Joseph: Malone-Hatcher is a 6'3", 205 lb. prospect for 2017 with no offers at this time.

Alex Malzone - QB - Birmingham (MI) Brother Rice: Malzone is a 6'2", 185 lb. prospect for 2015 with an offer from Bowling Green. He's perhaps Michigan's top in-state quarterback target for the class, but likely a second-level option if other national targets don't pan out. (Highlights.)

Lawrence Marshall - DE - Southfield (MI) Southfield: Marshall committed to Michigan in May. Earlier in the spring, he had been committed to Ohio State.

Jalen Martin - WR - Harper Woods (MI) Chandler Park Academy: Martin is a 6'2", 180 lb. prospect for 2016 with a lone offer from Eastern Michigan. He attends the alma mater of Michigan freshman wide receiver Csont'e York.

Ostell Martin - OT - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Martin is a 6'5", 315 lb. prospect for 2016 with no offers at this time. He visited Michigan's campus a couple times back in the spring.

Malik McDowell - DE - Southfield (MI) Southfield: McDowell is a 6'7", 290 lb. prospect for 2014 with offers from all over the country. He has alternately been rumored to be a Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and USC lean, but the current vibe is that Michigan would be the choice if he picked today.

Tanner Muse - LB - Belmont (NC) South Point: Muse is a 6'3", 207 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Clemson, Michigan, North Carolina, and North Carolina State, among others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, #17 safety, and #297 overall, although I believe he'll be a linebacker in college. UPDATE: Muse no longer plans to attend.

Michael Onwenu - DT - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Onwenu is a 6'2", 310 lb. prospect for 2016 with no offers at this time.

Brady Pallante - DT - Naples (FL) Barron Collier: Pallante committed to Michigan in April as a greyshirt and became a full scholarship member of the 2014 class earlier this week.

Jacques Patrick - RB - Orlando (FL) Timber Creek: Patrick is a 6'1", 210 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, Wisconsin, and numerous others. He claims a 4.51 forty and is a 247 Composite 4-star, #7 RB, and #82 overall. As a sophomore in 2012, he had 231 carries for 2,032 yards and 29 touchdowns. It will likely be an in-state battle for his services, but he was excited about his Michigan offer and has a cousin coaching at Detroit King. (Highlights.) UPDATE: Patrick can no longer attend the game.

Donovan Peoples-Jones - WR - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Peoples-Jones is a 6'1", 170 lb. prospect for 2017 with no offers at this time.

Jabrill Peppers - CB - Paramus (NJ) Catholic: Peppers committed to Michigan in May. He's in the midst of an outstanding senior season and was named 247 Sports' #3 overall player. UPDATE: Peppers' playoff practice schedule will prevent him from visiting this weekend.

Martell Pettaway - RB - St. Clair Shores (MI) South Lake: Pettaway is a 5'9", 185 lb. prospect for 2016 with no offers at this time. He has visited Michigan several times early in the process. (Highlights.)

Giovanni Rescigno - QB - Warren (MI) De La Salle: Rescigno is a 6'4", 210 lb. prospect for 2014. He has no scholarship offers but was recently offered a preferred walk-on spot with the Wolverines. He has visited several times and is the teammate of 2014 Michigan commit Jared Wangler and best friends with freshman QB Shane Morris.

Darian Roseboro - DE - Lincolnton (NC) Lincolnton: Roseboro is a 6'4", 265 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, and Tennessee, among others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, #7 SDE, and #97 overall. UPDATE: Roseboro can no longer attend the game.

Joshua Ross - LB - Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary's: Ross is a 6'2", 190 lb. prospect for 2017 with offers from Oklahoma and Michigan State. He's the younger brother of Michigan sophomore linebacker James Ross.

Tommy Roush - OG - Traverse City (MI) West: Roush is a 6'3", 270 lb. prospect for 2016 with no offers at this time. He camped at Michigan back in June and also visited for a game earlier this season.

Prince Sammons - DE - Cincinnati (OH) Hills Christian Academy: Sammons is a 6'8", 260 lb. prospect for 2016 with an offer from Cincinnati.

Wilton Speight - QB - Richmond (VA) Collegiate: Speight committed to Michigan in February. He recently completed a solid season.

Erik Swenson - OT - Downers Grove (IL) South: Swenson is a 6'7", 285 lb. prospect for 2016 with offers from Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, among others. He has long declared Michigan his leader. (Highlights.)

Demetric Vance - WR - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Vance is a 6'1", 170 lb. prospect for 2016 with no offers at this time. He has garnered some hype for being perhaps the best wide receiver prospect out of Cass Tech in a while, but he still has a couple years to develop.

Jared Wangler - LB - Warren (MI) De La Salle: Wangler committed to Michigan in August.

Brandon Watson - CB - Elkton (MD) Eastern Christian Academy: Watson committed to Michigan in June.

Maurice Ways - WR - Detroit (MI) Country Day: Ways committed to Michigan in April. Here's a look at how his senior season went.

Mike Weber - RB - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Weber is a 5'10", 195 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Tennessee. Michigan was the early favorite, but he seems to be leaning toward MSU after fellow 2015 running back Damien Harris committed to Michigan a few months ago. (Highlights.) UPDATE: Weber is no longer able to attend the game.

Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. - TE - Manlius (NY) Canisius: Wheatley is a 6'6", 235 lb. prospect for 2016 with offers from Alabama, Michigan, Penn State, and others. He's the son of Tyrone Wheatley, a former Michigan and NFL running back who is the current running backs coach for the Buffalo Bills. The presumed favorite is the Wolverines.

Jhonny Williams - DE - Berrien Springs (MI) Berrien Springs: Williams is a 6'6", 237 lb. prospect for 2014 who is committed to Missouri. He has also received a Notre Dame offer, and while Michigan's offer is intriguing, it seems that his choice will come down to Mizzou or the Fighting Irish. (Highlights.) UPDATE: Williams will not be in attendance, and he changed his commitment to the Fighting Irish.

Mykelti Williams - S - Indianapolis (IN) Warren Central: Williams is a 6'0", 195 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Akron, Indiana, and Ole Miss. He claims a 4.5 forty and is a 247 Composite 3-star, #35 safety, and #565 overall. (Highlights.)

Reagan Williams - LB - Jackson (OH) Jackson: Williams is a 6'3", 232 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Kent State and Ohio. As a sophomore in 2012, he had 94 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. (Highlights.)

Khari Willis - RB - Jackson (MI) Lumen Christi: Willis is a 6'0", 187 lb. prospect for 2015 with no offers at this time. (Highlights.)

Chase Winovich - LB - Clairton (PA) Thomas Jefferson: Winovich committed to Michigan in June. He just completed an impressive senior season of playing quarterback and linebacker.

22 comments:

  1. Breaks my heart thinking that all these recruits are going to see Ohiwhatever State stomp us at our own house. Breaks my heart. $#@! Ohio State.

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  2. This is depressing. All these kids are going to see a sea of red on Saturday. Gonna be ugly in many ways.

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  3. If you're going to the game, just support the team with all of your might. If we lay an egg, don't boo. The recruits know our team is very young and turning on our team if it struggles would be a major turnoff for them.

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    1. This cannot be stressed enough, but we know it will happen. There will be enough morons who boo.

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    3. First I've been a fan for 37 years and this will be my first time ever I will to be able to go see a game at the Bighouse and i can"t wait, and i will be cheering for the boys in blue no matter what. true fans stick by your teams no matter what, and all these wanna be fans that jump ship after a couple losses aren't true fans and after the a couple years with the young guys we WILL be back at the top and all these wanna be fans will just jump back on. my opinion we don't need ya. TRUE BLUE needs to show up Saturday and cheer no matter what to support these guys, and also show recruits we stand by are guys no matter what. GO BLUE BEAT OHIO

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    4. Thumbs up to you sir. Go Blue and Beat Ohio

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    5. Thumbs up to you sir. Go Blue

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  4. Go Blue. Fuck Ohio.

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  5. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1865241-ohio-state-lb-ryan-shazier-rips-michigans-offense

    I am so furious.

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    1. Three points:
      1) Whatever ... such talk is what college players do, and there's a kernel of truth in what he says
      2) Wait until OSU faces MSU's defense in the championship game ... I think OSU wins, but style points will be in short supply
      3) Wait until OSU faces whoever they face in the bowl game. At this point it's unclear what kind of team OSU really is.

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    2. I agree with your 3 points, but I am just furious that we cannot shut this douchebag up. That's the most infuriating part. The teams of 1990s often had some fire/game in them that allowed us to upset them at times. I don't see much in this shell of a team and Hoke's usual coachspeak crap. That's the most frustrating thing.

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    3. At least Ohio State will be playing for a BCS bowl game.. At least you guys don't have to wait till January 1st to watch your team in a bowl. GO BUCKS

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    4. Why is this Ohio State douchebag doing in Michigan fan site? go back to your parents' basement you unemployeed Ohio State slappie.

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    5. Or is this you, Ohio slappie? http://deadspin.com/176349/the-most-brilliant-thing-youll-see-all-day

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  6. Thunder ... imagine you're Hoke and you have an opportunity to talk to these recruits before the game. Do you say anything to them to prepare them for the probably outcome? (My guess is a coach can *never* hint at a game being a likely loss ... always point to the possible, not the probable.) Or do you play up how much the program needs young players like the assembled recruits to form the basis for the future and many more great Michigan / Ohio State games in the future? Or something else?

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    1. I think Hoke and Co. will stress that they need young talent to play in these games in the future, but I don't think Hoke will OVERplay that notion. He doesn't seem to be the type of guy who will gush over kids. I do think he would be somewhat honest about youth on the offensive line holding the offense back a little bit if Michigan loses, but he won't admit that before the game. That would show a lack of confidence.

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  7. I hope Dave Brandon sees the red wave of Ohiwhatever slappies doing that OH-IO crap in our house, gets mad enough so he will actually do something about it. God.

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  8. http://www.chatsports.com/michigan-wolverines/a/Father-of-Michigan-OLine-starter-vents-about-Michigan-coaching-staff-10-2-4603

    I wonder what thunder and rest of you may think about this?

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    1. No offense, but I try not to bring more attention to the author than what he already gets.

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  9. I was actually interested in reading that article until I saw the authors' name. Ace Williams. The skinny on him is he's a little high school brat that likes to stir the crap storm. Brian, or one of the mods over at Mgoblog, exposed him some time ago.

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    1. I know that's Ace Williams, but the source looked legit. that's why I asked.

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