Recruiting Update: July 7, 2014

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7Jul 2014
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Recruiting Update: July 7, 2014

Glen St. Mary (FL) Baker defensive end CeCe Jefferson (#7)

Glen St. Mary (FL) Baker defensive end CeCe Jefferson was offered by Michigan at some point in the past. He’s a 6’2″, 250 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 5-star, the #1 strongside end, and #4 overall. Michigan apparently offered him a while ago, but it was not made public until recently. Obviously, that does not bode well because Jefferson clearly hasn’t publicized his interest. Meanwhile, he appears ticketed for Florida.

Elkton (MD) Eastern Christian Academy quarterback David Sills decommitted from USC. I can’t help feeling a little badly for Sills, who made national news for committing to the Trojans as a seventh grader when Lane Kiffin offered him. It underlines the uncertainty of early recruiting, but Sills watched two coaching changes at USC, saw current coach Steve Sarkisian grab Ricky Town from Alabama, and now finds himself searching for a lower-tier home, which seems likely to be West Virginia at this point.

New Lenox (IL) Providence Catholic wide receiver Miles Boykin committed to Notre Dame. Michigan thought they might have a chance after he visited for the spring game and was offered shortly thereafter, but things had been trending toward Notre Dame for a few weeks. The Wolverines ended up finishing third behind the Fighting Irish and Michigan State.

St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall defensive end Jashon Cornell committed to Ohio State. I have noted all along that Cornell was overrated as a defensive end, and Michigan’s coaches apparently saw him more as a defensive tackle as he added weight. They were reportedly not pursuing him very hard toward the end of his recruitment, although it likely would not have mattered either way.

Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier linebacker Justin Hilliard also committed to Ohio State. I wrote a scouting report on Hilliard last November (LINK), and I do think he will be a force to reckon with as a Buckeye. In my opinion, he’s the best prospect to come out of Ohio in the last few years.

Douglasville (GA) Alexander running back Mikell Lands-Davis committed to Georgia Tech. Lands-Davis is a sturdy back with good balance, and I can picture him making a good triple-option fullback for the Yellowjackets.

Dallas (TX) Bishop Dunne wide receiver A.D. Miller committed to Illinois. I considered Miller one of the top three receivers likely to commit to Michigan in the 2015 class, so now the Wolverines are down to two (Brian Cole and Auden Tate) unless they extend more offers.

Orange Park (FL) Oakleaf linebacker Shaquille Quarterman, a 2016 prospect, committed to Miami. His teammate was linebacker Darrion Owens, who also held a Michigan offer and chose Miami in the 2014 class.

Douglas (GA) Coffee tight end Jalen Wilkerson committed to Florida State. Michigan never had much of a chance, and his highlight reel entitled “The Chosen One” made me not want him in Ann Arbor, anyway.

I posted a list of players planning to attend the 2014 BBQ at the Big House (LINK).

I also posted a list of participants in Nike’s The Opening (LINK).

Last week on Recruiting Season, I profiled Orchard Lake St. Mary’s linebacker Joshua Ross, Detroit Cass Tech’s Demetric Vance and Donovan Peoples-Jones, Brighton’s Alexx Zielinski, and Traverse City West’s duo of Jacob Cerny and Tommy Roush.

5May 2014
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Recruiting Update: May 5, 2014

Douglasville (GA) Alexander running back Mikell Lands-Davis

Douglasville (GA) Alexander running back Mikell Lands-Davis was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’11”, 205 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Miami, Wisconsin, and a few lesser programs. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #42 running back, and #525 overall. As a junior in 2013, he ran 317 times for 2,374 yards and 27 touchdowns, and he caught 22 passes for 358 yards and 1 score. Lands-Davis has very good balance but lacks great speed and acceleration. He expressed serious interest in visiting Michigan, but it’s always a battle to get kids out of the deep south.

Houston (TX) Cypress Falls defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin decommitted from Oklahoma. He says the Sooners are still the team to beat, but he wants to take other visits, so he can’t say he’s “committed.” He’s a 6’3″, 306-pounder who’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #21 defensive tackle, and #304 overall. He entered high school as a starting wide receiver but was so tough and physical that he started playing defensive end, after which he bulked up by eating a lot and taking a bunch of protein.

Yakima (WA) West Valley offensive guard Shane Lemieux was offered by Michigan. He’s a 247 Sports 3-star, the #53 offensive guard, and #770 overall. More on him in a moment . . .


Washington (DC) Archbishop Carroll offensive guard Richard Merritt was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 320 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, and Virginia Tech, among others. He played at Friendship Collegiate Academy the past couple seasons, but he transferred to Archbishop Carroll, where he’s teammates with 2016 Michigan offeree Jauan Williams. Merritt has very good size and could play tackle or guard at the next level. His father is 6’11”, so he may still have some growing to do.

Ocala (FL) Trinity Catholic defensive end Jordan Woods was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 235 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, and South Carolina, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #10 strongside end, and #214 overall for his class. His three Crystal Ball predictions right now are for Florida.

See that Shane Lemieux guy up there that Michigan offered last week? He committed to Oregon.

Last week on Recruiting Season, I profiled Chippewa Valley’s Stefan Claiborne, Wyandotte Roosevelt’s Donnie Corley, Muskegon’s Juanye Johnson, East English Village’s Emani Mason, and Westland John Glenn’s DeShawn Baker-Williams. Claiborne, Corley, and Johnson are some of the best the state has to offer in 2016, while Mason is likely one of the top few prospects for 2017. Baker-Williams is a rising senior starting to gain some steam.

No offer has been reported yet, but Bloomfield Hills (MI) Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone was supposed to visit Michigan this weekend after throwing for offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier last week. Perhaps an offer is on its way.

Meanwhile, Newhall (CA) Hart quarterback Brady White committed to Arizona State. Nussmeier also watched him throw, so he appears to be off the table. Phoenix (AZ) Pinnacle quarterback Brian Lewerke, another potential target, committed to Michigan State last week, so the Wolverines are starting to see the dominoes fall.

Here’s a list of whom the coaches visited in April (LINK) and now a working list of the coaching visits for May (LINK).