Monday, February 2, 2015

Whom might Michigan recruit before National Signing Day?

Bloomfield Hills (MI) Brother Rice wide receiver Grant Perry (image via
Michigan has several spots remaining in the 2015 class, and time is running short to fill out the class. At this juncture options are generally limited to guys from the region (Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, etc.) who may have visited Michigan on their own dime previously. Also, players committed to powerhouse schools generally won't flip their commitment, so Michigan's coaching staff has to consider players who have pledged to lower tier schools. All that being considered, here is at least one name from each position group to consider for a Michigan offer in the less than 48 hours before National Signing Day.

Quarterback: Michigan already has two quarterbacks in the 2015 class, but Muskegon (MI) Mona Shores' Tyree Jackson is probably the next best option in the state behind Alex Malzone. Jackson is 6'4", 210 lbs., has a fairly strong arm, and runs pretty well for his size. He's a 247 Composite 3-star and #24 in the state.

Running back: Auburn Hills (MI) Avondale's Joshuwa Holloman is a speedster, albeit one without a whole lot of wiggle. The 5'11", 180 lb. back has reported a 40 time in the 4.3's and is currently committed to Cincinnati. He's a 247 Composite 3-star and #13 in the state.

Fullback: Michigan was able to get Detroit (MI) Cass Tech linebacker/fullback Michael Oliver on campus this past weekend, even though he's a Central Michigan commit. While an offer has not yet been extended, he was Mike Weber's fullback in high school and could play on either side of the ball or special teams. He's a 247 Composite 3-star and #48 in the state.

Wide receiver: Bloomfield Hills (MI) Brother Rice wideout Grant Perry had been yearning for a Michigan offer, partly so he could play with the guy who threw him so many passes in high school, Alex Malzone. The former coaching regime had been keeping a close eye on him, but the new staff seemed to have put him on the back burner. A Northwestern commit, the 247 Composite 3-star and #12 in-state prospect stands 6'0", 185 lbs. and could be a reliable possession receiver.

Hit the jump for the rest of the positions.

Tight end: Grand Rapids (MI) West Catholic tight end Bryce Witham committed to Minnesota recently, but I really like him as an H-back type of player and I'm surprised that he didn't receive more recruiting attention. The 6'4", 240 lb. prospect is a 247 Composite 3-star and #27 in-state. Since he's committed to a decent Big Ten school already, I'll also throw out Macomb (MI) Dakota's Daniel Crawford, who is committed to Northern Illinois and also seems to fit the profile of a Jim Harbaugh tight end.

Offensive line: St. Joseph (MI) St. Joseph offensive guard Wesley French is a 6'5", 300 lb. prospect who's committed to Western Michigan. He camped at U of M last summer and has a decent offer list. He could also potentially play defensive tackle. French is a 247 Composite 3-star and #15 in the state.

Defensive end: I don't think he's a legitimate option, but I have been impressed by the film on Romulus (MI) Romulus defensive end Immanuel Stinson. He has a quick first step and could be a good pass rusher. He's a 247 Composite 3-star and #16 in the state.

Defensive tackle: West Bloomfield (MI) West Bloomfield defensive tackle Eddy Wilson II is a big kid who moves pretty well. He's currently committed to Purdue, and Michigan has a history of swiping Purdue commits. Wilson is a 6'4", 265 lb. prospect who's a 247 Composite 3-star and #26 in-state.

Linebacker: I think linebacker is a somewhat weak class within the state, but Lansing (MI) Sexton's Rayshawn Wilborn is a 6'4", 210 lb. prospect who's a 247 Composite 3-star, #17 in the state, and committed to Central Michigan. He could play a number of positions in college, including inside linebacker, outside linebacker, or defensive end.

Cornerback: Grand Rapids (MI) Ottawa Hills athlete Samuel Beal is an intriguing prospect. He's speedy, 6'2", and 177 lbs. He might have more upside as a receiver, but he could play either spot in college. He's currently committed to Western Michigan and is a 2-star and #51 in the state.

Safety: Saline (MI) Saline's Tyrone Miller has visited Michigan several times, committed to Central Michigan, and then recently flipped to Kansas. He probably does not have the speed to stick at corner, but he might be able to help out at safety. He's a 247 Composite 3-star and #19 in the state.

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