Monday, May 12, 2014

Recruiting Update: May 12, 2014

Newport (WA) Newport offensive guard
Calvin Throckmorton
Newport (WA) Newport offensive guard Calvin Throckmorton was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'5", 268 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona, Miami, Oregon, Washington, and Washington State, among others. He's a 3-star, the #58 offensive tackle, and #521 overall. I can only find his sophomore highlights, but he while he's listed as a tackle by some recruiting websites, I believe his feet are a little too heavy and he will probably end up playing guard at the next level. Throckmorton mentioned that he would like to visit Michigan this summer and hopes to decide before his senior season.

Pittsburgh (PA) Baldwin offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins committed to Penn State. At one time Jenkins was considered a Michigan lean, but the hiring of James Franklin as head coach gave the Nittany Lions a lot of momentum. On the same day Jenkins announced, Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's Prep quarterback Brandon Wimbush announced for Penn State, too. Wimbush had been under consideration for a Michigan offer, although the Wolverines have dragged their feet on offering new quarterbacks for the 2015 class. They have not been shy about offering committed prospects (such as Blake Barnett and David Sills), but at some point, you probably have to jump into a recruitment that isn't already "finalized."

Many Michigan fans are fretting about recruiting at this point, in part because Penn State is off to such a hot start. It's important to remember that Michigan was in Penn State's boat last year. The Wolverines had the top recruiting class or one of the top few recruiting classes on several sites last year, but other schools flew past as Michigan slowed down. Part of that may have been due to the Wolverines' mediocre season, but it was also a product of Michigan having just 16 scholarships to give in the 2014 class. The just completed 2014 NFL Draft gives the coaches some ammunition because they can point to the #11 and #95 overall picks both coming from Michigan, not to mention record-setting wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, who went #244 overall in large part due to his size.

Here's a working list of players Michigan's coaches have been visiting this month.

Last week on Recruiting Season, I profiled Dakota's Daniel Crawford, St. Johns' Austin Ervin, Harrison's Michael Ojemudia, West Bloomfield's Eddie Wilson, and East English Village's Anton Curtis.

1 comment:

  1. I might agree that our three draftee's might give our coaches some ammunition if other schools we compete against for recruits were sending even more people to the league. If anything pointing to the draft might cause players to look at schools like say OSU, ND, Penn State, even Iowa had more players drafted.

    I was hopeful following the Hoke hire that he would be the answer (I didn't love it at first, but got behind him fairly fast) but after three years of watching the product on the field go backwards I'm a little skeptical now. I hope this year proves he's the man going forward, but I've got a bad feeling about things right now and until there is a lot more positives surrounding this program recruiting is going to continue to suffer.