Some might think that the departure of Tamani Carter would push Michigan's 2013 count up by one but that's not the case. The staff will still look to finish with 24 or 25 commitments, meaning Carter's departure may have been anticipated.
This is a very useful tool.
2013 News and Notes
Defensive back commitment Channing Stribling is impressing scouts already, only having played one game. He had an INT and tackle early on and showed hands and body control later on when playing receiver. It's clear that being a Michigan commitment has boosted his confidence. He came on as a relative unknown and although I don't expect him to get a fourth star I think he'll end up in the mid to high three-star range.
Running back Derrick Green visited Auburn and Georgia over the weekend. Rivals Mike and others came out and said that this should worry Michigan fans, but don't put too much stock into it. Michigan is still in very good shape.
As expected, Florida WR Alvin Bailey is now officially off of Michigan's board, stating that the Wolverines' interest has declined. UCF looks to be in good shape.
Shane Morris was featured in (GASP!) the FREEP:
Morris had spoken with all but two of U-M's recruiting class of 2013, which at times has been ranked the best class in the country.
And Morris isn't simply working from a list of the nation's top players he stumbled upon on a recruiting website. The kid knows his stuff.
"I do a lot of research," he said. "I've been to a lot of camps across the country. You see people, you see the receivers, linemen. You watch highlight tapes to see how they are. I think I'm a pretty good judge of who can do what. You find out who the best players are, talk to them, see what their interest is, see if they're interested in Michigan, keep on them, keep talking to them."
It's not a bad read, and it certainly reaffirms the notion that Morris is one of the reasons why his class is so loaded.
Finally, more video of Shane at the Elite 11:
2014 News and Notes
Tremendous has an introduction to LB Gyasi Ake, an introduction to OL JC Hassenauer, and an introduction to RB Christian McCaffrey. There's your introduction fix. They also managed to catch up with DE Malik McDowell, who has looked dominant early in team scrimmages.
Although he comes from a small school and his level of competition is low Saginaw LB Tyler Jacqmain could be a name to keep in mind. I doubt he ever sees a Michigan offer given the situation at linebacker but he could be a viable preferred walk-on option down the road.
One of the linebackers who Michigan will actually pursue:
— TouchTheBanner (@TouchTheBanner) August 15, 2012
#Michigan offers Pennsylvania LB Brenon Thrift - Touch the Banner: 2014 Offer Board touchthebanner.blogspot.com/p/2014-offer-b…
247 Sports released their updated 2014 top 100 list. Michigan's lone commitment, Ohio LB Michael Ferns, remains just inside the top group.
— Michael Ferns (@M_Ferns10) August 13, 2012
@successfulquon you really only need one #GoBlue
Ferns doesn't seem to be as outgoing as Shane Morris but he's definitely going to be an asset on the recruiting trail just the same.
Just found out something that's gonna make— David Dawson (@D3_MrUnderated_) August 17, 2012
#TEAM134 ALOT BETTER #GoBlue
David Dawson received lessons in cryptic tweets from TomVH. This could be legitimate, or it could be Dawson pleasing the crowd once again.