Monday, March 31, 2014

Recruiting Update: March 31, 2014

Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius defensive end Dre'Mont Jones (#86) (image via 247 Sports)
Richmond (VA) St. Christopher's cornerback Garrett Taylor committed to Michigan last Monday.

Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius defensive end Dre'Mont Jones was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'5", 250 lb. prospect with offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and Ohio State. He's also a 247 Composite 4-star, the #14 strongside end, #294 overall, and the #15 player in the Buckeye State. Jones is quick off the ball but he could be one of those guys who grows into a 3-tech defensive tackle. Michigan has gone after several St. Ignatius prospects in recent years, but the last one they landed was linebacker Jake Ryan in the 2010 class. Jones himself appears to be leaning heavily toward Ohio State.

Merrillville (IN) Andrean linebacker Josh Barajas committed to Penn State. Michigan had been in his top three, but Penn State pulled ahead on a recent visit. This may open the door for a player like Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central linebacker Darrin Kirkland, Jr. to be offered, and Michigan would likely jump to the top of Kirkland's list.

Dallas (TX) South Oak Cliff safety Prentice McKinney committed to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish and Michigan were supposedly his top two, but obviously, the Irish pulled ahead. He has yet to visit South Bend, and sometimes those types of commitments are a little iffy before all is said and done.

Here's a short list of this past weekend's visitors.

I did a scouting report on Lawrenceville (NJ) Lawrenceville School offensive tackle Grant Newsome.

Over at Recruiting Season, I profiled Avonte' Bell, Parker Underwood, Shahid Bellamy, Cameron Lewis, and Thiyo Lukusa. If you have a teammate or player who's a Division I prospect and has yet to be profiled, drop me an e-mail or leave a comment.


  1. As a life long Michigan fan, I am uncertain as to why they are not pursuing a somewhat local product in Toledo Ohio. Chris Green met with Urban Meyer on Saturday, and I am in contact with the family and was told they were very impressed, and were told by Urban that he is very, very interested in Green. His film is ridiculous and his physique now is amazing. He hold 12 offers from D1 schools, and has OSU and MSU paying him visits, but nothing from Michigan. Incredible talent Michigan is letting get away. If anyone who knows this kid, or have seen him play in person he is a player.

    1. He doesn't hold an offer from MSU or OSU.

    2. I'm not sure if you're the same person who keeps lobbying for Green to get an offer, but I'm not as big of a fan of Green as you are. He's pretty limited athletically and looks like a two-down MIKE linebacker to me. He's certainly aggressive, but I don't think he's an "incredible" talent by any stretch of the imagination.

  2. Scout seems to think that Kirkland is about to commit to either Penn State or Tennesee. He looks like an inside Linebacker to me, in a year that we seems to be looking for Sam.

    Barajas looks to me to be about as good a young coverage linebacker as you are ever gonna see. I might have already said that, but I really do like him, even at Penn State.

    1. Kirkland is announcing in May, so there's still time to get in if Michigan wants to do so. He does look like an inside linebacker, but Barajas looks like a MIKE linebacker, too.