Sunday, March 28, 2021

Review of 2009 Recruiting: Quarterbacks


Tate Forcier (#5) and Denard Robinson (#16, image via Maize and Blue Nation)

The 2009 recruiting class was Rich Rodriguez's first full recruiting class in Ann Arbor, and he did his best to bring in the type of running quarterback that had been successful for him at previous stops like West Virginia (Pat White) and Clemson (Woody Dantzler). Rodriguez did about as well as expected, landing two starting-caliber quarterbacks.

David Cone, RS Jr.
Nick Sheridan, RS Jr. (walk-on)

Tate Forcier
Ratings: 247 Composite 4-star, #4 dual-threat QB, #120 overall
High school: San Diego (CA) Scripps Ranch
College: Michigan San Jose State
Other notable offers: Florida, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford
Scoop: Forcier was an early enrollee in January 2009, the first true quarterback prospect to arrive on campus since Rich Rodriguez’s arrival.  He seized the starting job as a freshman and started all 12 games.  His most memorable game in a 5-7 season was against Notre Dame, in which he had a couple clutch touchdowns to finish off the Irish.  He finished the season 165-for-281 for 2,050 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions; he also gained 240 yards and had 3 touchdowns on the ground. However, Forcier fell out of favor with the coaches in the off-season and was demoted for his sophomore year in 2010 in favor of Denard Robinson. He played in 8 games and replaced an injured Robinson in the Illinois game, leading the team to a 67-65 victory in triple-overtime. Forcier finished his sophomore season 54-for-84 for 597 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions; he also rushed 22 times for 51 yards and 1 touchdown. He transferred to San Jose State University and sat out the 2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but left the school in January 2012 for academic reasons. He signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in spring 2012 but was cut from the team a month later.

Denard Robinson
Ratings: 247 Composite 4-star, #9 ATH, #121 overall
High school: Deerfield Beach (FL) Deerfield Beach
College: Michigan
Other notable offers: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State
Scoop: Robinson was recruited by many schools as an "athlete" or defensive back, and Michigan was one of only a couple schools offering him a chance to play quarterback. He was a late addition to the 2009 class, committing on National Signing Day in February. After being a backup/gadget player as a freshman, he went on to start for most of the next three seasons, a run ended by an elbow injury halfway through his senior year. Overall, he completed 57.2% of his passes for 6,250 yards, 49 touchdowns, and 39 interceptions. His biggest impact came in the running game, where the lightning-fast Robinson ran for 4,495 yards on 6.2 yards/carry and scored 42 touchdowns. He was an All-American in 2010, a two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection, and finished #6 in the Heisman voting in 2010. He was picked in the 5th round (#135 overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a running back and played for the Jags from 2013-2016, totaling 1,058 rushing yards and 5 total touchdowns.

Hit the jump for a look at the rest of Michigan's quarterback recruiting efforts in 2009.

2021 Michigan Pro Day Results


Chris Evans (image via Maize 'n' Brew)

Several NFL Draft hopefuls worked out at Michigan's pro day on Friday, March 26. Here are some of the noteworthy results:

WR Nico Collins (6'4", 215 lbs.)
40 time: 4.43 seconds
Bench press reps: 14
Vertical jump: 37.5"
Broad jump: 10'5 3/4"
3-cone drill: 6.71 seconds
5-10-5 drill: 4.32 seconds

Hit the jump for more.

Monday, March 22, 2021

2023 Recruiting Update: March 22, 2021


Alpharetta (GA) Milton defensive end Lebbeus Overton (image via 247 Sports)


Sydir Mitchell - DT - Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic: Mitchell is a 6'5", 330 lb. prospect with offers from Penn State, Texas A&M, and USC, among others. He's a 247 Sports 4-star, the #3 defensive tackle, and #53 overall.

Ethan Nation - CB - Roswell (GA) Roswell: Nation is a 6'0", 170-pounder with offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Notre Dame, among others. He made 35 tackles, 8 interceptions, and 6 pass breakups as a sophomore in 2020.

Hit the jump for more.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Class of 2021: Historical Recruiting Comparisons


J.J. McCarthy (image via SI)

In case you're not aware, I have a list of every Michigan recruit going back 20+ years and their rankings (LINK).

Below you will find each 2021 recruit and his closest ranked comparison by position in Michigan history. This might help boost - or temper - some expectations for what we will see from the class.

Hit the jump for the comparisons.

Monday, March 15, 2021

2022 Recruiting Update: March 15, 2021


St. Louis (MO) Lutheran North CB Toriano Pride (image via St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


Cornerback Will Johnson (LINK) and wide receiver Tay'shawn Trent (LINK) committed to Michigan.


T.J. Dudley - LB - Montgomery (AL) Catholic: Dudley is a 6'2", 210 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, LSU, and Penn State, among others. He's a 4-star, the #15 outside linebacker, and #171 overall. Both crystal balls for him right now are for Alabama.

Zane Durant - DE - Orlando (FL) Lake Nona: Durant is a 6'2", 251 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Indiana, Penn State, and USC, among others. He's a 4-star, the #22 strongside end, and #352 overall. As a junior in 2020, he made 40 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks. Fun fact: The last time Michigan landed a commitment from a Lake Nona product, it was quarterback Kevin Sousa during the Rich Rodriguez era, who decommitted and ended up at Wake Forest.

Kenneth Grant - DT - Merrillville (IN) Merrillville: Grant is a 6'4", 335-pounder with offers from Illinois, Nebraska, and Purdue, among others. He's a 247 Sports 3-star and the #67 defensive tackle. He's the type of big dude that Michigan has not recruited much of over the past several years, a space-eater.

Hit the jump for more.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Alan Bowman, Wolverine


Alan Bowman (image via Philadelphia Inquirer)

Former Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman announced on Twitter that he is transferring to Michigan.

Bowman was a product of Grapevine (TX) Grapevine in the 2018 class, ranked as a 3-star, the #37 pro-style quarterback, and #899 overall. (Note: Joe Milton was the #9 pro-style QB in that class.) Aside from Texas Tech, he also had offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Illinois, SMU, some Ivy League schools, etc.

Hit the jump for more.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Tay'shawn Trent, Wolverine


Eastpoint (MI) East Detroit WR Tay'shawn Trent (image via Freep)

Eastpoint (MI) East Detroit wide receiver Tay'shawn Trent committed to Michigan on Wednesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Kentucky, Michigan State, Penn State, and West Virginia, among others.

Trent is listed at 6'4" and 205 lbs.

ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #26 WR, #206 overall
Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #33 WR
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #63 WR

Hit the jump for more on Trent's commitment.

Monday, March 1, 2021

2022 Recruiting Update: March 1, 2021


Demari and Ja'Cari Henderson (image via Orlando Sentinel)


Joseph Adedire - DE - Arlington (TX) Mansfield Summit: Adedire is a 6'3", 250 lb. prospect with offers from Baylor, Colorado, and Indiana, among others. He's a 3-star, the #35 strongside end, and #525 overall. As a junior in 2020, he made 53 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks.

Kyle Efford - LB - Dacula (GA) Dacula: Efford is a 6'1", 220 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, and Iowa State, among others. He's a 3-star, the #32 inside linebacker, and #973 overall.

Mario Eugenio - DE - Clearwater (FL) Gaither: Eugenio is a 6'3", 230-pounder with offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, and Iowa State, among others. He's a 4-star, the #19 weakside end, and #366 overall.

Hit the jump for more.

Will Johnson, Wolverine


Grosse Pointe (MI) South CB Will Johnson (image via SI)

Grosse Pointe (MI) South cornerback Will Johnson committed to Michigan on Sunday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over offers from LSU, Ohio State, USC, and a bunch of others.

Johnson is listed at 6'3" and 190 lbs. He's a

ESPN: 4-star, 87 grade, #4 CB, #29 overall
Rivals: 5-star, 6.1 grade, #4 CB, #13 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 95 grade, #6 CB, #33 overall

Hit the jump for more.