247 Sports: Top 25 for 2014 released

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3May 2012
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247 Sports: Top 25 for 2014 released

Woodbridge (VA) Woodbridge defensive end Da’Shawn Hand

247 Sports jumped out to the forefront of 2014 recruiting by releasing its top 25 recruits for the class of 2014 on . . . May 3, 2012.  What is this, basketball recruiting?

Anyway, here are some notes on some of the top 25 guys:

1. Da’Shawn Hand – DE – Virginia: Hand already has a Michigan offer, but most expect him to be SEC-bound.

2. Andrew Brown – DT – Virginia: I’ve heard some not-so-flattering things about Brown’s attitude, but he’s a beast of a player.  He also seems to be SEC-bound.

3. Jabrill Peppers – CB – New Jersey: Peppers just got a Michigan offer in the last few days.

13. Damian Prince – OT – Maryland: Prince was offered by Michigan a couple months ago.  He will probably give Michigan a look, but I’m not too confident on most players from the East Coast.

17. Bentley Spain – OT – North Carolina: Spain was offered by Michigan a few weeks ago.  I’m kind of expecting him to go to South Carolina, though.

19. Dante Booker – LB – Ohio: Booker attends St. Vincent-St. Mary’s in Akron, OH.  That’s the same school that sent Doran Grant to Ohio State and Lebron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

20. Jalen Tabor – CB – Washington, D.C.: He has an offer from Michigan, but seems to be leaning toward Tennessee right now.

23. Malik McDowell – DE – Michigan: McDowell already has an offer from Michigan and could very well end up committing to the Wolverines at any point.

9Apr 2012
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Recruiting Update: April 9, 2012

Avon (OH) Avon cornerback Ross Douglas

ADDED TO THE BOARD (2013, 2014)
Avon (OH) Avon cornerback Ross Douglas was offered by Michigan, even though he committed to Penn State a couple weeks back.  Douglas visited Ann Arbor in recent months and enjoyed his visit, but the coaches had their sights set on some bigger corners than the 5’10”, 180 lb. Douglas.  But now that guys like Tre Bell and Devin Butler have committed elsewhere (see below), they might be expanding their search for a guy to complement Gareon Conley and Jourdan Lewis.

Honolulu (HI) Moanalua defensive tackle Scott Pagano was offered by Michigan on Saturday.  The 6’3″, 280-pounder also holds offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Cal, Nebraska, and Oregon, among others.  Pagano looks like a nose tackle but his highlights remind me of 2010 defensive tackle Terry Talbott, whose film was a series of play where nobody really bothered to block him.  As a junior he had 72 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 5 sacks.

Charlotte (NC) Providence offensive tackle Bentley Spain, a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan.  He’s a 6’6″, 280 lb. lineman with offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, and South Carolina.  He’s just a sophomore, but he claims a 330 lb. bench and a 400 lb. squat.

St. Louis (MO) DeSmet offensive tackle Andy Bauer, a 2014 prospect, committed to Missouri.  This is kind of a disappointment for Michigan fans, since Bauer visited Michigan a couple months ago and thoroughly enjoyed his visit.  The 6’5″, 291 lb. lineman looks like a future star and gives the Tigers a couple victories over Michigan in grabbing upper echelon linemen in recent years, to go along with Evan Boehm in 2012.

Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter’s Prep cornerback Tre Bell committed to Florida.  The 5’11”, 170 lb. Bell gave some lip service to considering Michigan, but at no point did the Wolverines seem like a serious contender.

Washington (DC) Gonzaga cornerback Devin Butler committed to Notre Dame.  This was somewhat expected, as his two leaders all along seemed to be Penn State and the Fighting Irish.  Hopefully he will go to South Bend and do what most cornerbacks do there, which is stand by idly while Mario Manningham Sam McGuffie Greg Mathews Junior Hemingway Roy Roundtree Jehu Chesson catches awesome touchdown passes.

Rancho Cucamonga (CA) Rancho Cucamonga cornerback Chris Hawkins committed to USC.  Hawkins was all set to announce a commitment a couple weeks ago to Stanford, but then USC swooped in with an offer.  He put his recruitment temporarily on hold, visited USC, and then became a Trojan.

Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek defensive tackle Greg Webb committed to Penn State.  A lot of Michigan fans seemed to be pinning their hopes on Webb for the 2013 class because Michigan needs a couple interior guys, but I said all along that I did not expect the Wolverines to pull Webb.  Michigan still has a shot with Baltimore (MD) Gilman’s Henry Poggi, but I think any commitments at the nose tackle position will have to come from new offers, such as the one to Pagano.

Peoria (IL) Peoria defensive end Josh Augusta visited Michigan last week.  The 6’5″, 275 lb. end/tackle prospect lists an offer on Rivals so I’m keeping him on the offer board, but Wolverine Nation‘s Tom VanHaaren recently stated that he does NOT have an offer yet.

St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham quarterback Ricardo Johnson III, a 2014 prospect, visited Ann Arbor last week.  Johnson is only 5’11”, 170 lbs., but he’s a sophomore so there’s still room to grow.  It’s unclear how serious of a prospect he is.  Some people have hyped him as one of the top prospects in Minnesota, which isn’t a talent-rich state, but Cretin-Derham is a productive school.  He also has yet to play for the varsity team.  Regardless of his talent, he seems to have interest in the Wolverines and could be someone to watch in the future.

Upland (CA) Upland defensive end Joe Mathis visited Michigan over the weekend.  He has offers from all over the country and he reportedly really  liked his visit to Ann Arbor, so much that he has promised an official visit for the fall.  Sometimes those promises don’t pan out, so take that with a grain of salt, but it’s still a good sign from the Californian.  Mathis has recently shown up at camps and done very well.  He could play the strongside end or the 3-tech defensive tackle position for the Wolverines.

Bealeton (VA) Liberty defensive end Wyatt Teller did NOT visit this past weekend.  He was scheduled to come to Ann Arbor, but was unable to make it.  He hopes to plan a trip for later this month.

Detroit (MI) Country Day defensive tackle Poet Thomas visited the Michigan campus.  The 6’6″, 280-pounder does not yet hold an offer from the Wolverines, but he has been offered by Colorado, Eastern Michigan, Florida, and Toledo.  He’s a big, thick-legged kid who looks like he’ll be well over 300 lbs. by the time his career is finished.  His size is intriguing, but I think he’s a big project at this point.  The coaches have been in contact with him for a while and previously were looking at him for the offensive line, but with OL positions filled up at this point, they recently informed him that they’re evaluating him as a defensive tackle.  He runs like an offensive lineman, plays really high, and frankly doesn’t look like he’s physically strong yet.

Lakewood (OH) St. Edward’s safety Solomon Warfield will be visiting Michigan on Tuesday.  He’s a 6’1″, 170 lb. defensive back who does not have a Michigan offer but attends the same school as 2012 commit Kyle Kalis.  Warfield does hold offers from Arizona, Iowa, and West Virginia, along with a few others.  He’s a big hitter for being kind of a slight kid and has good speed, but Michigan seems set at safety at this point unless there’s attrition.