National Signing Day Primer

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6Feb 2013
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National Signing Day Primer

Placer (CA) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes

Signing Day has the potential to be a pretty boring day for Michigan fans, with very little news circulating about new targets and perhaps just one spot remaining in the class.  It’s possible that Michigan throws out a late offer, and it’s possible that the Wolverines bank the scholarship for next year’s class.  Below is a list of Michigan offerees who remain uncommitted, although none of these players is likely to choose Michigan:

Montravius Adams – DT – Vienna (GA): One of the two or three most talented defensive tackles in the class, in my opinion, Adams has a final four of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, and Georgia.  He appeared to be headed for Clemson, but Auburn and Georgia are making a push.

Jordan Cunningham – WR – Fort Lauderdale (FL) University School: Cunningham’s top six schools include Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Stanford, and Vanderbilt.  Stanford was rumored to be the choice a week or two ago, but the Miami Hurricanes seem to have overtaken the lead.

Jason Hatcher – DE – Louisville (KY) Trinity: Hatcher was committed to USC, de-committed in January to consider Louisville and Kentucky, re-committed to USC a few days ago, and now it looks like he’ll sign with Kentucky.

Cameron Hunt – OG – Corona (CA) Centennial: Hunt was thought to be heavily favoring Michigan at one point, but the commitment of Dan Samuelson squashed those chances.  Hunt then eliminated Ohio State, de-committed from Cal, and now it looks like he’ll sign with Oregon.

Kyle LaPorte – WR – Piscataway (NJ) Piscataway: Information has been very thin on LaPorte.  He lists offers from Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers, and West Virginia.  Usually when there’s no recent news, it seems like a kid isn’t going to qualify or he’s going to commit to a lower level school.

Eric Moate – RB – Tampa (FL) Spoto: Information has also been rare on Moate.  He’s a quiet recruit who at one time listed offers from Auburn, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Purdue, South Florida, and West Virginia.  I’ll take a random guess and say he ends up at South Florida.

Yannick Ngakoue – LB – Washington (DC) Friendship: Ngakoue’s final two schools appear to be Florida State and Maryland, with Maryland looking like the safe bet.  Ngakoue had been committed to the Terrapins for several months previously.

Laremy Tunsil – OT – Lake City (FL) Columbia: Widely regarded as the nation’s top offensive lineman in the 2013 class, Tunsil was until recently expected to commit to Georgia sooner or later.  But in the last several days, the winds seem to have shifted and now he’s expected to become a part of the class at Ole Miss.

Eddie Vanderdoes – DT – Placer (CA) Placer: Along with Adams, Vanderdoes is one of the top few defensive tackles in the country.  He was committed to USC for a long time, and both Alabama and Notre Dame have been heavily in the mix.  Most recently, however, his final destination has been rumored to be UCLA.

28May 2012
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Recruiting Update: May 28, 2012

St. Clairsville (OH) St. Clairsville linebacker Michael Ferns

Tampa (FL) Spoto athlete Eric Moate was offered by Michigan.  Moate is a very productive high school running back (111 carries, 1224 yards, 14 touchdowns), but at 5’11” and 170 lbs., Michigan probably prefers him for the cornerback position.  He’s a very quiet recruit and doesn’t talk much to the media.  Iowa, Purdue, South Florida, West Virginia, and others have also extended offers.

Charlotte (NC) Christian tight end Jeb Blazevich received a Michigan offer.  Blazevich is a 6’5″, 240 lb. tight end who had 32 catches for 513 yards and 6 touchdowns as a sophomore.  He already holds offers from Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, Ohio State, and South Carolina, among others. (Highlights here.)

Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake offensive tackle Mason Cole was offered by Michigan.  He’s 6’5″, 267 lbs. and has offers from Florida State, Ohio State, and South Carolina, among others.  Most of his interest seems to lie in the south, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up for him.

St. Clairsville (OH) St. Clairsville linebacker Michael Ferns was offered by Michigan.  He’s 6’3″, 235 lbs. and has been offered by Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford, and several others.  As a sophomore in 2011, Ferns had 130 tackles.  He also plays tight end and could play there in college.

Florissant (MO) Hazelwood Central offensive tackle Roderick Johnson was offered by Michigan.  He’s a 6’7″, 310 lb. tackle with offers from Iowa and Missouri. (Highlights here.)

Wiley (TX) Wiley safety T’Kevian Rockwell received a Michigan offer.  The 6’1″, 190 lb. defensive back already has offers from Nebraska and Virginia.

Ashburn (VA) Stone Bridge defensive end Jonathan Allen committed to Alabama.  I did a scouting report on him a few months ago, and I wasn’t particularly impressed with what I saw.

Wayne (NJ) Wayne Hills quarterback Kevin Olsen committed to Miami.  I stopped paying much attention to Olsen a long time ago since Michigan has Shane Morris in the fold, but he does look like a capable quarterback.  If you look at the list of the top quarterbacks in the country for 2013, the vast majority of them have already committed somewhere.  That often seems to be the case, since once a quarterback – frequently the leader of a team – gets on board, he can start recruiting other guys.

Ashburn (VA) Briar Woods linebacker Matt Rolin committed to South Carolina.  Rolin never strongly considered Michigan, and the Wolverines are supposedly done with linebacker recruiting, anyway, so it’s not a significant loss.