Recruiting Update: December 16, 2013

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16Dec 2013
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Recruiting Update: December 16, 2013

Glassboro (NJ) Glassboro wide receiver Juwan Johnson

Glassboro (NJ) Glassboro wide receiver Juwan Johnson was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 196 lb. prospect with a reported 4.4 forty who also has offers from Arkansas, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, and Rutgers, among others. In the South Jersey championship game, he returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown and a punt 75 yards for a score. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, #16 athlete, and #156 player overall.

Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith defensive end Josh Sweat was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and USC, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #5 weakside end, and the #56 overall prospect in 247’s Composite rankings. This is a somewhat interesting development because Michigan has supposedly been telling St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham defensive end Jashon Cornell that he was their only target in the class for weakside end, but while Sweat is listed as a weakside end, he looks to me more like an eventual strongside end due to his size and some stiffness in his movements. Of course, it’s also possible that Michigan is changing their strategy for 2015. I do not expect Michigan to be a major player in Sweat’s recruitment, though. Oscar Smith also produced defensive tackle Andrew Brown in the 2014 class, a Michigan target who is a 5-star prospect headed to Virginia.

Peyton (CO) Falcon running back Kalen Ballage committed to Arizona State. This is about as soft a commitment as they come, with him saying ASU is “the school I can most see myself at.” Ballage also went ahead with his scheduled visit to Nebraska this past weekend and plans to visit Washington, while Boise State and Michigan State were also thought to be in the running up until recently. Planned visits to Michigan never panned out, and while Michigan doesn’t appear to be in the running anymore, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Ballage signs somewhere other than Arizona State. I wrote up a scouting report on Ballage back in May.

Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic defensive end Garrett Dickerson committed to Northwestern. Dickerson eschewed offers from national powerhouses like Alabama, Florida State, and Ohio State for the Wildcats, who garnered his interest with their academics . . . and the presence of sophomore wide receiver Cameron Dickerson, Garrett’s older brother; the elder Dickerson has had 2 catches for 20 yards in each of the last two years’ games against the Wolverines, and the 2012 game included his first collegiate touchdown. Garrett is the 247 Composite’s #198 player overall.

Aliquippa (PA) Aliquippa safety Dravon Henry committed to West Virginia. Henry could play running back, receiver, cornerback, or safety at the next level, but the Mountaineers are expected to try him at safety. He’s the 247 Composite #8 athlete and #110 player overall.

Wayne (NJ) St. Joseph Regional safety Kiy Hester committed to Miami. Hester was previously committed to Rutgers. He took an official visit to Michigan State at the end of November, and it was thought to be a three-horse race between Miami, MSU, and Rutgers, so Michigan somewhat missed a bullet by him going to the Hurricanes; he’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #17 safety, and #217 player overall.

Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter’s Prep running back Jonathan Hilliman changed his commitment from Rutgers to Boston College. Rutgers has been leaking recruits during and after their 6-6 season. I wrote up a scouting report on Hilliman a little over a year ago, after his junior season highlights were posted online. He ended his senior year with a state title game loss to Paramus (NJ) Catholic and the duo of Juwann Bushell-Beatty and Jabrill Peppers, both of whom are committed to Michigan. On the plus side for Hilliman, he’ll be joining a program that just watched senior running back Andre Williams run for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Belmont (NC) South Point linebacker Tanner Muse committed to Clemson. Muse is a 2015 prospect who earned a Michigan offer not long ago, but he was considered to be a tough pull out of the south. He’s a 4-star and the #337 player overall, according to 247’s Composite rankings.

Here’s a list of players who visited Michigan this past weekend.

3Dec 2012
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Recruiting Update: December 3, 2012

David Dawson (#55)

Massillon (OH) Washington cornerback Gareon Conley decommitted from Michigan.  He visited Ohio State last weekend, but the coaches plan to continue to recruit him.  He will take an official visit to Columbus later this week, and then he plans to take an official to Ann Arbor on December 14.  I never removed Conley from the board, but he’s now a “free agent” again, so to speak.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech offensive guard David Dawson was re-offered by Michigan.  Dawson was committed to Michigan for about eight months, but a planned visit to Florida forfeited his spot in the recruiting class.  After exploring his options and apparently regretting his decision to explore those options, the coaches have re-offered him and said they will continue to recruit him.  But there’s a chance that one of two new Michigan offerees, Cameron Hunt or Kenny Lacy, could commit before Dawson.  Dawson plans to take an official visit to Michigan on December 14.

Corona (CA) Centennial offensive tackle Cameron Hunt earned a Michigan offer.  Hunt is currently committed to Cal but is looking around.  I wrote up a scouting report on him last week.  He appears to be a potential replacement for Dawson.

Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe offensive tackle Kenny Lacy was offered by Michigan.  Lacy is currently committed to UCLA but is looking around.  I also wrote up a scouting report on him last week, and he too appears to be a potential replacement for Dawson.

Elizabeth City (NC) Northeastern linebacker Jamieon Moss was offered by Michigan.  Moss is a 6’2″, 210 lb. prospect who is committed to Virginia Tech but also holds offers from Maryland, North Carolina, and North Carolina State.  Moss has mentioned he’s potentially interested in looking around, and he visited NC State this fall, so there’s potential for another team to flip him.

Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic defensive end Garrett Dickerson earned a Michigan offer.  If the school sounds familiar, it’s the alma mater of former Michigan target Tanner McEvoy a quarterback who is now starting at Arizona Western after transferring from South Carolina.  Dickerson’s brother plays at Northwestern.  As a sophomore in 2011, Garrett had 50 tackles and 4 sacks.

Southfield (MI) Southfield defensive end Lawrence Marshall was offered by Michigan.  He’s a 6’3″, 225 lb. end with offers from Indiana, Michigan State, and Pitt, among others.  He looks like a weakside end who won’t wow you with his speed rush, but could be a solid run defender with a decent occasional rush.

Crete (IL) Crete-Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan earned an offer from Michigan.  Morgan is a 6’2″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, UCLA, and Wisconsin, among others.  Crete-Monee is becoming a familiar name for followers of Michigan recruiting, since it’s also the school of one-time 2012 commit Anthony Standifer and highly touted 2013 target LaQuon Treadwell.

Forth Worth (TX) All Saints Episcopal offensive guard Demetrius Knox committed to Texas.  Texas was always considered the front-runner for Knox’s services, and he’s likely to be a high 4-star prospect when all is said and done.