2017 Recruiting Update: May 9, 2016

2017 Recruiting Update: May 9, 2016


May 9, 2016
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Waxahachie (TX) Waxahachie WR Kenedy Snell (image via DFW.com)

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ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
Warren (OH) Harding safety Lynn Bowden decommitted from Indiana. He’s a 6’1″, 185 lb. prospect with offers from Kentucky, Penn State, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #10 athlete, and #197 overall. It was surprising to me when he initially committed to the Hoosiers because he’s more talented than even the best of Indiana’s recruits most years, so it does not surprise me at all that he’s looking elsewhere. Michigan is holding a satellite camp at his school this summer (LINK).

Fayetteville (AR) Fayetteville defensive tackle Akial Byers was offered by Michigan in late March and I missed that news. He’s a 6’4″, 275 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Arkansas State, Florida State, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #15 defensive tackle, and #263 overall. As a junior in 2015, he made 69 tackles, 11 TFLs, and 3 sacks. Don Brown visited him in late April, so the Wolverines are actively recruiting him. He’s a big body with some impressive quickness, and he uses his hands pretty well. Arkansas two of the three Crystal Ball picks, but he has yet to pick up an offer from the home-state Razorbacks.

Lewisville (TX) Lewisville wide receiver Tyrell Shavers was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 202 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Oregon, Stanford, and Texas, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #26 wide receiver, and #207 overall. As a junior in 2015, he caught 36 passes for 667 yards and 10 TDs. He claims a 4.38 forty. A lot of 6’6″ receivers look like they might grow into tight ends, but Shavers is pretty lanky and looks like he’ll stick on the outside.

Hit the jump for a couple more offers, a player who went off the board, and a brief recap of some in-state accolades at the Nike’s Columbus Regional combine.

Waxahachie (TX) Waxahachie wide receiver Kenedy Snell was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’8″, 167 lb. prospect with offers from Kansas and Louisiana-Lafayette. He doesn’t have a 247 Composite rating yet. As a junior in 2015, he ran 84 times for 778 yards and 11 TDs; he also caught 22 passes for 557 yards and 5 TDs. I know Michigan fans are tired of under-the-radar recruits, but Snell is lightning in a bottle. I think every team should have at least one undersized, speedy, all-purpose guy who can work in the slot, return punts, etc. I wouldn’t be too upset if he committed to Michigan. He plays for former Detroit Lions (and other teams) quarterback Jon Kitna, whose son Jordan was the QB at Waxahachie last season (LINK) and spurned a couple offers to be a walk-on at Michigan State this coming fall.

Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson defensive end Aaron Sterling, an Alabama commit, was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1, 270 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #16 strongside end, and #410 overall. His athleticism doesn’t jump off the screen when you watch him, but he’s a playmaker. He scored a couple touchdowns on interception returns, and he shows a variety of pass rush moves. Alabama’s defensive line coach, Bo Davis, recently resigned after some alleged recruiting violations, so that might be something to watch. However, Davis was not Sterling’s primary recruiter, so that bond may not have been extremely strong. Even so, it’s always difficult to pull southerners out of the south, especially when they’ve already shown they intend to stay in the south. I wouldn’t expect much to come of this offer, but the Stone Mountain area produces a lot of talent.

OFF THE BOARD
Rock Hill (SC) Northwestern defensive end Logan Rudolph committed to Clemson in unique fashion.

MISCELLANEY
Here’s a list of visitors from last week (LINK).

Here are some news bits from in-state players who participated at the Nike Opening Regional in Columbus, OH, over the weekend:

  • Orchard Lake St. Mary’s WR K.J. Hamler (offered) was named the camp’s WR position MVP. He checked in at 5’9″, 155 lbs., ran a 4.43 forty, ran a 4.22 shuttle, and vertical jumped 33″. He earned an invitation to The Opening.
  • Detroit Cass Tech CB Donovan Johnson (not offered) was named the camp’s DB position MVP. He checked in at 5’10”, 176 lbs, ran a 4.43 forty, ran a 3.95 shuttle, and vertical jumped 37″.
  • Detr0it Cass Tech safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell (offered) accepted an invitation to the Under Armour All-American Game.
  • Detroit Cass Tech WR Donovan Peoples-Jones earned an invitation to The Opening.
  • Detroit Cass Tech OG Jordan Reid (offered) was named the camp’s OL position MVP. He earned an invitation to The Opening.
  • Ann Arbor Pioneer LB Antjuan Simmons (offered, Ohio State) earned an invitation to The Opening.
  • Detroit King CB Ambry Thomas (offered) accepted an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He checked in at 5’11”, 174 lbs. and ran a 4.48 forty. He earned an invitation to The Opening.

Cincinnati (OH) Moeller TE Matt Dotson named a top three of Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State.

Over on Recruiting Season, I didn’t make many updates this week. However, Muskegon (MI) Muskegon WR/CB Kalil Pimpleton committed to Virginia Tech.

5 comments

  1. Comments: 71
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    umfarnn
    May 09, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Good update, any idea of the testing times for DPJ? Didn’t see them listed anywhere. Also, think you have the wrong school for Simmons unless he transferred out of Pioneer.

    • Comments: 3845
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      May 09, 2016 at 7:32 PM

      I haven’t seen any numbers for Donovan Peoples-Jones. I’m not sure if he tested out or not. He supposedly was sitting out of a lot of reps, probably because he’s already done the whole Opening thing last year. Thanks for noticing the mistake on Simmons.

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    Joined: 1/22/2016
    Tartarsauce
    May 09, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    I wouldn’t mind it if Snell committed either. WindyCityBlue will be up in arms however.

    Wow, Donovan Johnson put up some pretty impressive testing numbers, not to mention being named DB mvp. Thunder, do you think he’s a Michigan caliber DB?

    • Comments: 3845
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      May 09, 2016 at 7:40 PM

      I think he’s a pretty good prospect. I’m not in love with him. Nothing about him really stands out on film, aside from pretty good speed. I have no doubts that he can run well enough. I just don’t think he’s particularly physical, and his instincts aren’t top-notch. He’s the type of guy where I wouldn’t mind seeing him offered (or commit) later in the process if Michigan starts to fade for some of the big-time corners.

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    Roanman
    May 09, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    I’ll take Tyrell Shavers. It’s pretty hard to imagine 25 high school receivers that are better than this kid.

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