|East St. Louis (IL) East St. Louis linebacker Kyron Watson (#32)
Grand Rapids (MI) Christian wide receiver Drake Harris committed to Michigan.
ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2014
Sugar Land (TX) Fort Bend Austin running back Vic Enwere was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 210 lb. prospect with offers from Colorado, Houston, Michigan State, and Utah, along with a few others. As a junior in 2012, he had 210 carries for 1,509 yards and 16 touchdowns. According to the 247 Composite rankings, he’s a 3-star, the #55 running back, and the #723 player overall. He’s a big back who I could easily see reaching 225-230 lbs., but he has a little bit of a herky jerky running motion and isn’t a very smooth athlete.
Kenton (OH) Kenton outside linebacker Noah Furbush was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Bowling Green and Toledo, too. Furbush’s offer came after a couple outside linebacker targets picked Ohio State, so Furbush appears to be a backup plan. He’s not currently rated by any of the sites, and in my opinion, he looks more like a Brennen Beyer-style weakside end instead of an outside linebacker. Kenton is the alma mater of former Michigan target Maty Mauk, a 2012 quarterback who’s now at Missouri.
Orange Park (FL) Oakleaf safety Darrion Owens was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 225 lb. player with offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina State, South Florida, and West Virginia, among others. In the 247 Composite rankings, he’s a 3-star, the #45 safety, and the #558 player overall. As a junior in 2012, he had 101 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 6 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. He’s too thick and stiff to be a strong safety in college, in my opinion, but he does have some significant potential as an outside linebacker with his speed and vicious hitting ability.
East St. Louis (IL) East St. Louis linebacker Kyron Watson was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Missouri, Purdue, and TCU, among others. As a junior in 2012, he had 142 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, and 3 interceptions. The offer was extended in the days after Sam Hubbard and Kyle Berger committed to Ohio State, but Watson does not appear to be a SAM prospect like them. He’s a stout kid with the size and hitting ability of a middle linebacker, or perhaps a WILL. This may indicate that the coaches are looking for a third linebacker in this class, when it was previously assumed that Michigan would look for just one more guy to pair with Michael Ferns III.
Clairton (PA) Thomas Jefferson outside linebacker Chase Winovich was offered by Michigan. He stands 6’4″ and 215 lbs. with offers from Florida State, Miami, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pitt, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, among others. According to the 247 Composite rankings, he’s a 3-star, the #44 outside linebacker, and the #588 player overall. Winovich has visited Michigan a couple times previously, but it has been presumed that Ohio State and Pitt, at the least, were ahead of the Wolverines.
Fort Lauderdale (FL) University School outside linebacker Richard Yeargin III was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 225 lb. prospect with offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others. 247’s Composite ranking places him as a 3-star, the #34 outside linebacker, and the #458 player overall. He played at Hollywood (FL) Chaminade, the home of 2014 defensive tackle target Khairi Clark and a few 2012 targets, including QB Jerrard Randall (LSU), WR Curt Evans (Boston College), and safety Jonathan Aiken (Rutgers). Now Yeargin is transferring to the University School, which Michigan previously targeted with 2013 WR Jordan Cunningham (Vanderbilt) and DT Maquedius Bain (LSU).
OFF THE BOARD
Houston (TX) Cypress Falls outside linebacker Otaro Alaka committed to Texas. Alaka had not visited Michigan and was not expected to factor into his recruiting process.
Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius outside linebacker Kyle Berger committed to Ohio State. When Cincinnati (OH) Moeller outside linebacker Sam Hubbard committed to Ohio State last week, that was thought to have helped Michigan with Berger, since both play the same position and the Buckeyes have limited scholarships. However, Berger quickly made his decision to be a Buckeye before he truly ran out of chances, since players like Winovich are also high on Ohio State and play the same position.
Olney (MD) Good Counsel offensive guard Sam Mustipher committed to Notre Dame. Mustipher had visited Michigan and was seriously considering the Wolverines, partly because of a friendship with the Countess family.
New Orleans (LA) St. Augustine cornerback Jermaine Roberts committed to Texas. Roberts is a solid prospect, but the prize player from St. Augustine is running back Leonard Fournette, who has offers from just about every noteworthy school across the country.
Mansfield (TX) Timberview safety Brandon Simmons committed to Stanford. He had a passing interest in the Wolverines, but he had not visited and was expected to stay out west.
Here’s a list of visitors for Michigan’s spring game.