Michigan’s coaching staff landed an elite recruiting class in 2012, but as the Wolverines move forward towards their Rose Bowl goals the staff will need to continue to recruit elite players. While the class of 2012 was fairly large, the 2013 class is expected to be smaller --- though with spring ball on the way and summer camp attrition may still occur.
Here is our first edition of the 2013 mock recruiting class, with some player notes included.
QB – Shane Morris – 6'3", 190 lbs. De Le Salle, MI (Commit)
Morris grew up a Michigan fan and when the Michigan coaching staff came calling Morris quickly committed. He was an absolute stud at numerous summer camps last season, including various 7-on-7 tournaments and the Elite 11 camp.
While at last year's Elite 11 camp, Morris, who was only a junior, outperformed many elite quarterbacks who were rising seniors. Rivals has rewarded Morris with a high four-star rating, and Scout has him listed as a five-star talent.
RB – Ty Isaac – 6'3", 215 lbs. Joliet Illinois
Michigan has been on Isaac early, and Ty has reciprocated that interest with heavy interest of his own in Michigan, including a recent visit to campus. At 6'3", 215, Isaac has elite athleticism for a running back his size, and he is undoubtedly one of the top players in the Midwest. Both Michigan and Notre Dame seem to be battling for his services at this time, but many more programs have gotten involved.
RB – De’Veon Smith – 5'11", 200 lbs. Warren, Ohio
When Brady Hoke was hired last January, he promised Michigan would return to a powerful brand of football. De’Veon Smith is definitely a player that fits that mold. He is a bruising runner with solid moves and decent speed as well.
Michigan was the first to offer Smith, who was very excited by the offer. Since then Bowling Green, Indiana, West Virginia, and Ohio State have followed suit. The battle for Smith begins.
WR – Laquon Treadwell – 6'3", 182 lbs. Crete, Illinois
Treadwell became interested early in the Wolverines when his teammate, Anthony Standifer, committed to Michigan. But once Standifer decomitted, Treadwell insisted his interest in Michigan was still strong. He has visited Michigan a few times and the Wolverines likely lead for his services.
As Al Borges continues to move Michigan back to a more pro-style offense, Treadwell offers a big receiving target with good speed and solid hands as well.
WR – Jaron Dukes – 6'3", 195 lbs. Columbus, Ohio
Despite growing up in the shadows of Ohio State, Dukes admitted he was a big Michigan fan as a kid. The UM coaching staff saw potential early in the tall receiver and offered him first. Dukes recently visited Michigan and admitted to Tremendous that he got emotional standing out on the field at Michigan stadium.
Though the Wolverines are far and away the favorite, Dukes parents want him to take a few visits first to make sure Michigan is the right choice. Plus, there is always Urban Meyer to watch out for.
TE – Khalid Hill – 6'2", 230 lbs. Detroit, MI (Commit)
Hill is a spectacular student (4.0 GPA) with great athleticism and versatility. Michigan recruited him as an H-Back/Tight-End/Fullback prospect, and once he was offered and visited campus Hill jumped on board.
TE – Jake Butt – 6'6", 230 lbs. Pickerington, Ohio.
Butt is versatile prospect who is being recruited by many teams as a tight end or a defensive end. Michigan has offered as a tight end, and recently Butt admitted to Sam Webb of WTKA and Scout that Michigan was far and away the leader for his services. He’s visiting Ann Arbor this weekend, and while he won’t be committing any time soon, a good visit could help widen the gap between Michigan and the rest of Jake’s list of schools.
OT – Logan Tuley-Tillman – 6'8", 305 lbs. Peoria, Illinois
Tuley-Tillman is an elite tackle prospect who has over 30 offers from various programs. While Tuley-Tillman has taken many visits he has already been in Ann Arbor 7 or 8 times, including last weekend. Like many other prosects, Tuley-Tillman will take all five official visits, including USC and Oregon, but with so many visits to Michigan and a pretty telling twitter profile picture, it seems the Wolverines are definitely the leaders for his services.
OL Chris Fox – 6'6", 295 lbs. Ponderosa, Colorado
Fox is another big-time tackle who has visited Michigan twice, including last week for an official. Fox is a bit raw but is an absolute mauler on the field, and although Ohio State, Colorado, and Iowa have offered, Michigan should be in the lead here.
OL David Dawson – 6'5" , 300 lbs. Detroit, Michigan
A Cass Tech product who spent a year living in Houston, Dawson is a big-bodied mauler who needs a little refining of his technique. With that said, Dawson is very interested in Michigan, and will be visiting this weekend. Other programs have already come through with offers, including Alabama, so Dawson will be a tougher pull than some think.
OL Kyle Bosch – 6"5, 285 lbs. Wheaton, Illinois
Bosch is yet another talented player coming out of Illinois this year. At 6"5, he has the length to play tackle or even guard at the next level. Like many of the other prospects Michigan has offered, Bosch has a wide range of offers from schools all over the country.
If there is one word I would use to describe these offensive linemen being offered it would have to be nasty, and Bosch definitely fits that mold.
DE- Taco Charlton – 6’6", 240 lbs. Pickerington, Ohio
Who doesn’t want a player named Taco? Seriously though, Charlton is an extremely talented player with great size and ability. The only problem is Charlton has been a bit inconsistent on the field so far in his high school career. Still, a lot of schools have offered and Michigan seems to be the leader for his services. He will be visiting Michigan this weekend.
DT- Darius Latham – 6'3", 295 lbs. Indianapolis, Indiana.
Though Michigan grabbed Ondre Pipkins and Willie Henry in last year’s class (not to mention a couple others who could slide inside and play the 3-tech defensive tackle position), Latham is a big-time talent who would definitely be worth taking. Along with Michigan a large group of schools has offered Latham, including Michigan State and Notre Dame, who have both attracted his interest.
LB- Ben Gedeon – 6'3", 215 lbs. Hudson, Ohio.
Gedeon is one of the top linebackers in Ohio, with good size and speed to go along with it. Michigan was one of the first schools to offer him and probably gained an early lead. Since then Penn State, Ohio State, Stanford, and many others have come through with offers. With schools like Duke and Stanford pursuing him, it is clear that Gedeon is a top student along with being a top athlete.
LB- EJ Levenberry – 6'3", 226 lbs. Woodbridge, Virginia.
A super talented linebacker who has been on many school's radar for nearly 2 years, Levenberry made a trip to Michigan recently and the Wolverines surged to the top of his list. Florida and Florida State are currently his other leaders. Michigan is pushing hard for Levenberry, and if they can land him it would be a major recruiting coup in the Atlantic region.
CB- Tre Bell – 5'11", 170 lbs. Jersey City, New Jersey
Bell is another recent Michigan offeree, and with the Wolverines only landing one cornerback in the last cycle it is again a priority in 2013. Bell is a very good athlete and a very solid hitter for his size, but he needs to work on his technique, especially his backpedal. Bell is very interested in Michigan and will likely be in Ann Arbor during the summer to catch a team practice.
CB- Jourdan Lewis – 5'11", 170 lbs. Detroit, Michigan
It seems like the cornerback talent will never run out at Cass Tech, and for Michigan that is a great sign. Lewis is very similar to his predecessors (Cissoko, Hollowell, Richardson) in ability but is much taller. Lewis was offered early by Michigan and they’re the heavy favorite to land his services. Lewis was tempted to commit, but he’ll wait until after basketball season to decide.
S- Dymonte Thomas – 6'1", 180 lbs. Alliance, Ohio (Commit)
Thomas is a terrific athlete who plays both safety and running back for his high school, though Michigan wants him at safety (for now). All the recruiting services have Thomas rated very highly, and at this point the only worry for Michigan fans is Urban Meyer, who has apparently made Thomas a priority.
S- Jayme Thompson – 6’2", 185 lbs. Toledo, Ohio (West Virginia Commit)
Thompson attracted early interest from the Wolverines, as well as Notre Dame and West Virginia. A few weeks ago, Thompson committed to West Virginia while claiming offers from Michigan and Notre Dame.
Whether or not Michigan was fully pursing him is another question, but with Dymonte Thomas already on board at safety, Michigan could look to add Thompson later on. There was definite interest between the two and though he has committed elsewhere, Michigan’s coaches should have a shot at Thompson if they inquire.
Total projected commitments = 19