Recruiting Update: October 23, 2014

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23Oct 2014
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Recruiting Update: October 23, 2014

Saline (MI) Saline placekicker Ryan Tice (image via Saline Post)

Saline (MI) Saline kicker Ryan Tice committed to Michigan as a preferred walk-on. He’s going to enroll in January, when he will presumably start competing for the jobs that will be vacated by seniors Matt Wile and Will Hagerup.

Cleveland (OH) Benedictine linebacker Jerome Baker flipped from Florida to Ohio State. I was a bit surprised when he committed to the Gators over the Buckeyes, anyway, so this makes a little sense, especially in light of Florida’s struggles and Ohio State’s success. Meanwhile, Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier linebacker and Ohio State commit Justin Hilliard is taking another visit to Iowa, where his older brother is a running back. These two things may or may not be related, but Urban Meyer might gain Baker while losing out on Hilliard.

Last week I posted a look back at Michigan’s 2007 defensive end recruiting (LINK).

Over on Recruiting Season, I posted a profile of Farmington Hills Harrison DE Khalid Kareem.

1Jul 2013
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Recruiting Update: July 1, 2013

Cleveland (OH) Benedictine linebacker Jerome Baker

Elkton (MD) Eastern Christian Academy wide receiver Freddy Canteen committed to Michigan.

Massillon (OH) Washington kicker Andrew David committed to Michigan.

Natrona Heights (PA) St. Joseph’s offensive tackle Jon Runyan, Jr. committed to Michigan.

Elkton (MD) Eastern Christian Academy cornerback Brandon Watson committed to Michigan.

Cleveland (OH) Benedictine linebacker Jerome Baker was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 205 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, and West Virginia, among others. According to 247 Sports, he’s a 4-star, the #2 athlete, and the #50 player overall for 2015. He plays running back in addition to linebacker, but I think he has more of a future on defense. His leader appears to be Ohio State, so you may not want to get your hopes up too much.

Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith defensive tackle Andrew Brown committed to Virginia. Brown mentioned wanting to visit Michigan a couple months ago, but nothing ever transpired. This is Virginia’s third Rivals 5-star commitment in the last two classes, joining Quin Blanding and Taquan Mizzell.

Wayne (NJ) De Paul Catholic wide receiver Kiy Hester committed to Rutgers. Hester could play wide receiver or safety in college.

Chicago (IL) De La Salle offensive guard Jamarco Jones committed to Ohio State. This was somewhat expected, and unless there’s some unexpected attrition, it looks as if Michigan might stick with just two offensive line commits in the 2014 class.

Baltimore (MD) Gilman cornerback Troy Vincent, Jr. committed to Penn State. In case you don’t remember, he’s the son of former Wisconsin, Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins cornerback Troy Vincent. He also attends the same high school as incoming freshman defensive tackle Henry Poggi.

The coaches were mostly on vacation, so there weren’t many visitors this past week. However, Huntersville (NC) SouthLake Christian running back Robert Washington and wide receiver Connor O’Donnell swooped through Ann Arbor for a visit. Both are 2016 prospects who are committed to Mississippi State. They camped at Michigan a couple weeks ago, went to Notre Dame for a camp, and then visited Michigan again. It was Washington’s third trip to Ann Arbor in the past few months, despite no offer just yet.

Here’s a list of prospects attending Nike’s The Opening this week.