Visitors: December 14

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15Dec 2012
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Visitors: December 14

2014 defensive end Lawrence Marshall
(image via 247 Sports)

I was asked for a list of prospects who are planning to visit on the huge recruiting weekend of December 14.  This is when most of the 2013 class is planning to take their official visits.

2013
Marcus Ball – LB – Westerville (OH) South:
 Ball is a 6’3″, 205 lb. prospect who is committed to Wisconsin.  He also holds offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, and West Virginia, among others.  He has only been committed to Wisconsin since late November, so the bond with the rest of the Wisconsin class likely isn’t extremely strong.  As a junior in 2011, he had 1,300 yards passing, 500 yards rushing, and 7 interceptions on defense.  His brother Ray is an offensive tackle who was offered by Michigan in the 2011 class but now plays at Wisconsin.  Michigan hadn’t offered Marcus prior to the visit, but they could while he’s in town.  They are recruiting him for the SAM linebacker position. UPDATE: Ball claims to have been offered by Michigan. (Highlights.)

Kyle Bosch – OG – Wheaton (IL) St. Francis: Bosch committed to Michigan in February.

Jake Butt – TE – Pickerington (OH) North: Butt committed to Michigan in February.

Taco Charlton – DE – Pickerington (OH) Central: Charlton committed to Michigan in February.


Gareon Conley – CB – Massillon (OH) Washington: Conley decommitted from Michigan shortly after Thanksgiving.

David Dawson – OG – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Dawson decommitted from Michigan in mid-October.

Ross Douglas – CB – Avon (OH) Avon: Douglas committed to Michigan in July.


Jaron Dukes – WR – Columbus (OH) Marion-Franklin: Dukes committed to Michigan in February.

Ben Gedeon – LB – Hudson (OH) Hudson: Here’s a look at how Gideon’s senior season progressed.  He appears to be headed for WILL linebacker at Michigan.

Delano Hill – S – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Hill was offered this past week and is the teammate of several Michigan players, along with 2013 commit Jourdan Lewis.  He’s a 6’1″, 198 lb. prospect who could play safety or boundary corner.  He is currently committed to Iowa.

Khalid Hill – TE – Detroit (MI) East English Village: Hill committed to Michigan in February.

Cameron Hunt – OG – Corona (CA) Centennial: I wrote up a scouting report on Hunt recently. UPDATE: Hunt will be playing in the state championship game next weekend, so he’ll visit in January instead.

Maurice Hurst, Jr. – DT – Westwood (MA) Xaverian Brothers: Hurst committed to Michigan in June.

Kenny Lacy – OT – Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe: I wrote up a scouting report on Lacy recently.  UPDATE: Lacy has rescheduled his visit for January 18.

Jourdan Lewis – CB – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Lewis committed to Michigan in February.

Mike McCray II – LB – Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison: McCray committed to Michigan in March.

Shane Morris – QB – Warren (MI) De La Salle: Morris committed to Michigan all the way back in May 2011.


Henry Poggi – DT – Baltimore (MD) Gilman: Poggi committed to Michigan in June.

Dan Samuelson – OG – Plymouth (IN) Plymouth: Samuelson is a 6’5″, 290 lb. guard who’s committed to Nebraska.  He also has offers from Illinois, Minnesota, and Pitt.

Wyatt Shallman – RB – Novi (MI) Catholic Central: Shallman committed to Michigan in February.

Dan Skipper – OT – Arvada (CO) Ralston Valley: Skipper is a 6’10”, 295 lb. tackle who’s currently committed to Tennessee.  He has been offered by Michigan, along with Arizona State, Colorado, Missouri, Ole Miss, and several others. (Highlights.)

DeVeon Smith – RB – Warren (OH) Howland: Smith committed to Michigan in March.


Dymonte Thomas – S – Alliance (OH) Marlington: Here’s a look at how Thomas’s senior season progressed.


Logan Tuley-Tillman – OT – Peoria (IL) Manual: Here are some highlights of Tuley-Tillman’s senior season.


Csont’e York – WR – Harper Woods (MI) Chandler Park: York committed to Michigan in May.


2014
Lawrence Marshall – DE – Southfield (MI) Southfield:
 Marshall is a 6’4″, 210 lb. prospect who received a Michigan offer in recent weeks. UPDATE: Marshall did not come. (Highlights.)

Malik McDowell – DE – Detroit (MI) Loyola: McDowell is a 6’6″, 292 lb. prospect with offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, and several others. (Highlights.)

17Nov 2012
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Iowa

Dymonte Thomas

2013
Reon Dawson – CB – Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison: Dawson is a 6’2″, 175 lb. prospect who is committed to Illinois.  The teammate of Michigan commit Mike McCray, Dawson also holds offers from Arizona, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Pitt, Purdue, Virginia, and West Virginia.  (Highlights.)

Da’Mario Jones – WR – Westland (MI) John Glenn: Jones committed to Michigan at the end of October.

Mike McCray II – LB – Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison: McCray committed to Michigan in March.  Here’s how his senior season is going.

Shane Morris – QB – Warren (MI) De La Salle: Morris is Michigan’s premier recruit for the 2013 class.  Here’s a look at how his senior season went.

Channing Stribling – CB – Matthews (NC) Butler: This is his official visit.  Here’s a look at how Stribling’s senior season is unfolding.

Scott Sypniewski – LS – Ottawa (IL) Marquette: Sypniewski is a long snapper, which is really neat.

Dymonte Thomas – S – Alliance (OH) Marlington: Thomas committed to Michigan.  Here’s a look at how his senior season went.

Logan Tuley-Tillman – OT – Peoria (IL) Manual: Tuley-Tillman committed to Michigan in February.  Here’s a look at his senior highlights.

Csont’e York – WR – Highland Park (MI) Chandler Park: York committed to Michigan back in May.

2014
Brian Allen – C – Hinsdale (IL) Central: Allen is a 6’2″, 275 lb. center prospect.  He has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue, and Wisconsin.  (Highlights.)

Alex Bookser – OT – Pittsburgh (PA) Mt. Lebanon Shores: Bookser is a 6’5″, 295 lb. prospect with no offers at this time.

Avery Edwards – TE – Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft: Edwards is a 6’5″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest. As a sophomore in 2011, he had 45 receptions for 659 yards (14.6 yards/catch) and 10 touchdowns; his junior produced 40 receptions for 490 yards (10.3 yards/catch) and 4 touchdowns.  He’s not the most athletic tight end out there, and I think Michigan might have some better options, but he could be a guy they pursue down the road. (Highlights.)

Matt Hammerstein – OT – Uniontown (OH) Lake: I don’t know much about Hammerstein, but my assumption is that he’s the son of former Michigan defensive tackle Mike Hammerstein.

Joe Henderson – DE – Cleveland (OH) Shaker Heights: Henderson is a 6’4″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Minnesota, and Pitt.  Some people think he could play outside linebacker, but he looks like a weakside end to me.  He uses his hands well and has pretty good athleticism.  He had previously been listed with a Michigan offer, although recent information suggests he was not verbally offered by the Wolverines; however, I would not be surprised if he is offered soon. (Highlights.)

Darryl Long – TE – Westerville (OH) South: Long is a 6’4″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Illinois, Ohio, and Pitt. (Highlights.)

Evan Mallory – OG – Brownsburg (IN) Brownsburg: Mallory is a 6’4″, 285 lb. prospect with no offers at this time.

Kyle Rachwal – TE – Lapeer (MI) East: Rachwal is a 6’3″, 225-pounder with no offers at this point.  This is his fifth or sixth visit to Michigan this season, so I would bet that he would jump on a Michigan offer if he were lucky enough to get one.

Gelen Robinson – DE – St. John (IN) Lake Central: Robinson is a 6’1″, 230 lb. defensive end with no offers at this point.  As a junior this season, he had 95 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries.  Robinson is the younger brother of Michigan freshman basketball player Glenn Robinson III and, therefore, the son of former Purdue and NBA star Glenn Robinson. (Highlights.)

Vic Roe – DT – Carmel (IN) Carmel: Roe is a 6’3″, 255-pounder without any offers at this point.  I do not think Roe is a Michigan-caliber player. (Highlights.)

Shelby Spence – QB – Chicago (IL) De La Salle: Spence is a 6’1″, 193 lb. dual-threat quarterback with no offers at this time.  He’s the teammate of 2014 offensive guard offeree Jamarco Jones.  Spence does not appear to be a high level FBS prospect. (Highlights.)

Darius West – CB – Lima (OH) Central Catholic: West is a 5’11”, 189 lb. cornerback with offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, and Purdue, along with some MAC schools.  As a sophomore in 2011, he had 69 tackles, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble.  If Michigan were to offer him, I think it would be as a slot corner prospect; however, he does not appear to be a player who will be offered by Michigan anytime soon, despite recently being named to the Rivals 250.

2015
John Kelly – S – Oak Park (MI) Oak Park:
 Kelly is a 5’11”, 180-pounder without any offers at this time, but the buzz suggests that he’ll be a decent recruit in the not-too-distant future.

11Nov 2012
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Northwestern

Leon McQuay III is the highest touted uncommitted prospect
headed to town this weekend

Adam Bertke – QB – Marion (OH) Local: Bertke is a 6’5″, 190 lb. prospect for 2014.  He threw for about 2,300 yards and 25 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011.  He has no offers at this time.

Jacob Betschel – TE/LB – Jackson (OH) Jackson: Betschel is a 6’4″, 230 lb. kid from the class of 2014.  He has no offers at this point.  As a sophomore in 2011, he had 33 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, and 3 fumble recoveries. (Highlights.)

Ian Bunting – TE – Hinsdale (IL) Central: Bunting is a 6’7″, 215 lb. tight end prospect from the class of 2014.  He has good speed and obviously a large frame, and he could be a U-back prospect in the same vein as freshman Devin Funchess.  He has a lone offer from Purdue. (Highlights.)

Daniel Cage – DT – Cincinnati (OH) Winton Woods: Cage is a 6’3″, 265 lb. defensive tackle from the class of 2014.  He has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, and Tennessee, and he attends the alma mater of redshirt freshman linebacker Antonio Poole. (Highlights.)

Jamitreus Crockham – RB – Fishers (IN) Hamilton Southeastern: Crockham is a 6’2″, 205 lb. back from the class of 2014.  As a sophomore in 2011, he had 131 carries for 1,009 yards and 16 touchdowns.  His lone offer comes from Toledo. (Highlights.)

Cario Davison – S – Galion (OH) Galion: Davison is a 6’2″, 190 lb. safety from the 2015 class.  He is teammates with Dareian Watkins, a junior prospect who could very well be on his way to an offer.

Garrett Dickerson – TE – Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic: Dickerson is a 6’4″, 240 lb. tight end from the class of 2014 who holds offers from Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pitt, Stanford, and several others.


Logan Dziak – DT – Delaware (OH) Buckeye Valley: Dziak is a 6’3″, 275 lb. defensive tackle from the class of 2014.  He has no offers at this point, and does not appear to be a Michigan-caliber athlete. (Highlights.)


Andrew Ford – QB – Camp Hill (PA) Cedar Cliff: Ford is a 6’3″, 190 lb. signal caller from the class of 2014.  He has no offers at this point, but he has visited Michigan previously and is the teammate of 2013 tight end Adam Breneman, who was offered by Michigan but committed to Penn State.  As a sophomore in 2011, Ford had 1,362 yards passing, 12 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and completed 67.3% of his passes.  (Highlights.)

Bruce Hall – OT – Leslie (MI) Leslie: Hall is a 6’5″, 255 lb. offensive lineman with a preferred walk-on offer. (Highlights.)

Nathan Hall – S – Sylvania (OH) Southview: Hall is a 6’3″, 200 lb. prospect for 2014 with offers from Bowling Green and Toledo.  He’s the former teammate of freshman safety Allen Gant. (Highlights.)

Jaleel Hytchye – CB – Cincinnati (OH) La Salle: Hytchye is a 5’11”, 170 lb. cornerback with offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Penn State, Pitt, and several others.  He’s the teammate of 2014 wide receiver Derek Kief, who may (or may not) be offered by Michigan.

Jake Johnson – QB – DeWitt (MI) DeWitt: Johnson is a 6’2″, 170 lb. prospect for 2015.  He grew up as a Michigan fan and visited back in April, too, so he could be an in-state prospect to watch down the road.

Da’Mario Jones – WR – Westland (MI) John Glenn: Jones committed to Michigan last week.

John Kelly – S – Oak Park (MI) Oak Park: Kelly is a 5’11”, 180 lb. prospect for 2015.  He has no offers at this time.

Derek Kief – WR – Cincinnati (OH) La Salle: Kief is a 6’5″, 185 lb. receiver with offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, and Northwestern.  As of a couple weeks ago, he had 856 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns in his junior campaign.  Kief has visited Michigan previously and really seems to be angling for an offer, but he hasn’t received one yet. (Highlights.)

Josh Krok – OT – Warren (OH) Harding: Krok is a 6’8″, 310 lb. tackle for the class of 2014.  He does not have any scholarship offers at this point, and he looks more like a preferred walk-on type of recruit. (Highlights.)

Jared McCray – OG – Minford (OH) Minford: McCray is a 6’4″, 305 lb. guard from the class of 2014.  He has offers from Akron and Kent State, but I don’t think he’s a Michigan-caliber lineman. (Highlights.)

Leon McQuay III – S – Seffner (FL) Armwood: McQuay is a 6’2″, 185 lb. safety/big corner with offers from just about every powerhouse program in the country.  Florida State, Michigan, USC, and Vanderbilt have been mentioned as possibilities recently, with FSU receiving an uptick in optimism lately.  As a junior in 2011, he had 66 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 12 pass breakups.  Here’s a scouting report I wrote up on him from July.

Bryan Mone – DT – Salt Lake City (UT) Highland: Mone is a 6’4″, 315 lb. tackle for the class of 2014. He put on a bunch of weight between his sophomore and junior seasons, getting up above 300 after being about 260 last year.  Mone was the first class of 2014 prospect to have been offered by the Wolverines, and he’s the former teammate of freshman fullback Sione Houma.  As a sophomore in 2011, he had 39 tackles and 3 sacks. (Highlights.)

Brent Morris – WR – Warren (MI) De La Salle: Morris is Shane’s class of 2014 brother.  He has no offers at this time, and I would not expect him to receive a Michigan offer.

Shane Morris – QB – Warren (MI) De La Salle: Morris committed to Michigan last year. Here are his junior highlights.

Kyle Rachwal – TE – Lapeer (MI) East: Rachwal has visited Michigan several times periously.  He’s a 6’3″, 225 lb. tight end for the class of 2014.  He has no offers at this time. (Junior highlights.)

Travis Smith – QB – Ithaca (MI) Ithaca: Smith is a 6’2″, 200 lb. prospect for 2014.  As a sophomore in 2011, he had 2,378 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions; he also ran for 969 yards and 25 touchdowns.  He has no offers at this time, but he looks like a kid who will be getting some attention from the MAC schools, if not the higher levels. (Highlights.)

Scott Sypniewski – LS – Ottawa (IL) Marquette: Sypniewski committed to Michigan back in June.

Logan Tuley-Tillman – OT – Peoria (IL) Manual: Tuley-Tillman committed to Michigan back in February.  Here’s a look at highlights from his senior season.

Jared Wangler – S – Warren (MI) De La Salle: Wangler is the son of former Michigan quarterback John Wangler.  He might be a future walk-on player at Michigan, but he likely doesn’t have the talent to be offered a scholarship.

Dareian Watkins – WR – Galion (OH) Galion: Watkins is a 6’2″, 192 lb. wide receiver prospect from the 2014 class.  He has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Northwestern, and Purdue, among others.  As a sophomore playing quarterback in 2011, he had 100 carries for 559 yards and 10 touchdowns, along with 1,256 yards passing, 16 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.  Watkins isn’t a real blazer, but he is a decent runner after the catch and is solidly built; he looks like a guy who could come in and play in the slot for Al Borges.

Parrker Westphal – CB – Bolingbrook (IL) Bolingbrook: Westphal is a 6’0″, 180 lb. prospect for the class of 2014.  He has offers from Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and several others.  As a sophomore in 2011, he had 56 tackles, 20 pass breakups, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries.  He’s a solidly built corner with decent speed, and it sounds like the coaches want him to play boundary corner and/or slot corner.  Michigan reportedly set the tone for his visit experiences and is generally considered to be his leader.  Former Michigan cornerback Todd Howard is his position coach at Bolingbrook. (Highlights.)

Csont’e York – WR – Harper Woods (MI) Chandler Park: York committed to Michigan back in May.

13Oct 2012
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Illinois

Jalen Watts-Jackson

Mike Barwick – DT – Cincinnati (OH) Summit Country Day: Barwick is a 6’3″, 275 lb. defensive tackle prospect.  He just has one offer (Western Michigan), and he looks like a low level BCS prospect.  He’s decently athletic, but he doesn’t use his hands well to shed blockers and isn’t explosive off the ball.  As a sophomore in 2011, he had 68 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovery.  I would be surprised if Michigan offered him anytime soon. (Highlights.)

Kei Beckham – CB – Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison: Beckham is a 5’11”, 170 lb. athlete from the class of 2015. He’s the teammate of 2013 Michigan linebacker commit Michael McCray II.  (Highlights.)

Jaylon Brown – RB – St. Clairsville (OH) St. Clairsville: Brown is a 5’8″, 160 lb. running back in the class of 2014.  He’s a small, quick back who might be a third down option, but probably won’t receive much of a look if he doesn’t add some size.  Brown is the teammate of 2014 commit Michigan Ferns III. (Highlights.)

David Cornwell – QB – Jones (OK) Jones: Cornwell is a 6’5″, 215 lb. signal caller in the 2014 class with offers from Auburn and Indiana.  He reminds me a little bit of former Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell.  Cornwell isn’t a great athlete but has a little bit of ability to scramble; as a passer, he has a good arm and decent mechanics, but he’s got some accuracy issues.  Michigan is still looking to offer their first quarterback in the 2014 class, and Cornwell could grab an offer at some point.  He’s not an elite quarterback, but might be a decent player to follow one class after Shane Morris. (Highlights.)

David Dawson – OG – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Dawson committed to Michigan in February.

Nathaniel Devers – OG – Massillon (OH) Washington: Devers is a 6’3″, 265 lb. offensive guard prospect from the class of 2014 with a lone offer from Toledo.  He has visited and camped at Michigan before, and he could be in line for an offer down the road, but I don’t see him as an elite prospect. (Highlights.)

Michael Ferns III – LB – St. Clairsville (OH) St. Clairsville: Ferns committed to Michigan in August.

Ramroth Finnegan – QB – Columbus (OH) Whetstone: Finnegan is a 6’3″, 205 lb. quarterback prospect from the class of 2014.  He doesn’t have any offers at this point, and he doesn’t appear to have a big-time arm or be an elite athlete.  I would not expect an offer from the Wolverines to come for Finnegan. (Highlights.)

Brandon Fritts – TE – Mentor (OH) Mentor: Fritts is a 6’4″, 210 lb. high school receiver who looks like he’ll grow into a tight end in college.  He’s somewhat reminiscent of current Michigan freshman Devin Funchess.  As a sophomore in 2011, Fritts had 50 receptions for 800 yards and 9 touchdowns; in Mentor’s first six games this season, he had 400 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns.  His former teammate is current Michigan freshman defensive end Tom Strobel. (Highlights.)

Connor Hayes – OG – Traverse City (MI) West: Hayes is a 6’4″, 280 lb. offensive guard prospect from Traverse City.  He’s a 2014 prospect who already has offers from Central Michigan and Indiana.  He camped at Michigan this summer.  He appears to be more of a drive blocker than an all-around lineman, and could use some more work on his pass blocking.  He could be a backup option in the recruiting process, but he has the potential to grow into a legitimate BCS prospect. (Highlights.)

Khalid Hill – TE – Detroit (MI) East English Village: Hill committed to Michigan in February.

Da’mario Jones – WR – Westland (MI) John Glenn: Jones is a 6’2″, 185 lb. wideout who is committed to Central Michigan.  He also has offers from Bowling Green and Toledo.  Jones transferred to John Glenn this offseason after playing in New Jersey previously.  Michigan is still pursuing Crete (IL) Crete-Monee wide receiver LaQuon Treadwell, but Jones looks like a guy who could garner a late offer if things with Treadwell go south. (Highlights.)

Jamarco Jones – OG – Chicago (IL) De La Salle: Jones is a 6’5″, 285 lb. offensive guard prospect with offers from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and a few others.  While some sites list him as an offensive tackle, he reminds of class of 2011 recruit Chris Bryant, who has been playing guard at Michigan.

Marcelys Jones – OG – Cleveland (OH) Glenville: Jones is a 6’4″, 325 lb. offensive guard prospect.  He plays offensive tackle for Glenville, a school that has sent Frank Clark and Willie Henry to Michigan in recent years; however, he’s not a very technical player, and is more just a huge body.  He can push people around, but he’s not a guy who should be blocking elite edge rushers.  Jones already holds offers from Indiana and Ohio State.

Tyler Jones – DE – Albertville (AL) Albertville: Jones is a 6’5″, 270 lb. strongside end/defensive tackle prospect for the class of 2014.  He looks more like a defensive tackle to me, and I’m not sure he’s a Michigan-level prospect.  He has no offers at this point. (Highlights.)

Jake Khoury – DT – Traverse City (MI) St. Francis: Khoury is a 6’3″, 270 lb. defensive tackle from the 2014 class.  He’s the cousin of former Michigan center Rocko Khoury.  Jake camped at Michigan over the summer and doesn’t have any offers at this point; I do not foresee one coming from the Wolverines in the near future.  He’s a decent athlete, but he doesn’t deal well with blockers and appears to struggle with fulfilling his assignments. (Highlights.)

Tyree Kinnel – CB – Huber Heights (OH) Wayne: Kinnel is a 5’11”, 170 lb. cornerback from the class of 2015.  He attends the same school as former Michigan players Terry and Terrence Talbott, who have left the program due to injury and discipline, respectively. (Highlights.)

DeShone Kizer – QB – Toledo (OH) Central Catholic: Kizer is a 6’4″, 205 lb. dual-threat quarterback from the 2014 class.  So far he has netted offers from Boston College, Illinois, Louisville, and Nebraska, along with a few others.  He camped at Michigan, but the Wolverines have had several chances to offer and haven’t done so.  That leads me to believe that Kizer won’t be offered by Michigan, at least not very early in the process. (Highlights.)

Chase Lash – OT – Massillon (OH) Washington: Lash is a 6’5″, 287 lb. prospect for the class of 2014.  At this point he has no FBS offers.  His favorite school is Ohio State, so if both the Buckeyes and Wolverines come calling, he’ll probably be headed to Columbus.

Jourdan Lewis – CB – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Lewis committed to Michigan back in February.

Lawrence Marshall – DE – Southfield (MI) Southfield: Marshall is a 6’4″, 215 lb. defensive end from the class of 2014.  He has offers from Bowling Green and San Diego State.  Through seven games of his junior season, he has 35 tackles and 6 sacks.  He looks to me like a guy who could start off his career as a weakside end grow into playing the strongside spot. (Highlights.)

Mike McCray II – LB – Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison: McCray committed to Michigan in March.

Shane Morris – QB – Warren (MI) De La Salle: Morris committed to Michigan last year.  Here’s a look at how his senior season is going.

Kyle Rachwal – TE – Lapeer (MI) East: Rachwal is a 6’3″, 215 lb. tight end/linebacker with no offers at this point.  He also visited for the UMass game a few weeks ago.Rachwal has some abilities on both sides of the ball, but I’m not sure that he’s a Michigan-caliber tight end or linebacker.  He’s the type of player who can probably get a scholarship to a MAC team or even somewhere like Indiana, but he’s just not on the same level as Jake Butt, Devin Funchess, James Ross, etc.  He also comes from the alma mater of former Wolverine Jake Long. (Highlights.)

Gelen Robinson – DE – St. John (IN) Lake Central: Robinson is a 6’1″, 230 lb. defensive end/outside linebacker in the class of 2014.  He is the son of former Purdue and NBA basketball star Glenn Robinson, and his brother is Michigan basketball player Glenn Robinson III.  Gelen might be a little bit short to play defensive end in college, but he could be a SAM linebacker.  He has been having a productive junior season and could very well hit a growth spurt, so Michigan will likely keep their eye on how he develops. (Highlights.)

Jeff Rotheram – OT – North Olmsted (OH) North Olmsted: Rotheram is a 6’6″, 290 lb. offensive tackle from the class of 2014.

Chance Sorrell – TE – Middletown (OH) Middletown: Sorrell is a 6’6″, 225 lb. tight end from the class of 2014.  He does not have any offers at this point, and he looks like a pure blocking tight end.

Dymonte Thomas – S – Alliance (OH) Marlington: Thomas committed last year and is having an excellent senior season.

Jordan Van Dort – OG – Zeeland (MI) West: Van Dort is a 6’5″, 280 lb. offensive line prospect from the class of 2014.  He doesn’t have any offers at this point, and he played tight end as a sophomore; however, it seems pretty clear that he’ll end up playing an interior line position in college.  He doesn’t have any offers at this point, but athletic linemen like him won’t go unnoticed.  I don’t think he’s an elite line prospect on par with the guys Michigan netted in the class of 2013, but he’s still a BCS-level prospect, in my opinion. (Highlights.)

Denzel Ward – OT – Chicago (IL) Hales Franciscan:Ward is a 6’9″, 285 lb. offensive tackle prospect with a lone offer from Purdue.  Ward trains with the Core 6 group of athletes, which includes Jamarco Jones and Joliet (IL) Plainfield South LB Clifton Garrett.

Jalen Watts-Jackson – WR/CB – Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s: Watts-Jackson is a 6’0″, 172 lb. wide receiver or cornerback from the 2014 class.  He has no offers at this point, but they should be on their way.  He looks to me like more of a cornerback prospect.  I don’t see him having the run-after-catch abilities to play wide receiver at the next level, but he’s very thin and some added weight could change that perception a little bit.  Watts-Jackson is the former teammate of freshman Michigan linebacker James Ross. (Highlights.)

Jake Whitley – OG – North Augusta (SC) North Augusta: Whitley is a 6’4″, 300 lb. high school offensive tackle from the class of 2014.  While he has the size to play big-time college football, he looks a little stiff to be a legitimate Michigan prospect. (Highlights.)

Mikale Wilbon – RB – Chicago (IL) De La Salle: Wilbon is a 5’9″, 190 lb. running back prospect from the class of 2014.  He already has offers from Iowa and Purdue.  Wilbon is the teammate of Michigan offeree Jamarco Jones, and while he’s not a blazer or particularly big, Wilbon is a little bit shifty and a fairly powerful runner.  He does a good job of getting north-and-south, and I could see Michigan pursuing him down the road. (Highlights.)

Csont’e York – WR – Harper Woods (MI) Chandler Park Academy: York committed to Michigan back in May.

15Sep 2012
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Visitors: Michigan vs. UMass

Malik McDowell

Pickerington (OH) North TE Jake Butt: Butt committed to Michigan back in February.

Avon (OH) Avon CB Ross Douglas: Douglas committed to Michigan in July.

Columbus (OH) Marion-Franklin WR Jaron Dukes: Dukes committed to Michigan back in February.

Detroit (MI) East English Village TE Khalid Hill: Hill committed to Michigan back in February.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech RB/LB Gary Hosey: Hosey is a 6’0″, 215 lb. athlete from the 2014 class.  He might be physical enough to play fullback, but he does not have the speed to be an FBS tailback.

Westland (MI) John Glenn WR Da’Mario Jones: Jones is a 6’2″, 185 lb. wideout who committed to Central Michigan over offers from BGSU and Toledo.  He transferred to John Glenn from Montgomery (NJ) Montgomery.  With LaQuon Treadwell delaying his decision longer and longer – and Michigan appearing to fall back to the pack with him – Michigan might need to offer more receivers in the near future, so Jones might be a guy watch. (Highlights.)

Maitland (FL) Orangewood Christian FB/LB Jimmy Martin: Martin is a 5’11”, 205 lb. prospect from the class of 2015.  He claims a 4.62 forty (but was timed at 4.84 at a national combine) and had 111 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries as a freshman in 2011.  Keep in mind that Orangewood is a small Christian school that doesn’t play the best competition.  However, he was named to the Maxpreps Freshman All-American Second Team.  His head coach was previously the head coach at Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips and Orlando (FL) Edgewater, the latter of which sent wide receiver Greg Mathews and linebacker Mike Jones to Michigan. (Freshman highlights.)

Detroit (MI) Loyola DE Malik McDowell: McDowell is a 2014 prospect with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford, and Wisconsin, among others.  He has been considered to be a heavy Michigan lean, but he’s also interested in Michigan State and Ohio State.  He is expected to visit MSU for their game against Notre Dame after he visits Ann Arbor in the afternoon.  McDowell stands 6’6″ and weighs 292 lbs., and I think he’ll eventually end up at defensive tackle rather than end.

Plantation (FL) American Heritage RB Sony Michel: A 2014 prospect, he already has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, and Notre Dame.  His older brother Marken is the leading receiver for UMass, which is likely the biggest reason for visiting Michigan.  The younger Michel is coming off an ACL tear he suffered during his sophomore year.

Detroit (MI) Southwestern RB Romello Ross: Ross is a 5’11”, 180 lb. running back from the class of 2015.  As a freshman in 2011, he had 1,312 yards rushing, 46 tackles, and 6 interceptions.  He doesn’t have any offers yet, but that’s not unusual for a kid at the beginning of his sophomore season. (Highlights.)

Novi (MI) Catholic Central RB Wyatt Shallman: Shallman committed to Michigan back in February.

Ottawa (IL) Marquette LS Scott Sypniewski: Sypniewski committed to Michigan back in June.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech CB Damon Webb: Webb is a 5’11”, 170 lb. wide receiver/cornerback with offers from LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and others.  LSU and Michigan appear to be the front runners in his recruitment.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech LB William White: White is a 6’1″, 215 lb. linebacker from the 2014 class.  Of the Cass Tech trio of linebackers, I think White is the second-most talented player behind Deon Drake. (Highlights of White.)

Harper Woods (MI) Chandler Park Academy WR Csont’e York: York committed to Michigan back in May.