Detroit News Blue Chip list for 2013

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17Jan 2013
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Detroit News Blue Chip list for 2013

Shane Morris is the top player in Michigan, according to the Detroit News

The Detroit News released its “blue chip” list for 2013, and unsurprisingly, there’s a handful of future Wolverines on the list.  A quick rundown:

1. Shane Morris – QB – Warren (MI) De La Salle: Committed to Michigan.
2. David Dawson – OG – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Committed to Michigan.
3. Steve Elmer – OT – Midland (MI) Midland: Committed to Notre Dame.
4. Jourdan Lewis – CB – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Committed to Michigan.
5. Jon Reschke – LB – Birmingham (MI) Brother Rice: Committed to Michigan State.
6. Wyatt Shallman – RB – Novi (MI) Catholic Central: Committed to Michigan.
7. Cameron Dillard – OG – Plymouth (MI) Canton: Committed to Florida.
8. Gerald Holmes – RB – Flint (MI) Carman-Ainsworth: Committed to Michigan State.
9. Delano Hill – CB – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Committed to Michigan.
10. Khalid Hill – TE – Detroit (MI) East English Village: Committed to Michigan.
11. Da’Mario Jones – WR – Westland (MI) John Glenn: Committed to Michigan.
12. Dennis Finley – OT – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Committed to Michigan State.
13. Csont’e York – WR – Harper Woods (MI) Chandler Park: Committed to Michigan.
14. Kenton Gibbs – DT – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Uncommitted.
15. Luke Maclean – LB – Grand Blanc (MI) Grand Blanc: Committed to Pitt.

So Michigan has 8 of the top 15 players in the state for the class of 2013, in addition to 8 of the 15 from last year.

4Dec 2012
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Rivals 250 for 2013 updated

Dymonte Thomas is the #107 player in the nation

Rivals updated its top 250 prospects for the class of 2013.  Here’s what it looked like back in August.

Movers and shakers for Michigan:

– Dymonte Thomas dropped from #102 to #107
– Chris Fox fell from #112 to #123
– Jake Butt fell from #131 to #141
– Jourdan Lewis jumped from #150 to #147
– Taco Charlton jumped from #233 to #231
– Ross Douglas dropped from #232 to #238
– Logan Tuley-Tillman dropped from #241 to #245
– Wyatt Shallman dropped out of the top 250

101. Alvin Bailey – WR – Florida (Florida)
102. Wyatt Teller – DE – Virginia (Virginia Tech)
104. Jake Raulerson – OT – Texas (Texas)
105. Priest Willis – CB – Arizona
107. Dymonte Thomas – S – Ohio (Michigan)
109. Evan Lisle – OT – Ohio (Ohio State)
110. Antwuan Davis – CB – Texas (Texas)
113. Keith Ford – RB – Texas (Oklahoma)
114. James Quick – WR – Kentucky
116. Justin Davis – RB – California (USC)
121. Elijah Daniel – DE – Indiana
123. Chris Fox – OT – Colorado (Michigan)
124. Isaac Rochell – DE – Georgia (Notre Dame)
130. Maurice Smith – CB – Texas (Alabama)
133. Michael Hill – DT – South Carolina (Ohio State)
138. Jake Oliver – WR – Texas (Texas)
139. Brendan Mahon – OG – Massachusetts (Penn State)
141. Jake Butt – TE – Ohio (Michigan)
143. Greg Webb – DT – New Jersey (North Carolina)
145. Yannick Ngakoue – LB – Maryland
147. Jourdan Lewis – CB – Michigan (Michigan)
148. John Reschke – LB – Michigan (Michigan State)
151. David Dawson – OG – Michigan
157. Scott Pagano – DT – Hawaii (Clemson)
167. Joe Mathis – DE – California
169. Kevin Olsen – QB – New Jersey (Miami)
171. Hunter Bivin – OT – Kentucky (Notre Dame)
173. Darren Carrington – WR – California (Oregon)
174. Billy Price – DT – Ohio (Ohio State)
180. Tim Harris – CB – Virginia
184. Jordan Cunningham – WR – Florida
192. Kenny Lacy – OT – California (UCLA)
201. Nadir Barnwell – CB – New Jersey (Rutgers)
202. Jayme Thompson – S – Ohio (Ohio State)
204. Ishmael Wilson – OG – Texas (Texas A&M)
215. Jason Hatcher – DE – Kentucky (USC)
219. Chase Abbington – ATH – Missouri (Missouri)
226. Ebenezer Ogundeko – DE – New York
231. Taco Charlton – DE – Ohio (Michigan)
233. Na’Ty Rodgers – OT – Maryland
234. Darius Latham – DT – Indiana (Indiana)
238. Ross Douglas – CB – Ohio (Michigan)
241. Sebastian LaRue – WR – California (USC)
244. Eldridge Massington – WR – California (USC)
245. Logan Tuley-Tillman – OT – Illinois (Michigan)

23Nov 2012
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Recruit Tracker: Wyatt Shallman

Wyatt Shallman with Tom VanHaaren

August 24, 2012: Shallman’s Novi (MI) Catholic Central team beat Detroit (MI) Cody by a score of 35-0. Shallman had 4 carries for 50 yards and 1 touchdown, along with 8 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 1 sack on defense.

August 31, 2012: Catholic Central lost to Toledo (OH) Whitmer by a score of 19-7.  The running back/defensive end had 7 tackles and 2 tackles for loss but missed some time with cramps.  Shallman’s team is now 1-1 on the year.

September 8, 2012:  Catholic Central lost to Cincinnati (OH) Moeller by a score of 61-33.  Shallman did not play due to an injury sustained in practice.  Catholic Central is now 1-2 on the year.

September 14, 2012:  Catholic Central ended their two game losing streak by beating up on Lincoln (Ontario) Niagara Academy, 42-0. No statistics appear to be available for Shallman, who may still be nicked up. Catholic Central faces off against Warren De La Salle next week. The Shamrocks are now 2-2.

September 23, 2012:  Catholic Central edged a Morris-less Warren De La Salle, 31-30, in overtime.  Shallman did not play for the third straight game due to injury and was described as “frequently hobbled the last two years,” but expected back “before the end of the season.”  The Shamrocks are now 3-2.

September 29, 2012:  Catholic Central won their third game in a row on Saturday, beating University of Detroit Jesuit by a score of 42-6.  Shallman had 6 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception, which was returned for 20 yards.  According to his twitter account, Shallman is “watching Rice film” getting ready for Birmingham (MI) Brother Rice next week.  Detroit Catholic Central is now 4-2.

October 6, 2012:  Catholic Central was defeated by Birmingham (MI) Brother Rice by a score of 20-14.  Shallman had eight tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.  Things only get harder for Shallman and Catholic Central, as they host 6-1 Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s next week.  Catholic Central is now 4-3.

October 12, 2012:  Catholic Central won impressively, 35-13, over Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s.  No statistics appear to be available for Shallman, but Ace put together a scouting report from the game.  The Shamrocks are now 5-3.

October 20, 2012: Catholic Central lost to Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s by a score of 27-10.  The Shamrocks are now 5-4.

October 26, 2012: Catholic Central beat Hartland (MI) Hartland by a score of 21-15. The Shamrocks are now 6-4.

November 2, 2012: Catholic Central beat Walled Lake (MI) Northern by a score of 45-17.  Catholic Central is now 7-4.

November 10, 2012: Catholic Central beat Plymouth (MI) Plymouth by a score of 28-7.  Shallman had 7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 sack.  Catholic Central is now 8-4.

November 17, 2012: Catholic Central beat Rockford (MI) Rockford by a score of 40-17.  Shallman had a 1-yard touchdown run and 6 tackles.  Catholic Central is now 9-4.

28Sep 2012
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Mailbag: What position will Shallman play?

So, I know that coaches have told Shallman he is going to get a shot at FB or RB in college, but he is getting to be a very big boy for that.  He is already two or more inches bigger than former NFL back Mike Alstott and already 20 pounds heavier than former NFLer John Riggins.  Most FBs are 5’10”-6’1″; much over that is not good for FBs, right? His frame is going to add a lot in S&C.  What are your odds he becomes Ryan Van Bergen II? Would people feel better about this recruiting class if we looked at Wyatt as a DL and not as a FB? I kinda think he would be wasted as a situational offensive player.

Well, I sort of answered this question in my scouting report of Wyatt Shallman from this past winter, but I didn’t talk about this aspect in great depth.

First of all, I wouldn’t really worry about how Shallman compares to John Riggins.  Riggins played from 1971 to 1985, so he was retired for a decade before Shallman was even born.  Players are bigger and faster than they were then.  There are guys like Michael Turner (5’10”, 247 lbs.), Steven Jackson (6’2″, 240 lbs.), and Brandon Jacobs (6’4″, 264 lbs.) running amok in the NFL these days, and each of those guys is heavier and/or taller than Riggins.

I am not the world’s biggest fan Shallman’s abilities.  He doesn’t have the suddenness of an elite running back, he doesn’t have great speed, and he doesn’t break enough tackles to satisfy me.  What he does offer is a differing set of skills from any other running back on the roster or in the 2013 recruiting class.  With the offensive line Michigan is building, the Wolverines should be plowing over people in a couple years the way Wisconsin has been for the past several seasons.  Shallman is a poor man’s Ron Dayne, P.J. Hill, Montee Ball, etc.  This past Saturday night, I watched Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla (6’5″, 246 lbs.) line up in the backfield and carry the ball 7 times for 63 yards against Arizona.  Players of lots of different shapes and sizes can run the ball in college.

As for Shallman’s size, there have been suggestions that he’s not quite 6’3″ or 6’4″ and that he’s not 255 lbs.  He doesn’t look 255 to me; I might buy 235.  Recruiting weights are often overreported, whether it’s innocent exaggeration or someone trying to beef up his own measurements to garner more attention.  Several guys in Michigan’s 2012 recruiting class showed up to campus weighing less than was reported on Rivals or Scout.

The coaching staff seems to have been pretty honest with recruits about their future positions.  They would rather have guys playing positions they want to play than to have to shoehorn guys into positions they dislike. Guys will play harder for you that way.  The coaches have promised Shallman a shot at running back, and I think that’s where he’ll stay.  There’s always a chance that somebody will change positions, but it doesn’t seem to be Brady Hoke’s M.O. to bring guys in and then turn their world upside down.  Guys like Jordan Paskorz and Ricardo Miller have changed positions, but Hoke didn’t recruit them.  Gardner is making a temporary (or permanent) switch to wide receiver, but again, Hoke never recruited him.

Van Bergen was an athletic guy coming out of high school, but he was clearly headed for the defensive line and never had any delusions otherwise.  He had the frame to add significant weight, and he ended up at almost 290 lbs.  Even if Shallman adds mass, he will likely still be 6’3″.  That’s relatively short for a strongside end and he could struggle to get his hands on offensive linemen before they get into him.  Meanwhile, unless he makes a concerted effort to beef up, he looks like a guy who could play his college career at 250-ish pounds.

On top of all that, I was not impressed with Shallman’s high school highlights.  Word is that he was suffering from some nagging injuries last season, but I don’t see a high level of effort and determination on the defensive side of the ball.  Some guys are equally adept at playing football on both sides; other guys have “it” on one side or the other.  Shallman’s “it” factor seems higher on offense than defense; he’s a fine high school defender, but comparing their high school film, I would take Ryan Van Bergen on defense over Wyatt Shallman.

What are the chances Shallman plays defensive end in his college career?  Eh, I’ll go with 15%, just because injuries and attrition and random things happen.  But what are the chances Shallman becomes the next Ryan Van Bergen (a borderline NFL draft pick at defensive end)?  I’d say that’s closer to 5%.

15Sep 2012
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Visitors: Michigan vs. UMass

Malik McDowell

Pickerington (OH) North TE Jake Butt: Butt committed to Michigan back in February.

Avon (OH) Avon CB Ross Douglas: Douglas committed to Michigan in July.

Columbus (OH) Marion-Franklin WR Jaron Dukes: Dukes committed to Michigan back in February.

Detroit (MI) East English Village TE Khalid Hill: Hill committed to Michigan back in February.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech RB/LB Gary Hosey: Hosey is a 6’0″, 215 lb. athlete from the 2014 class.  He might be physical enough to play fullback, but he does not have the speed to be an FBS tailback.

Westland (MI) John Glenn WR Da’Mario Jones: Jones is a 6’2″, 185 lb. wideout who committed to Central Michigan over offers from BGSU and Toledo.  He transferred to John Glenn from Montgomery (NJ) Montgomery.  With LaQuon Treadwell delaying his decision longer and longer – and Michigan appearing to fall back to the pack with him – Michigan might need to offer more receivers in the near future, so Jones might be a guy watch. (Highlights.)

Maitland (FL) Orangewood Christian FB/LB Jimmy Martin: Martin is a 5’11”, 205 lb. prospect from the class of 2015.  He claims a 4.62 forty (but was timed at 4.84 at a national combine) and had 111 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries as a freshman in 2011.  Keep in mind that Orangewood is a small Christian school that doesn’t play the best competition.  However, he was named to the Maxpreps Freshman All-American Second Team.  His head coach was previously the head coach at Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips and Orlando (FL) Edgewater, the latter of which sent wide receiver Greg Mathews and linebacker Mike Jones to Michigan. (Freshman highlights.)

Detroit (MI) Loyola DE Malik McDowell: McDowell is a 2014 prospect with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford, and Wisconsin, among others.  He has been considered to be a heavy Michigan lean, but he’s also interested in Michigan State and Ohio State.  He is expected to visit MSU for their game against Notre Dame after he visits Ann Arbor in the afternoon.  McDowell stands 6’6″ and weighs 292 lbs., and I think he’ll eventually end up at defensive tackle rather than end.

Plantation (FL) American Heritage RB Sony Michel: A 2014 prospect, he already has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, and Notre Dame.  His older brother Marken is the leading receiver for UMass, which is likely the biggest reason for visiting Michigan.  The younger Michel is coming off an ACL tear he suffered during his sophomore year.

Detroit (MI) Southwestern RB Romello Ross: Ross is a 5’11”, 180 lb. running back from the class of 2015.  As a freshman in 2011, he had 1,312 yards rushing, 46 tackles, and 6 interceptions.  He doesn’t have any offers yet, but that’s not unusual for a kid at the beginning of his sophomore season. (Highlights.)

Novi (MI) Catholic Central RB Wyatt Shallman: Shallman committed to Michigan back in February.

Ottawa (IL) Marquette LS Scott Sypniewski: Sypniewski committed to Michigan back in June.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech CB Damon Webb: Webb is a 5’11”, 170 lb. wide receiver/cornerback with offers from LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and others.  LSU and Michigan appear to be the front runners in his recruitment.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech LB William White: White is a 6’1″, 215 lb. linebacker from the 2014 class.  Of the Cass Tech trio of linebackers, I think White is the second-most talented player behind Deon Drake. (Highlights of White.)

Harper Woods (MI) Chandler Park Academy WR Csont’e York: York committed to Michigan back in May.