Recruiting Update: September 23, 2015

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23Sep 2015
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Recruiting Update: September 23, 2015

Clearwater (FL) Clearwater running back Adarius Lemons


Collierville (TN) St. George’s running back Chase Hayden was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’11”, 180 lb. prospect with offers from Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #33 running back, and #436 overall. Hayden is the son of Aaron Hayden, who grew up in Detroit and played running back for the Tennessee Volunteers before an NFL career with the Chargers, Packers, and Eagles (784 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns in his career). The younger Hayden has the Volunteers on top, but he is still near the beginning of his recruiting process.

Clearwater (FL) Clearwater running back Adarius Lemons was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 185 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Louisville. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #23 running back, and #289 overall. Lemons is a speedy back who’s shifty and does a nice job of fighting for yardage. Michigan is offering some talented running backs in 2017 and trying to get in on them early so they can supplement the current roster.

Hit the jump for a player who committed elsewhere and some random bits.
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22Sep 2015
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 3

Dennis Norfleet (#18)

Former quarterback Russell Bellomy:
 Bellomy was 1/4 for 3 yards, and he ran 2 times for 2 yards in the University of Texas-San Antonio’s 69-14 loss to Oklahoma State.

Former cornerback commit Gareon Conley: Conley had 1 pass breakup in Ohio State’s too-close 20-13 victory over Northern Illinois.
Former cornerback Blake Countess: Countess had 4 tackles and 1 pass breakup, but the Auburn Tigers got trounced by the LSU Tigers, 45-21. Countess was the unfortunate recipient of a Leonard Fournette trucking, too.

Hit the jump for numerous other updates on former Wolverines.

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21Sep 2015
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Michigan vs. UNLV Awards

Jourdan Lewis

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . 
Ty Isaac. This is not a new refrain for me, but it’s worth repeating. I think Isaac is the most talented back on the roster, and while his best career game did come against UNLV – which is not a quality opponent – it’s important to note that starter De’Veon Smith didn’t perform very well, either (13 carries, 33 yards). Meanwhile, Isaac had 8 carries for 114 yards and 1 score. Take away his 76-yard touchdown run, and he still ran 7 times for 38 yards (5.4 yards/carry). As things stand right now, Smith is averaging 3.9 yards/carry and Isaac is at 8.9, while Derrick Green sits at 3.5 and Drake Johnson has 5.2. Yards per carry is not the only measurement of a running back, but his primary job is to gain yards on the ground. Smith has 53 attempts this year, while Isaac has only 18. That’s too much of an imbalance.

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20Sep 2015
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Michigan 28, UNLV 7

Ty Isaac on his way to a 76-yard touchdown

Hello, Ty Isaac!
It was nice to see running back Ty Isaac have some success on the ground yesterday. He ended the game with 8 carries for 114 yards and 1 touchdown, which came on a 76-yarder. (That stat line is oddly similar to De’Veon Smith’s 8 carries, 115 yards, 2 touchdowns against last year’s patsy, Appalachian State.) Isaac is not a burner and won’t make a ton of guys miss, but he can be a physical runner when he keeps his shoulders square, and obviously he has enough speed to run away from a lot of defenders. When teams start to pack the box against Michigan, there are going to be times where nobody’s left once you get past the second level. That’s what happened on Isaac’s long run. The 76-yarder was the longest run at Michigan since Denard Robinson’s 79-yard touchdown against Air Force in 2012, and it was the longest by a Michigan running back since Carlos Browns 90-yard score against Eastern Michigan in 2009. I predicted that Isaac and starter De’Veon Smith would go over 100 yards, but Smith only ended up with 33 yards on 13 carries (2.5 yards/carry).

Hit the jump for the rest of my post-game thoughts.
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19Sep 2015
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Visitors: Michigan vs. UNLV

Fresno (CA) Clovis West linebacker Caleb Kelly

Christian Boyd – DT – Muskegon (MI) Mona Shores: Boyd is a 6’2″, 260 lb. prospect with no offers at this time. He is teammates with a pretty nice crew of 2016 athletes in wide receiver Kobe Burse (Miami-OH), cornerback Darece Roberson (Western Michigan), and wide receiver Hunter Broersma (Western Michigan).

Keyshon Camp – DT – Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson: Camp is a 6’3″, 269 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, and UCLA, among others; he committed to USC in June. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #20 defensive tackle, and #174 overall. A former teammate of Michigan freshman Reuben Jones, he is also coached by former Michigan offensive lineman Ricky Barnum. This is his official visit.

Donnie Corley – WR – Detroit (MI) King:

Caleb Kelly – LB – Fresno (CA) Clovis West:
Kelly is a 247 Composite 5-star, the #2 outside linebacker, and #16 overall. He has offers from Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, and USC, among others. He visited Michigan this spring and the coaching staff has been after him hard, but his leader is thought to be Oklahoma. He is committed to the 2016 U.S. All-American Bowl. This is his official visit.

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