Official Visitors: January 16-21, 2015

Official Visitors: January 16-21, 2015

January 16, 2015
Long Beach (CA) Poly cornerback Iman Marshall

Damon Arnette – CB – Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas: Arnette is a 6’2″, 185 lb. prospect who’s committed to South Carolina. He’s a soft commit with a visit scheduled to Ohio State later this month, too. The 247 Composite rankings show him as a 3-star, the #60 cornerback, and #649 overall. D.J. Durkin called him up when he was hired, and Arnette immediately responded that he wanted to visit. Arnette is a good sized corner who would be good against the run.

Chris Clark – TE – Avon (CT) Old Farms: Clark is a 6’6″, 247 lb. prospect who has been committed to both North Carolina and Michigan in the past. Now he says it’s down to Michigan and UCLA with the Bruins having the lead. Even so, he was enthused about Michigan hiring Jim Harbaugh, and some people think the Wolverines will win out. Clark is also close to quarterback Alex Malzone, who enrolled early this semester and will be on campus. Clark is a 247 Composite 4-star, the #2 tight end, and #79 overall in the 2015 class.

Andrew David – K – Massillon (OH) Washington: David is a 5’9″, 165 lb. prospect who committed to Michigan in June of 2013. He’s a 247 Composite 2-star, the #7 kicker, and #2031 overall. Michigan’s starting punter and placekicker both graduated after the 2014 season, so he will have a chance to compete for a starting gig right off the bat.

Shelton Johnson – DE – Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic: Johnson is a 6’5″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Florida State, Miami, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #16 strongside end, and #351 overall. He visited Virginia Tech in December and has visits remaining to the other schools, with Florida State holding the final shot; right now the Crystal Ball is 100% for the Seminoles (based on 10 votes).

Tyree Kinnel – S – Huber Heights (OH) Wayne: Kinnel committed to Michigan in August of 2013 (LINK). He is currently a 247 Composite 4-star, the #10 safety, and #181 overall. Once Michigan’s coaching situation got rocky, Alabama and Notre Dame both came forward with offers, but Kinnel has remained committed throughout.

Iman Marshall – CB – Long Beach (CA) Poly: Marshall is a 6’1″, 190 lb. prospect with a top group that includes Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, UCLA, and USC. He is using January officials for the out-of-state schools, and the visit to Ann Arbor will be right on the heels of one to FSU this weekend. So while the rest of these players will be in town over the weekend, Marshall will be there from Monday through Wednesday. Marshall is considered a USC lean (the Trojans are at 98% on the 247 Sports Crystal Ball), but he has expressed interest in playing college ball with his summer workout partner, Michigan sophomore wide receiver Freddy Canteen. Marshall is a 247 Composite 5-star, the #1 cornerback, and #4 overall in the class.

Roquan Smith – LB – Montezuma (GA) Macon:
 Smith is a 6’1″, 205 lb. prospect who’s considered to be a heavy lean toward the Georgia Bulldogs, but he’s another guy who’s visiting because of D.J. Durkin. Smith is a 247 Composite 4-star, the #5 outside linebacker, and #49 overall. He had 173 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions as a senior in 2014. He has visited Georgia and USC, and he has visits scheduled for Ole Miss and UCLA.


  1. Comments: 21384
    Jan 14, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Waiting on Thunder's take on hiring Jay Harbaugh as the TE coach… Nepotism or a solid hire…?

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      Jan 14, 2015 at 4:57 PM

      That should be posted this afternoon/evening. I'm trying to finish up the John Kelly scouting report to post tomorrow morning.

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      Jan 14, 2015 at 6:22 PM

      Yeah. Esp. because Jay Harbaugh is replacing Roy Manning… I think RM is a star on the rise, so losing him out hurts. I hope Jay Harbaugh is an even better fit.

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      Jan 15, 2015 at 2:37 PM

      I think it can be a solid hire, but too soon to be certain. He has 3 years in an NFL coaching environment under Jims brother. He should understand his fathers style and though young has some credentials.

  2. Comments: 21384
    Jan 14, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Any chance of us getting Braxton Miller to transfer? I know it's a pipe dream, but man wouldn't that be something!

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      Jan 14, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      Part of getting Miller to transfer would involve Ohio State releasing him to Michigan, which isn't going to happen. Miller could come to Michigan on his own if he wanted to pay tuition, but that isn't going to happen, either. So I'd put the chances at 0.5%.

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      Jan 14, 2015 at 6:20 PM

      I don't see Miller doing that either. Why would he tarnish his college legacy forever by going to Michigan? He can go to a number of other major teams.

      On the other hand, I really hope Harbaugh is looking for a grad transfer QB or two. I know JH loves competition, and we really need an experienced QB regardless of how guys already on the roster do.

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      Jan 14, 2015 at 6:28 PM

      So you're saying….there is a chance! Thanks! 🙂

  3. Comments: 21384
    Jan 14, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Why does anyone want Braxton Miller at Michigan? He probably has the worst arm of any OSU QB and while people are amazed by Cardales ability as the 3rd string qb, his success is also indicative of a system that makes the qb look good. Being good there does not mean they would be a good qb in any other system. Unless he wanted to play RB there's no reason M should take him.

    • Comments: 21384
      Jan 14, 2015 at 7:39 PM

      Well, he was a high 4-star recruit out of high school, so that's one thing. He also has thrown 52 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions, and he has had increasing completion percentages each season (from 54 to 58 to 64). On top of that, he's rushed for over 1,000 yards during his last two seasons.

      System aside, Miller is more experienced, more physically impressive, and flat-out better than anyone who has played so far for Michigan.

      I think it's kind of ridiculous to say that Michigan has no room for someone like him unless he wants to play running back. I would take Miller at Michigan in a heartbeat – we need help at the quarterback position, period.

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      Jan 14, 2015 at 7:39 PM

      The above post should say "17 interceptions," not 7.

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      Jan 14, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      Braxton Miller is very good, as Thunder says. He will never come to Michigan, I think, but yea, if he wants to be crazy and stab Meyer and Ohio State in the back by transferring to Michigan, we should take him 100%

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    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    I was going to say that a TD/INT ratio of 52:7 might indicate he should just go pro. 52:17 still ain't that bad, considering how great of a runner he is. — Don

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      Jan 14, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      He could make it in the pros, but another year of training should be better, esp. given the injury he had.

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    Jan 15, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    I prefer my CBs to be good against the pass…

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