ADDED TO THE BOARD
Washington (DC) Friendship Collegiate linebacker Yannick Ngakoue decommitted from Maryland. I don’t blame him because Maryland is terrible. Michigan still isn’t in the picture, though.
OFF THE BOARD (2013, 2014)
Piscataway (NJ) Piscataway athlete Nadir Barnwell committed to Rutgers. Michigan was recruiting him as a cornerback, along with Rutgers, but he could also play wide receiver at the next level.
Detroit (MI) Cass Tech linebacker Deon Drake, a 2014 prospect, committed to Michigan State. He didn’t have a Michigan offer yet. Michigan is likely going to be very selective with their offers to linebackers in the 2014 class, because they took four in 2012 and have two lined up in 2013. Drake is a decent linebacker, but not an elite one, and the weakside linebacker position looks to be in good hands for a few years with Desmond Morgan, James Ross, Antonio Poole, and Kaleb Ringer already playing that position.
Check out the series of Recruit Tracker posts for updates on how the seasons of Michigan’s 2013 recruits are going.
I’ve been saying this for several weeks, but with four or five high school games on film and the upcoming bye week, I expect some more 2014 offers to go out before Michigan’s next contest. Recruiting news has been slow for the past month or two, but now I expect it to pick up a little bit.
Six degrees of Kevin Bacon: Maurice Hurst, who spawned 2013 defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, Jr., tries to tackle former Michigan running back Leroy Hoard
Harper Woods (MI) Chandler Park wide receiver Csont’e York was offered by and committed to Michigan. (Commitment post here.)
ADDED TO THE BOARD (2013, 2014)
Seffner (FL) Armwood wide receiver Alvin Bailey was offered by Michigan. The 5’11”, 170-pounder has also been targeted by Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Penn State, and South Carolina, among others. He plays quarterback for Armwood, passing for 872 yards and 12 touchdowns, rushing for 872 yards and 6 touchdowns, and catching 22 passes for 404 yards and 3 touchdowns. Bailey is the teammate of fellow Michigan target Leon McQuay III, a safety.
Piscataway (NJ) Piscataway cornerback Nadir Barnwell was offered by Michigan. The 5’11”, 180-pounder is a lefty quarterback for his high school, but his quarterback days are likely over when he hits college. He also holds offers from Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Rutgers, along with many others. During his junior season, he passed for 1,364 yards, ran for 452, and made 40 tackles to go with 3 interceptions. (Highlights here.)
Brooklyn (NY) Poly Prep offensive tackle Jay Hayes, a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan last week. The 6’5″, 270 lb. athlete, who could also play defensive line, holds offers from Connecticut, Rutgers, and UCLA, too.
Westwood (MA) Xaverian Brothers defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, Jr. was offered by Michigan. Hurst is a 6’2″, 285 lb. lineman with offers from Nebraska, Ohio State, and many others. He is the son of former New England Patriots cornerback Maurice Hurst, who had 27 career interceptions from 1989 to 1995. As a junior in 2011, “Junior” had 65 tackles and 11 sacks.
Mansfield (TX) Timberview safety Edward Paris, a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan. He stands 6’2″ and 188 lbs. and claims a 4.4 forty. Teams like Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma are already after him. He carried the ball 12 times for 179 yards (14.9 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns, but he also broke up 20 passes and notched 8 interceptions. That’s pretty good production for a sophomore defensive back. (Highlights here.)
Tuscaloosa (AL) Northridge athlete Bo Scarbrough, a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan. The 6’1″, 215 lb. is projected by some sites as a running back and as a linebacker by others, but after I watched his highlights, he looks like a running back to me. He also doesn’t look like he’s 215 lbs. unless he’s put on some serious weight since football season, but oh well – he’s only a sophomore. Scarbrough already holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, UCLA, and a few others, but since he’s in the Crimson Tide’s back yard, I won’t hold my breath that he’ll head to Michigan.
Olathe (KS) South offensive tackle Braden Smith, a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan. The 6’6″, 285 lb. lineman also shows offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Stanford.
Chandler (AZ) Williams Field wide receiver Dionte Sykes, a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan. He’s currently about 6’1″ and 175 lbs. As a freshman in 2010, he was timed at 4.69 seconds in the forty and had a 245 lb. bench press, both of which are very impressive numbers for a freshman (and maybe too good to believe). He also has offers from Arizona State, Colorado, and UCLA. (Highlights here.)
Saluda (SC) Saluda defensive tackle Dexter Wideman, a 2014 prospect, was offered by Michigan. He’s 6’3″, 276 lbs. as a sophomore and also holds offers from Clemson and South Carolina. As a sophomore in 2011, he had 61 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery.