Recruiting Update: July 30, 2012

Recruiting Update: July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012
Marion (OH) Harding running back L.J. Scott

Avon (OH) Avon cornerback Ross Douglas switched his commitment from Penn State to Michigan.


Marion (OH) Harding running back L.J. Scott was offered by Michigan.  Scott is a 5’10”, 210 lb. tailback who also holds an offer from Kent State.  He had 700 yards and 8 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011.  For better or worse, he reminds me of 2013 commit DeVeon Smith.

Milwaukee (WI) Marquette University defensive tackle Conor Sheehy was offered by Michigan on Sunday.  Sheehy is a 6’4″, 255-pounder whose only other offer comes from the home state Wisconsin Badgers.  He also camped at Michigan back in late June, so two visits in the span of a little over a month indicates he has serious interest in Michigan.  Sheehy is listed everywhere as a defensive end, but he moves like a defensive tackle, so I’m guessing the coaches would want him as a 3-tech DT.


Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek defensive end Dajaun Drennon committed to North Carolina.  He mentioned early interest in Michigan, but the Wolverines wrapped up their recruiting of defensive ends a while ago.  Drennon is the teammate of fellow offeree Greg Webb, who also committed to UNC.

Olney (MD) Good Counsel cornerback Kendall Fuller committed to Virginia Tech.  I’ve been expecting this for a while since his older brothers have all attended VT, but Michigan finished third behind the Hokies and Clemson.  Fuller is the #1 cornerback in the country according to Rivals, although I did a scouting report on him a few months ago that didn’t blow me away.

Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central offensive guard Tim Gardner committed to Ohio State.  Gardner never seemed particularly interested in his Michigan offer.

Tampa (FL) Wharton cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III committed to Florida.  Hargreaves was always unlikely to leave the state of Florida, but some thought he was ticketed for South Florida, where his father coaches defensive backs.  I wrote up a scouting report on him a couple weeks ago.

Louisville (KY) Trinity defensive end Jason Hatcher committed to USC.  Hatcher is the teammate of two fellow Michigan offerees, cornerback Ryan White (Louisville) and wide receiver James Quick (undecided).  None of them visited Michigan, and Quick’s interest in the Wolverines tailed off some time ago.

Honolulu (HI) Moanalua defensive tackle Scott Pagano committed to Clemson.  Michigan was one of Pagano’s first big offers a few months ago, but since then, he racked up offers from virtually every big-time program in the country.  I have to admit that I was never a big fan of what I saw from Pagano on film, but Clemson has a way of churning out NFL prospects.

Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek defensive tackle Greg Webb switched his commitment from Penn State to North Carolina.  Webb was one of Michigan’s earliest targets for the nose tackle position and Michigan was in his top few schools before he committed to PSU, but the Wolverines didn’t seem to be pursuing him once he started to waver.

I put together a list of visitors for Michigan’s BBQ at the Big House.  It was an ever evolving list, so there are several additional updates from when it was posted on Thursday.

On top of those guys, there were a couple more visitors over the past few days:

Burke (VA) Lake Braddock quarterback Caleb Henderson, a 2014 prospect, visited Michigan for a second time on Saturday; he also camped at Michigan back in June.  No 2014 quarterbacks have earned offers from the Wolverines yet, so Michigan is still searching for a few guys to heavily recruit.  Henderson is a 6’4″, 223 lb. pocket passer with offers from Maryland, Michigan State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech; the Hokies appear to have the lead so far.

Wellington (FL) Palm Beach Central offensive guard K.C. McDermott, a 2014 prospect, visited Michigan on Friday.  He has already been offered by the Wolverines, along with Auburn, Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and several others. (Highlights.)

Middletown (OH) Middletown tight end Chance Sorrell, a 2014 prospect, visited Michigan on Thursday.  He’s 6’6″ and 229 lbs.  I could only find highlights of him blocking, so he either plays for a run-oriented team or he’s not much of a pass receiver.  The recruiting sites don’t know much about him yet, so it’s unlikely that he’ll be a big-time prospect.

And here’s a picture from the BBQ:

I’m not sure who everyone is, but here’s a stab: #32 Khalid Hill, #14 Dymonte Thomas, #6 Ross Douglas, #27 Derrick Green, #2 Jourdan Lewis, #5 Da’mario Jones, #8 Jaron Dukes, Kyle Bosch (backwards white hat), #26 Ben Gedeon, Logan Tuley-Tillman (back right in blue hat), Chris Fox (middle right in white hat), #55 David Dawson, #9 Mike McCray, #17 Wyatt Shallman, #4 DeVeon Smith, #56 Scott Sypniewski, #24 Jake Butt, #33 Taco Charlton


  1. Comments: 21383
    Jul 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Was Sheehy the only 2014 recruit offered at the BBQ? I thought I had heard Devers as well. I thought there would be quite a few news offers going out this weekend. Seems Hoke and company are working a little more slowly and being a little more selective for 2014.

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      Jul 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Sheehy was the only 2014 guy to be offered, but most of the 2014 kids were either offered already (Mason Cole, Westphal, Ferns, Payne, Nicholson, Webb, Doles, etc.) or probably not good enough (William White, Coleman Key, etc.). There weren't a ton of guys who could have received offers outside of Sheehy, Devers, Deon Drake, and Artavis Scott. Obviously the coaches aren't comfortable enough with those guys to extend offers just yet.

      The coaches are loading up on linemen, receivers (if they get their man in Treadwell), and linebackers in 2013, so they can be somewhat picky with each of those positions in 2014.

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      Jul 30, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      If Sheehy is being offered as a 3-tech as you say, then there is little pressure on Malik McDowell, with a who's who of national offers, or a Da'Shawn Hand. If Sheehy is being offered as a DE, then perhaps the coaches want to put some pressure on McDowell? I can't see them taking more than one in this class (esp with Godin, Strobel, Wormley all with the potential to play 5-tech in the previous class), and their selectivity with offers have reflected as much.

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      Jul 30, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      There's a ton of time before these kids make it to college. We all thought Willie Henry would play the 3 tech. Now he's up over 300 and looking more like a nose. Wilkins was 240 lbs and has gained around 50lbs since. We all though he'd be a weakside end. Kids put on 40-50 lbs pretty easily and some kids drop weight.

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      Jul 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      Just because Henry is over 300 doesn't mean he'll be a nose tackle. I think he'll be athletic enough to play some 3-tech even at that weight, but there's also a chance that he put on some bad weight and will slim down to 290 or so.

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    Jul 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    #27 in between #6 and #2 is Derrick Green and #6 is Douglas where #4 is Deveon Smith

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    Jul 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    number 9 is Mike Mccray

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    Jul 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    and that's big LTT in the background next to Bosch!

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    Jul 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    I threw me at first; a recruit from "Marquette University"? Is that some kind of transfer?

    Of course, it is Marquette University High School, home of the Hilltoppers:

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    Jul 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I heard LJ Scott's offer was unconfirmed… is that still the case?

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      Jul 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      It's listed on 247, so I listed it. I don't worry about whether offers are confirmed or unconfirmed.

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    Jul 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Don't forget Chris Fox on far right. He's in a blue shirt with his left hand on Jake Butt's shoulder.

    • Comments: 21383
      Jul 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      That looked like him, but I wanted someone else to confirm.

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    Jul 30, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    I'm surprised they're letting Webb go unrecruited – he was a guy they really wanted early. You think that means they're optimistic that Pipkins and Henry are going to work out?

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      Jul 30, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      The coaches have already filled up on defensive linemen (Hurst, Poggi). They told Vanderdoes they weren't really interested anymore, and Webb isn't as good as Vanderdoes.

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