Recruiting Update: August 6, 2014

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6Aug 2014
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Recruiting Update: August 6, 2014

Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco offensive guard Zach Robertson (image via Maxpreps)

Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco offensive guard Zach Robertson was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 308 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, and Washington, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #14 offensive guard, and #259 overall. He claims a 340 lb. bench, a 465 lb. squat, and a 5.4 forty. Robertson is a punishing blocker on the move who I believe fits best at offensive guard, though he’s a tackle in high school. He has said that he wants to take an official visit to Michigan, but the current line of thinking is that he’s bound for UCLA, where high school teammate (and fellow Michigan offeree) Josh Rosen is committed.

Reisterstown (MD) Franklin offensive guard Patrick Allen committed to Georgia. Georgia was considered the favorite, but Michigan was up there in his top few schools. Allen has said that he still wants to see Michigan on an official visit, so the door isn’t completely closed. His 2016 teammate, wide receiver Steven Smothers, also holds a Michigan offer.

Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek wide receiver Cameron Chambers, a 2016 prospect, committed to Michigan State. He visited Michigan and Michigan State the weekend prior to his decision, so it was a bit of a nail-biter to see whether he would choose the Wolverines, although they were thought to be playing from slightly behind. Ohio State was also in the mix. As Michigan has seen with its own early commits, it’s a long time between now and signing day for 2016 prospects.

Warren (OH) Harding center James Daniels committed to Iowa. Daniels has an older brother who’s a freshman running back at Iowa, so the Hawkeyes were thought to be the leaders. Michigan has had a lot of success at Harding over the years (Carl Diggs, Prescott Burgess, Mario Manningham, D.J. Williamson, Davion Rogers), but they have struck out recently.

Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy quarterback Deondre Francois committed to Florida State. This was – and will be – a highly interesting development, because the Seminoles already had two touted quarterbacks (De’Andre Johnson, Kai Locksley) committed in the 2015 class. Taking two quarterbacks in one class happens fairly frequently, but three in one year is almost unheard of. At least one of these guys will flip elsewhere by the time all is said and done.

Sherman (TX) Sherman offensive guard Aaron Garza committed to Kansas. He had previously been committed to Texas.

Tampa (FL) Wharton wide receiver Auden Tate committed to Florida State. At one point Tate called Michigan’s offer a “dream offer” and he has left the door open for an official visit to Ann Arbor. Tate was considered Michigan’s best chance to land a second wide receiver in the class, so the Wolverines may have to expand their offer list if they want another wideout.

Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett outside linebacker Adonis Thomas committed to Florida. His 2016 teammate, offensive lineman E.J. Price, holds an offer from Michigan.

Over on Recruiting Season, I profiled Walled Lake Central’s Ade Ogundeji and Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills’ Derek Smith (Central Michigan). Meanwhile, Muskegon Mona Shores quarterback Tyree Jackson committed to Buffalo, Dearborn Fordson linebacker Abdallah Jaffal committed to Ball State, and West Bloomfield’s Eddie Wilson II committed to Central Michigan.

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Recruiting Update: April 21, 2014

Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek wide receiver Cameron Chambers (image via MaxPreps)

Kaplan (LA) Kaplan defensive end Jalen Bates was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 240 lb. prospect with offers from Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Ole Miss, TCU, and Texas Tech. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #12 weakside end, and #340 overall. He’s very raw and needs to work on his stance, footwork, hand use, just about everything – but he does have some physical talent. Bates is the cousin of former Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton.

Bellevue (WA) Bellevue offensive tackle Henry Roberts was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 263 lb. prospect with offers from Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, USC, Washington, and Wisconsin, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #29 offensive tackle, and #236 overall. Roberts is a lanky kid who obviously needs to put on weight, but there’s not a lot of film on him. Bellevue is one of the top programs in the state of Washington and produces quite a bit of talent for the Pacific Northwest, and former Michigan offensive lineman Stephen Schilling came from there.

Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek wide receiver Cameron Chambers was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 195 lb. prospect with offers from Arkansas, Ohio State, Pitt, Rutgers, Wisconsin, and West Virginia, among others. 247 Sports, which released its 2016 rankings last week, placed him as a 4-star, the #14 wide receiver, and the #83 player overall for his class. He does not quite look 6’3″ in his highlights, although he may have hit a growth spurt this offseason; however, he shows some good straight line speed and claims a 4.59 forty.

Tampa (FL) Catholic wide receiver Nate Craig was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 195 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, and Tennessee, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #18 wide receiver, and #92 overall. Personally, I would rate Craig ahead of Chambers because he looks superior in almost every category.

Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Rashard Causey committed to Florida Atlantic. Causey has offers from Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and UCLA, along with lots of others, so I don’t quite understand this one. I know little about Causey because he didn’t show much interest in his Michigan offer, but this is a commitment I would watch down the road for a change of heart.

Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter’s Prep cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick committed to Alabama. I wrote a scouting report on him back in February. I mentioned three teams with the best chance to get him, and the Crimson Tide was one of them (with Michigan and Ohio State the others, although South Carolina was also lurking). Michigan held off on offering for a while, which may have hurt their chances, but it’s tough to believe they could have pulled ahead of the Tide.

Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy cornerback Marcus Lewis committed to Florida. Lewis recently transferred from Washington (DC) Gonzaga Prep, which signaled to me a desire to play down south. Not long after that was announced, he committed to the Gators. Lewis could play corner or safety at the next level.

Here’s a list of this past weekend’s visitors.

Over at Recruiting Season last week, I profiled Clarkston’s Cole Chewins, Mount Pleasant’s Kalebb Perry, Detroit Country Day’s Justin Hunter, St. Joseph’s Wes French, and Chandler Park Academy’s Jalen Martin.