Recruiting Update: June 22, 2015

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22Jun 2015
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Recruiting Update: June 22, 2015

Lawrenceville (GA) Archer offensive tackle E.J. Price decommitted from Georgia

Hartland (WI) Arrowhead offensive tackle Ben Bredeson committed to Michigan (LINK).

Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan safety/linebacker Devin Gil committed to Michigan (LINK).

Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan safety Josh Metellus committed to Michigan (LINK).

Sioux Falls (SD) Washington offensive tackle Matt Farniok was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 290 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, Florida State, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Penn State, and Wisconsin, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #22 offensive tackle, and #210 overall. Farniok is a pretty athletic, high-effort kid who destroys the South Dakota competition, which is not known for being all that talented. Regardless, it’s easy to see why high-level teams are intrigued.

Lawrenceville (GA) Archer offensive tackle E.J. Price decommitted from Georgia. He’s a 6’6″, 311 lb. prospect who holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #9 offensive tackle, and #54 overall. Price grew up on the west side of Michigan, and the Wolverines were expecting to at least get a visit from him before he surprised a lot of people by committing to Georgia. He does plan to visit family in Michigan this summer, and a stop in Ann Arbor could very well happen at that time. Price’s teammates include 2017 defensive backs Isaiah Pryor and Jamyest Williams, both of whom have Michigan offers.

Hit the jump for a couple new 2017 offers, some guys who committed elsewhere, and some random bits.

Nashville (TN) Oakland wide receiver Jacoby Stevens was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 200 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Tennessee, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #4 athlete, and #44 overall. Stevens could play anywhere from receiver to safety to linebacker at the next level.

New Orleans (LA) Brother Martin cornerback Tre Swilling was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 180 lb. prospect whose other offer comes from LSU. His brother, Bruce Jordan-Swilling, was offered by the Wolverines a couple weeks ago, and they are the sons of former New Orleans Saints linebacker Pat Swilling.

Paramus (NJ) Catholic quarterback Allan Walters was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 200 lb. prospect with offers from Rutgers and Temple. Walters is a pro-style quarterback with a pretty strong arm and good mechanics for such a young player. He’s the second quarterback offered in the 2018 class, joining Floridian Joey Gatewood, who is expected to end up at Florida State. Walters is also the teammate of several offerees, including 2016 defensive tackle Rashan Gary, 2016 wide receiver Donald Stewart, 2017 defensive end Corey Bolds, and 2017 linebacker Drew Singleton. Their former coach is Michigan’s recruiting coordinator.

Brownsburg (IN) Brownsburg running back Toks Akinribade committed to Iowa. Michigan was recruiting Akinribade even after Chris Evans committed a couple weeks ago, but a crowded backfield may have scared him off. Or maybe he just liked Iowa better. Akinribade did take a spring visit to Michigan, and he’s a teammate of offered 2017 quarterback Hunter Johnson.

Wayne (NJ) De Paul Catholic defensive end Quayshon Alexander committed to Nebraska. He’s a teammate of top running back Kareem Walker (Ohio State).

Carson (CA) Calabasas safety Marquel Dismuke committed to Nebraska. He was a recent decommit from Cal.

Downey (CA) Downey linebacker Darrian Franklin committed to Oregon. Franklin was initially excited about his Michigan offer, but he never visited. Michigan has also offered his teammate, Daevon Vigilant, who could play running back, wide receiver, cornerback, or returner.

Fayetteville (NC) Sanford cornerback Mark Gilbert committed to Duke.

Mililani (HI) Mililani running back Vavae Malepeai committed to Oregon. After the good vibes Marcus Mariota received from the fans and the school, Oregon probably earned a lot of favors in the state of Hawaii. Malepeai might not be a total burner, but he’s a sturdy running back with good vision. I think he’ll fit in well in Eugene.

West Hartford (CT) Kingswood-Oxford linebacker Koby Quansah committed to Duke. Previously, he had named Michigan to his top ten. Duke is pulling in quite a class, including three players (Gilbert, Quansah, and Virginia WR Scott Bracey) who had Michigan offers. They currently have the #16 class in the country using 247’s Composite rankings.

Jacksonville (FL) Trinity linebacker Dominique Ross committed to North Carolina. Michigan was not heavily involved in his recruitment.

Green Bay (WI) Bay Port offensive tackle Cole Van Lanen committed to Wisconsin. According to the 247 Composite, Van Lanen is the #2 player in the state for 2016. Who’s #1? Ben Bredeson. Interestingly, the top four  players in Wisconsin are offensive tackles.

Norfolk (FL) Lake Taylor cornerback Wayne Davis named Michigan to his top three. The other two schools are Ohio State and Virginia Tech, and he has not visited Michigan yet, although he plans to do so this summer.

Farmington Hills (MI) Harrison defensive end Khalid Kareem is announcing his college decision – for a second time – on Wednesday, June 24th. Over on 247 Sports, 88% of the Crystal Ball picks are in favor of Michigan. He has taken visits in the last week and a half to Alabama, Mississippi State, and South Carolina.

Allen (TX) Allen defensive end Levi Onwuzurike named Michigan to his top ten. He and Greg Mattison have developed a good relationship, although probably not quite good enough to reel him in.

Tons – literally, I guess – of football prospects showed up for Michigan’s Exposure U and Aerial Assault camps over the last week (LINK). At the link you’ll find lots of the bigger names to attend, along with brief info blurbs about most of them.

Several players took visits to Michigan this past weekend (LINK).

Lots of stuff is going on with in-state recruiting. I’ll have several new profiles up this week as a lot more 2017 prospects have started earning offers at summer camps. Over on Recruiting Season . . . :

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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.