Friday, February 22, 2013

Visitors: February 22-24, 2013

Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake offensive guard Mason Cole
Kyle Berger - LB - Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius: Berger is a 6'3", 205 lb. outside linebacker with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Tennessee, among others.  Most analysts seem to think that Berger's choice will come down to Michigan vs. Ohio State.  He attends the same high school - and is being recruited at the same position - as Michigan's current starter at SAM linebacker, Jake Ryan.

George Campbell - WR - Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake: Campbell, a 2015 prospect, is a 6'3", 180 lb. prospect with offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, and several others.  As a sophomore in 2012, he had 30 catches for 766 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Brian Cole - WR - Saginaw (MI) Heritage: Cole, another 2015 prospect, is a 6'2", 180 lb. cornerback with offers from Michigan and Michigan State.

Mason Cole - OG - Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake: I did a scouting report on Cole a few weeks ago.  Michigan is one of his leaders (along with Notre Dame), if not the outright front-runner.

Shaun Crawford - CB - Lakewood (OH) St. Edward's: Crawford, a 2015 prospect, is a 5'9", 165 lb. corner with offers from Illinois and Tennessee.  As a sophomore in 2012, he had 66 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 3 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.  He claims a 4.51 forty and a 10.8 time in the 100 meters.  Crawford attends the alma mater of Michigan offensive guard Kyle Kalis.

Michael Ferns III - LB - St. Clairsville (OH) St. Clairsville: Ferns committed to Michigan late in last year's regular season, becoming the first member of the 2014 class.  He put together some "Team 135" T-shirts that he plans to hand out/send to each of the other players who commits to Michigan, and he's combining with quarterback commit Wilton Speight to head up Michigan's recruiting efforts for the class.

Drake Harris - WR - Grand Rapids (MI) Christian: Harris is a 6'4", 180 lb. wideout with offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Tennessee, among others.  He's currently "committed" to Michigan State because he originally intended to play both basketball and football, but he will likely end up elsewhere because he has recently realized that football holds a better career future.

Elijah Hood - RB - Charlotte (NC) Catholic: Hood is a 6'0", 205 lb. running back with offers from Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, and Virginia Tech, among others.  He will be visiting Michigan on Sunday right after a visit to Notre Dame, his current leader.  As a junior in 2012, he ran for 3,309 yards and 48 touchdowns on just 278 carries.  Hood is neck-and-neck with Joe Mixon for my most desired running back in the class of 2014.

Lawrence Marshall - DE - Southfield (MI) Southfield: Marshall is a 6'3", 225 lb. defensive end with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State, and he was committed to Ohio State for a few days recently.  However, he followed that up with visits to the former two schools and decommitted.  As a sophomore in 2011, he had 79 tackles, 15 sacks, and 4 interceptions.

Malik McDowell - DE - Detroit (MI) Loyola: McDowell is a 6'7", 290 lb. strongside defensive end with offers from Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, USC, and others.  As a junior in 2012, he had 63 tackles, 15 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.  Michigan and Notre Dame appear to be the two front-runners.

Wilton Speight - QB - Richmond (VA) Collegiate: Speight committed to Michigan on National Signing Day.


  1. just got done watching e.hood jr year highlight tape whoa you better be prepared to tackle or this kid is going to deliver the boom

    1. Yep. There's a reason the kid's a 5-star talent - speed and power. I'm hoping he doesn't commit to Notre Dame...

  2. I know it's early, but do you see any of these guys committing in the next couple months? Or since they are all "big" recruits do you see them waiting a while? I am a little skeptical on landing Hood, McDowell and even Marshall. Thoughts?

    1. Who really knows? I don't think the 2015 kids will announce in the next couple months, but there's a decent chance that some of the 2014 guys will. Marshall already committed somewhere once, so he's obviously not anti-early commitment.

      I'm skeptical of landing Hood because his favorite is Notre Dame, but I think Michigan has a decent shot with McDowell and Marshall. Predicting things this far out (we're more than 11 months away from National Signing Day) is a bit of a fool's errand.

  3. On Cole.

    He takes a two point stance in the shotgun, and a three point stance when the QB goes up under center?

    What am I looking for here? don't think they drop back once from under center, but I might have missed one, I think I see him maybe telegraphing run/pass in the two point stance ..... mostly because I'm really trying to.

    He doesn't have much wasted weight for a kid advertised at 6'5, 275 and has some seriously nimble feet.

    I want him.

    1. If you look at the way his weight is distributed when he's in his stance, you can tell whether it's a run or pass. The two/three-point stance seems to be an indication (as is the formation), but that's a separate thing. Obviously, the coaches teach him whether to get in a two- or three-point stance.

  4. Is Jalen Embry visiting this weekend?

  5. Is Jalen Embry visiting this weekend?