Recruiting Update: January 6, 2013

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6Jan 2014
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Recruiting Update: January 6, 2013

Minneapolis (MN) Washburn running back Jeff Jones

Minneapolis (MN) Washburn running back Jeff Jones was offered by Michigan. Jones is a 6’0″, 196 lb. prospect who “committed” to Minnesota in March 2013, but he has been looking around almost the entire time and took an official visit to Iowa State a few weeks ago. He also holds offers from Florida, Michigan State, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Jones has set an official visit to Florida, and he’s also tentatively planning to visit Ann Arbor and East Lansing. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #9 running back, and the #111 player overall. In the Under Armour All-American Game on Friday, he led Team Nitro with 43 yards rushing, adding 4 catches for 35 yards and 1 touchdown. Against admittedly weak competition in Minneapolis as a senior, he had 167 carries for 1,525 yards and 34 touchdowns, plus 17 catches for 493 yards and 8 touchdowns. He isn’t the biggest or the fastest back around, but he has a good combination of quick feet, surprising power, and good vision. I’ve been thinking Michigan should offer Jones for a while, and although it’s late in the process, the Wolverines have a chance. I don’t think Jones will end up signing with Minnesota, but I don’t have a solid guess on what his final choice will be, either.

Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro wide receiver Christian Kirk was offered by Michigan. He also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, and numerous others. Kirk is a 5’10”, 180 lb. prospect who is a pretty polished player, along with being very fast and athletic. I have yet to see a better wide receiver in the 2015 class, and that includes former Michigan commit George Campbell. As a sophomore in 2012, he had 43 receptions for 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns. According to 247’s Composite ranking, he’s a 5-star, the #1 wide receiver, and the #32 player overall.

Lewisville (TX) Hebron safety Jamal Adams committed to LSU at the Under Armour All-America Game. Actually, he committed to “the University of LSU,” which caused a big uproar on Twitter and message boards. Personally, I think it’s silly when people flip out about the language high school football players use when announcing where they’re going to play football.

New Orleans (LA) St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette committed to LSU during the Under Armour All-America Game. Fournette is generally considered to be the top running back in the 2014 class, if not the best overall player. He flirted with Michigan a little bit and even scheduled a visit at one time, but he and his family famously never got on the plane, which caused Michigan’s portion of the internet to break.

Cleveland (OH) Glenville defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith committed to Ohio State during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Some smoke came out on Friday that they might be committing to Michigan, far-fetched as that was. Both have long been considered to be OSU locks, but it was thought that the Buckeyes might not have room for both of them. Smith in particular looked good in the all-star game when he led the East team with 6 tackles. However, he announced first and let the cat out of the bag that Lattimore would be joining him in Columbus, which took some of the wind out Lattimore’s commitment sails.

Oakley (CA) Freedom running back Joe Mixon committed to Oklahoma as the climactic announcement of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Mixon was also considering Wisconsin, which could have been bad news for the rest of the Big Ten.

Crete (IL) Crete-Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan committed to Notre Dame. After Crete-Monee products Anthony Standifer and Laquon Treadwell stiffed Michigan in the past couple classes, I barely paid attention to Morgan throughout the process. I do think it would have been oddly interesting to have Michigan’s current middle linebacker take a breather only to be replaced by this guy.

Olathe (KS) North outside linebacker Jimmie Swain IV committed to Oregon. Swain had been committed to TCU at one point, but he opened up his recruitment only to become a silent commit to the Ducks several weeks ago.

Washington (DC) Friendship cornerback Jalen Tabor committed to Arizona during the Under Armour All-America Game. In a surprise move, Tabor picked the Wildcats over Alabama and Maryland. He’s a 247 Composite 5-star, the #4 cornerback, and the #24 player overall. Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez has had problems with 5-star defensive backs in the past (Demar Dorsey, Justin Turner), so for his sake, hopefully Tabor at least plays a down or two of football.

Gardena (CA) Junipero Serra linebacker Dwight Williams committed to UCLA during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Serra is a powerhouse school, and Williams was considering a visit to Michigan at one point, but it never came through. He was #1 on my wish list for a weakside linebacker in the 2014 class, and I think he’ll have a good career for the Bruins. His teammate, highly touted cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, tweeted out a top six the other day that did not include Michigan, just in case you were still holding out hope that the Wolverines could pull off a miracle.

Here are my thoughts on the play of Michigan’s commits in the Under Armour game.

With only Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake’s Mason Cole playing in the Army game, I didn’t write up a separate post. Cole started at left guard and played some right tackle in the game, although I read in several places that he looks like a guard through and through for the next level. Cole looked somewhat undersized out there, and I imagine he’s somewhere around 275-280 lbs. right now. I did see him have trouble with the huge defensive tackles on the West roster, such as Bijhon Jackson, who’s listed at 6’2″, 327. But overall, he showed nice footwork, good knee bend, and decent strength, and Rivals named him the #6 overall performer on the East team.

In case you’re wondering, here’s a link to the relevant roster players for each of the weekend’s notable All-America games:

Under Armour
U.S. Army
Semper Fidelis

3Dec 2012
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Recruiting Update: December 3, 2012

David Dawson (#55)

Massillon (OH) Washington cornerback Gareon Conley decommitted from Michigan.  He visited Ohio State last weekend, but the coaches plan to continue to recruit him.  He will take an official visit to Columbus later this week, and then he plans to take an official to Ann Arbor on December 14.  I never removed Conley from the board, but he’s now a “free agent” again, so to speak.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech offensive guard David Dawson was re-offered by Michigan.  Dawson was committed to Michigan for about eight months, but a planned visit to Florida forfeited his spot in the recruiting class.  After exploring his options and apparently regretting his decision to explore those options, the coaches have re-offered him and said they will continue to recruit him.  But there’s a chance that one of two new Michigan offerees, Cameron Hunt or Kenny Lacy, could commit before Dawson.  Dawson plans to take an official visit to Michigan on December 14.

Corona (CA) Centennial offensive tackle Cameron Hunt earned a Michigan offer.  Hunt is currently committed to Cal but is looking around.  I wrote up a scouting report on him last week.  He appears to be a potential replacement for Dawson.

Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe offensive tackle Kenny Lacy was offered by Michigan.  Lacy is currently committed to UCLA but is looking around.  I also wrote up a scouting report on him last week, and he too appears to be a potential replacement for Dawson.

Elizabeth City (NC) Northeastern linebacker Jamieon Moss was offered by Michigan.  Moss is a 6’2″, 210 lb. prospect who is committed to Virginia Tech but also holds offers from Maryland, North Carolina, and North Carolina State.  Moss has mentioned he’s potentially interested in looking around, and he visited NC State this fall, so there’s potential for another team to flip him.

Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic defensive end Garrett Dickerson earned a Michigan offer.  If the school sounds familiar, it’s the alma mater of former Michigan target Tanner McEvoy a quarterback who is now starting at Arizona Western after transferring from South Carolina.  Dickerson’s brother plays at Northwestern.  As a sophomore in 2011, Garrett had 50 tackles and 4 sacks.

Southfield (MI) Southfield defensive end Lawrence Marshall was offered by Michigan.  He’s a 6’3″, 225 lb. end with offers from Indiana, Michigan State, and Pitt, among others.  He looks like a weakside end who won’t wow you with his speed rush, but could be a solid run defender with a decent occasional rush.

Crete (IL) Crete-Monee linebacker Nyles Morgan earned an offer from Michigan.  Morgan is a 6’2″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, UCLA, and Wisconsin, among others.  Crete-Monee is becoming a familiar name for followers of Michigan recruiting, since it’s also the school of one-time 2012 commit Anthony Standifer and highly touted 2013 target LaQuon Treadwell.

Forth Worth (TX) All Saints Episcopal offensive guard Demetrius Knox committed to Texas.  Texas was always considered the front-runner for Knox’s services, and he’s likely to be a high 4-star prospect when all is said and done.