|Taylor Mays (#2) could have been a Michigan Wolverine|
Jamar Adams, S (Jr.)
Willis Barringer, S (5th)
Anton Campbell, S (Sr.)
Brandent Englemon, S (Sr.)
Leon Hall, CB (Sr.)
Brandon Harrison, S (So.)
Darnell Hood, CB (5th)
Ryan Mundy, S (Sr.)
Chris Richards, CB (So.)
Charles Stewart, CB (Jr.)
Morgan Trent, CB (Jr.)
High school: East High School in Columbus, IN
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #7 safety; Scout 4-star, #10 CB
Other notable offers: Illinois, Nebraska, Notre Dame
Scoop: Brown contributed immediately at safety and special teams, picking up 14 total tackles as a true freshman in 2006. In 2007 he started one game (Appalachian State) before being relegated to backup duty. He made 28 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 pass breakups on the year. Brown started all twelve games at free safety in 2008, posting 64 tackles, 1 sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, and 5 pass breakups. Despite those decent numbers, he was considered a liability and switched positions in 2009 to become more of an outside linebacker. He was named team captain and led the team in tackles with 80; he also had 1 sack, 8 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, and 4 pass breakups. Brown was drafted in the 7th round (#251) by the Oakland Raiders in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in fifteen games and made 25 tackles as a rookie. Cut before the 2011 season, he moved on to the Indianapolis Colts, where he has made 5 tackles so far this season.
High school: Tucker High School in Tucker, GA
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #9 CB; Scout 4-star, #22 CB
Other notable offers: Auburn, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame
Scoop: Allen played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2006, making 24 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. As an eleven-game starter in 2007, Allen had 64 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 5 pass breakups, and 1 fumble recovery. He held onto the starting job in 2008 and ended the year with 53 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 7 pass breakups. After his junior year, Allen entered the 2009 NFL Draft and was picked in the 3rd round (#86 overall) by the Minnesota Vikings. As a part-time starter through 27 games of his career, Allen has 95 tackles, 9 pass breakups, 4 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble.
Franchot “Boogie” Allen
High school: New Berlin Academy in New Berlin, NY
Ratings: Rivals 3-star safety; Scout 2-star safety
Other notable offers: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State
College: West Virginia
Scoop: Allen had a less than stellar career in Morgantown. He managed 2 tackles as a true freshman in 2006 and had 14 tackles and 1 interception in his sophomore season. As a junior in 2008, Allen had a career-high 49 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. But in his senior season of 2009, he fell off to 22 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. He went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft and his career appears to be finished.
High school: Destrehan High School in Destrehan, LA
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #12 CB; Scout 5-star, #1 CB
Other notable offers: Florida, Miami, Oklahoma, Tennessee, USC
Scoop: Eugene redshirted as a freshman in 2006. In 2007 he was a backup cornerback and made 8 tackles and 1 pass breakup. He started nine games in 2008, making 35 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 pass breakup. Eugene started just two games in 2009 and finished the season with 26 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 pass breakup. As a fifth year senior in 2010, he made 24 tackles and 1/2 a tackle for loss. Eugene finished his college career with 93 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 5 pass breakups, and 1 interception. He went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft and was not signed as an undrafted free agent.
High school: Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, FL
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #13 ATH; Scout 5-star, #3 safety
Other notable offers: Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, South Carolina, USC
Scoop: Hornsby redshirted as a true freshman in 2006. As a redshirt freshman in 2007, he played in 8 games, mostly on special teams, and notched 5 tackles and a blocked punt; the 5 games he missed were due to a suspension for selling his complementary tickets to Florida games. Prior to the 2008 season, Hornsby got in trouble for using the credit card of his teammate’s girlfriend. That sounds bad enough, but what’s worse is that both his teammate and that girlfriend died the previous day in a motorcycle accident. He played the 2008 season at East Mississippi Junior College and earned All-America status for the National Junior College Athletic Association, then signed with Mississippi as part of the 2009 recruiting class. However, further legal trouble caused him to be released from his scholarship to Mississippi, and he served 90 days in jail earlier this year.
High school: Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, GA
Ratings: Rivals 5-star, #1 safety; Scout 4-star, #13 safety
Other notable offers: Auburn, Florida, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma
College: Auburn, Florida, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma,
Scoop: Jones redshirted as a true freshman in 2006. When he began earning playing time in 2007, he started only two games but played in all thirteen. He finished as the team’s third leading tackler with 57 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, and 3 pass breakups. Jones increased that production to rank second on the team in tackles with 76, as well as notching 2.5 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions, 3 pass breakups, and 1 fumble recovery. He once again was the second best tackler in the team as a redshirt junior in 2009, making 73 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 7 pass breakups, and 1 forced fumble. Jones was selected in the 5th round (#163 overall) by the Miami Dolphins in the 2010 NFL Draft. As a rookie for the Dolphins in 2010, Jones made 21 tackles, 1 interception, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 pass breakup. He is currently their starting free safety.
High school: O’Dea High School in Seattle, WA
Ratings: Rivals 5-star, #2 ATH; Scout 5-star, #2 safety
Other notable offers: Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, Washington
Scoop: Mays took over the starting free safety job once the starter got injured in the opener, and Mays started the final twelve games of his 2006 freshman season. He finished that year with 62 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 3 pass breakups; for that production he was rewarded with Second Team All-American status. He started all thirteen games as a sophomore in 2007, finishing with 65 tackles, 1 interception, 6 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery; he was named a First Team All-American. Opposing teams avoided him even more in 2008, when Mays had 52 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 9 pass breakups; he was once again named a First Team All-American. Mays became even more of a force as a senior in 2009, tallying a whopping 96 tackles to go along with 1 interception, 7 pass breakups, and 1 fumble recovery; he was rewarded with a Second Team All-American team placement. Mays was taken in the 2nd round (#49 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. As a rookie he made 38 total tackles, 2 pass breakups, and 1 forced fumble. Mays was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals in August 2011 and has 1 total tackle so far this season.
High school: Wilson High School in Camden, NJ
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #2 safety; Scout 5-star, #5 safety
Other notable offers: Oklahoma
Scoop: Perez attend USC as a freshman and played in seven games, finishing with 3 tackles. He transferred to Maryland after the season and sat out the 2007 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules. In 2008 he started two games at safety and finished with 24 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. He was once again a key backup in 2009, when he made 45 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble, and 2 pass breakups. Perez became a full-time starter in 2010 and ended the season with 74 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 8 pass breakups, and 3 interceptions. He went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft.
High school: The Hun School in Princeton, NJ
Ratings: Rivals 5-star, #1 ATH; Scout 5-star, #1 safety
Other notable offers: Florida, Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas
College: Florida State
Scoop: Rolle started ten games as a true freshman in Tallahassee and earned Freshman All-American and ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors; he finished the 2006 season with 77 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 5 pass breakups, and 1 interception. In 2007 he had 67 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, and 3 pass breakups. As a junior he ended the season with 62 tackles, 1/2 a tackle for loss, and 5 pass breakups. Rolle earned a Rhodes scholarship and spent the 2009 season studying abroad. He returned to the United States afterward and was selected in the 6th round (#207 overall) by the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 NFL Draft. He did not play in a game during the 2010 season and was cut by the Titans prior to the beginning of 2011.
High school: Milford Academy in New Berlin, NY
Ratings: Rivals 4-star CB; Scout 3-star, #44 CB
Other notable offers: Florida, Maryland, Syracuse
College: Michigan State
Scoop: Tinney ran into problems almost as soon as he arrived on campus at Michigan State in 2006. By the time the season rolled around, he had been kicked off the team for undisclosed reasons. As far as I know, he never surfaced elsewhere and his football career ended.
High school: Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, PA
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #3 CB; Scout 4-star, #7 CB
Other notable offers: Florida, Penn State, West Virginia
College: Notre Dame
Scoop: Walls played in eight games as a true freshman in 2006, picking up 4 total tackles and returning 5 kickoffs for 84 yards. He earned the starting cornerback job in 2007 and finished with 32 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 9 pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles. Walls missed the 2008 season due to personal reasons but returned to the team in 2009, when he was a part-time starter and ended the season with 27 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, and 6 pass breakups. He was a starter once again as a redshirt senior in 2010, having a career-best season with 41 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 4 pass breakups, and 1 fumble recovery. Walls went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft but signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent, where he has yet to record any statistics.
Biggest miss: Taylor Mays. Michigan was in Mays’s final four (along with Cal, Washington, and USC) and received a visit a couple weeks before he made his decision. Mays turned into a four-year starter and All-American at free safety during a time when the Wolverines really could have used a solid free safety. He hasn’t had a great pro career so far, but none of Michigan’s offerees have made much of an impact on the NFL yet.
Biggest bust: Jamar Hornsby. Hornsby barely played at all in college before doings lots of stupid, illegal stuff. He was a 5-star safety to Scout and matched his star rating with 5 career tackles.
Best in class: Vontae Davis, I guess. Davis went to Illinois and was the 1st round pick (#25 overall) by the Miami Dolphins. In 2+ seasons for the Dolphins, he has 125 tackles, 5 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and 23 passes defensed. In three years at Illinois, he had 211 tackles, 7 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles.