Recruiting Update: April 14, 2014

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14Apr 2014
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Recruiting Update: April 14, 2014

Waco (TX) Midway safety Kahlil Haughton (image via 247 Sports)

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2015
Avon (CT) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark decommitted from North Carolina. When Clark committed to the Tarheels, he said he would stop taking visits . . . and he did for about, oh, two weeks. Then he visited Notre Dame, and he’ll be visiting Michigan and Ohio State this week. In a world where college commitments last for shorter periods of time than romantic relationships, never trust it until the National Letter of Intent rolls in on the old fax machine. Currently, prognosticators are putting Notre Dame in the lead, as if that means anything.

Waco (TX) Midway safety Kahlil Haughton was offered by Michigan. Haughton is a 6’2″, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, and Texas Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #41 safety, and the #636 player overall. As a junior in 2013, he had 87 tackles and 2 interceptions. Haughton looks like a free safety, but he does not bring his feet when he tackles and does not wrap up well. He appears to be a bit of a reach at this point. Baylor appears to be the leader right now.

OFF THE BOARD
Tampa (FL) Plant offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen committed to Clemson. He visited Michigan a couple weekends ago and enjoyed his visit, but it wasn’t enough to sway him away from his previously scheduled announcement date. According to reports, Florida was #2 on his list and Michigan was third. Clemson had previously secured a commitment from 2015 offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, who also holds an offer from Michigan.

MISCELLANEOUS
Last week on Recruiting Season, I profiled Southfield’s Davontae Ginwright, Western International’s Romello Ross, Southfield Christian’s Bobby Banks, Mendon’s Logan Slaughter, and Loyola’s Paul Engram, Jr.

Here’s a list of this past weekend’s visitors.

3Feb 2014
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Recruiting Update: February 3, 2014

Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Devante Peete

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2015
Warminster (PA) Archbishop Wood offensive tackle Ryan Bates was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 280 lb. prospect with offers from Maryland, Miami, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, and South Carolina, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #21 offensive tackle, and #225 overall. Bates looks to me like a right tackle or perhaps a guy who can slide inside to play guard. The in-state Nittany Lions seem to be a likely destination.

Fort Lauderdale (FL) American Heritage cornerback Rashard Causey was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 185 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame, and UCLA, among others. He’s also a 247 Composite 3-star, the #34 cornerback, and #443 overall, but he has only been rated by 247 so far.

Avon (CT) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 247 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona State, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Texas Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #15 tight end, and the #422 player overall. As a junior in 2013, he had 39 catches for 417 yards and 6 touchdowns. Physically, he’s well developed, and that might be because he’s 18 years and 5 months old already, according to 247. He appears to be a solid prospect who won’t amaze anyone with his speed or athleticism but would come in ready to play early. Perhaps most importantly, Clark attends the alma mater of blog favorite Michael Cox, who played at Michigan from 2008-2011.

Jefferson City (MO) Helias tight end Hale Hentges was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #9 tight end, and the #203 prospect overall. As a junior in 2013, he had 61 receptions for 945 yards and 9 touchdowns. He plans to visit Michigan for a spring practice. I have not seen video of Hentges to gauge whether I think he’s better suited to play defense, but as a defensive end during his sophomore year, he had 62 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks.

Houston (TX) Cypress Falls defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin was offered by Michigan, despite being committed to Oklahoma since November 2013. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #23 defensive tackle, and the #346 player overall. Michigan has recruited Cypress Falls in the past with 2014 LB Otaro Alaka (Texas A&M), but it’s tough to pull kids out of Texas in general.

Lawrenceville (NJ) Prep offensive tackle Grant Newsome was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’7″, 280 lb. prospect with offers from Miami, North Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, and Virginia, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #23 offensive tackle, and #235 overall. Newsome is agile and strong, and I think he looks like a left tackle at the next level.

Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Devante Peete was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 200 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, and Ohio State, among many others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #12 wide receiver, and the #119 player overall in the 2015 class. As a junior in 2013, he had just 17 receptions but totaled 387 yards and 5 touchdowns. Peete is obviously a large target, but he lacks the leaping ability that I would expect from such an advanced prospect and does not run with the strength that one would expect from someone his size. However, he does have good speed, and perhaps at 6’6″, a lack of leaping ability isn’t a big issue. St. Thomas Aquinas has produced several Michigan targets – and successful college athletes – in recent years, including 2014 WR Corey Holmes (Notre Dame), 2013 DE Joey Bosa (Ohio State), 2011 OG Bobby Hart (Florida State), and 2010 DB Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State).

Memphis (TN) University School offensive tackle Drew Richmond was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 315 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, UCLA, and Vanderbilt, among many others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #8 offensive tackle, and #79 overall. He already looks like a college lineman, and I would peg him for right tackle or a guard position.

Missouri City (TX) Fort Bend Marshall cornerback Kendall Sheffield was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 165 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Baylor, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 5-star, the #2 cornerback, and the #12 overall player in the 2015 class. Sheffield claims a 4.4 forty and looks like a smooth cover man. Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier recruited Sheffield at Alabama and had extended the Tide’s offer.

Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral offensive tackle Keenan Walker was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 250 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State, Texas A&M, UCLA, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #10 offensive tackle, and the #102 player overall. Walker attends the alma mater of former Michigan players Taylor Lewan and Craig Roh. In case you’re wondering, the definition of “chaparral” is “vegetation consisting chiefly of tangled shrubs and thorny bushes.” I had not heard the word other than in regard to recruiting until I read a GQ article about the Granite Mountain Hotshots’ demise in an Arizona wildfire. The more you know.

Douglas (GA) Coffey tight end Jalen Wilkerson was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 227 lb. prospect with offers from Miami and Minnesota. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #6 tight end, and the #175 player overall. He has the build and skills of an H-back type of player, and his highlight film on Hudl is titled “The Chosen One,” so at least we know he’s being surrounded with humility.

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2016
Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep defensive end Joseph Jackson was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 240 lb. prospect with offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Pitt, and UCF, among others. Jackson is a very raw prospect on both sides of the ball, but his athleticism is apparent. I think he could play tight end or defensive end at the next level.

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