Recruiting Update: January 4, 2016

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4Jan 2016
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Recruiting Update: January 4, 2016

Michigan RB Kareem Walker (#6)

THOUGHTS ON UNDER ARMOUR ALL-AMERICA GAME
Hartland (WI) Arrowhead offensive lineman Ben Bredeson played right tackle, even though he said he would begin his Michigan career at left guard. Bredeson was mentioned throughout the week as one of the more impressive linemen during practices, and he did a good job for Team Highlight, who won the game in a 27-0 blowout. Team Highlight had the more impressive running game, and they protected the quarterback better than team Armour. Bredeson was able to get to the second level, and he did not look out of place among the nation’s elite players. I think this week was confirmation of his ranking.

Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan linebacker Devin Bush, Jr. didn’t get quite the same hype as Bredeson throughout the week, but he was mentioned multiple times for his physicality. I didn’t count snaps, but Bush did not seem to play as much as some other guys. That’s probably a fair allotment of playing time. I think Bush is a good linebacker prospect, but he’s not the type of athlete who outshines a lot of people at these types of events. He’s a guy who needs to get in the weight room and learn a system before he can really be effective, in my opinion.

Wayne (NJ) DePaul Catholic running back Kareem Walker had a bit of a rough week. Rivals’s Mike Farrell didn’t really mince words when he said that Walker did not look like the #1 running back or the #41 prospect in the country, which…like…duh. I’m not sure how he got that ranking in the first place. That being said, Walker earned the start for the Armour team that included Miles Sanders (Penn State), so he must have done a few things right. One criticism as a senior was Walker’s indecision, and I saw more of that when he got the ball in space, as opposed to when he was running up the middle. It’s tough to gauge players in this type of situation, especially running backs behind a porous offensive line. However, I think I saw confirmation of what I have said previously, that Walker’s not the best back in the class. Sanders is more explosive, Devway Whaley (Arkansas) is more powerful, and B.J. Emmons (Alabama) is more elusive. I still think Walker is a welcome addition to a class and a team that needs help at the running back position.

Hit the jump for several players who committed elsewhere and some random tidbits.

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2Jan 2015
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2015 Under Armour All-American Game Rosters

Saginaw (MI) Heritage wide receiver Brian Cole will be Michigan’s only commit in the UA All-American Game

ESPN chose the teams for the 2015 Under Armour All-American Game (LINK). It will be played on January 2, 2015, in St. Petersburg, FL and aired on ESPN at 4:00 p.m. Included in the game will be one current Michigan commit,  four guys who decommitted from Michigan, and a lot of Michigan offerees.

TEAM HIGHLIGHT (WHITE)
Blake Barnett – QB – Texas (Alabama)
Deondre Francois – QB – Florida (Florida State)
Jarrett Stidham – QB – Texas (Texas Tech)
Damien Harris – RB – Kentucky*
Ronald Jones II – RB – Texas
Ray-Ray McCloud III – RB – Florida (Clemson)
George Campbell – WR – Florida (Florida State)*
Brian Cole – WR – Michigan (Michigan)
Hale Hentges – TE – Missouri (Alabama)
Abdul Bello – OL – Florida (Florida State)
Christian Pellage – OL – Florida (South Carolina)
Drew Richmond – OL – Tennessee (Ole Miss)
Keenan Walker – OL – Arizona (Arizona)
Clelin Ferrell – DE – Virginia (Clemson)
Terry Beckner, Jr. – DT – Illinois
Tim Settle – DT – Virginia
Malik Jefferson – LB – Texas (Texas)
Anthony Wheeler – LB – Texas
Shaun Crawford – CB – Ohio (Notre Dame)*
Iman Marshall – CB – California
Kendall Sheffield – CB – Texas

TEAM ARMOUR (BLACK)
Josh Rosen – QB – California (UCLA)**
Soso Jamabo – RB – Texas
Jacques Patrick – RB – Florida (Florida State)
Tyron Johnson – WR – Louisiana
Christian Kirk – WR – Arizona (Texas A&M)
DaMarkus Lodge – WR – Texas
Preston Williams – WR – Georgia (Tennessee)
Chris Clark – TE – Connecticut*
Ryan Bates – OL – Pennsylvania (Penn State)
Sterling Jenkins – OL – Pennsylvania (Penn State)
Tyler Jordan – OL – Florida (Florida)
Jalen Dalton – DE – North Carolina (North Carolina)
Josh Sweat – DE – Virginia (Florida State)**
Shy Tuttle – DT – North Carolina (Tennessee)
Jeffery Holland – LB – Florida
Joshua McMillon – LB – Tennessee (Alabama)
Adonis Thomas – LB – Georgia (Alabama)
Minkah Fitzpatrick – CB – New Jersey (Alabama)
Kevin Toliver II – CB – Florida (LSU)
Rashad Roundtree – S – Georgia (Georgia)

*Decommitted from Michigan
**Will not play due to injury