Sunday, April 6, 2014

Visitors: April 4-6, 2014

New Lenox (IL) Providence Catholic wide receiver Miles Boykin
Some of these prospects will be on campus during the week, and some will be in town for Saturday's spring game. There should be numerous additions to this list throughout the week.

Chad Lindsay - C - The Woodlands (TX) The Woodlands: Lindsay was a 6'3", 307 lb. prospect coming out of high school in 2010. He was a 3-star prospect and the #30 offensive guard to Rivals, claiming a 425 lb. bench and a 530 lb. squat. Now listed at 6'2" (he lost an inch!) and 302 lbs., he is a graduate transfer prospect from Alabama, where he was a backup interior lineman for the past few seasons. He actually played against Michigan as a backup in the 2012 contest, and he started several games when starter Ryan Kelly was injured in 2013. Lindsay is looking at several possible destinations, including Ann Arbor, where his former offensive coordinator, Doug Nussmeier, now holds the same title with the Wolverines.

Manny Andrade - S - Allen Park (MI) Allen Park: Andrade is a 6'1", 205 lb. prospect with no current offers.

Miles Boykin - WR - New Lenox (IL) Providence Catholic: Boykin is a 6'5", 208 lb. prospect with offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin, among others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, the #22 wide receiver, #190 overall, and the #2 player in Illinois. Boykin, who claims a 4.41 forty, will be attending the spring game with Core6 Athletes, a training program for high school football players from the Chicago area. There are likely going to be 50-100 prospects in town for the game, so I probably won't be able to list them all here.

Caleb DeWeese - OG - DeKalb (IL) DeKalb:

Aleks Dragin - LB - Libertyville (IL) Libertyville: Dragin is a 6'2", 225 lb. prospect with no offers at this time.

Jack Dunaway - DE - Bloomfield Hills (MI) Brother Rice:

DeAndre Ford - OT - Joliet (IL) Catholic:

Marvin Franklin, Jr. - RB - Gibraltar (MI) Carlson:
 Franklin is a 6'0", 165 lb. prospect with no offers right now.

Aaron Garland - S - Oak Park (IL) Fenwick: Garland is a 6'0", 190 lb. prospect with offers from Buffalo, Central Michigan, Nevada, Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Western Michigan. He claims a 4.5 forty, a 295 lb. bench, and a 400 lb. squat.

Hale Hentges - TE - Jefferson City (MO) Helias: Hentges is a 6'4", 230 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas, and numerous others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, the #4 tight end, #132 overall, and #2 in his state. As a junior in 2013, he had 61 catches for 940 yards and 15 touchdowns. He will also be visiting Michigan State and Ohio State on his trip.

Brian Lewerke - QB - Phoenix (AZ) Pinnacle: Lewerke is a 6'3", 180 lb. prospect who has picked up offers from offers from Ole Miss, Florida, and Michigan State in the last month. I did a scouting report on Lewerke (and other quarterbacks) in February. I wouldn't be totally surprised if the Wolverines extended an offer, although I'm not necessarily expecting it.

Jordan McInerney - DE - Libertyville:

David Moorman - OT - Pinckney (MI) Northville: Moorman is a 6'5", 275 lb. prospect with offers from Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Western Michigan. He's a 247 Composite 3-star, the #47 offensive tackle, #393 overall, and #6 in-state. He has visited Michigan a handful of times and seems like a kid who will end up at MSU or U of M if either/both offer.

Martez Morton - DE - Oak Park (MI) Oak Park: Morton is a 6'4", 225 lb. prospect with no offers right now. He's the teammate of a few quality prospects, including John Kelly (offer from MSU) and Shahid Bellamy (committed to CMU).

Flynn Nagel - WR - Lemont (IL) Lemont: Nagel is a 5'11", 180 lb. prospect with offers from Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue, and a bunch of MAC schools. He's a 247 Composite 3-star, the #61 wideout, #498 overall, and #6 in Illinois. As a junior in 2013, he had 103 catches for 1,504 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Chuck Norgle - QB - Lombard (IL) Montini Catholic: Norgle is a 6'2", 205 lb. prospect with no offers right now.

Atakan Pekpolat - OT - Libertyville (IL) Libertyville:

Jon Runyan, Jr. - OG - Natrona Heights (PA) St. Joseph's: Runyan committed to Michigan last year. I recently posted my initial TTB Ratings for Michigan's 2015 commits.

Kyonta' Stallworth - OG - Detroit (MI) King: Stallworth is a 6'4", 270 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee, but he committed to Michigan State in August of 2013. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, the #28 offensive tackle, #262 overall, and #3 in-state. He recently transferred from St. Clair Shores (MI) South Lake and is now teammates with linebacker Tyriq Thompson, whose father Clarence played at Michigan in the '90's.

Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. - TE - Manlius (NY) Canisius: Wheatley is a 6'6", 260 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Miami, Michigan, Penn State, and USC, among others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, the #7 tight end, #178 overall, and #1 in the state of New York. As a junior in 2013, he had 16 receptions for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with 41 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries. Obviously, he's the son of former Michigan running back Tyrone Wheatley, who's currently the running backs coach for the Buffalo Bills.

Eddie Zinn-Turner - DT - Malvern (OH) Malvern: Zinn-Turner is a 6'3", 280 lb. prospect with no offers at this time.

Hit the jump for the 2016 and 2017 visitors.

Ben Bredeson - OT - Hartland (WI) Arrowhead:
 Bredeson is a 6'5", 270 lb. prospect with offers from Iowa State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. He figures to be one of the top few prospects in the state of Wisconsin, if not the best.

Christian Bobak - RB - Hinsdale (IL) Central: Bobak is a 5'11", 175 lb. prospect with no offers right now. He claims a 4.6 forty and averaged 6.5 yards/carry as a sophomore in 2013. He's a teammate of 2014 Michigan signee Ian Bunting.

Jacob Cerny - OG - Traverse City (MI) West:

Donnie Corley - WR - Wyandotte (MI) Roosevelt: Corley is a 6'2", 160 lb. prospect with no offers yet, but he has recently created some buzz with camp performances and should be in line to snag several offers before all is said and done.

Deaven Covington - RB - Chicago Heights (IL) Marian Catholic:

Messiah DeWeaver - QB - Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison: DeWeaver is a 6'3", 195 lb. prospect with offers from Kentucky and Louisville. As a sophomore in 2013, he had 2,300 yards passing and 27 total touchdowns (21 passing, 6 rushing). He has visited Michigan numerous times and is friends with redshirt freshman linebacker Mike McCray, a former high school teammate. Interestingly, DeWeaver's two Crystal Ball picks on 247 Sports are in favor of Notre Dame, who has not offered him. He will be on Michigan's campus Tuesday, April 1.

Jeremy Fejedelem - S - Lemont (IL) Lemont:

Brendan Ferns - LB - St. Clairsville (OH) St. Clairsville: Ferns is a 6'3", 212 lb. prospect with offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Virginia. He's the younger brother of incoming Michigan freshman linebacker Michael Ferns, but from what I've heard, he's more fond of Penn State.

Daelin Hayes - LB - Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary's: Hayes is a 6'3", 225 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, and Tennessee. He's the younger cousin of Michigan running back Justice Hayes. Daelin missed most of his sophomore year due to a shoulder injury.

Lavert Hill - CB - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Hill is a 5'11", 165 lb. prospect with no offers at this time. He's the younger brother of Michigan sophomore safety Delano Hill.

Jesse Johnson - S - Detroit (MI) King:

Khalid Kareem - DE - Farmington Hills (MI) Harrison: Kareem is a 6'4", 225 lb. prospect with no offers at this time. He attends the alma mater of Michigan junior defensive end Mario Ojemudia and wide receiver Devin Funchess, and he's teammates with Mario's brother Michael.

Brendan O'Hara - LB - New Lenox (IL) Providence Catholic: O'Hara is a 6'1", 210 lb. prospect with no offers right now.

Josiah Purchase - WR - Olympia Fields (IL) Rich Central: Purchase is a 5'11", 175 lb. prospect without any current offers.

Emmanuel Rugamba - WR - Naperville (IL) Central: Rugamba is a 6'0", 170 lb. prospect with no offers right now. He visited Michigan earlier this winter for a basketball game.

Michael Sessa - QB - Hinsdale (IL) Central:

Quayvon Skanes - WR - Chicago (IL) Phillips: Skanes is a 5'11", 170 lb. prospect with no offers at this time.

Drew Tyler-Harvey - ATH - Crete (IL) Monee:

Mikale Washington - QB - Detroit (MI) King:

Terius Wheatley - RB - Manlius (NY) Canisius:

Abdulaah Yaseen - CB - Oak Park (MI) Oak Park:

Joshua Bean - QB - Hinsdale (IL) Central:

Johnathan Berghorst - DE - Zeeland (MI) East:
 Berghorst is a 6'3", 220 lb. prospect with no offers at this time. He has been earning a little bit of buzz for his play during his freshman year and has been visiting the big-time programs in the midwest lately, like Michigan, Michigan State, and Notre Dame.

Connor Lillig - ATH - Oak Park (IL) Bishop Fenwick:

Martez Malone - WR - New Lenox (IL) Providence Catholic:

Corey Malone-Hatcher - DE - St. Joseph (MI) St. Joseph: Malone-Hatcher is a 6'3", 205 lb. prospect with no offers at this time. He has visited Michigan a few times this year. He will likely be one of the top few in-state prospects for his class, and he was named a MaxPreps Freshman All-America in 2013. He will also be in Ann Arbor on Tuesday. EDIT: Malone-Hatcher is now planning to visit Alabama this weekend.

Josh Myers - OT - Miamisburg (OH) Miamisburg: Myers is a 6'5", 275 lb. prospect with offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee, among others, despite being just a rising sophomore. He visited Michigan and was offered in mid-February, but the Buckeyes are probably going to be tough to beat. He will join DeWeaver and Malone-Hatcher on Tuesday in Ann Arbor.

Mark Patritto - WR - Rochester (MI) Adams: Patritto is a 5'11", 160 lb. prospect with no offers at this time.

Sean Rattay - OG - Toledo (OH) St. John's:

Joshua Ross - LB - Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary's: Ross is a 6'2", 190 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, and Oklahoma. He missed half of his freshman season due to a broken ankle. He's the younger brother of Michigan junior linebacker James Ross.

Ricky Smalling - WR - Oak Lawn (IL) Brother Rice: Smalling is a 6'0", 175 lb. prospect with no offers right now. He claims a 225 lb. bench and a 375 lb. squat.

Ambry Thomas - WR - Detroit (MI) King:

Justin Weller - S - La Grange Park (IL) Nazareth Academy: Weller is a 5'11", 180 lb. prospect with no offers at this time. As a freshman in 2013, he had 35 receptions for 750 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he had 35 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble on defense.

Kyle Wood - QB - Rochester (MI) Adams: Wood is a 6'0", 185 lb. prospect with no offers at this time. He also visited Michigan for a basketball game earlier this winter.


  1. Having gone through much of the 2015 video for LBs, I'm agreeing with Thunder on Darrin Kirkland and can't figure out how it is that he doesn't have an offer, unless there is something there that has nothing to do with football. He makes me think a little of James Ross at the same age, only bigger, maybe not quite as quick, but always right there on the football.

    Maybe there is some grand scheme, but it makes no sense to me.

    1. Well, Kirkland just received his offer. This was a timely comment.

    2. Do you think maybe they're following me?

    3. It's fairly common for centers on a football team to lose an inch while playing; if you notice, he also lost five pounds, which is about an inch's worth. Conversely, centers in basketball will often gain the same inch that football centers lose. I think it's a physics thing that balances it out.

  2. Lindsay is this year's Lewan. He won't be sniffing a 1st round NFL spot, but for Michigan's fate, his availability is epic. Would give us a solid reliable center, fix a deficiency at tackle or guard (via Glasgow sliding over), and generally shore up OL depth as our worst starter becomes a backup. Not to mention that he'd stabilize the entire offense just by knowing Nussmeir's offense.

    The talent is world's apart but the transfer's impact could be even greater than Lewan's return. Cross your fingers.

    1. Sounds like a perfect fit -- Lindsay already knows the Nussmeier offense and would most likely get extensive snaps throughout the year. Having a solid fifth-year guy in the middle to run Nussmeier's schemes would be a great shot in the arm. All of my fingers are crossed. He might save Hoke's job -- could be the difference between 8-9 win season and 10-11 win season.

    2. Hoke isn't getting fired. Any Michigan talking about this is just putting unnecessary negativity into the program that can have consequences in recruiting.

    3. Ok, Hoke is never getting fired regardless of his performance according to you. I think that kind of thinking might do more harm than good. No need to get extra defensive -- everybody knows this is a critical year for him and the program. I want him to succeed as much as anybody

  3. If we go 8-4 this year, why should Hoke keep his job? He'll have been here four years and improved our on-field performance essentially not at all in that case. If he's still getting his ass kicked by teams like MSU and Nebraska (who he's been out-recruiting on paper by a mile), why should we hang on to a guy who clearly isn't taking this program upward? One more mediocre season with only meh player development, and our recruiting will dry up, and we'll just be throwing good money after bad by keeping him around. He and his staff have been cut all of the slack they deserve, given the sub-par recruiting by RR, but the roster will be virtually all theirs this year, and it's time for the excuses to end.

    And let's hope they are going after Lindsay HARD, and not turning up their nose because he wasn't one of theirs to begin with. A solid anchor in the middle of our Oline, with starting experience at a top program, would make a huge difference this year. Our alternatives at center are a mediocre Miller and (a hopefully talented for the future) Kugler, who has yet to play a down.

    1. Yup. I hope like hell they are going after Chad Lindsay with everything they got. They need the fifth-year Lindsay to run the O-line in the middle. In all likelihood our defense will get better with young guys maturing (Frank Clark, Blake Countess, Jake Ryan, Joe Bolden, the list goes on). The offense has to deliver now.

      Hoke shouldn't survive another 7-5 or 8-4 type of season. Let's Go Blue.

  4. Why are people still talking about firing Hoke? How the hell is UM supposed to play, let alone recruit with a revolving door at coach?