Recruiting Snapshot: Rutgers

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13Jan 2016
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Recruiting Snapshot: Rutgers

Alexandria (VA) Episcopal CB Patrice Rene

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2016 Team Ranking: #63. Rutgers has thirteen 3-stars committed.

Cream of the 2016 Crop: The top-ranked recruit in the Rutgers class is Alexandria (VA) Episcopal CB Patrice Rene (3-star, #39 CB, #415 overall), a transfer from Canada who fielded some interest in Michigan, though the Wolverines never offered. RB Trey Sneed (highlights below; 3-star, #30 RB, #534 overall) is from Orange Park (FL) Fleming Island and spurned offers from the non-powerhouse Florida schools in order to head to Rutgers. Sneed isn’t very speedy or quick, but he does have good balance and decent power at 5’10”, 205 lbs. The Scarlet Knights quarterback in the class is 6’4″, 221 lb. Anthony Russo. EDIT: As I was writing this on Monday, Russo decommitted; his other FBS offers are Buffalo, Temple, and UConn. Rutgers now has no quarterback in the class.

2017 Team Ranking: #61. Rutgers has one 2-star committed.

Cream of the 2017 Crop: Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek CB Naijee Jones (2-star, #81 CB, #895 overall) is the lone commitment.

12Jan 2016
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Terry Richardson, Ex-Wolverine

Terry Richardson

Michigan cornerback/safety Terry Richardson is using the graduate transfer exception to look for other opportunities to play football. He will be a fifth year senior in the fall and eligible to play immediately.

Richardson committed to Michigan in May 2011 (LINK) as part of the 2012 class. A highly touted high school recruit, I thought at the time that he was a very good get for the Wolverines. He was a bigger playmaker in high school than a lot of other Cass Tech cornerbacks of the era. It should be noted that none reached high levels of success in college, and now Jourdan Lewis appears to have taken over that mantle.

Hit the jump for more on Richardson’s departure.

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12Jan 2016
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Ross Taylor-Douglas, Ex-Wolverine

Ross Taylor-Douglas

Michigan running back/cornerback Ross Taylor-Douglas is transferring from Michigan. As a graduate transfer after three seasons, he will have two years remaining and will be eligible immediately. He will be a redshirt junior in the fall.

Taylor-Douglas (formerly just Ross Douglas) was originally committed to Penn State in the 2013 class before flipping to Michigan over the summer of 2012. I was on vacation for a week with no internet, and he had the audacity to pledge in the middle of that week. Perhaps inspired by that terrible timing, I gave him a TTB Rating of 63 (LINK).

Hit the jump for more on Taylor-Douglas.

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2015 Position Grades: Quarterback

Jake Rudock

STATS
Jake Rudock: 13 starts, 249/389 (64%), 3,017 yards, 20 TDs, 9 INTs, 141.5 PER
Wilton Speight: 0 starts, 9/25 (36%), 73 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 65.7 PER

STORY
Jake Rudock joined Michigan as a graduate transfer from Iowa in the summer of 2015. That meant that he missed all of the spring practice session, as well as a chance to do voluntary workouts over the summer with his future teammates. When he started Michigan’s season opener against Utah on September 3, he had only been in the system for approximately one month. Because of that, it was a bit of a rough start to the year. There’s a good chance that Michigan would have turned that 24-17 loss to Utah into a victory if Rudock was in late-season form, but that’s how football goes. His passer efficiency rating topped 120 only twice during the first seven games, and those two were contests when the run game carried the day (Rudock had 1 TD and 0 INTs vs. BYU and Northwestern). In the final six games, the running game bogged down, but his PER never dipped below 124. In the first seven games, he threw 5 TDs and 6 INTS; in the final six, he threw 16 TDs and 3 INTS. He finished second in the conference in passer rating, #3 in yards per attempt, and #4 in touchdowns. It was a fantastic turnaround when Michigan needed him most, and with the way he finished the season, people are now talking about his prospects as an NFL player.

Early in the year, Shane Morris was the second quarterback on the depth chart, but Michigan hoped to redshirt him and kept him off the field. As the season wore on, Jim Harbaugh reported that Wilton Speight passed Morris on the depth chart. Speight wasn’t needed for any important playing time until Rudock got hurt against Minnesota; Speight went 3/6 for 29 yards and the game-winning TD. He also stepped in against Ohio State for a stretch, but his non-Minnesota performances were subpar. The backup situation was concerning, but it never cost Michigan a game.

GRADE: B+

2016 DEPTH CHART BY CLASS: Shane Morris (RS Jr.), John O’Korn (RS Jr.), Wilton Speight (RS So.), Zach Gentry (RS Fr.), Alex Malzone (RS Fr.), Brandon Peters (Fr.)

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