247 Sports Top 100 for 2017 released

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12Aug 2014
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247 Sports Top 100 for 2017 released

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is the top player in Michigan for 2017

It seems a wee bit early for 2017 recruiting rankings, but 247 Sports went ahead with them anyway. The problem I have with them is that these kids are currently going into their sophomore year, meaning these will mostly be the “prodigies” who played up on varsity as freshmen and had good seasons. Meanwhile, the kids who will hit late growth spurts or change focus from basketball to football will be completely absent. Anyway, here’s the complete list (LINK) and then a breakdown of kids from the ever-expanding Big Ten imprint or players with Michigan connections:

2. A.J. Epenesa – DE – Illinois
3. Josh Myers – OT – Ohio: Offered by Michigan.

6. Calvin Ashley – OT – Florida: Offered by Michigan.
8. D’Andre Swift – RB – Pennsylvania: Teammate of 2015 OG commit Jon Runyan, Jr.
9. Hunter Johnson – QB – Indiana
12. Donovan Peoples-Jones – WR – Michigan: Teammate of 2015 RB commit Michael Weber. Son of former Wolverine Shonte Peoples.
20. Jeff Thomas – WR – Illinois: Offered by Michigan.
30. Emani Mason – OT – Michigan
33. Ty Chandler – RB – Tennessee: Attends alma mater of Michigan OG Blake Bars.
39. Lamont Wade – CB – Pennsylvania
43. Danny Clark – QB – Ohio: Teammate of 2015 K commit Andrew David.
44. Cam Spence – OT – Maryland: Attends alma mater of Michigan DE Henry Poggi.
50. Josh Ross – LB – Michigan: Offered by Michigan. Brother of Michigan LB James Ross.
57. Jordan Anthony – ATH – Maryland: Attends alma mater of Michigan CB Blake Countess.
60. Marcus Williamson – CB – Ohio
64. Danny Davis – WR – Ohio
73. Kasim Hill – QB – Maryland: Attends alma mater of Michigan DE Henry Poggi.
77. Anthony McFarland, Jr. – RB – Maryland
81. Juan Harris – RB – Wisconsin
83. Elvis Hines – ATH – New Jersey
94. R.J. Potts – S – Indiana
96. Ricky Smalling – WR – Illinois

1May 2014
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April 2014 Coach Visits

Newhall (CA) Hart quarterback Brady White was visited by Michigan on Tuesday, April 22 (image via signalscvsports.com)

The spring evaluation period has begun, so it’s open season on high school recruits once again. We should see some more offers going out soon, including to 2015 quarterbacks as Michigan tries to fill the most important position on the field for the upcoming class.

Players will be listed in order of being the most recent addition, so new additions will be placed at the top of each cycle’s list. Offered players are noted with an asterisk.

Jerome Baker – LB – Cleveland (OH) Benedictine*
Terry Beckner, Jr. – DE – East St. Louis (IL) East St. Louis*
Avonte Bell – LB – Lansing (MI) Sexton
Austen Wood – LB – Berkley (MI) Berkley
Alexx Zielinski – TE – Brighton (MI) Brighton
Jake Bills – DE – Berkley (MI) Berkley
Lazon Hicks – CB – Ypsilanti (MI) Lincoln
Austin Ervin – TE – St. Johns (MI) St. Johns
Jake Johnson – QB – DeWitt (MI) DeWitt
Damon Terry – WR – Lansing (MI) Everett
Riley Neal – QB – Yorktown (IN) Yorktown
Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. – TE – Manlius (NY) Canisius*
Trent Irwin – WR – Newhall (CA) Hart
Alec Murphy – RB – Nixa (MO) Nixa
Darrin Kirkland, Jr. – LB – Indianapolis (IN) Warren Central*
Brady White – QB – Newhall (CA) Hart
Elijah Alford – DE – Virginia Beach (VA) Bayside
Deondre Francois – QB – Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy*
Abdul Bello – OT – Montverde (FL) Academy*
Auden Tate – WR – Tampa (FL) Wharton*
Matthew Burrell – OT – Woodbridge (VA) C.D. Hylton*
Josh Sweat – DE – Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith*
Alex Malzone – QB – Bloomfield Hills (MI) Brother Rice
Brian Lewerke – QB – Phoenix (AZ) Pinnacle
Zach Gentry – QB – Albuquerque (NM) Eldorado
Brian Cole – WR – Saginaw (MI) Heritage*
Michael Weber – RB – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech*
David Moorman – OT – Northville (MI) Northville
Miles Boykin – WR – New Lenox (IL) Providence Catholic*

Hit the jump for 2016 and 2017 recruits.

Messiah DeWeaver – QB – Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison
Liam Eichenberg – OT – Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius*
Kentrail Moran – RB – O’Fallon (IL) O’Fallon
Donnie Corley – WR – Wyandotte (MI) Roosevelt
Lane Porter – QB – Lansing (MI) Everett
Kalebb Perry – WR – Mt. Pleasant (MI) Mt. Pleasant
Malik Henry – QB – Thousand Oaks (CA) Westlake
Robert Washington – RB – Huntersville (NC) Southlake Christian
Naseir Upshur – TE – Philadelphia (PA) Imhotep
Isaac Nauta – DE – Buford (GA) Buford*
Lorenzo Harrison – RB – Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha
Terrance Davis – OG – Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha
Shane Simmons – DE – Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha
Tino Ellis – S – Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha
Garrett Rand – DT – Chandler (AZ) Hamilton
Josh King – DE – Hinsdale (IL) South*
Jamari Logan – DT – Norfolk (VA) Booker T. Washington
Brad Hawkins – WR – Camden (NJ) Camden
David Reese – LB – Farmington (MI) Farmington
Desmond Fitzpatrick – WR – Farmington (MI) Farmington
Daelin Hayes – LB – Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s*
Mikale Washington – QB – Detroit (MI) King

Todd Sibley, Jr. – RB – Akron (OH) Archbishop Hoban
Jeff Thomas – WR – East St. Louis (IL) East St. Louis*
A.J. Epenesa – DE – Edwardsville (IL) Edwardsville
Joshua Ross – LB – Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s*

24Feb 2014
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Recruiting Update: February 24, 2014

Charlotte (NC) South Mecklenburg
safety Stephen Griffin

Charlotte (NC) South Mecklenburg safety Stephen Griffin was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 187 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, and Wake Forest, among others. Only two recruiting services have rated him, but he’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #63 cornerback, and #789 overall. He claims a 37″ vertical, a 275 lb. bench, and a 395 lb. squat. Griffin is a hard hitter who will probably be well over 200 lbs. by the time he fills out, so I think he’ll be a safety in college. As a junior in 2013, he had 80 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions (1 touchdown), 1 fumble recovery, and 2 fumbles forced; he was also 43/82 passing for 565 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions and rushed 83 times for 583 yards and 3 touchdowns.

New Orleans (LA) Warren Easton wide receiver Tyron Johnson was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 190 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #4 wide receiver, #42 overall, and #1 in his state. Johnson has a good frame, very good speed, and excellent change-of-direction skills for a guy his size. As often is the case, LSU appears to lead with Texas A&M also in hot pursuit.

Washington (DC) Gonzaga cornerback Marcus Lewis was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 187 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #12 athlete, and #111 overall. Lewis claims a 4.38 forty, but I have reservations about that time. Lewis plays corner for his high school team, and while that’s still a possibility in college, he looks a little too stiff to me to play corner at a big-time program on the next level. My guess is that he will develop into a safety, and I believe he has the size and physicality to do that well.

Brooksville (FL) Nature Coast Tech offensive tackle Christian Pellage was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’7″, 271 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Central Florida, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, and Oklahoma, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #19 offensive tackle, and #185 overall.  He claims a 4.88 forty, a 32″ vertical, a 285 lb. bench, and a 500 lb. squat. He appears to play in a very run-oriented offense, but he has nice bend and quick feet, and he looks like a future left tackle.

Richmond (VA) St. Christopher’s cornerback Garrett Taylor was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 188 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #9 cornerback, and the #90 player overall, and he claims a 4.5 forty, a 255 lb. bench, and a 400 lb. squat. Taylor has inconsistent technique and is a little stiff for cornerback, so he’s another kid who might be a safety down the road. He plays in the same league as freshman quarterback Wilton Speight did, and he’s teammates with highly touted defensive end/outside linebacker Ricky DeBerry.

New Orleans (LA) John Curtis offensive tackle Willie Allen was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 265 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, LSU, and Tulane. Michigan went after three of his teammates in the 2014 class: wide receiver Malachi Dupre (LSU), linebacker Kenny Young (UCLA), and safety Mattrell McGraw (Oregon). Allen is an athletic kid who has yet to fill out and needs to learn technique, but the raw athleticism is there to develop.

Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s linebacker Joshua Ross was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 194 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan State and Oklahoma. He missed the second half of his freshman season due to a broken ankle, but obviously he showed enough during the first half of the year to garner some offers. Ross is the younger brother of Michigan junior linebacker James Ross and looks a lot like him in his stance.

East St. Louis (IL) East St. Louis wide receiver Jeff Thomas was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’10”, 170 lb. prospect with offers from Illinois and Kansas. As a freshman in 2013, he had 54 catches for 944 yards (17.5 yards/catch) and 12 touchdowns. Thomas has blazing speed and looks like a Percy Harvin clone. He was teammates with 2014 linebacker Kyron Watson (Kansas).

Here’s a list of this past weekend’s visitors. Thiyo Lukusa considered committing on the visit, but Coach Hoke convinced him that it would make sense to take other visits and be 100% positive before committing. He’s a 2016 kid, so he has plenty of time to decide.

The Top 247, Rivals 100, and Rivals 250 were all updated last week.