Post-spring Summary: Linebackers

Mouton (rSo) Thompson (rSr)
OR Ezeh (rSo)
Ezeh (rSo)
OR Evans (So)
Logan (Sr) Panter (Sr) Patilla (rSo)
OR Herron (rFr)
Demens (Fr)
OR Witherspoon (Fr)
Fitzgerald (Fr) Hill (Fr)

Arriving in the fall: Kenny Demens, Marcus Witherspoon, J.B. Fitzgerald, Taylor Hill.

With a fair amount of depth here, and not much at DE, someone among the linebackers who played DE in high school may start bulking up and change positions. Michigan loses a few seniors, but only one of them (Johnny Thompson) is a projected starter. In recruiting, Michigan can probably hold out for a top guy or two unless they lose a couple players to defensive end.

Class of ’09 Linebackers
Name Measurables Rating Hometown School Offer? Timetable Player Notes Recruiting Notes
Jelani Jenkins 6-1, 200, 4.45 ***** Wheaton, MD Our Lady of Good Counsel Offer Student-athlete with a 4.0. Washington Post all-Met 1st team as a junior. Virginia wants him like it’s their job. Will he stay closer to home?
Julius Ferrell 6-1, 230, 4.55 **** Youngstown, OH Liberty Hits like a ton of bricks. Described as David Harris-like. Ohio State may not have room for him in their class. His teammate Isaiah Bell is committed.
Jonathan Pippin 6-1, 210, 4.5 *** River Ridge, LA John Curtis From the program that sent Joe McKnight to USC. He lists a lot of SEC schools and Michigan.
Dan Mason 6-1, 223, 4.59 *** Pittsburgh, PA Penn Hills Pitt is his early leader, and he lists West Virginia, which may translate to new-UM.
John Michael Davis 6-1, 220, 4.59 *** Los Flores, CA Tesoro Dropped from a 5-star after Scout’s first re-evaluation. Grew up a Michigan fan. He is currently listing Michigan, but how well will New-UM recruit California after the departure of Ron English?
Dan Fox 6-3, 215 *** Cleveland, OH St. Ignatius Attended UM junior day.

After a very large 2008 LB class, this isn’t a huge area of priority. Michigan can hold out for higher-level prospects.

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3 Comments so far

  1. Jacques Auef says...

    Dorian Bell already committed to the Shmuckeyes.

  2. Tim says...


    Thanks. The post was written before his commitment. Updated accordingly.

  3. kowisja says...

    that depth chart does not make me feel confident about the LBs

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