Recruiting Update: October 28, 2015

Recruiting Update: October 28, 2015

October 28, 2015

South Jordan (UT) Bingham DT Jay Tufele

Winter Garden (FL) West Orange wide receiver Eddie McDoom was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’11”, 170 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, and Texas, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #65 wide receiver, and #392 overall. As a junior in 2014, he caught 47 passes for 854 yards and 15 touchdowns. McDoom is a speedy receiver who adjusts well to the ball in the air, which is something Michigan lacks. He is expected to stay in SEC country.

Pittsburgh (PA) Central Catholic offensive guard Chris “C.J.” Thorpe was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 308 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Penn State, and Pitt, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #6 offensive guard, and #220 overall. He is also a teammate of 2016 defensive back Damar Hamlin, who is expected to commit to Ohio State sooner or later. Some sites list him as a defensive tackle, but I think he might be a little too stiff to play defense. However, he is a very violent and relentless blocker on offense who has good foot quickness, if not ideal flexibility.

Hit the jump for another few 2017 offers, a 2018 offer, some guys who went off the board, and some other bits.

South Jordan (UT) Bingham defensive tackle Jay Tufele was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 280 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, UCLA, USC, and Utah, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #4 defensive tackle, and #84 overall. Bingham is a powerhouse football program in Utah that has produced a lot of talent in recent years, including Lowell Lotulelei (Utah) and Harvey Langi (BYU), two key components of defenses Michigan played against this year. Tufele is expected to remain out west in Pac-12 country.

Saratoga Springs (UT) Westlake safety Chaz Ah You was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 172 lb. prospect with offers from BYU, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, and Utah State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #8 safety, and #104 overall. Ah You also plays quarterback for his high school team. He is a smart, athletic player who is not afraid to come up and support the run. The assumption is that he will stay out west in Pac-12 or Big 12 country.

Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha defensive end Chase Young was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, and Ohio State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #10 weakside end, and #195 overall. He is a teammate of 2016 offensive guard Terrance Davis and 2017 running back Anthony McFarland, Jr. Maryland was the early favorite, although their coaching situation makes that lead iffy.

Tampa (FL) Berkeley offensive tackle Nick Petit-Frere was given his first offer by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 238 lb. prospect who’s a teammate of 2016 tight end Jacob Mathis. Petit-Frere is very light for an offensive lineman and obviously has a lot of filling out to do, but he is athletic and shows good knee bend for such a young player. He could also end up as a strongside end, but his position will depend somewhat on how his body matures.

Farmington Hills (MI) Harrison defensive end Khalid Kareem committed to Notre Dame. Kareem originally committed to Michigan State, backed off after a couple days, was close to committing to Michigan, committed to Alabama, decommitted from Alabama, and then committed to Notre Dame several days later. Michigan did continue to recruit him after he committed to the Crimson Tide, but they backed off several weeks ago because they had their eyes on some other targets for the defensive line.

Steubenville (OH) Steubenville tight end Charles Reeves, Jr. committed to Kentucky. Reeves visited Michigan recently, but he was won over by Kentucky tight ends coach and ace recruiter Vince Marrow, who was rumored as a candidate for the same job at Michigan. The lone Kentucky tight end to make a catch so far this year is C.J. Conrad, who has 12 catches for 133 yards and 1 touchdown.

Kalamazoo (MI) Loy Norrix wide receiver/tight end Simeon Smith committed to Michigan as a preferred walk-on. At 6’6″ and 210 lbs. already, he is likely going to end up as a tight end in college. Unfortunately, I have a hard time grasping a Loy Norrix graduate playing at Michigan, since the only reference point I have is former MSU running back T.J. Duckett.

Detroit (MI) King wide receiver Donnie Corley has set an announcement date for December 8th. It’s rather murky which team he will choose, but Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Tennessee seem to be in play.

I’m still waiting for Michigan to offer Ann Arbor (MI) Pioneer running back/linebacker Antjuan Simmons, who has grabbed offers from a lot of big-time programs recently, including Ole Miss the other day. He now has 25 offers from around the country.

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