Mailbag: How do you want the class to finish?

Mailbag: How do you want the class to finish?


December 7, 2011
Stefon Diggs is the top overall player left on Michigan’s radar


I am an avid reader of your blog and also enjoy most of your comments on MGoBlog. I was hoping you could comment on your site about how you would like to see the recruiting class finish up. It is commonly believed that there are four spots left, and here’s what I’m wondering: 

RB – Being held for Dunn, unlikely to take another RB otherwise. Do you think there’s another candidate? 

OL – There are several OL still high on Michigan (Banner, Diamond, Garnett, etc.) Could you provide your rankings of those players, which you’d want to see in a M uniform the most, and any thoughts about which makes a better fit based on the rest of the roster? 

WR – Now that we have one already in the fold, of the remaining options left who would you most want to see sign with M and why? 

Other – This had hoped to be Yuri Wright, but that hasn’t developed much. Who else would you consider here? A TE? Thanks for your insight! 

AC1997

Thanks for the e-mail, AC.

Regarding running backs, I don’t think there are any other candidates right now.  Drake Johnson is a bit of an insurance policy in case Canton (OH) Glenoak’s Bri’onte Dunn doesn’t come over to the good side, but I don’t know that there’s a pressing need to find an elite running back in this class.  There’s an outside shot that Greg Garmon could come to Michigan, but I don’t foresee that coming to fruition.  Michigan has Fitzgerald Toussaint for another couple years and the coaches seem to like Thomas Rawls, who’s the heir apparent to Toussaint.  I don’t think it would kill Michigan to lose out on Dunn, but they must  get an elite running back in 2013 if that happens.

As for the offensive linemen, here are some thoughts about the linemen still high on Michigan:

  1. Puyallup (WA) Puyallup OG Joshua Garnett is the most athletic and most versatile lineman on the board.  His technique isn’t quite as solid as that of Michigan commit Kyle Kalis, but Garnett is the better athlete. Garnett could play tackle as well, but putting Kalis at strongside guard and having Garnett as the pulling guard could be a seriously powerful combination.  Aside from Stefon Diggs, Garnett is probably the best player left on Michigan’s board.
  2. Lakewood (WA) Lakes OT Zach Banner is a potentially dynamic offensive tackle.  He’s not the best prospect, but a 6’9″ guy with his athleticism is extremely intriguing.  His bloodlines are a positive, too (his father is former NFL offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy).  With those long arms, Banner could be an ideal blind-side protector.  I think 2012 commit Blake Bars is a future offensive guard, so Michigan could use another tackle in this class.
  3. Chicago (IL) Simeon OT Jordan Diamond is a notch down from the other two prospects, in my opinion.  He has decent size, decent athleticism, and decent technique, but he doesn’t have the All-American potential of the above two players.
  4. Lakeland (FL) Lakeland OT Evan Goodman has popped up on Michigan’s radar recently.  It’s unclear whether the Wolverines have offered Goodman, although he has plenty of other good offers.  He’s currently committed to Arizona State, but the coaching uncertainty has caused him to reconsider.  I’m not a huge fan of Goodman.  He’s certainly athletic – probably the second-most athletic kid in this grouping – but he lacks a punch and is a real project.  His technique will have to be overhauled completely before he can play at the next level, and even then, I’m not sure he has the requisite aggression to be successful.
Olney (MD) Good Counsel wide receiver Stefon Diggs is the best player left on Michigan’s board, slightly ahead of the aforementioned Garnett.  Michigan could use a big-play wide receiver and Diggs has the potential to be a game-breaker.  Diggs has the potential to develop into a first round draft pick if he can keep his head on straight.  He’s Mario Manningham or better.  Unfortunately, Diggs is unlikely to come to Michigan.
I would really like to see Michigan pursue a quarterback with one of these scholarships.  It doesn’t seem like the coaches will do so, but Michigan is quite thin at the position.  When 2013 commit Shane Morris arrives on campus, he will be behind a senior/redshirt junior Devin Gardner and a redshirt sophomore Russell Bellomy.  That’s it.  I think a school should always have at least four scholarship quarterbacks, and unless the coaches get someone in 2012 or an additional QB in 2013, Michigan will have only three scholarship quarterbacks for each season under Hoke.  Outside of a quarterback, I would like to see Michigan grab San Diego (CA) Westview tight end Taylor McNamara.  He reminds me of former Notre Dame tight end (and current Minnesota Viking) Kyle Rudolph.

7 comments

  1. Comments: 21558
    Anonymous
    Dec 07, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Thunder,

    Any bold predictions as we get closer to signing day? I agree with you on the QB issue, I also think we could have used another DT…

  2. Comments: 21558
    Dec 07, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    @ Anonymous 8:08 a.m.

    I have no bold predictions as of now. I'm kind of just in wait-and-see mode because a lot of things can happen at this point.

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    Dec 07, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    what about Yuri Wright?

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    Anonymous
    Dec 07, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Wright, Diggs, Garnett, McNamara please. What about Evan Boehm? QB isn't happening in this class. Fuller and Kiel are still uncommitted but neither is really interested in Michigan and don't think Michigan is too interested in a QB. There are more pressing needs at this point. We certainly don't have the depth at QB but with Denard and Devin as the 1-2 punch, I feel a bit more comfortable than let's say Threet-Sheridan….Sheridan-Threet. Bellamy is not great but he is a decent third-string.

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    Anonymous
    Dec 07, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    I kind of want an elite corner in this class. Everything I've seen from the two in our class now has been ok, but I don't think either of them are going to be amazing. Yuri Wright has been playing football for two years now, and he's already ridiculous with great size. I want Yuri Wright and hopefully Stefon Diggs. We need a #1 Receiver, and he could be that guy.

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    Anonymous
    Dec 08, 2011 at 4:32 AM

    Unfortunately Diggs is no longer an option. Coaches showed up for an in-home and he was in California for a visit. Coaches promptly ended the recruiting process. He said he was going to come to Michigan but now is going look elsewhere. Kind of a crazy story but that is the latest. Looks like his recruitment is over for Mich.

  7. Comments: 21558
    Dec 08, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Love the post Magnus and agree with most of it other than I believe that there is a pressing need to find an elite RB in this class. We've got the dynamic but oft injured Fitz Toussaint and then… a bunch of 3rd string RBs. Hopkins can't hold onto the ball, micro-back VSmith (who in a downhill running game won't be able to do squat), and a relatively average kid in Rawls (at least in his garbage time this year) who Fred Jackson is high on (see: every back ever at Michigan). If Fitz goes down, we're sunk at RB unless we pull a good one in in this class.

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