Recruiting Update: December 12, 2014

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12Dec 2014
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Recruiting Update: December 12, 2014

Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith defensive end Josh Sweat

Long Beach (CA) Poly cornerback Colin Samuel committed to UCLA. Samuel was offered late in the season as a reaction to Michigan’s losses of Shaun Crawford (Notre Dame) and Garrett Taylor (Penn State) from the 2015 class. He is a teammate of 5-star cornerback Iman Marshall, who is expected to sign with USC.

Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith defensive end Josh Sweat committed to Florida State. Sweat is an extremely impressive athlete who unfortunately tore his ACL early in his senior season, but he’s still the #1 overall player to 247 Sports and the #6 player in the 247 Composite rankings. Florida State has three Michigan-offered defensive ends in the 2015 and 2016 classes, including Sweat and 2016s Josh Brown and Janarius Robinson.

Lawrenceville (GA) Central Gwinnett linebacker Adonis Thomas committed to Alabama. Thomas had originally committed to Florida, but he decommitted in late October as their season spiraled downward.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech running back Mike Weber committed to Ohio State. Weber had originally committed to Michigan, but he announced his decommitment during the Wolverines’ loss to Maryland in late November.

Rivals updated their rankings for 2015 (top 100, top 250) and 2016 (top 100, top 250) over the past couple weeks.

Over on Recruiting Season, I posted profiles for Orchard Lake St. Mary’s OG Cameron Kolwich, Grand Rapids West Catholic TE Bryce Witham, and Warren De La Salle RB Allen Stritzinger. There are also several updated profiles with new offers and highlight videos.

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Recruiting Update: November 18, 2014

Long Beach (CA) Poly cornerback Colin Samuel

Long Beach (CA) Poly cornerback Colin Samuel was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 186 lb. prospect with offers from Boston College, Illinois, Purdue, and UCLA, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star but unranked in the position rankings. He has been hit with a flurry of offers the past few days, which indicates that he sent out some impressive senior film. Indeed, Samuel is big, fast, and aggressive with good hips; unfortunately, he is pretty raw and does not have great instincts. Samuel is a teammate of 2015 corner Iman Marshall, who has tentative plans to visit Michigan but seems likely to end up at USC. Michigan has had some success in the past at Poly, which sent Donovan Warren to Ann Arbor.

Hit the jump for a slew of 2016 offers, a 2017 offer, and some miscellaneous tidbits.

Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek defensive end Josh Brown was offered by Michigan. He’s a a 6’3″, 220 lb. prospect who committed to Florida State in September, along with another Michigan offeree, Janarius Robinson; Brown also has offers from North Carolina and UCLA. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #12 weakside end, and #194 overall for his class. Brown plays some linebacker and could stay there in a 3-4 scheme, but he looks more like a weakside end. I really like his athleticism, change of direction skills, and aggression. He has said that he will visit Michigan, and his primary recruiter is ace sweet-talker Roy Manning. Michigan has recruited kids out of Mallard Creek before (Marquez North, D.J. Humphries, Marquise Williams) but unsuccessfully so far.

Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha offensive guard Terrance Davis was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 305 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #4 offensive guard, and #164 overall. Davis is a big body with a good frame, but he has numerous technical issues that need to be sorted out, including a need to play lower. DeMatha is a huge talent producer out of Maryland, but Michigan has largely avoided recruiting from the school for some reason.

Downey (CA) Downey linebacker Darrian Franklin was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 202 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona State, Miami, UCLA, and USC. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #10 outside linebacker, and #147 overall. Franklin is also a wide receiver and has some upside there, but he looks like a more natural defensive player. Some growth would be necessary, but he has the look of an exciting outside linebacker.

Baltimore (MD) Gilman offensive tackle Devery Hamilton was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 270 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, and South Carolina, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #18 offensive tackle, and #215 overall. Hamilton also plays defensive end, but he looks as if he’ll outgrow that position, and he plays more like an offensive tackle, anyway. He plays for head coach Biff Poggi, whose son, Henry, is a redshirt freshman defensive end for Michigan. Even so, it appears that it would be an uphill battle for Michigan to secure his commitment.

Pittsburgh (PA) Central Catholic cornerback Damar Hamlin was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, and Pitt, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #11 cornerback, and #127 overall. Hamlin claims a 4.5 forty, and he shows some nice speed on film. I don’t know that he has the change-of-direction chops to play corner at the next level, but he is a decent tackler that could play safety.

Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian linebacker Dominique Ross was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 210 lb. prospect with offers from Miami, North Carolina, Pitt, and Wisconsin, among others. Ross looks like a speedy SAM linebacker in an Under defense, or perhaps a weakside end type of player if he gains some weight. Either way, he’s fast and aggressive with good athleticism. He’s a teammate of Jeffery Holland (undecided) and Kevin Toliver II (LSU), two 2015 Michigan offerees.

Baltimore (MD) Gilman offensive guard Stephen Spanellis was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 295 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, South Carolina, and West Virginia, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #40 offensive tackle, and #494 overall. He claims a 385 lb. bench press and a 395 lb. squat. A little less athletic than teammate Hamilton, Spanellis plays tackle in high school but probably projects to guard in the long-term, with the possibility of playing the frontside tackle spot.

Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian cornerback Shaun Wade was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, and UCLA, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #2 cornerback, and #14 overall in his class. A teammate of Ross (and Holland and Toliver), I have yet to find any football film on him.

Clemmons (NC) West Forsyth defensive end Jalen Dalton committed to North Carolina. Things had been trending toward Virginia Tech for a while, so I can only assume that UNC’s insistence that their athletes do very little classwork led to a change of heart.

Thousand Oaks (CA) Westlake quarterback Malik Henry committed to Florida State. Henry was one of the few quarterbacks Michigan offered in the 2016 class, but that pursuit ended when Messiah DeWeaver committed to the Wolverines. Interestingly, Henry joins a list of verbal commits that includes three (3!) quarterbacks for the 2015 class. With four quarterbacks spread across two class, it would not be surprising to see at least one of them decommit or transfer early on. Henry is the #1 pro-style quarterback and #4 overall player in his class, according to the 247 Composite rankings.

Over on Recruiting Season, I updated the profile of Detroit Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, plus I added profiles of Walled Lake Northern WR Chris Cliff and West Bloomfield QB Trishton Jackson.