Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Recruiting Update: April 23, 2013

Detroit (MI) Country Day wide receiver Maurice Ways
Fort Worth (TX) All Saint's Episcopal offensive guard Demetrius Knox decommitted from Texas.  Knox is a 6'4", 290 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and numerous others.  According to 247's Composite ranking, he's a 4-star, the #4 offensive guard, and the #77 player overall.  I do not expect Michigan to garner much attention from Knox this time around, either.

New Orleans (LA) John Curtis safety Mattrell McGraw was offered by Michigan.  He's a 6'0", 186 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon, and many others.  According to the 247 Composite rankings, he's a 3-star, the #51 safety, and the #593 player overall.  As a junior in 2012, he had 65 tackles, 1 sack, 4 interceptions (2 returned for touchdowns), 13 pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles.  He also claims a 4.46 forty, and I think he has the speed and change of direction to play cornerback in some schemes.  John Curtis is the same school as a couple other Michigan offerees, wide receiver Malachi Dupre and linebacker Kenny Young.

Chandler (AZ) Hamilton offensive tackle Casey Tucker decommitted from USC.  He's a 6'6", 270 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma, among others.  According to the 247 Composite rankings, he's a 4-star, the #6 offensive tackle, and the #55 player overall; he's committed play in the Under Armour All-America Game.  He has expressed an interest in revisiting Michigan's offer, so the Wolverines might be able to make a move.  Hamilton is the same school that former Michigan targets Cole Luke (Notre Dame) and Christian Westerman (Auburn) attended.

Detroit (MI) Country Day wide receiver Maurice Ways was offered by Michigan.  Ways is a 6'3", 195 lb. prospect with offers from Iowa, Kansas, Rutgers, and most of the MAC.  As a junior in 2012, he had 51 receptions for 952 yards and 9 touchdowns.  According to the 247 Composite rankings, he's a 3-star, the #76 wideout, and the #583 player overall.  Ways isn't the most agile or quickest receiver, but he's a good sized kid with a nice frame, good speed, and the ability to go up and get the ball.  Country Day is the alma mater of Michigan linebacker Kenny Demens.


East St. Louis (IL) East St. Louis defensive end Terry Beckner, Jr. was offered by Michigan.  He's a 6'5", 260 lb. prospect with offers from Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Purdue.  Beckner is the teammate of 2014 linebacker offeree Kyron Watson, who has named Michigan his leader.

ESPN released its top 150 players for the class of 2014.

Here's a list of visitors from last weekend.

247 Sports released its updated Top 247 for the class of 2014.


  1. That first play in Mo Ways' highlight film is ridiculous. "Wow, that tall, fast guy seems to be running straight up the field, should we cover him?" - "Nah"

  2. What do you think of offering another tall-but-not-the-quickest WR like Ways at this stage?

  3. I kind of liked the one where he tried to juke a couple kids and ended up just kind of running into both of them.

    Still, when he finds the ball, or sees space, he has an extra gear for getting there and he's not gonna fall down just because you hit him once and think he should.

    I'll be glad to get him.

  4. KJ Williams is another big outside receiver who has us at the top of his list. If Ways commits, do you think we still take Williams. With spots at a premium I think I'd rather look someone more like Artavis Scott, a guy who can do something in space.

  5. For what it's worth and probably not much, i like Ways a lot more than I do the more highly rated Williams and wish he would hurry up and commit already. I think he's significantly faster and tougher than Williams and besides Thunder poisoned me on Williams when he brought up LaTerryal Savoy.

    I say for what it's worth because I'm the guy who thinks Winovich is a better linebacker prospect than Berger and wish he'd hurry it up as well.

    If I had Harris and Ways in this class I'd be all over Scott to finish .... I'd be all over Scott anyway unless we suddenly were switched into some strange parallel universe where we get the kids from Glenville High School instead of the Buckeyes.

    It could happen ................... Nahhh!