Recruiting Update: February 6, 2012
|Columbus (OH) Marion Franklin wide receiver Jaron Dukes
(image via Columbus Dispatch)
Because this post was getting so long, here you’ll find mostly class of 2013 developments. All of last week’s developments with class of 2012 kids, National Signing Day, etc. are encapsulated in Friday’s post.
ADDED TO THE BOARD (2012, 2013)
Owensboro (KY) Apollo defensive tackle Hunter Bivin, a 2013 prospect, was offered by Michigan late last week. He’s a 6’7″, 288 lb. kid with offers from Auburn, Indiana, Kentucky, Miami, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, among others. Bivin has developed a bit of a connection with his former high school opponent Jeremy Clark, the 2012 safety commit. I’m afraid this one might go in Ohio State’s direction.
Avon (IN) Avon defensive end Elijah Daniel, a 2013 prospect, grabbed an offer from Michigan last week. He’s a 6’4″, 253 lb. strongside end with offers from Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, among others. His older brother Armonze is a linebacker at Marshall, but Elijah is likely to attend a bigger program.
Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek defensive end Dajuan Drennon, a 2013 prospect, received a Michigan offer last week. He’s a 6’4″, 227 lb. kid with offers from Florida State, Iowa, Penn State, and Washington, along with several others.
Columbus (OH) Marion Franklin wide receiver Jaron Dukes, a 2013 prospect, got an offer from Michigan last week. He’s 6’3″, 195 lbs. and also holds an offer from Toledo. His favorite team as a kid was Michigan, despite living in the Buckeyes’ home city.
Cincinnati (OH) Moeller linebacker Shane Jones, a 2013 prospect, was offered by Michigan. He’s 6’1″, 220 lbs. and looks like a future weakside linebacker or perhaps a MIKE. As a junior he had 89 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 interception. Jones also has offers from Cincinnati and Indiana.
Wexford (PA) North Allegheny offensive guard Patrick Kugler, a 2013 prospect, was offered by Michigan this past week. He’s a 6’5″, 265-pounder with offers from Florida State, Miami, Michigan State, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee, and many others.
Bloomfield (NJ) Bloomfield offensive tackle Marcell Lazard, a 2013 prospect, received a Michigan offer. He’s a 6’6″, 293 lb. lineman with offers from Miami, Virginia, West Virginia, and others.
Detroit (MI) Cass Tech cornerback Jourdan Lewis, a 2013 prospect, was offered by Michigan on Wednesday. Lewis is 5’11” and 170 lbs., skinny like seemingly every Cass Tech cornerback. Michigan seems to be the early favorite, and they have obviously developed a pipeline to Cass Tech (Terry Richardson, Royce Jenkins-Stone, William Campbell, Thomas Gordon, etc.). His only other offer is from Toledo.
Columbus (OH) Bishop Hartley tight end Jacob Matuska, a 2013 prospect, received a Michigan offer on Wednesday. He’s a 6’5″, 240-pounder with offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, North Carolina State, and Toledo.
Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison linebacker Mike McCray, a 2013 prospect, received an offer from Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 230 lb. kid who looks like a future SAM linebacker. He has also been offered by Boston College, Illinois, Kentucky, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee, and a few others.
NewLenox (IL) Lincoln-Way West offensive tackle Colin McGovern, a 2013 prospect, was offered by Michigan last Thursday. McGovern is a lanky 6’7″, 280 lb. kid with offers from Illinois, Northwestern, Tennessee, and Wisconsin
Ashburn (VA) Briar Woods linebacker Matt Rolin, a 2013 prospect, got an offer last week. He’s a 6’4″, 205-pounder who would likely be pegged to play SAM linebacker. He also holds offers from Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Washington, among others.
Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek defensive tackle Greg Webb, a 2013 prospect, was offered during Michigan’s blitz of New Jersey this past week. He’s a 6’2″, 290 lb. future nose tackle with a 335 lb. bench and a 635 lb. squat, both of which are pretty impressive for a kid who’s just a high school junior.
Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge wide receiver Rob Wheelwright, a 2013 prospect, got an offer from Michigan, too. Wheelwright is 6’1″, 174 lbs. and is the younger brother of Ernie Wheelwright, who played wide receiver for the Minnesota Gophers and now plays for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. Rob had 12 touchdowns as a junior, and he holds offers from Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Syracuse, and Wisconsin.
Louisville (KY) Trinity cornerback Ryan White, a 2013 prospect, picked up an offer from Michigan last week. The 5’10”, 178-pounder is the teammate of fellow Michigan targets James Quick and Jason Hatcher, a wide receiver and defensive end, respectively. While not quite as coveted as those teammates, White has also been offered by Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, and Louisville.
Dallas (TX) Bishop Dunne offensive guard Ishmael Wilson, a 2013 prospect, was offered by Michigan this past weekend. He’s a 6’5″, 275 lb. kid with offers from Cal, Nebraska, and Vanderbilt.
Voorhees (NJ) Eastern cornerback Eli Woodard picked up an offer for the class of 2013. He’s a 6’1″, 185 lb. kid whose skills indicate that he could stay at cornerback, despite being fairly tall for a corner. He’s a big-time recruit with offers from Alabama, Cal, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin, among others. The early returns suggest he’s leaning toward Ohio State.
OFF THE BOARD
Chicago (IL) Simeon offensive tackle Jordan Diamond committed to Auburn on Friday night. Diamond was considered to be a heavy Michigan lean last winter and spring, largely because his former high school teammate Chris Bryant is an offensive guard for the Wolverines. But the longer Diamond’s recruitment dragged out, the more murky it looked. It became pretty apparent at some point that this would not go Michigan’s way . . . it just wasn’t clear whether he would pick Arkansas or Auburn.
Celina (TX) Celina offensive tackle Jake Raulerson, a 2013 prospect, committed to Texas. While Michigan was recruiting him for offensive line, many other schools were recruiting him to play defensive end. That might not be a bad place for a 6’4″, 250-pounder.
Toledo (OH) Central Catholic safety Jayme Thompson, a 2013 prospect, committed to West Virginia. It’s somewhat unclear whether Thompson actually received an offer from the Wolverines. He reported to Michigan blog Tremendous that he did indeed receive a verbal offer from the Wolverines, but the other recruiting sites have refuted that notion. Either way, he’s currently inclined to become a Mountaineer, but he said early on that he would be a Wolverine if Michigan offered, so this one might be something to watch between now and signing day.