ADDED TO THE BOARD
OFF THE BOARD
Washington (D.C.) CB Kenny Crawley committed to Tennessee. Crawley is a 6'1", 170 lb. cornerback who moves well and has a knack for making plays on the ball. He's very thin right now and doesn't have great speed, but he has a very high ceiling if things go the right way for him.
Georgia WR Jason Croom committed to Tennessee. He's a 6'5", 220 lb. receiver who could end up at tight end on the next level. Croom showed fleeting interest in his Michigan offer before quickly deciding that he would play in the SEC.
Texas FS LaDarrell McNeil committed to Tennessee. McNeil is the seventh Michigan offeree that has chosen the Volunteers (after WR Drae Bowles, Crawley, Croom, FB Alden Hill, DE LaTroy Lewis, and LB Dalton Santos). His highlight film is full of him making ballcarriers disintegrate on contact, but he's not the most fluid athlete when it comes to ball skills. Look for him to make some highlight-reel hits by the time his career is over, though.
The Wolverines have already snapped up their fair share of linebackers and there are only a few players left at the position group that Michigan pursued in the first place. Two of them are especially highly touted. At this point Michigan doesn't need any more linebackers in the 2012 class, although the departure of Kellen Jones to Oklahoma opens the door a tiny bit wider if the coaches need to fill out the class in February. Here's a look at who's left:
Oxford (AL) Oxford's Kwon Alexander is a 6'2", 212 lb. outside linebacker who's generally considered to be a top 100 player in the country. If he escapes the state of Alabama, everyone will be surprised. He's probably headed to play for the Crimson Tide.
Rockdale (TX) Rockdale's Derek David is a 6'3", 225 lb. inside linebacker prospect. He committed to Texas Tech in June 2010, but the two parties have since gone separate ways. Derek's older brother, Logan David, is a defensive tackle attending Blinn Community College who has committed to Texas A&M for the class of 2012. There's a good chance that Derek follows his brother to A&M, but there's also a chance that he'll go the junior college route.
McKees Rocks (PA) Sto Rox' Deaysean Rippy is a 6'2", 198 lb. outside linebacker. He has offers from all over the country and is a solid 4-star level prospect. There was a good amount of chatter surrounding Michigan and Rippy earlier in the recruiting cycle, but once Michigan reeled in their fourth linebacker of the class, that talk disappeared. Other than the talk about Rippy to Michigan, things have been pretty quiet from Rippy's end and he keeps things to himself.
Some team recruiting rankings have been released, and all I can say is oh-boy-oh-boy-oh-boy-oh-boy-oh-boy!
#11 Penn State
#12 Notre Dame
#21 Ohio State
#22 Michigan State
#13 Penn State
#18 Notre Dame
#20 Michigan State
I doubt Michigan will end the season at #1 but hey . . . this is better than anyone expected.
MagnusThunder is the author of Touch the Banner, a Michigan football blog.