Recruiting Update: October 2, 2011

ADDED TO THE BOARD

Tampa (FL) Middleton wide receiver Richard Benjamin (class of 2013) has been offered by the Wolverines. He's a 6'1", 180 lb. receiver with offers from every powerhouse program in the country. He had 19 receptions for 528 yards (27.8 yards per catch) and 4 touchdowns as a junior last season.

OFF THE BOARD

Exton (PA) Downington East running back Drew Harris committed to Virginia Tech. Harris is the third running back to commit to the Hokies in the class of 2012. He's a 6'2", 215 lb. power runner without a whole lot of shake. Virginia Tech has done a good job of producing running backs in recent years, but Harris is kind of a change from the speedy, shifty backs that have had success there lately.

MINNESOTA VISITORS

Several more high profile visitors were expected at Michigan for the Big Ten opener against the Golden Gophers on Saturday, but reports of bad weather seem to have kept several players away. They missed a fun one. Here are a few of the notable unofficial visitors:

Muskegon (MI) Muskegon running back Juwan Lewis was in Ann Arbor. He's a 5'11", 208 lb. high school fullback, but I could see him bulking up and turning into a combo fullback/tailback in college. Michigan's coaches want to take at least one running back in this class, and while they've got their hopes pinned to Canton (OH) Glenoak's Bri'onte Dunn - which is looking more and more possible - Lewis might be a late addition to the class of the Dunn recruitment goes south. Lewis doesn't have an offer, though, and Erie (PA) McDowell's Greg Garmon is still a possibility, too; Michigan is in Garmon's top six.

Birmingham (MI) Brother Rice linebacker John Reschke, a 2013 prospect, visited once again. This was his second visit to Michigan for a game day experience this season. The other two "favorites" on his list are Michigan State (who played in Columbus, OH) and Notre Dame (who played in West Lafayette, IN), so it makes sense that he would visit Ann Arbor. I was recently told that Notre Dame seems to be the frontrunner, partly because of all the talent that Michigan is bringing in at linebacker for the class of 2012.

Mentor (OH) Mentor defensive end Tom Strobel was there to support his future team. Strobel and his Mentor team moved to 6-0 on Friday night, and it looks like he wanted to celebrate at the Big House. Strobel is a 6'6", 245-pounder that I like more and more as I see and hear more. He was bothered by an injury last year, but he's going full speed this season and his production has picked up.

Mansfield (OH) Mansfield defensive tackle Raheem Washington is a 6'3", 280 lb. prospect for the class of 2013. I've only seen a little bit of film on Washington, who didn't look particularly impressive in the few highlights. He's not consistently aggressive and doesn't manhandle opponents like a 280-pounder should. I doubt Michigan will get involved at any point.

Holland (MI) Holland wide receiver/defensive back Corey Willis was in Ann Arbor, too. Willis is a 5'10", 170 lb. high school quarterback who will almost certainly change positions in college. He hasn't been offered by anyone yet since he's just in the middle of his junior season, but judging from his highlights below, he seems like he'll be getting offered by some mid-level schools sometime soon. I'm a fan of high school quarterbacks due to their understanding of the game, so I anticipate a fairly high ceiling for him.

MagnusThunder is the author of Touch the Banner, a Michigan football blog.

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