Jake Ryan, Freshman All-America

Jake Ryan, Freshman All-America

December 12, 2011
Jake Ryan (image via AnnArbor.com)

Congratulations to redshirt freshman linebacker Jake Ryan, who was named to Rivals’ freshman All-America second team.  Ryan finished the regular season with 30 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 forced fumble.

The teams are littered with players Michigan recruited in the past couple classes, including . . .

  • USC wide receiver Marqise Lee (73 receptions, 1,142 yards, and 11 touchdowns)
  • Oregon running back/wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas (1,011 yards from scrimmage, 12 touchdowns)
  • Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins (77 receptions, 1,153 yards, 11 touchdowns)
  • South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (32 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 forced fumbles)
  • Florida State defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (28 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks)
  • USC linebacker Dion Bailey (81 tackles)
  • Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson (80 tackles)
  • South Carolina offensive guard A.J. Cann
  • Michigan State defensive end Marcus Rush (50 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4 sacks)
  • Miami defensive end Anthony Chickillo (38 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks)
  • Virginia cornerback Demetrious Nicholson (56 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions)


  1. Comments: 21558
    Dec 12, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Congratulations to Jake Ryan. As far as the others being former Michigan recruits; when you consider the shot gun approach that some coaches especially RR had to giving offers, it really doesn't seem to mean much.

  2. Comments: 21558
    Dec 12, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    @ Anonymous 9:12 a.m.

    It might not mean much, but I just think it's interesting to see whether or not the kids succeed that Michigan pursued. Sammy Watkins and Tim Jernigan were both high on Michigan at certain points in their recruitment, and De'Anthony Thomas flirted with Michigan toward the end of the recruiting cycle.

  3. Comments: 21558
    Dec 12, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Was Rush even offered by Michigan? I've never heard of half these guys (e.g., Cann, Chickillo)

  4. Comments: 21558
    Dec 12, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    @ Anonymous 12:04 p.m.

    Yes, Rush was offered by Michigan. He made a couple unofficial visits. Cann and Chickillo never really considered Michigan much.

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