Another Big Recruiting Weekend Ahead
Last weekend was big for the Wolverines, and this weekend is shaping up to be solid as well. Those on the list of visitors include:
MI OG/C Tommy Doles - Doles is the teammate of stud receiver Drake Harris. He holds an offer from Michigan and could be the next name to drop in favor of the Wolverines. He needs to put on at least forty pounds, so count him as another project interior lineman that Michigan takes because they already have depth in front of him.
MI WR Drake Harris - Harris will be in Ann Arbor for the third straight week. He remains committed to Michigan State; that commitment withers by the day. Michigan has made Harris a priority because they're thin at receiver and he's very talented.
MI CB Jalen Embry - Embry holds offers from a host of MAC schools, although that should change soon given his recent camp performance. He could rise into that fringe 3-star/4-star range.
OH CB Tyree Kinnel - Kinnel is a 2015 prospect seeing interest from the Midwest powers, although Michigan has yet to come through with and offer.
MI DE Malik McDowell - You know the story on McDowell by know; he's going to be one of the most sought-after players in the entire country. Michigan needs to keep the pedal to the floor here.
MI QB Jayru Campbell - Campbell is a 2015 QB prospect out of Cass Tech. He helped lead Cass Tech to two state titles, but he's far from polished and might not ever receive an offer. Offers from Alabama and Notre Dame are pseudo-offers: they aren't written offers and are just an insurance policy for the coach in terms of recruiting.
MI DT Joshua Alabi - Alabi is another 2015 Cass Tech product. He should be a four-star and will see interest from the usual Midwest suspects. Already holds offers from Michigan and Michigan State.
Revised Scout 300 Released
Scout has updated its list of top 300 players.
#97: Bryan Mone - Has a chance to climb with strong camp performances; lacks five-star explosion.
#115 Michael Ferns - Could climb into the top 100; lack of lateral agility will keep him from the top 50.
#142 Mason Cole - Length and current weight will keep him from jumping too high on any list; top 200 lock.
Other players of interest:
1. Leonard Fournette - RB - Louisiana
2. Da'Shawn Hand - DE - Virginia
6. Braden Smith - OT - Kansas
7. Adoree' Jackson - CB - California
8. Juju Smith - S - California
11. Jabrill Peppers - CB - New Jersey
21. Andrew Brown - DE - Virginia
24. Drake Harris - WR - Michigan
25. Jamal Adams - S - Texas
27. Jalen Tabor - CB - Washington, D.C.
31. Damian Prince - OT - Maryland
32. Malik McDowell - DE - Michigan
33. Marshon Lattimore - WR - Ohio
34. Joe Mixon - RB - California
35. Damon Webb - CB - Michigan
41. Jalen Hurd - RB - Tennessee
44. Kyle Berger - LB - Ohio
47. Jamarco Jones - OT - Illinois
48. Malachi Dupre - WR - Louisiana
52. Nyles Morgan - LB - Illinois
62. Mark Andrews - WR - Arizona
63. Elijah Hood - RB - North Carolina
64. Parrker Westphal - CB - Illinois
85. Tyler Luatua - TE - California
87. Lawrence Marshall - DE - Michigan
91. Christian McCaffrey - RB - Colorado
97. Bryan Mone - DT - Utah
104. Troy Vincent - CB - Maryland
111. Bentley Spain - OT - North Carolina
115. Michael Ferns III - LB - Ohio
124. Artavis Scott - WR - Florida
141. Dante Booker - LB - Ohio
142. Mason Cole - OG - Florida
166. Demarre Kitt - WR - Georgia
185. Kenny Young - LB - Louisiana
188. Dwight Williams - LB - California
197. Montae Nicholson - S - Pennsylvania
240. Alex Bars - OT - Tennessee
259. D'Andre Payne - CB - Washington, D.C.
265. Tommy Doles - OG - Michigan
267. Jonathan Hilliman - RB - New Jersey
277. Bryson Allen-Williams - LB - Georgia
Michigan is very much involved with at least a third of this short list, and there are surely more in the Scout 300 with whom Michigan is still developing its relationship with. Also, Ctrl+B to the fullest, yo.
Hey Everyone! Come See How
Good Dumb I Look!
Patrick Vint of BHGP wrote up a [sarcastic] piece describing just how ridiculous it is to believe self-reported high school forty-yard dash times. It's a solid piece if you can deal with more than 1,500 words of sarcasm, but it gets the point across nevertheless. Colleges aren't making players slower, they're simply recruiting kids who lie about their sprint times in their player profiles.
I scrolled down the article without actually bothering to read it, posting a comment about how high school forty-yard dash times are inaccurate some ninety percent of the time. This naturally led to some golden replies to my utterly ignorant original comment:
The sound of this article going over your head.
And even better:
It's almost like Patrick said that exact thing twice in this article, once in all caps.
Which, um, yup:
THE ONLY OTHER EXPLANATION IS THAT ALMOST ALL HIGH SCHOOL 40 TIMES ARE BOGUS
The only other explanation is that almost all high school 40 times are bogus, but there's no way that's true.
I didn't even realize that I had made such an asinine mistake until I scrolled through my SBN history on my iPhone while sitting in a UHS waiting room. I clicked on the article I had commented on, scrolled down, and.. woah. So yea, let me have some more in our comment section, because it actually made me laugh out loud at myself for a solid minute in the middle of a hospital.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
Consensus five-star all-everything defensive end Da'Shawn Hand will be in town for Michigan's spring practices on March 16th and 17th. Seeing Mattison and Hoke scream at defensive lineman should help the Wolverines' chances.
State of Michigan DE/OLB Lawrence Marshall has been offered by Oklahoma. This is most likely due to the move of Jerry Montgomery to Oklahoma; Michigan could find itself in a dogfight with Oklahoma for a few different recruits down the road because of one coaching move.
Offensive lineman Orlando Brown has a new top seven, in no specific order:
Top 7: Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa— Orlando Brown (Zeus) (@ZEUS__78) March 5, 2013
He's a bit of a project, but he's also massive, standing at 6''7", 340 pounds.
Bryan Mone reps Michael Ferns' project 135 t-shirt:
That's one big dude.
Drake Harris released his junior highlights. WARNING: terrible music is included with this video.
It's clear that Harris has the hands and overall athleticism to be an elite target at the next level.