Carlo Kemp, Wolverine

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8Nov 2015
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Carlo Kemp, Wolverine

Boulder (CO) Fairview defensive end Carlo Kemp

Boulder (CO) Fairview defensive end Carlo Kemp committed to Michigan on Sunday. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Nebraska, Notre Dame, UCLA, and Washington, among others.

Kemp stands 6’4″, 255 lbs. As a senior in 2015, he has 70 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 blocked field goal; he also has 6 catches for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns, plus 27 carries for 97 yards (3.6 yards/carry) and 2 touchdowns as a fullback.

RATINGS
ESPN: 4-star, 80 grade, #42 DE
Rivals: 4-star, #9 WDE, #203 overall
Scout: 4-star, #37 DE
247 Sports: 3-star, 87 grade, #30 SDE, #590 overall

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8Nov 2015
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Michigan 49, Rutgers 16

This is an old picture but oh well.

Michigan did what they should have done. Michigan had some occasional issues stopping the run (running backs Robert Martin and Josh Hicks averaged 8.1 and 4.6 yards/carry, respectively), but it didn’t hurt them much because Rutgers wasn’t balanced at all. I was fairly impressed with Martin, who has some quickness, while both backs run tough. Without wide receiver Leonte Carroo, Rutgers had zero threats in the passing game. I mentioned in the game preview that I thought Michigan would struggle to pull away if Carroo played, but that clearly wasn’t an issue.

Jabrill Peppers on offense. On the one hand, I like the way that Michigan is strategically using Peppers on offense. Instead of giving him a series of plays, they are rotating him in and out of the game, showing different formations, etc. Sometimes you see teams give a guy a series or two throughout a game, but I think defenses can key on the guy and get used to him being on the field. With the way Michigan uses him, the defense has to adjust on the fly to a guy who can line up at WR, RB, and QB and be the most dynamic player on the field. It’s a good strategy. On the other hand, I think Michigan will have to unleash Peppers a little more down the stretch if it’s a closer contest. The thing that’s missing at times is the play where Peppers runs exactly what the play looks like it’s going to be – a go route, a toss sweep, etc. He is Michigan’s most dynamic player, but I think he needs to touch the ball in conventional ways, too. He said after the game that he suffered a thigh bruise in practice that hampered him a little bit, so this wasn’t the week to push it. I’m looking at a game like Ohio State as a place where he should probably be in on some standard plays.

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7Nov 2015
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Rutgers

Kentwood (LA) Kentwood cornerback Shyheim Carter

2016
Brandon Adams – RB – Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s: 
Adams is a 5’11”, 190 lb. prospect with no offers at this time. He’s a teammate of 2016 offensive guard Cameron Kolwich (Northwestern), 2017 wide receiver K.J. Hamler, and 2017 linebacker Joshua Ross. As a junior in 2014, he ran the ball 239 times for 1,387 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Drew Beesley – DE – Warren (MI) De La Salle: Committed to Bowling Green State University.

Peter Bush – QB – Newport (CA) Coronoa Del Mar: Preferred walk-on offer.

Shyheim Carter – CB – Kentwood (LA) Kentwood: Carter is a 6’0″, 190 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, and Ole Miss, among others; he’s also a former Alabama commit. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #6 cornerback, and #52 overall. Carter is a versatile athlete who could play receiver, cornerback, or safety, although he looks like a corner to me. He is widely expected to end up in SEC country, but he has been rather consistent in mentioning Michigan and has had this visit scheduled for a couple months. This is his official visit. UPDATE: Carter is no longer planning to visit.

Chris Daniels – DT – Euless (TX) Trinity: Daniels is a 6’3″, 299 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #17 defensive tackle, and #161 overall. Originally from the Muskegon area, he visited Ann Arbor over the summer and has been strongly interested in the Wolverines. This is his official visit.

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6Nov 2015
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Preview: Michigan vs. Rutgers


Rush Offense vs. Rutgers Rush Defense

Michigan is middle-of-the-pack at #64 with 175 yards/game on the ground, and their yards per carry is #64 also (4.37 average). It is a consistent struggle to get yards on the ground. Starting tailback De’Veon Smith (405 yards, 4.3 yards/carry, 4 TD) has been hobbled with an ankle sprain for several weeks. Backup Drake Johnson (183 yards, 5.1 yards/carry, 2 TD) is rounding into form after tearing his ACL last year, and it would be nice to see him supplant Smith as the primary ball carrier. Regardless, Michigan is over halfway through the regular season, and the rushing totals are fairly meager. Redshirt sophomore Ty Isaac (205 yards, 6.8 yards/carry, 1 TD) has looked promising at times, but he was held out of last week’s game due to an “internal matter.” Rutgers is #55 in rush defense (156 yards allowed/game), but their 4.65 yards against/carry is #90 nationally. Redshirt junior middle linebacker Steve Longa leads the team with 91 tackles, followed by fifth year senior SAM Quentin Gause with 71. Gause leads the team with 9 tackles for loss, while Longa and defensive end Quanzell Lambert each have 4 this year; the team is #74 nationally in TFLs. I haven’t really seen a reason to believe that Michigan can run against a decent rush defense.
Advantage: Rutgers

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4Nov 2015
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Recruiting Update: November 4, 2015

McKeesport (PA) McKeesport athlete Khaleke Hudson

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2016
McKeesport (PA) McKeesport safety Khaleke Hudson was offered by Michigan. Hudson is a 5’11”, 200 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #40 outside linebacker, and #391 overall. He is committed to play in the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Hudson is one of those kids who stands out because of his physicality more than his pure speed or athleticism, although he does have some of those skills as well. Michigan is recruiting him as an “athlete” and he falls into the same category of someone like Devin Gil, a current Michigan commit who might be too slow for safety and too small for linebacker. Penn State and West Virginia are also heavily in the mix for Hudson. McKeesport regularly produces FBS talent, perhaps the biggest of whom in recent years was Delvon Simmons in the class of 2011.

Wayne (NJ) De Paul running back Kareem Walker decommitted from Ohio State. He’s a 6’1″, 210 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #1 running back, and #34 overall. Walker had committed to Ohio State in January, but he started to have second thoughts this fall. He did take a visit to Michigan and said that cornerback Jabrill Peppers is like his big brother, so Michigan obviously has some things in its favor. However, Walker said that he wants to take other visits, so Michigan is not a slam dunk choice. The Wolverines are in the market for a bona fide running back since the current roster options are somewhat underwhelming, and Southfield (MI) Southfield running back Matt Falcon is no longer considered a football commit. De Paul is also the home of defensive end Quayshon Alexander (Nebraska) and offensive guard Thiyo Lukusa (Michigan State), although the latter is a transfer from Traverse City, Michigan.

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
Brunswick (GA) Glynn cornerback DeeJay Dallas was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 170 lb. prospect who committed to Georgia in July; he also has offers from Auburn, Florida, and South Carolina, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #26 athlete, and #258 overall. Dallas is a speedy, compact athlete who looks like a corner or maybe a safety. He has good speed and strength for an underclassman, and I could see him as a potential replacement for Jabrill Peppers at that nickel corner spot if he were to reconsider his commitment.

Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge defensive back DeAngelo Gibbs was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 204 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Oregon, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 5-star, the #1 cornerback, and #4 overall. His offer from Michigan came a couple weeks ago, although it looks like I forgot to include it in the last update or two. He moves very well and could play cornerback, safety, or wide receiver at the next level. With his current size, it seems like he might outgrow the cornerback position, so I’m guessing he ends up at safety. Georgia is the favorite, but they are having some struggles on the field. Gibbs is looking at visiting Michigan for the Ohio State game on November 28th.

Hit the jump for a couple more new offers, some guys who committed elsewhere, and some random bits.

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