Saturday, February 16, 2013

Visitors: February 15-17, 2013

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech running back Mikey Weber
Joshua Alabi - DT - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Alabi, a 2015 prospect, is a 6'5", 245-pounder with offers from Michigan and Michigan State.  Cass Tech has also sent numerous players to Michigan in recent years, including 2013 prospects David Dawson, Delano Hill, and Jourdan Lewis. UPDATE: Alabi did not end up making the trip.

Jayru Campbell - QB - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Campbell, a 2015 prospect, is a 6'3", 190 lb. quarterback with offers from Alabama, Michigan State, and Notre Dame.  As a sophomore in 2012, he had 2,000 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions.  He led the Technicians to state championships in his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Daniel Helm - TE - Chatham (IL) Glenwood: Helm is a 6'5", 220 lb. tight end with offers from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina State, Northwestern, and Tennessee.  Rivals recently ranked him the #201 player overall for the class of 2014.  As a junior in 2012, he had 44 receptions for 810 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Gary Hosey - RB/LB - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Hosey is a 6'0", 225 lb. inside linebacker or fullback with offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, and Toledo.

Keith Jones - DE - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Jones is a 6'0", 240 lb. defensive end with no offers at this time.  He claims a 4.74 forty time and a 315 lb. bench press, both of which are impressive numbers for someone his age.  He's somewhat short for an FBS defensive end prospect, but he still has a couple years to grow.

Mikey Weber - RB - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Weber, a 2015 prospect, is a 5'10", 190 lb. back with offers from Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, and Syracuse.  As a sophomore in 2012, he had 1,700 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.

Parrker Westphal - CB - Bolingbrook (IL) Bolingbrook: Westphal is a 6'0", 186 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, among others.  As a junior in 2012, he had 51 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery. He's a thick-bodied corner who is being recruited as a boundary corner and potentially a slot corner, but I think he also has the size to potentially play either safety position.  While he doesn't have great speed, he's fast enough to be a quality player at the next level.  Westphal has maintained throughout most of the recruiting process that Michigan is his leader, so it would not surprise me if he commits at any time.  His high school coach Todd Howard had 151 tackles, 8 interceptions, and 33 pass breakups as a cornerback for Michigan from 1998-2001.

Several class of 2013 signees are visiting campus, including Derrick Green.


  1. Now that Lawrence Marshall has decommited from OSU, any possibility he commits to Michigan soon?

    1. Considering he committed to OSU and then decommitted three days later, anything's possible. Who knows?

    2. Malik McDowell would be better... a man child!

  2. I am surprised to see you say that Westphal doesn't have great speed. All the other sites seem to think he's a sub-4.5 guy. Do you think he's significantly slower than that, or do you mean that he doesn't "play fast" based on watching his film?

    1. Well, virtually all of those 40 times listed are fudged a bit. If he's listed at 4.5, he's probably a 4.6 guy.

      Is he "fast" compared to most high schoolers? Sure.

      Is he "fast" compared to most elite corners? No.

      I judge more by the latter comparison rather than the former. And he doesn't seem to "play fast." He has decent speed, and he's not a bad player by any means. I had a conversation over on MGoBlog where someone said he should be significantly higher ranked, and I said he seems pretty accurately ranked at #213 on Rivals. Good prospect, but not "elite" in my opinion.

  3. We need to get Mikey Weber. Keep the Cass Tech pipeline open and I just like "Mikey"

    1. I like Weber, but I don't know that Michigan "needs" him. There are a lot of good prospects out there. Before National Signing Day 2015, chances are there will be a couple more high quality prospects out of Cass Tech, in addition to Alabi and Weber.

  4. Hey Magnus, thanks for allowing the anonymous posts again! I hate seeing just Lankownia post - they are the worst.

    Which of these recruits would you want on the team? After watching their tape:

    Alabi- I don't see it from the tape. He doesn't play with tremendous technique, and it doesn't look like he's a weight room warrior either. I trust Hoke's judgement, but he doesn't look like a game changer.
    Campbell - I think he could be something special if we had a quarterback coach who could develop him. He seems to have some bad habits, but he has all the physical tools to be great.
    Helm - Inconclusive based on video evidence.
    Hosey - Looks faster than Weber. I could see him at linebacker or fullback.
    Jones - poor tackling form. I like his athleticism
    Weber - Taking into account he's only a sophomore, I like his tape. He's not as fast or agile as I would like him to be, but I do think he could be productive.
    Westphal - instinctual. Lacks physicality. When I see him giving receivers a 7 yard cushion, it looks like they're playing a cover 0. I would like to see more footage of him jamming receivers at the line.

    Recruits I would like the most - Westphal or Campbell.

    1. To Anonymous, why do you feel that you need to post anonymously? Just wondering.. I read this blog all the time and while I don't think that I've posted anything before, I don't see a good reason not to use at least a handle.

      Thunder, great blog. Keep it up.

    2. To be honest - too lazy to create a different account.