Monday, June 15, 2015

2016 Recruiting Update: June 15, 2015

Norco (CA) Norco quarterback Victor Viramontes (image via Press Enterprise)
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Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic cornerback Antwaine Richardson committed to Michigan on Friday (LINK).

Cooper City (FL) Cooper City defensive end Rashad Weaver committed to Michigan on Sunday (LINK).

Carson (CA) Calabasas safety Marquel Dismuke decommitted from Cal. He's a 6'1", 180 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan and Nebraska, among others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, the #10 safety, and #246 overall. Dismuke was an early offer by the Jim Harbaugh staff, and he committed to Cal surprisingly early when Michigan thought they had a chance. The Wolverines still might be able to pull him in, but the decommitment came a couple weeks after Nebraska offered, and the Cornhuskers have 89% of the Crystal Ball votes.

Norco (CA) Norco safety Troy Dye was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'3", 200 lb. prospect with offers from Colorado and Oregon, among others. He's a 247 Composite 3-star, the #41 safety, and #634 overall. He earned his offer at the satellite camp in Mission Viejo. Listed as a safety, he moves like a linebacker and should probably be reclassified by 247 Sports. Regardless, he has some upside as an outside linebacker and still probably slots in as a 3-star prospect. Michigan was his favorite school growing up. His father was born in Michigan and played football at San Jose State (so why not go play for Al Borges and Greg Robinson?), where he also had a baseball career that led to the Houston Astros organization.

Cartersville (GA) Cartersville tight end Miller Forristall was offered by Michigan and then committed to Alabama. He's a 6'5", 220 lb. prospect who's a 247 Composite 3-star, the #20 tight end, and #486 overall. As a junior in 2014, he caught 32 passes for 600 yards and 8 touchdowns. The home state Bulldogs never stepped forward with an offer.

Hit the jump for a couple more 2016 offers, some guys who committed elsewhere, and some random bits and pieces.

Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan safety/linebacker Devin Gil decommitted from Miami. He's a 6'1", 205 lb. prospect who also holds offers from Colorado, Louisville, and South Florida, among others. He's a 247 Composite 3-star, the #63 safety, and #941 overall. Gil visited Michigan with a couple teammates this past weekend, and he decommitted from the Hurricanes during the visit, saying he wanted to see who else would show interest in him. He plays safety and that's where 247 Sports has him pegged, but he looks like he'll be a linebacker at the next level. His Crystal Ball is 100% in favor of Michigan right now.

Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan safety Josh Metellus decommitted from Georgia Southern. He's a 6'0", 187 lb. prospect with offers from Florida International, Miami-OH, Middle Tennessee State, and South Alabama. He's a 247 Composite 2-star, the #139 safety, and #1957 overall. He is a teammate of Gil and 2016 linebacker Devin Bush, Jr. and visited Michigan this past weekend.

Norco (CA) Norco quarterback Victor Viramontes was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'2", 220 lb. prospect with offers from Colorado, Nebraska, Washington State, and Wisconsin, among others. He's a 247 Composite 3-star, the #48 athlete, and #676 overall. A teammate of Dye's, Viramontes attended the second California satellite camp, in Fresno, and earned his offer after Harbaugh saw him run and throw. As a junior in 2014, he was 123/228 passing (53.9%) for 1,784 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions; more impressively, he ran the ball 214 times for 1,757 yards (8.2 yards/carry) and 18 touchdowns. Even better is that his nickname is "Vicious Vic," so if he ever decides to pursue MMA, he's got a pretty nice, alliterative name for it: Vicious Vic Viramontes. (You can hear Michael Buffer saying that name, can't you?) Anyway, Viramontes is a veritable virtuoso on the field who has various valuable skills, like vision and a vibrant arm, to victimize a defense on his way to taking a viselike, victorious grip on a quarterback job. (That's my way of saying that Vicious Vic can probably go somewhere and be The Man at quarterback in this class, rather than possibly playing second violin fiddle to Brandon Peters.) If quarterback doesn't work out for him, he could probably play running back, fullback, H-back, linebacker, or maybe strong safety at the college level.

Fort Lauderdale (FL) Cooper City tight end Rashad Weaver was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'4", 245 lb. prospect with offers from Illinois and Syracuse, among others. He's a 247 Composite 2-star, the #112 defensive tackle, and #1803 overall. He claims a 4.9 forty. Weaver has decent speed but has a lot of technical holes in his game; he's also a big body who could project anywhere from tight end to defensive end to defensive tackle to perhaps even offensive tackle. He reminds me of New Jersey athlete Jake Pickard from the 2015 class, who was committed to Wisconsin, earned a late offer from Michigan, and ended up signing with Syracuse. Weaver almost immediately named Michigan his top school. The Wolverines are recruiting him as an "athlete" but saying he can play tight end to start his career.

Manor (TX) Manor defensive end Erick Fowler committed to LSU. He initially showed some interest in the Wolverines, but nothing had transpired in recent weeks between the two parties.

Cranford (NJ) Cranford offensive tackle Will Fries committed to Penn State. He had recently visited Michigan and put the Wolverines in his top group, but that seemed like a formality before a looming commitment to the Nittany Lions.

Mechanicsville (VA) Atlee safety Jaqui "J.J." Givens committed to South Carolina. The co-defensive coordinator at South Carolina is Jon Hoke, the older brother of former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke.

Converse (TX) Judson defensive end Alton Robinson committed to Texas A&M.

Byesville (OH) Meadowbrook offensive guard Josh Sills committed to West Virginia.

New Orleans (LA) Brother Martin tight end Irvin Smith committed to Texas A&M on an unofficial visit. He is the son of former Notre Dame and NFL tight end Irv Smith. He is also a teammate of 2016 tight end Peyton Aucoin and 2017 linebacker Bruce Jordan-Swilling, both of whom have Michigan offers.

Chesapeake (VA) Indian River linebacker Jaquan Yulee committed to Alabama. Despite listing Michigan early as one of his top schools, he never visited. Recently, the Wolverines dropped out of his top five, and then he became a Crimson Tide. Which sounds weird.

Here's a list of some (but not nearly all) of the participants in Michigan's Exposure U camp (LINK).

Here are the notable prospects who took part in Michigan's 2015 Summer Swarm tour, which ended last week (LINK).

Here's yet another list, this one of visitors from this past weekend and Sound Mind Sound Body campers (LINK).

Scout released a new top 300 for 2016 (LINK).

Houston (TX) Aldine MacArthur defensive end Isaiah Chambers named Michigan to his top ten.

Abbotsford (BC) Abbotsford tight end Chase Claypool named Michigan to his top three.

Rancho Santa Margarita (CA) Rancho Santa Margarita wide receiver Dylan Crawford named Michigan to his top ten.

Los Angeles (CA) Loyola cornerback David Long, Jr. named Michigan to his top ten. The guys at 247 Sports have said at times that Long is the staff's top cornerback target.

Avon (IN) Avon quarterback Brandon Peters, a Michigan commit, was named a finalist for the 2015 Elite 11.

Florence (AL) Florence fullback/linebacker Erroll Thompson named Michigan to his top five. Michigan is recruiting him to play both positions. He is believed to be a strong Alabama lean, however.

Over on Recruiting Season, I updated profiles for:


  1. Let's see if I'm getting the hang of this thing when it comes to Defensive Linemen.

    Rashad Weaver, needs a lot of coaching, doesn't use his hands well ... at all really ... to shed blocks, gets tied up, has no bull rush and gets held up by smaller guys when he engages directly, can penetrate when attacking a gap, doesn't drive his feet through tackles. Can run some, although not even close to a quick twitch athlete, hustles, has a knack for finding and blocking passes.

    Looks maybe more like a tight end. He also looks like he can add a bunch of weight.

    66. If he has an offer from Air Force, he's getting grades, so there's that. He looks to me like a big galumph. I'm hoping he caught up with his body and was flying around a lot better than he is on his Junior film. Or he soaked up every bit of coaching he got at camp and demonstrated it on the next rep. Preferably both.

  2. Thunder, where do you see this class going as spots seem to be filling up quickly. I think the original projection was 16-18 open spots but do you see this class being larger than that? I know we previously discussed some medical redshirts that have yet to be released formally by the university so that would add to the number of spots in this class. Do you have any idea about some attrition for next season?

    1. I know of four guys who will not be returning this fall. I'm sure there will be more attrition after the season from guys who transfer, do not get fifth years, etc. Personally, I think 25 seems like a stretch and I don't quite see how we get there, but I think we'll get close, at the very least. The "insiders" are hinting that this will be a full class of 25, if not more.

      I'm not really worried about spots at this point. There are a couple positions that need to be addressed (such as cornerback and linebacker), but otherwise, I think there will be enough spots to allow for big-time players to commit if they want to do so.

    2. Not that I put a lot of stock into Henson but I have read similar things on other sites. Like you said it seems like a stretch to get to 25 but here it is...