ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2013
San Diego (CA) Horizon wide receiver Darren Carrington was offered by Michigan on Wednesday. The 6’3″, 180 lb. athlete does a little bit of everything for his high school team. As a junior in 2011, he was 55/104 passing for 613 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions; ran 58 times for 290 yards and 1 touchdown; caught 37 passes for 640 yards and 6 touchdowns; and made 49 tackles, forced 1 fumble, and caused 1 fumble. His father Darren played college ball at Northern Arizona before moving on to a career as a safety for the Broncos, Lions, Chargers, Jaguars, and Raiders; as a Charger, he was on the team that lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.
McDonough (GA) Eagle’s Landing Christian defensive end Isaac Rochell has a Michigan offer. The 6’5″, 260 lb. end is likely to stay in the southeast or pick Notre Dame, so Michigan doesn’t seem to have a strong chance here. Rochell attends the alma mater of Avery Walls, a 2011 defensive back that was strongly considering Michigan before he committed to Cal.
ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2014
Wellington (FL) Palm Beach Central offensive tackle K.C. McDermott was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 285-pounder with offers from Auburn, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and several others. Miami appears to be the front runner. McDermott had an older brother who played for Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk when Funk was at Colorado State, but he also has a brother who currently plays for the Hurricanes.
OFF THE BOARD
Murrieta (CA) Vista Murrieta safety Su’a Cravens committed to USC. This was not a surprise, since he was known to love USC and trips to Michigan and Ohio State never materialized before his announcement date. However, he has stated that he still plans to visit Michigan and Ohio State. I have my doubts about whether those visits will actually take place, but it’s a glimmer of hope.
Matthews (NC) Butler wide receiver Uriah LeMay committed to Georgia. His brother Christian is a quarterback for the Bulldogs, and the bigger surprise is that it took the younger LeMay so long to commit.
McDonough (GA) Eagle’s Landing Christian defensive end Isaac Rochell, whom I mentioned above, committed to Notre Dame.
Sugar Land (TX) Dulles cornerback Maurice Smith committed to Alabama. Smith was offered just a few weeks ago, so the coaches are clearly looking for another corner. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some more offers go out to cornerbacks in the 2013 class in the coming weeks.
Uriah LeMay (#81) was offered by Michigan late last week
(image via Mint Hill Times)
ADDED TO THE BOARD
Wylie (TX) East wide receiver Marcell Ateman, a 2013 prospect, was offered on Saturday. Ateman is a 6’5″, 180 lb. kid with offers from Arizona, Baylor, and Tennessee. Last season he caught 67 passes for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns. Ateman isn’t a burner, but he’s a legitimate jump ball threat with his size
Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson cornerback Kenny Crawley de-committed from Tennessee. Crawley is rumored to be unhappy with the coaching situation for the Volunteers and will likely go elsewhere for college. His destination probably won’t be Michigan, however.
Oxon Hill (MD) Potomac cornerback Ronald Darby de-committed from Notre Dame. Darby is a 5’11”, 172 lb. athlete with elite speed (a reported 4.37 forty). Darby has never shown much interest in Michigan and instead plans to concentrate on Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, and LSU.
Monaca (PA) Central Valley wide receiver Robert Foster, a 2013 prospect, was offered by Michigan. Foster is a 6’3″, 170 lb. speedster with offers from Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, and USC, among others. He has been named a 5-star already by Scout.
Matthews (NC) Butler wide receiver Uriah LeMay, a 2013 prospect, received an offer from Michigan. The 6’2″, 188 lb. prospect attends the alma mater of former Michigan safety Jamar Adams and 2011 linebacker Kris Frost, and he’s also the younger brother of class of 2011 quarterback Christian LeMay, whom Rich Rodriguez offered and now plays for Georgia. Uriah has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech, among others.
Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek wide receiver Marquez North, a 2013 prospect, received his offer from the Wolverines. North’s former teammate is D.J. Humphries, a class of 2012 offensive tackle who is committed to Florida. The 6’3″, 205 lb. receiver has offers from Clemson, Florida, South Carolina, and many others.
OFF THE BOARD
Miami (FL) Norland linebacker Keith Brown committed to Louisville at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Brown had been committed to Illinois at one point, but the firing of Ron Zook sent him southward.
Olney (MD) Good Counsel running back Wes Brown committed to Maryland at the Under Armour All-America Game. The 6’1″, 200-pounder is the former teammate of Michigan cornerback Blake Countess and uncommitted 2012 wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
Miami (FL) Columbus safety Deon Bush committed to Miami at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The 6’1″, 185-pounder picked a Hurricanes hat over those from Alabama and Auburn.
Baltimore (MD) Gilman cornerback Cyrus Jones committed to Alabama at the Under Armour All-America Game. Jones is an all-around athlete with the ability to run (948 yards, 13 touchdowns), catch (635 yards, 6 touchdowns), return (4 return touchdowns), and cover (3 interceptions).
Monrovia (CA) Monrovia defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy committed to Cal at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. McCarthy is listed at 6’5″, 311 lbs. but was quick enough to play defensive end for the West Team.
Tampa (FL) Jefferson defensive end Tyriq McCord committed to Miami at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The 6’3″, 222 lb. edge rusher was praised this week for his speed around the corner and how quickly he got after the quarterbacks.
Centerville (OH) Centerville defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo committed to Northwestern on Saturday. Odenigbo mentioned repeatedly that he would be choosing his school based largely on academics, and he couldn’t really go wrong with become a Wildcat. Odenigbo did an excellent job of rushing the passer in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian wide receiver Jordan Payton committed to Cal on Friday. At one time Payton looked like a lock to Michigan and there were rumors that he had committed to the Wolverines, but as time wore on, he also became enamored with Notre Dame and then Cal. Payton was committed to USC at one time, too.
Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep safety Elijah Shumate committed to Notre Dame at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Shumate is the teammate of Michigan target Yuri Wright, who also played in the game but did not announce a college destination.
Sacramento (CA) Grant safety Shaq Thompson committed to Cal at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Thompson is 6’1″, 195 lbs. but played like a man child in Saturday’s game. Thompson was considering an official visit to Michigan at one point, but that seemed to be in connection with Jordan Payton’s interest in the Wolverines. Once Payton’s interest waned, Thompson’s did, too.
Cincinnati (OH) Colerain linebacker Joe Bolden was named a captain and starter for the Black Team in the Under Armour All-America Game. Bolden was praised throughout the week of practice for his instincts, intensity, and hitting. In the game he was once again solid, making 7 total tackles. Rivals crowned him the best tackler at the game, which bodes well for his future as a middle linebacker at Michigan. The 6’2″, 225-pounder graduated early and is enrolled at Michigan, where he’ll take part in spring practices. Perhaps more importantly, he will join Jake Ryan in the ranks of dreamy, long-haired linebackers.
Detroit (MI) Cass Tech linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone started at middle linebacker for the West Team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He made 1 tackle but showed good speed and was hustling on special teams. The East ran the ball outside most of the time, so he didn’t get a ton of chances to make plays in the middle.
Lakewood (OH) St. Edward’s offensive guard Kyle Kalis played about half the game at right guard for the East Team and looked quite capable. He was among the East’s top performers on the offensive line throughout the week, and several national observers noted that his technique looks solid. They also noted that he looked more comfortable at guard than tackle, which Kalis himself acknowledged at one point. I have always maintained that he looked like a future guard to me, so I’m glad national scouts – and Kalis – seem to agree.
Carlsbad (CA) La Costa Canyon offensive tackle Erik Magnuson started for the West Team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The 6’6″, 280 lb. future left tackle played all five positions during West Team practices this past week, but started the game at left guard and held up very well against the East. He looked a little uncomfortable in his stance, but he kept his feet moving well and made some impressive seal blocks in a game that defensive linemen usually dominate.
Farmington Hills (MI) Harrison defensive end Mario Ojemudia played defensive end for the East Team in the inaugural Semper Fi All-American Game. He did not get off the ball as well as I expected him to, but that may be because he was playing a new position. Despite being headed for DE or OLB at Michigan, he mostly played defensive tackle in high school. Without the ball right under his nose, he seemed to be a little slow off the snap. However, he was very good at using his hands to get off of blocks.
Kansas City (MO) Park Hill defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins didn’t start the game, but was named a captain for the West Team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was somewhat inconsistent with his pad level and seemed a little out of shape, which is understandable for a 330 lb. kid at the beginning of January. However, when he decided to hustle, he was very good. Pipkins chased down East quarterback Chad Voytik on the sideline and crushed him, and he also chased down wide receiving/running back Stefon Diggs and forced a fumble. Overall, the hype on Pipkins was justified and with a little conditioning, he should be at least backup material next season.
Detroit (MI) Cass Tech cornerback Terry Richardson played defense and also returned kickoffs and punts for the Black Team in the Under Armour All-America Game. Richardson showed good speed and decent elusiveness in returning a kickoff 32 yards and another 28 yards, but unfortunately he carries the ball a little loosely and fumbled the 28-yard return; his punt returns were iffy with one muff and one poor decision to catch the ball at the 6-yard line. He also showed the ability to hang with the nation’s best receivers, although Richardson didn’t have any big plays on defense. He was beaten for a touchdown in the third quarter, but had pretty good coverage and reached his hand across just a split second too late to deflect the pass. The 5’9″, 165 lb. Richardson needs to get a little bit thicker, because he tends to get pushed around by some of the bigger receivers.
Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s linebacker James Ross started for the West Team at weakside linebacker in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Ross made 3 total tackles and flashed what I think is his biggest strength, which is diagnosing plays. If it’s a run, he knows it’s a run. If it’s a pass, he knows it’s a pass. Ross took some poor angles at times, which may be partly due to adjusting to faster competition. But he does have the speed to make those plays when he takes the proper angles, so I’m not too concerned there.
Overall, it was a very good showing for the Michigan players who participated in the all-star games, especially the guys in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. This looks to be the best crop of Army Bowl participants Michigan has snagged in years.