2019 Recruiting Update: February 11, 2019

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11Feb 2019
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2019 Recruiting Update: February 11, 2019

Concord (CA) De La Salle TE/DE Isaiah Foskey

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Amauri Pesek-Hickson – LB – Leawood (KS) Blue Valley North: Pesek-Hickson decommitted from Michigan after realizing/learning that Michigan was offering a grayshirt opportunity and wants transfer defensive linemen instead of linebackers. He ended up signing with Kansas.

Hit the jump for more news and notes on the 2019 recruiting class.


Jonathan Allen – OT – Dayton (OH) Dunbar: Allen committed to Cincinnati.

Khris Bogle – DE – Fort Lauderdale (FL) Cardinal Gibbons: Bogle flipped from Alabama to Florida in a somewhat surprising move after committing to Alabama at the All-American Bowl. He’s the #71 overall player in the class.

Jerrion Ealy – RB – Flowood (MS) Jackson Prep: Flowood, a former Mississippi State commit, was expected to go to Clemson but ended up signing with Ole Miss. He was a 5-star and the lone standout running back at the Under Armour All-American Game.

Kaiir Elam – CB – Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Benjamin: Elam committed to Florida.

Isaiah Foskey – DE – Concord (CA) De La Salle: Foskey committed to Notre Dame as a defensive end. Michigan had been looking at him as a tight end. Foskey is a former teammate of one-time Michigan tight end Devin Asiasi, who is now at UCLA.

Demarcus Griffin – CB – Charlotte (NC) Olympic: Griffin committed to Utah State.

Daequan Hardy – CB – Pittsburgh (PA) Penn Hills: Hardy signed with Penn State.

Jared Harrison-Hunte – DT – Middle Village (NY) Christ the King: Harrison-Hunte committed to Miami.

Ira Henry – OG – St. Louis (MO) Trinity Catholic: Henry committed to Florida State.

Danielson Ike – OT – Kansas City (MI) Rockhurst: Ike committed to SMU.

Dawand Jones – OT – Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis: Jones blew up late in the recruiting cycle and picked Ohio State over Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, and USC, among others.

Tavian Mayo – CB – Leesburg (GA) Lee County: Mayo signed with West Virginia.

Lloyd Murray, Jr. – DT – Wichita Falls (TX) Hirschi: Murray signed with Colorado.

Adonis Otey – CB – Murfreesboro (TN) Blackman: Otey flipped from Arkansas to USC.

George Pickens – WR – Hoover (AL) Hoover: Pickens flipped from Auburn to Georgia. This was probably the biggest newsmaker of National Signing Day when the long-time Auburn commit picked the Bulldogs. He’s a 5-star and #24 overall in the class.

Matthew Pola-Mao – DT – Chandler (AZ) Chandler: Pola-Mao committed to Kansas State.

Garmon Randolph – TE – Jefferson (GA) Jefferson: Randolph committed to Baylor.

Jammie Robinson – S – Leesburg (GA) Lee County: Robinson committed to South Carolina.

Joshua Sanguinetti – S – Fort Lauderdale (FL) University School: Sanguinetti committed to Indiana. The Hoosiers signed three 4-star prospects, and that doesn’t include Sanguinetti, who’s #417 overall in the class.

Ishmael Sopsher – DT – Amite (LA) Amite: Sopsher committed to Alabama.

Jaquaze Sorrells – DT – Winter Park (FL) Winter Park: Sorrells committed to South Carolina.

Reddy Steward – CB – Decatur (AL) Austin: Steward committed to Troy.

Henry To’oto’o – LB – Concord (CA) De La Salle: To’oto’o committed to Tennessee after being expected to sign with Alabama.

David Ugwoegbu – TE – Katy (TX) Seven Lakes: Ugwoegbu signed with Oklahoma.

Christian Williams – S – Daphne (AL) Daphne: Williams committed to Miami.

Tyrece Woods – DE – Belleville (MI) Belleville: Woods, a former Michigan commit, picked Buffalo.


  • ESPN: #8
  • Rivals: #10
  • 247 Composite: #8
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.

9Feb 2012
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Scouting Report: Jonathan Allen

Ashburn (VA) Stone Bridge defensive end Jonathan Allen

Name: Jonathan Allen
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 225 lbs.
Class: 2013
Position: Defensive end
School: Ashburn (VA) Stone Bridge

Notes: Holds offers from Boston College, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest . . . Had 12 sacks as a junior in 2011 . . . Rivals 4-star and #100 player nationally . . . 247 Sports 4-star, 96 grade, #1 WDE, #24 overall

Strengths: Can be explosive off the ball . . . Shows good straight-line speed

Weaknesses: Often stands up way too high coming off the ball . . . Does not use hands well to shed blockers . . . Does not change direction well . . . Lacks consistent effort in pursuit to ballcarrier . . . Takes poor angles when chasing from behind . . . Shows too much passivity when defending the run . . . Needs to finish tackles

Projection: Strongside defensive end in a 4-3.  Allen lacks the agility to play in space and does not display the one-on-one pass rushing ability to be a weakside end.  His best fit appears to be as a strongside end, but he’ll have to add significant size and strength to hold up.

Reminds me of: Ken Wilkins

19Dec 2011
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Recruiting Update: December 19, 2011

Ashburn (VA) Stone Bridge DE Jonathan Allen (#93)

Ashburn (VA) Stone Bridge DE Jonathan Allen, a 2013 prospect, received an offer from Michigan last week.  Allen is 6’3″, 225 lbs. and listed as a strongside end, although I think he could fit at weakside end as well.  He plays a lot like 2012 commit Mario Ojemudia, although I think Ojemudia might be a little quicker.  Allen comes up too high out of his stance and doesn’t use his hands extremely well to shed blockers, but the physical talent is there to be a very good player.  Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Virginia, and others have also extended offers.

Pittsburgh (PA) Shaler Area TE J.P. Holtz was offered by Michigan, but it might be too late for the Wolverines.  The 6’4″, 240-pounder has already announced a top three of Michigan State, Pitt, and Purdue.  He took a recent official visit to Pitt and reportedly enjoyed it, but the coaching situation might be a negative.  Holtz said that he would like to be done with visits and has yet to make it to Ann Arbor, so chances are slim that he ends up wearing a winged helmet.  Regardless, Holtz is a well rounded athlete who has played running back in high school, so he has running skills that some other tight ends don’t possess.  He could be an interesting pass-catching tight end to go along with the receiving skills of Devin Funchess and blocking of A.J. Williams.

South Bend (IN) Washington RB David Perkins has a Michigan offer, at least according to Scout (Rivals insists he doesn’t).  The 6’2″, 209 lb. athlete was committed to Notre Dame at one point, but decommitted at the end of October for reasons that are somewhat unclear.  Perkins has offers from LSU, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, and Tennessee, all of which he has visited or has scheduled a visit.  Michigan’s coaches are recruiting Perkins for running back now that Bri’onte Dunn appears to be off the table, and Perkins has discussed trying to set up a visit to Ann Arbor for January; that would likely cause him to have to cancel a trip to Ohio State, LSU, or Tennessee.  Various schools are recruiting Perkins for various positions, including running back, wide receiver, and linebacker.  He has a reported 4.43 forty yard dash and a 36″ vertical leap, but he’s kind of a raw athlete and reminds me of Josh Furman in some respects.

Peoria (IL) Manual OT Logan Tuley-Tillman, a 2013 prospect, was offered by Michigan last week.  Tuley-Tillman is a 6’7″, 280-pounder with a nasty streak.  He’s somewhat raw to be garnering such major offers, but he is a plus athlete.  Unless he improves his technique and footwork significantly as a senior in high school, whichever college gets him will be getting a project.  He also holds offers from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio State.

Canton (OH) McKinley DE Se’von Pittman changed his allegiance from Michigan State to Ohio State.  I can’t say that I blame him, since MSU if full of criminals.  Oh, wait.  So is Ohio State.  Pittman’s heart never seemed to be in East Lansing, but academics were rumored to be an issue with Michigan and the impending sanctions seemed to push him away from OSU.  I guess the hiring of Urban Meyer and the hope of winning a national championship was too much.  If the NCAA ever gets around to sanctioning Ohio State, we’ll see if their recruiting mojo remains.

Glen Ellyn (IL) Glenbard West DT Tommy Schutt jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire last week, switching his future destination from Penn State to Ohio State.  I guess we’ll see in the next few years whether it was a good idea or not for Michigan to shun Schutt when he wanted to visit Ann Arbor, but my stance right now is that Schutt is going to be a load to deal with for the next several years.  Meanwhile, Michigan might be a little thin on the interior.

Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt DE Noah Spence committed to Ohio State on Sunday.  It sure was a boon for Ohio State to get Urban Meyer as coach, because kids don’t even care that the school is about to (or, well, should) get hit with NCAA sanctions.  The 6’4″, 245 lb. Spence is considered by many to be the nation’s top defensive end.  Michigan was never a viable option for Spence, but for a long time, it seemed OSU was out of the running, too.