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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