Official Visitors: January 23-25, 2015

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24Jan 2015
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Official Visitors: January 23-25, 2015

Gainesville (GA) Gainesville
cornerback Chris Williamson

Markel Bush – CB – Delray Beach (FL) American Heritage: Bush is a 5’10”, 170 lb. prospect with no offers at this time. He tweeted out that he would be taking an official visit to Michigan, so despite the lack of offers, apparently Michigan is pretty serious about recruiting him. On the plus side, Michigan has not used many of their official visits with such an in-flux season and off-season, plus a small recruiting class in general. So they’re in a position to host a few more visitors at this point and take some more risks than a lot of schools.

Nate Dalton – CB – Houston (TX) Cypress Falls: Dalton is a 6’2″, 185 lb. prospect who picked up an offer from Michigan earlier this week. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #89 cornerback, and #1014 overall. He has taken visits to Oklahoma, Kentucky, and and Arkansas, and he’ll be in Ann Arbor this weekend. He had 4 picks this past season and is a physical kid who could also play safety. UPDATE: Dalton is no longer planning to visit.

Zach Gentry – QB – Albuquerque (NM) Eldorado: Gentry is a 6’7″, 230 lb. prospect who has been committed to Texas since last May. Texas is also pursuing 5-star quarterback Kyler Murray, and that – combined with Jim Harbaugh’s reputation – is causing Gentry to explore his options. When I did scouting reports on 2015 quarterbacks a year ago, Gentry was #4 on my list (LINK). He’s now a 247 Composite 4-star, the #8 pro-style quarterback, and #176 overall.

Reuben Jones – DE – Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson: Gibson is a 6’3″, 223 lb. prospect who committed to Nebraska in November. He has also visited Michigan State and Louisville. Jones is a 247 Composite 3-star, the #45 strongside end, and #780 overall. Jones does not sound likely to stick with his commitment to the Cornhuskers. He is coached by former Michigan offensive guard Ricky Barnum, but considering the regime change, there aren’t many connections remaining between Barnum and the current staff.

Will Lockett – CB – Manvel (TX) Manvel: Lockett is a 6’0″, 182 lb. prospect who committed to UCLA in August. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #77 cornerback, and #849 overall. As a senior this past season, he made 48 tackles, 1 sack, 4 interceptions (1 for a touchdown), 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 9 pass breakups. He claims a 34″ vertical and a 4.5 forty. Harbaugh secured a visit after visiting his school on Tuesday.

Hit the jump for a few more visitors.

Joshua McMillon – LB – Memphis (TN) Whitehaven: McMillon is a 6’3″, 239 lb. prospect who committed to Alabama last August. Michigan was in his top two but the Crimson Tide won out. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #14 outside linebacker, and #231 overall. UPDATE: About six hours after scheduling his visit, McMillon canceled the visit and said he’s “solid to Alabama.”

Jake Pickard – TE – Millburn (NJ) Millburn: Pickard is a 6’6″, 231 lb. prospect who committed to Wisconsin last July; he also has offers from Nebraska, Oregon, Rutgers, Syracuse, and several others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #58 tight end, and #1248 overall. Pickard was angling for a Michigan offer early in his recruitment, and he got one in the middle of this week, setting up an official visit immediately. Pickard could play tight end, defensive end, offensive tackle, or even defensive tackle in college, depending on how his body fills out.

Matt Snyder – TE – San Ramon (CA) California: Snyder is a 6’5″, 245 lb. prospect who committed to Nebraska in late December. He had been committed to head coach Mike Riley at Oregon State since October, but Riley moved from Beaverton to Lincoln after the season, and Snyder followed him. Snyder is a 247 Composite 3-star, the #28 tight end, and #820 overall. Snyer has good size and decent straight-line speed and looks like a decent tight end prospect but not an absolute game-changer. While Harbaugh is a wizard with tight ends, Riley did some good things at Oregon State; starting tight end Connor Hamlett had 104 catches, 1109 yards, and 10 touchdowns over the past three seasons. This is Snyder’s only other official visit he’s taking, so it appears the only team with a chance to flip him is Michigan.

Nolan Ulizio – OT – West Chester (OH) Lakota West: Ulizio is a 6’6″, 280 lb. prospect who committed to UConn in mid-December; he also has offers from Cincinnati and Kentucky. He’s a 247 Composite 2-star, the #222 offensive tackle, and #2326 overall. Michigan is obviously his biggest offer and he was very excited about it, so he might be the most likely to flip this weekend.

Reagan Williams – FB – Jackson (OH) Jackson: Williams is a 6’3″, 232 lb. prospect who committed to Stanford last July. He took his official visit to Stanford this past weekend and was offered by the Wolverines during that visit. Williams is being looked at as a middle linebacker by some schools, but Michigan wants him working out of the backfield. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #3 inside linebacker, and #690 overall. Williams visited Michigan a couple times prior to committing to Stanford, so the interest is not new.

Chris Williamson – CB – Gainesville (GA) Gainesville: Williamson is a 6’1″, 190 lb. prospect who has visited or will visit Cal, North Carolina, and Florida. Auburn also swooped in with a recent offer, and he’s heavily considering the Tigers. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #56 athlete, and #610 overall. Williamson could fill several roles in college, including corner, safety, wide receiver, and returner.

23Jan 2015
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Scouting Report: Chris Williamson

Gainesville (GA) Gainesville cornerback Chris Williamson
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Name: Chris Williamson
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 190 lbs.
High school: Gainesville (GA) Gainesville
Position: Wide receiver/cornerback
Class: 2015

Notes: Holds offers from Auburn, BYU, Cal, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Iowa State, Kentucky, Miami-OH, Michigan, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Purdue, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest . . . ESPN 3-star, 79 grade, #57 ATH . . . Rivals 4-star, #36 ATH . . . 247 Sports 3-star, 89 grade, #39 ATH . . . Claims a 4.4 forty . . . 36″ vertical . . . 315 lb. bench press . . . 465 lb. squat . . . 10.83 time in 100 meters . . . “Big Play Ray” Buchanan called Williamson a “poor man’s Champ Bailey” (LINK)

Strengths: Adjusts well to ball in air . . . Good body control . . . Capable of making acrobatic plays . . . Able to high-point the ball . . . Very good leaping ability . . . Transitions well out of backpedal to break on ball . . . Fluid hips lead to good recovery speed . . . Excellent in zone coverage . . . As a receiver, consistently works to get open . . . Tough to jam off line of scrimmage due to lateral movement . . . Finds holes in defensive coverages . . . Good balance . . . Very good acceleration . . . Able to cut at full speed

Weaknesses: Needs to get stronger . . . Willing tackler but lacks proper technique and strength . . . Does not run feet through contact . . . Film does not show abilities in press man coverage . . . Appears to be holding back at times, but that may be due to playing both ways

Projection: Cornerback. I say this largely because of his size and body type, but he could easily play receiver in college. Williamson shows enough awareness and potential to slot in wherever a team needs him most. He has short legs, which lend themselves to good short-area quickness and change of direction, but he also has very good long speed. Williamson could also be one of those guys who becomes a multi-purpose returner, because he has the vision and quickness to return punts with the straight-line speed to do kickoff returns.

Reminds me of: Chris Davis from Auburn. I can’t think of a great equivalent with respect to Michigan, so I’ll go with the corner from Auburn who made his name with the 109-yard field goal return for a touchdown against Alabama in 2013 (LINK). I think they have similar physical skills, although I see Williamson having better ball skills.

Likelihood of committing to Michigan: Analysts have stated that it will be tough to pull Williamson away from the home-state Bulldogs, and Auburn also jumped into the picture with an offer a few weeks ago. He has visited Cal and North Carolina, he’ll be in Michigan this weekend, and then he’s going to Florida the last weekend in January. It seems to be kind of a crap shoot right now, but Michigan is right in the thick of it due to former Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin leading the charge.


19Jan 2015
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2015 Recruiting Update: January 19, 2015

Official visitors (L to R): Andrew David, Roquan Smith, Shelton Johnson, Chris Clark, Damon Arnette, and Tyree Kinnel

Normally I’m happy to throw all notable recruiting developments into the mix in one post, but this week begs for two posts. So today you will see what’s up with the 2015 class, which has a lot going on. Tomorrow (or maybe Wednesday) will have a wrap-up of all the rest of what’s going on in recruiting.

Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer cornerback Jarius Adams was offered by Michigan. Adams, who committed to Rutgers last July, took an official visit to Florida Atlantic this past weekend, will head to Rutgers next weekend, and will conclude his officials with one to Ann Arbor on January 30. He’s a 5’11”, 180 lb. prospect who’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #128 cornerback, and #1418 overall. He won’t blow you away with his speed or athleticism, but he appears to have good ball skills and is a very aggressive tackler. Adams could also be a safety at the next level, and that’s where I see him fitting best.

Athens (OH) Athens quarterback Joe Burrow‘s Rivals profile started listing a Michigan offer a few days ago, and Scout’s Sam Webb started implying that Michigan is pursuing a highly rated (Scout lists Burrow as a 4-star) quarterback who is committed to another Big Ten team. Burrow is a 6’4″, 200 lb. prospect who committed to Ohio State in May 2014, and he is rumored not to have a strong affinity for new Ohio State offensive coordinator Tim Beck, who chose not to recruit him while at Nebraska. Overall, Burrow is a 247 Composite 3-star, the #12 dual-threat quarterback, and #379 overall. He was Ohio’s Mr. Football this past season and Gatorade Player of the Year in the Buckeye State, and his stats are astounding. As a senior in 2014, he completed 72% of his passes for 4,445 yards, 63 touchdowns, and only 2 interceptions on 346 attempts; he also ran for 642 yards and 5 touchdowns. Burrow does not have a great arm and he’s not the most athletic guy around, but he has a good combination from skills and can be a run-pass threat. While Michigan already has Alex Malzone as an early enrollee, Ohio State has three guys with starting experience returning for at least one year (unless one transfers, which does seem likely) and then the overall #74 player committed in the form of Torrance Gibson, a dual-threat quarterback who some have projected to change positions in college but who impressed analysts with his play at quarterback this year. Burrow might find himself buried in Columbus, while the quarterback competition in Ann Arbor is wide open. He has stated that he is solid to the Buckeyes.

Hit the jump for a bunch more offers and tidbits from the 2015 class.

St. Petersburg (FL) Lakewood wide receiver Ryan Davis was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’9″, 167 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, UCLA, etc. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #22 wide receiver, and #180 overall. Davis is a high school quarterback, but for several reasons (especially size), he will have to change positions in college. Davis is extremely gifted when it comes to acceleration and elusiveness, although his top-end speed is not top-notch. Still, he looks like a very good run-after-catch guy and perhaps a returner at the next level.

Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic defensive end Shelton Johnson was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Florida State, Miami, and Virginia Tech, among others. Johnson had a pre-existing relationship with new defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, and as soon as he was offered, he set up an official visit to Ann Arbor this past weekend. Johnson is a 247 Composite 3-star, the #16 strongside end, and #351 overall. He lacks an explosive first step, and with his body composition (thick lower body but undeveloped in the upper body), I do think he will be limited to the strongside end position or perhaps even a defensive tackle role down the road.

Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson defensive end Reuben Jones, a Nebraska commit, was offered by Michigan. Jones is a 6’3″, 223 lb. prospect who has taken official visits to Nebraska, Central Florida, Louisville, and Michigan State. He has one official remaining, which he might use to go to Ann Arbor. Nebraska insiders believe that he is perhaps the most likely of the Cornhuskers’ commits to end up elsewhere. Jones is a 247 Composite 3-star, the #45 strongside end, and #776 overall. One of his coaches is former Michigan offensive guard Ricky Barnum, also an alum of Lake Gibson. Jones is not particularly big or athletic, but he stays low off the ball and is aggressive; furthermore, if the second play in the above-linked highlights is any indication, the kid has a serious motor.

Jacksonville (FL) Trinity defensive tackle Kendrick Norton was offered by Michigan. Norton is a 6’3″, 305 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Florida, Miami, North Carolina, and Ole Miss, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #20 offensive guard, and #292 overall. Norton has a couple teammates who were also offered by Michigan in the 2015 cycle (LB Jeffrey Holland, who is uncommitted, and CB Kevin Toliver II, an LSU commit). I have Norton listed as a defensive tackle, but he looks to have more upside as an offensive guard, in my opinion. He’s a thick kid who’s very light on his feet. Also, his nickname is “Big Thick” which is pretty fantastic.

San Ramon (CA) California tight end Matt Snyder, another Nebraska commit, was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 245 lb. prospect who was previously committed to Oregon State; he followed head coach Mike Riley from Oregon State to Nebraska. Snyder has also visited Cal, and he’s considering visiting Michigan over the last couple weekends in January, although he says that would be his final visit if it does indeed happen. Snyder is a 247 Composite 3-star, the #28 tight end, and #815 overall. Snyder is a big kid who runs hard and has decent long speed.

West Chester (OH) Lakota West offensive tackle Nolan Ulizio was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 280 lb. prospect who committed to UConn in December; he also has offers from Cincinnati and Kentucky. The 247 Composite ranking has him as a 2-star, the #207 offensive tackle, and #2236 overall. Ulizio isn’t a great athlete and may be best served by moving inside to guard, but he’s aggressive and finishes his blocks.

Gainesville (GA) Gainesville cornerback Chris Williamson was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 190 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, and Notre Dame, all of which have come in recent weeks. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #73 athlete, and #829 overall. He has taken visits to Cal and North Carolina, and he has plans to see Michigan next weekend and then Florida on the last weekend of January. He has some very impressive film where he shows off some excellent leaping ability, ball skills, speed, and elusiveness. He’s a pretty aggressive tackler and could play on either side of the ball.

Jackson (OH) Jackson fullback Reagan Williams was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 232 lb. prospect who committed to Stanford last July. He also has offers from Boston College, Indiana, Purdue, and a bunch of MAC schools. While he has been listed in various places as a tight end or linebacker, the Wolverines are looking at him as a fullback, which is the only realistic place I see him fitting at a Big Ten school. He does not have the athleticism or speed to play other positions, but he does show soft hands and a willingness to block, which could be useful for a team that likely intends to utilize the fullback quite often. His Hudl film says he made 53 pancake blocks and made 8 catches for 152 yards and 1 touchdown as a senior.

Here’s a list of Michigan’s official visitors from this past weekend (LINK).

ESPN finalized their 2015 rankings, a list that currently includes three Michigan commits (LINK).

Rumors are circulating that Detroit (MI) Cass Tech running back Michael Weber might be leaning toward re-committing to Michigan now that Jim Harbaugh has been hired and with superstar 2016 running back Kareem Walker committing to the Buckeyes last Monday.

I did a whole bunch of updates on Recruiting Season this past week, including: