Poll Results: Which February 18/19 commit will be best?

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29Feb 2012
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Poll Results: Which February 18/19 commit will be best?

If readers of this blog are correct, Chris Fox will be one of the jewels of the class

A couple weekends ago, Michigan got commitments from eight 2013 commits.  Shortly afterward I posted a poll asking which of those eight would have the best career.  Since then Ohio’s Jaron Dukes and Pennsylvania’s Patrick Kugler have committed, too, so the fun never stops.  Here are the results of the poll:

Chris Fox: 20%
The Parker (CO) Ponderosa product could play just about anywhere on the line except center.  For such a thick kid, he’s an athletic kid who doesn’t have a problem staying low and getting leverage on opponents.  The 6’6″, 295 lb. Fox is ranked as high as #46 overall to Rivals.

Kyle Bosch: 19% (tie)
The Wheaton (IL) St. Francis lineman is 6’5″, 286 lbs. and projects to offensive guard for the Wolverines.  247 Sports thinks highly enough of him to rank him the #44 overall player in the country.

Logan Tuley-Tillman: 19% (tie)
The 6’7″, 304 lb. blindside tackle from Peoria (IL) Manual is the #85 overall player to 247 Sports.

Jake Butt: 13%
Butt is a 6’6″, 230 lb. tight end from Pickerington (OH) North.  He’s ranked as high as #96 overall to Rivals.

Taco Charlton: 10%
Charlton is a 6’6″, 240 lb. linebacker/defensive end from Pickerington (OH) Central.  His highest ranking comes from 247 Sports at #99 overall.

Jourdan Lewis: 7%
Detroit (MI) Cass Tech cornerback is a 5’11”, 170-pounder.  Rivals likes him best (so far) with his placement at #167 overall on the Rivals 250.

Wyatt Shallman: 5%
Novi (MI) Catholic Central running back Shallman is a 6’3″, 255 lb. athlete.  Rivals thinks he’s the 160th-best player in the nation.

David Dawson: 3%
Detroit (MI) Cass Tech offensive guard/center Dawson is the #199 player to Rivals.  He stands 6’5″ and weighs 305 lbs.

22Feb 2012
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2013 Top 247 Update

Taco Charlton at #99 and Shane Morris at #14 are two of eight U-M commits in the top 247

The 247 Sports Top 2013 was updated yesterday.  Here’s what it looked like when it was released back in November.

Movement by Michigan targets since November:

– Shane Morris dropped from #12 to #14
– Dymonte Thomas dropped from #35 to #40
– Chris Fox dropped from #39 to #47
– Kyle Bosch jumped from #55 to #42
– Jake Butt dropped from #70 to outside the top 247
– Taco Charlton jumped from #115 to #99
– Wyatt Shallman dropped from #149 to #187
– Jourdan Lewis dropped from #218 to outside the top 247
– David Dawson jumped from outside the top 247 to #195

The rest of he top 247:

3. Vernon Hargreaves III – CB – Florida
4. Laremy Tunsil – OT – Florida
6. Jaylon Smith – LB – Indiana
9. Su’a Cravens – S – California
11. Robert Foster – WR – Pennsylvania
14. Shane Morris – QB – Michigan (Michigan)
18. Keith Ford – RB – Texas
19. Kendall Fuller – CB – Maryland
21. E.J. Levenberry – LB – Virginia
23. Jonathan Allen – DE – Virginia
25. Jake Raulerson – OT – Texas (Texas)
26. Alquadin Muhammad – DE – New Jersey
28. Ty Isaac – RB – Illinois
29. Adam Breneman – TE – Pennsylvania
30. Cameron Burrows – CB – Ohio
39. Leon McQuay III – CB – Florida
40. Dymonte Thomas – S – Ohio (Michigan)
42. Kyle Bosch – OT – Illinois (Michigan)
43. Eddie Vanderdoes – DT – California
44. Steve Elmer – OT – Michigan (Notre Dame)
45. Kevin Olsen – QB – New Jersey
46. Michael Hutchings – LB – California
47. Chris Fox – OT – Colorado (Michigan)
48. James Quick – WR – Kentucky
52. Marquez North – WR – North Carolina
57. Darius Latham – OT – Indiana
58. Jake Oliver – WR – Texas (Texas)
59. Justin Manning – DT – Texas
60. Ethan Pocic – OT – Illinois
66. Henry Poggi – DT – Maryland
75. Laquon Treadwell – WR – Illinois
76. Hunter Bivin – OT – Kentucky
80. Ishmael Wilson – OG – Texas (Texas A&M)
82. Tray Matthews – S – Georgia (Georgia)
83. Eli Woodard – CB – New Jersey (Ohio State)
89. Logan Tuley-Tillman – OT – Illinois (Michigan)
94. Darrell Daniels – WR – California
99. Taco Charlton – LB – Ohio (Michigan)
100. Tashawn Bower – DE – New Jersey
102. Greg Webb – DT – New Jersey
104. Tim Harris – S – Virginia
105. Elijah Daniel – DE – Indiana
108. Derrick Green – RB – Virginia
111. Matt Rolin – LB – Virginia
119. Dorian O’Daniel – LB – Maryland
135. Shaq Wiggins – CB – Georgia (Georgia)
147. Kyle Hicks – RB – Texas (Texas)
155. Priest Willis – CB – Arizona
159. Jacob Matuska – TE – Ohio
168. Mike McCray – ATH – Ohio
181. Durham Smythe – TE – Texas
187. Wyatt Shallman – DE – Michigan (Michigan)
190. Patrick Kugler – OT – Pennsylvania
194. Jason Hatcher – DE – Kentucky
195. David Dawson – OT – Michigan (Michigan)
200. Sebastian Larue – ATH – California
205. Billy Price – DT – Ohio (Ohio State)
206. Wyatt Teller – TE – Virginia
207. Chase Abbington – S – Missouri
214. Chris Hawkins – S – California
216. Cameron Walker – CB – California
226. Jay Ellison – DT – Georgia
231. Alex Anzalone – LB – Pennsylvania

19Feb 2012
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Chris Fox, Wolverine

Parker (CO) Ponderosa offensive tackle Chris Fox

Parker (CO) Ponderosa offensive tackle Chris Fox committed to Michigan on Saturday.  He chose the Wolverines over offers from Colorado, Florida State, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Purdue.

Fox is a 6’6″, 297 lb. offensive lineman who looks to me like a right tackle, but he could also move inside to guard.  He claims a 5.5 forty.

ESPN: 4-star OT
Rivals: 4-star OT, #46 overall
Scout: 4-star OG
247 Sports: 4-star OT, 95 grade, #8 OT, #48 overall

Fox’s recruitment was considered to be a two-horse race between his home state Buffaloes and the Wolverines, but Colorado isn’t really considered to be a hot destination these days.  This is a big loss for the home state team, because Fox was generally considered to be the state’s top recruit.  At least Fox won’t have to adjust to the cold when he arrives in Ann Arbor.  He was offered in June 2011, visited campus last summer, and obviously made a return trip this weekend.  When kids travel to Michigan a second time from somewhere as far away as Colorado, you can assume they have serious interest.

Most of Fox’s highlight film comes on the defensive side of the ball, so it’s hard to get a great feel for him as an offensive lineman.  He is a very aggressive defensive tackle who flies around the field more than most 297 lb. kids do.  Aside from his attitude, I also like the fundamentals of how he plays defense.  He stays low, uses his hands well, flies to the football, gets his hands up to disrupt throwing lanes, etc.  If that discipline and those fundamentals also apply to his offensive skills, then he has a lot of upside.

Fox should presumably start out at the right tackle position in college.  He shows good athleticism as a defensive player, but I’m not certain he has the lateral quickness to play left tackle; I won’t rule it out without seeing more film of him, though.  I also think he has the body to move inside and play guard.  His body type reminds me quite a bit of 2012 commit Kyle Kalis, whom Coach Funk plans to start out at right tackle.

This is Michigan’s first recruit to come out of Colorado since tight end Steve Watson in the class of 2007.

14Feb 2012
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Class of 2013 Wish List: Offense

One guy we both agreed on was Warren (MI) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris

Tremendous  and Touch the Banner  pooled together our information and came up with a wish list for the 2013 class.  This is purely a wish list based on guys who have either been offered by Michigan or, in a couple cases, are likely to get offered by Michigan at some point.


Touch the Banner: Warren (MI) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris  is already on board, and he’s one of the top two or three quarterbacks in the country.  Based on his talent and how much he loves Michigan, he’s my pick to fill this spot.
Tremendous: Shane Morris – Doesn’t really need much of an explanation. Turn to my interview if necessary. This kid has the physical and mental qualities to play quarterback for Michigan. The only question, and one that can’t be answered yet, is how he’ll respond to getting continuously hit throughout the long run of a full college football season.

Tremendous: Ty Isaac, Deveon Smith – Isaac is explosive and the type of home-run hitter that Michigan has lacked for quite some time now. He does run a bit upright, but the upside is too much to ignore here. He could contribute quickly, too. Deveon Smith is a tackle-breaking machine who has good vision/cuts in between the tackles. Both of his brothers struggled in college but I don’t expect that to be the case with Deveon. Keith Ford would look good here, too, but despite the recent update I did on him, I don’t expect him to end up at Michigan.
Touch the Banner: 
Michigan needs a big-play guy, and I think Stockton (CA) Lincoln’s Justin Davis  could be that guy.  He’s 6’1″, 195 lbs. and could be the lightning to Cypress (TX) Cypress Ranch’s Keith Ford‘s thunder.  Both can make big plays, unlike a couple offerees who look like pound-the-rock type guys only.

FULLBACK (Need = 0)

Michigan doesn’t need anyone here.

Touch the Banner: Louisville (KY) Trinity wideout James Quick  would be #1 on my list because of his gamebreaking ability.  He’s similar to former Michigan wide receiver Steve Breaston because he’s a skinny guy who can take it the distance at any given time.  Crete (IL) Crete-Monee’s Laquon Treadwell  is a big, physical kid who also has a little bit of speed and can stretch the field.  Michigan could use a couple big-time receivers to pair with Morris.
Tremendous: Jaron Dukes, Laquon Treadwell – Dukes loves Michigan and has the physical tools necessary to fit the old Michigan receiver mold. He’s a bit of a project, but kids who love the program and want to be here are the types of kids that tend to succeed at Michigan. Treadwell is a five-star talent. Not much else to be said about him.

TIGHT END (Need = 2)
Touch the Banner:  Camp Hill (PA) Cedar Cliff tight end Adam Breneman  is considered by many to be the nation’s top tight end for the 2013 class, and again it would be nice to find a good passing target for Morris.  Breneman is the type of tight end who could do damage as a traditional tight end or lined up in the slot.  Meanwhile, Pickerington (OH) North Pickerington’s Jake Butt  is a tough, physical kid who has some good athleticism.  And if things didn’t work out on offense, he has the athletic ability and demeanor to help out on defense, too.
Tremendous: Jake Butt, Adam Breneman – Butt is a likely commit who seems to be somewhat of a rising star within the rankings. I’d still say Breneman is better, but Butt has the frame to bulk up and remains quick enough on his feet for his size to do real damage in the passing game. Breneman is the real deal, a potential Gronk clone if he builds up properly. No reason not to choose a guy like him. Fast as hell for a TE, but more than big enough to block up front.

Tremendous: Logan Tuley-Tillman, Chris Fox, Kyle Bosch, David Dawson, Laremy Tunsil – Four of these lineman are obvious choices based on ability alone. We really love Dawson though; he’s a pancake machine who would be an epic addition to the run blocking game. The good news? Outside of Tunsil, Michigan has a good shot at all four of these guys.
Touch the Banner: 
I’m going to take one guy for each position.  Give me Lake City (FL) Columbia’s Laremy Tunsil  at left tackle, Dallas (TX) Bishop Dunne left guard Ishmael Wilson, Parker (CO) Ponderosa right guard Chris Fox, and Lemont (IL) Lemont right tackle Ethan Pocic.  And then I’ll take Wheaton (IL) St. Francis’s Kyle Bosch  and move him inside to center, just because Michigan needs a center and I think Bosch could handle it.

10Feb 2012
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Weekend Visitors: February 10-12, 2012

Laquon Treadwell will be in Ann Arbor this weekend
(image via 247 Sports)

Four juniors and one sophomore prospect are expected to visit Michigan this weekend:

St. Louis (MO) DeSmet OT Andy Bauer (2014)
Bauer is only a sophomore in high school, but he was named a sophomore All-American and First Team All-Missouri.  He’s 6’5″ and 290 lbs., benches 315 lbs., and reports a 500 lb. squat.  Those are amazing numbers for a high school sophomore.  Bauer has not yet been offered by the Wolverines, but a verbal offer might be forthcoming.  Class of 2012 wide receiver Durron Neal, who was offered by Michigan but chose Oklahoma, also goes to DeSmet.

Columbus (OH) Marion Franklin WR Jaron Dukes

Despite growing up in the heart of Buckeye country, Dukes grew up as a Michigan fan.  The 6’4″, 195 lb. Dukes received a Michigan offer last week and has been rumored to be a candidate to make an early commitment to the Wolverines.

Parker (CO) Ponderosa OT Chris Fox
Much like Dukes (except without living in such a horrible state), Fox grew up as a Michigan fan.  He’s 6’6″, 297 lbs. and really impressed at several camps last summer.  Colorado, Iowa, Ohio State, and Purdue have also offered Fox.  He looks like a guard or perhaps a right tackle to me, but either way, 247 Sports rates him the #44 player nationally and Rivals rates him at #46.

Novi (MI) Catholic Central RB Wyatt Shallman
Shallman’s recruitment has been well documented here (a scouting report, for example).  Most experts believe he’ll be a Wolverine sooner or later.  Meanwhile, Shallman was recently named the 160th-best prospect in the country, according to Rivals.

Crete (IL) Crete-Monee WR Laquon Treadwell
Treadwell is a 6’3″, 183 lb. wideout whose teammate is former Michigan commit Anthony Standifer.  Treadwell had 75 catches for 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, and Michigan was the first school to offer him.  He has since earned offers from Ohio State and USC, along with several others.

Peoria (IL) Manual OT Logan Tuley-Tillman
Tuley-Tillman is a 6’7″, 280 lb. offensive tackle who mentioned several times that Michigan was a childhood favorite.  He has since been offered by Alabama (and many others) and recently stated that the Wolverines and Crimson Tide are neck-and-neck on top of his offer list.  He’s the #84 player overall to 247 Sports and #109 overall to Rivals.