Recruiting Update 6-30-07

I apologize for the fact that this looks like crap. I’ll have Paul fix it later.

QB 1 Commits Presumed Leans Prospects Longshots
John Weinke Nathan Stanley Terrelle Pryor
Brendon Kay
RB 1-2 Sam McGuffie Jonas Gray Darrell Scott
Christian Wilson Covaughn Deboskie
OL 4-5 Dan O’Neill Zebrie Sanders
Elliott Mealer Kevin Zeitler
Kurt Wermers Zach Schlink
Rocko Khoury
WR 2-3 Daryll Stonum Jon Baldwin Michael Floyd
Fred Smith Vaughn Carraway
TE 1-2 Brandon Moore Kevin Koger Kavario Middleton
DT 1-2 Mike Martin
DE 1-2 Nathaniel Williams Nick Perry
LB 2-3 Marcus Witherspoon J.B. Fitzgerald Jon Major
Steve Filer Shayne Hale
Brandon Beachum
S 1-2 Will Hill Spencer Adams
Brandon Smith
CB 1-2 Boubacar Cissoko Marc Anthony Robbie Green
Ath Cameron Saddler
Glenn Winston

McGuffie is in town AS WE SPEAK on an unofficial visit, and Stonum’s decision is pending Sunday at 2p.m. This list is more of a best guess than all-inclusive or exclusive.

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Recruiting Update

Darryl Stonum, Texas WR extroardinaire, has set an announcement date. Stonum, he of the first name spelled a different way in every article (Daryl? Daryll?), will choose between Michigan USC, and Florida on Sunday.

The announcement by Scout’s #15 Wide Receiver will be aired on the local NBC affiliate, KPRC (Channel 2). With Michigan’s other big WR targets reportedly looking elsewhere (Jon Baldwin to Notre Dame and Fred Smith to Michigan State), if Stonum goes blue, it will be great news for the good guys.

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Rocko Khoury Commits

Instate O-Lineman Rocko Khoury from Traverse City has commited to become a Michigan Wolverine. Khoury is the 8th commitment of the class for Michigan, and the fourth offensive lineman. Khoury is also the third interior OL prospect (probably a future OC). Line recruiting is likely to be completed for the year, unless a good-to-great tackle prospect (Zebrie Sanders, now that Graham Pocic is off the board to Illinois) wants to become a Wolverine as well.

Khoury is far from a world-beater (likely a high 3-star, Jim Stefani’s 13th prospect in Michigan and an honorable mention national ranking), but the coaches liked his athleticism at camp (30″ vertical), and offered him, leading to his commit today. The commitment is also good because Michigan needs to build depth at the position, after small OL classes in ’06 (3, though 2 of them were 5-stars) and ’07 (1, an instate sleeper in Mark Huyge).

While the class is not as stellar as that of Ohio State, for example, it is a strong offensive line class nonetheless, and hopefully the coaches can be trusted.

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Eligibility Chart Update

Cobrani Mixon is gone gone gone…

He’s transferring, either to Kent State or Cincinnati. Teh Facebooxz provides this evidence: “Cobrani is done with michigan this is his last night eva….”

This opens up one more scholarship for the future, giving the 2008 recruiting class a magic number of 18 for now. See the chart here (or any time by clicking on “important posts” in the sidebar)

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09 Recruiting Primer

The ’08 recruiting season isn’t over yet, and the Wolverine class is far from complete, but it’s not too early to start thinking about next year. This is especially true around camp time, when junior prospects start to impress coaches and earn offers. This year, it’s even more true, as Michigan has already received their first ’09 commitment.

In-state OT/DT (6’5, 298) William Campbell, from Cass Tech, was offered a scholarship and has committed to the Wolverines. He will join his teammate Boubacar Cissoko, who is a year ahead of him, as he will suit up in Maize and Blue in just over two years (!). He is Allen Trieu’s early #11 junior in the state, and Michigan recruited him along the defensive line.

This brings us to more junior prospects who are likely Michigan targets for ’09. Of course, all of this is dependent upon the class that Michigan signs this year, so any unexpected developments in the ’08 class will send ripples into the ’09 as well.

Larry Caper (RB, Battle Creek Central) is expected to be the #1 overall player in the state. He already holds a Michigan offer. He is a speedster at 5’11”, 190, and a national top-25 type guy.

CB/WR James Jackson, a 5’11, 170-lb product of Grand Blanc is fast fast fast, and one of the few players who may be able to challengew Caper for the crown of number one in Michigan. He earned an early offer from Michigan at summer camp.

Hersey Jackson is another stellar running back from Michigan, though he is more of a bruiser than a burner. At 6’1″, 220, the pride of Allendale may bulk up and play another position in college, or be a short-yardage back.

WR/TE Dion Sims from Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s is a tall receiver or a fast tight end, in the vein of Martell Webb. At 6’5″, 230, he is a load for anyone who tries to cover him, with a size or speed mismatch likely. Sims is also a top basketball prospect, and will have to choose which to play in college.

LB/FB/DE/1B Zach Boren Justin Boren’s little bro is a die-hard UM fan, and one of the factors that convinced Boren to go blue. If he plays football in college, he could be any of a number of positions, but he is also a big-time baseball prospect.

Elite QB (unknown) With Mallett likely to be entrenched for some time, Michigan will probably not get an elite QB in ’08, and an ’09 QB wouldn’t be scared away by Mr. Mallett. Signing a good-but-not-great QB in ’08, Michigan will need someone special in ’09.

These are just a few of the players that could be a part of Michigan’s 2009 recruiting class. Obviously nothing is set in stone so early. Michigan would almost definitely takes two backs if they were to only get one commit this year (please please McGuffie please), but if they were to get two, does that leave Hersey Jackson out in the cold? Michigan is also in on a number of top wide receivers, as well as some tight ends, so the class next year may be slightly smaller, allowing the maize-and-blue to be more selective in who they offer. Only time will tell.

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Clemons performs in Big 33 game

Incoming freshman WR Toney Clemons participated in the Big 33 All-Star game last night, helping Pennsylvania defeat Ohio 28-10.

Clemons had 3 catches for 72 yards, and a kickoff return for 35 yards. He also returned 3 punts, though the results on those were less than stellar, as he lost ground trying to go for a big play.

Possible highlights coming later in the day.

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YouTube Fun: Do You Hate Ohio?

Video featuring one of Brian‘s tWorst State Ever shirts. Vaguely Michigan-related.


My friend Matt really hates Ohio.

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Potential Rutgers series in the future

As I have stated in this space before, I am a huge proponent of scheduling teams with a pulse, regardless of whether they even stand a chance of beating Michigan. In the past, I had mentioned Rutgers among the teams that I would like to see Michigan home-and-home with in the future. According to this article in the San Antonio Express-News, Bill Martin is on the same wavelength (it’s buried down there).

Michigan has a hole in its 2008 football schedule, preferring an opponent for the first or fourth weeks of the season. The Wolverines likely won’t play a Mid-American Conference school after already booking two games with teams from that conference.

Wonder if a Big 12 team would be willing to accept the challenge of playing at the so-called “Big House?”

The most likely team would be KSU, particularly as OSU already has a tough home game assured with Georgia as the return from their game this season.

But Michigan athletic director Bill Martin told the Detroit News that his preferred opponent would be Rutgers, particularly if a return game could be arranged to play the Scarlet Knights at the Meadowlands in a later season.

I haven’t yet had the opportunity (desire) to search for Rutgers’s 2008 schedule to determine if they have either the first or the fourth week open. This would be a good thing for Michigan. First, it’s playing against a team that’s on the rise, though not yet among the nation’s elite. Plus, it affords the ability to technically schedule a home-and-home with some added benefits.

The home leg would function as any other part of a home-and-home series, with the home team (in this case Michigan) taking all the gate money, and the teams splitting TV money. The away leg, however, is where things get interesting. Bill Martin has long desired to play a game in the Meadowlands, which is conveniently located in New Jersey (as is Rutgers(!)). This is to bring the UM football product near New York City, where a large number of alums live. Martin would likely refuse to play at Rutgers unless the game was moved to this venue. Since Rutgers would be unable to fill the stadium without one of the biggest draws in collegiate athletics (this is pretty much speculation, but I’m guessing second to Notre Dame football), Michigan would take some of the gate money, in addition to the even split for TV money. A large proportion (certainly not half, but much much greater than for any other away game) of the fans would also be Michigan supporters, easing the challenge of playing on the road for the Maize-and-Blue, as well.

In conclusion: YAY!

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Times Announced for UO, ND games

Game times for the football contests against Oregon and Notre Dame have both been announced. Both home games will be on ABC at 3:30 PM. Oregon is a likely candidate for College GameDay to show up in Ann Arbor. Both teams will be undefeated (Oregon will have played Houston, Michigan will have played App. State), and it will be an opportunity for GameDay to show up in Ann Arbor, where they haven’t been since the 2003 OSU game. A potential hurdle is the fact that ND @ Penn State that day is also on ESPN, and ESPN has a hard-on for Notre Dame, despite the fact that ND shuns ESPN.

The Notre Dame game is a possibility, but less likely, as Notre Dame would have to beat
Georgia Tech (which they should), in addition to upsetting Penn State to be undefeated in week 3.

The other games with times already announced are the Purdue game for homecoming, which will be at noon, and the Illinois road game, which will be at 8:00 PM (7 local). Neither game has had its television coverage announced. The Appalachian State game time (and network)
should be announced sometime in June or July, and the rest of the game times will be announced after the start of the season.

If Wisconsin and Michigan both do as well as they are expected to this year, the road contest in Madison will assuredly be a night contest, and a likely candidate for GameDay as well. Michigan should probably be undefeated at that point, with the toughest game against Penn State, and Wisconsin would likely be as well, though they will have to get through Iowa, Ohio State, and Penn State.

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