Recruiting Update: February 15, 2016

Recruiting Update: February 15, 2016

February 15, 2016
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Berrien Springs (MI) Berrien Springs OG Phillip Paea (image via Rivals)

Covington (GA) Newton wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman decommitted from Michigan (LINK).

Kennedale (TX) Kennedale linebacker Baron Browning decommitted from Baylor. He’s a 6’4″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, and USC, among others. Michigan offered him a few weeks ago, and his brother Barry played cornerback for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford. Baron is a 247 Composite 5-star, the #2 outside linebacker, and #26 overall. I haven’t sat down and made one yet, but Browning would be at the top or near the top of my Most Wanted list.

Berrien Springs (MI) Berrien Springs offensive guard Phillip Paea was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 280 lb. prospect with offers from BYU, Central Michigan, Michigan State, and Oregon. Currently unranked, Paea is a powerful offensive guard with good feet. He also plays some defensive end and defensive tackle, although he’s very raw and lacks instincts. I think he is a better prospect on offense.

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Memphis (TN) Lausanne running back Eric Gray was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’11”, 177 lb. prospect with offers from Mississippi State and West Virginia. With three years to go until National Signing Day, it doesn’t do much good to prognosticate where he will go. He is a small-ish, speedy player who could play running back, receiver, or cornerback at the next level.

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  1. Comments: 4
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Feb 15, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Looks like Rivals has given Paea a 5.7 rating, good for a high 3-star.

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      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Feb 15, 2016 at 10:37 AM

      MH20 broke the seal on the comments!

      • Comments: 4
        Joined: 8/11/2015
        Feb 15, 2016 at 3:02 PM

        It feels good? It feels good.

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    Joined: 9/3/2015
    suduri xusai
    Feb 15, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    This is off-topic, but I wonder what people think of this video:

    I am not an expert, but I am not that impressed with the throws at all. Maybe he will just warm up the bench even more this season and do a grad transfer. I just don’t see him unseating other guys.

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    Joined: 11/6/2015
    Feb 15, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    This upcoming season is so critical (and I only say that, like, well…ok every single preseason since 1986ish) to capitalize on our very good season and our top 10 recruiting class. One of the things that troubled me before Harbaugh was the kids coming up have not grown up w/ a relevant UM team. If we blast off this year we won’t just be viewed as a rising team w/ a mad scientist at the helm but a legit playoff threat. Should help us with those recruits that select a school based on ‘who wins a lot’. Anyone else shocked on NSD w/ Texas getting so many Starzzz? Yes I know they are the poster child 4 highly ranked recruits over the yrs. But it looks as if they are in a Michigan circa RichRod/B Hoke type situation. It just surprised me a bit. Love this site BTW…very well done!

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      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Feb 15, 2016 at 7:19 PM

      I was very surprised that Texas had such a strong finish to the 2016 class. They seemed to be losing everyone they wanted, and it’s almost like the kids got together, reinforced their collective feelings of state pride, and decided to stay together. It will be a very interesting study. If Charlie Strong – whom I like – ends up turning Texas around, that will be a pretty darn impressive coaching gig. It doesn’t seem to be too often that coaches start off their tenures so rocky and actually get a chance to reverse the trend before they get fired.

      Thanks for the compliment!

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    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Our high school played against Berrien Springs in the playoffs this year. Paea was definitely their best player on the field in my opinion. He seemed to be all over the place on both lines. He was very strong and capable of blowing guys off the line, but it will be interesting to see how he does against talent that is better. His motor and his strength were two big positives. I believe B.Springs had a LB go D1 this year to BYU and I wouldn’t have said he was the best player on the field the day we played them.

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