Recruiting Update: May 21, 2012

Tag: Dante Booker Jr.

21May 2012
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Recruiting Update: May 21, 2012

Sugar Land (TX) Dulles CB Maurice Smith

ADDED TO THE BOARD (2013, 2014)
Scottsdale (AZ) Desert Mountain wide receiver Mark Andrews, a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan.  Andrews is a 6’6″, 225 lb. wideout who could grow into a tight end.  He also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, and UCLA.  As a sophomore in 2011, Andrews had 58 catches for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns.  His quarterback is Kyle Allen, a fellow sophomore who has already been offered by North Carolina and may be a Michigan target down the road.

Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary’s linebacker Dante Booker, Jr., a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan.  Booker is 6’3″, 210 lbs. and has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, and Penn State.  As a sophomore in 2011, he had 157 tackles, 11 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries.  He visited Michigan this past weekend.

Fort Worth (TX) All Saints Episcopal offensive tackle Demetrius Knox, a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan.  He is a 6’5″, 300-pounder with offers from Alabama, Baylor, Nebraska, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and UCLA.  While listed as a tackle, he looks more like a guard to me.  He grew up in Ohio as a fan of the Buckeyes, and he’s also expecting a Texas offer in the near future. (Highlights here.)

Monroe (LA) Ouachita Parish offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan.  He’s a 6’5″, 320 lb. lineman with offers from Alabama, Arkansas, and LSU, among others.  Don’t get too attached, though – he seems destined for the home state Tigers.

Sugar Land (TX) Dulles cornerback Maurice Smith was offered by Michigan.  Smith is a 5’11”, 179 lb. corner with offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, and many others.  He attends the same high school as former Michigan cornerback Troy Woolfolk and linebacker Brandon Herron. (Highlights here.)

Houston (TX) Westfield defensive tackle Hardreck Walker was offered by Michigan.  Walker is a 6’2″, 280-pounder with offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech, along with several others.

Dallas (TX) Bishop Dunne cornerback Nick Watkins, a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan.  He’s a 6’1″, 180 lb. prospect who already has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Texas A&M, and a few others.  As a sophomore in 2011, he had 45 tackles, 6 pass breakups, and 5 interceptions.


Stockton (CA) Lincoln running back Justin Davis committed to USC.  Davis was the second 5-star/high 4-star running back to commit to USC with a few days, on the heels of Ty Isaac’s commitment (below).

Joliet (IL) Joliet Catholic running back Ty Isaac committed to USC.  Isaac is the guy that many Michigan fans were hoping would be the jewel of the running back class.  I did a scouting report on him back in March and I was impressed with what I saw, but like I’ve said before, the guys Michigan has recruited on the offensive line are going to make Michigan’s running game very good, regardless of who’s running the ball.

Several recruits visited Michigan this past weekend, including Booker.

19May 2012
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Weekend Visitors: May 18-20, 2012

Leon McQuay III

Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary’s LB Dante Booker, Jr.: Booker received a Michigan offer this past week.  Ohio State also recently offered, and Buckeyes cornerback Doran Grant came from St. Vincent-St. Mary’s.  Booker’s father (Dante, in case you were wondering) played defensive line for the Auburn Tigers.  Many assume that Auburn and Ohio State are the two leaders for the younger Booker’s services, but we’ll see if Michigan’s coaches can create some momentum with the 6’3″, 210 lb. linebacker.  He had 157 tackles and 11 sacks as a sophomore last season.

Washington (OH) Massilon OT Nathan Devers: Devers is a 2014 prospect who does not yet have an offer.

Seffner (FL) Armwood CB Leon McQuay III:
McQuay is a 6’2″, 185 lb. defensive back with offers from just about everywhere.  While that size would preclude most players from playing cornerback at the next level, that’s the position for which Michigan is recruiting him.  It is assumed by most that McQuay will end up staying in SEC country, and his recent fellow Armwood grads haven’t ventured farther north than North Carolina or Tennessee except a couple MAC-level recruits who headed to Akron, Penn, Toledo, or Western Michigan.  The big-time recruits who have a choice generally seem to like the warmer weather.

Sturgis (MI) Sturgis QB Chance Stewart: The 6’6″, 205 lb. Stewart only has one offer so far (from Western Michigan), but more are surely on the way.  Whether one comes from Michigan or not might be a different question.  He threw for 1,361 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions as a sophomore in 2011.

15May 2012
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247 Sports: Top 100 for 2014 released

New Michigan offeree Bo Scarbrough is the #7 player in the country for 2014, according to 247 Sports

A couple weeks ago, 247 Sports released their top 25 players for the class of 2014.  Now they’ve expanded that list to 100.  Here are some notable recruits from the list for Michigan fans:

7. Bo Scarbrough – WR – Alabama: Offered by Michigan this past week.  It will be tough to pull him out of the south, particularly away from Alabama.

10. Edward Paris – S – Texas: Offered by Michigan this past week.  Michigan just offered his 2013 cornerback/safety teammate Maurice Smith, so perhaps that will grease the wheels a bit.

11. Braden Smith – OT – Kansas: Offered by Michigan this past week.

19. Dante Booker – LB – Ohio: Offered by Michigan yesterday.

35. Budda Baker – ATH – Washington: No offer or strong connection here, but Baker plays for the same high school as former Michigan lineman (and current San Diego Charger) Stephen Schilling.

41. Clifton Garrett – LB – Illinois: No offer yet, but Garrett’s highlight film is making the rounds and wowing some observers.  Considering how heavily Michigan has littered Illinois with offers during the 2013 cycle, I would not be surprised at all if Garrett gets offered in the near future.

66. K.C. Crosby – LB – South Carolina: Offered by Michigan several weeks ago.

67. Andy Bauer – OT – Missouri: Offered by Michigan several months ago, but committed to Missouri.

69. Casey Tucker – OT – Arizona: Offered by Michigan this past week.

73. Davonte James – LB – Ohio: No offer yet, but a high profile prospect from the state of Ohio is sure to get a look by the coaching staff.

78. Mark Andrews – WR – Arizona: Offered by Michigan yesterday.

83. Drake Harris – WR – Michigan: Offered by Michigan already.  He has been offered by the basketball program, too, and is a high profile prospect on the hardcourt.  Some think he’s more likely to head to Michigan State.

85. Derek Kief – WR – Ohio: No offer yet, but receiver might yet again be a big need in 2014, depending on how the 2013 class shakes out.

91. DeShone Kizer – ATH – Ohio: No offer yet.  He plays quarterback but could also project to wide receiver or defensive back.

94. Michael Ferns – LB – Ohio: No offer yet, but likely to get a look despite living in the Worst State Ever.

96. Dareian Watkins – ATH – Ohio: No offer yet.  Much like Kizer, he could project to quarterback, wide receiver, or defensive back.