Recruiting Update: July 30, 2012

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30Jul 2012
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Recruiting Update: July 30, 2012

Marion (OH) Harding running back L.J. Scott

Avon (OH) Avon cornerback Ross Douglas switched his commitment from Penn State to Michigan.


Marion (OH) Harding running back L.J. Scott was offered by Michigan.  Scott is a 5’10”, 210 lb. tailback who also holds an offer from Kent State.  He had 700 yards and 8 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011.  For better or worse, he reminds me of 2013 commit DeVeon Smith.

Milwaukee (WI) Marquette University defensive tackle Conor Sheehy was offered by Michigan on Sunday.  Sheehy is a 6’4″, 255-pounder whose only other offer comes from the home state Wisconsin Badgers.  He also camped at Michigan back in late June, so two visits in the span of a little over a month indicates he has serious interest in Michigan.  Sheehy is listed everywhere as a defensive end, but he moves like a defensive tackle, so I’m guessing the coaches would want him as a 3-tech DT.


Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek defensive end Dajaun Drennon committed to North Carolina.  He mentioned early interest in Michigan, but the Wolverines wrapped up their recruiting of defensive ends a while ago.  Drennon is the teammate of fellow offeree Greg Webb, who also committed to UNC.

Olney (MD) Good Counsel cornerback Kendall Fuller committed to Virginia Tech.  I’ve been expecting this for a while since his older brothers have all attended VT, but Michigan finished third behind the Hokies and Clemson.  Fuller is the #1 cornerback in the country according to Rivals, although I did a scouting report on him a few months ago that didn’t blow me away.

Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central offensive guard Tim Gardner committed to Ohio State.  Gardner never seemed particularly interested in his Michigan offer.

Tampa (FL) Wharton cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III committed to Florida.  Hargreaves was always unlikely to leave the state of Florida, but some thought he was ticketed for South Florida, where his father coaches defensive backs.  I wrote up a scouting report on him a couple weeks ago.

Louisville (KY) Trinity defensive end Jason Hatcher committed to USC.  Hatcher is the teammate of two fellow Michigan offerees, cornerback Ryan White (Louisville) and wide receiver James Quick (undecided).  None of them visited Michigan, and Quick’s interest in the Wolverines tailed off some time ago.

Honolulu (HI) Moanalua defensive tackle Scott Pagano committed to Clemson.  Michigan was one of Pagano’s first big offers a few months ago, but since then, he racked up offers from virtually every big-time program in the country.  I have to admit that I was never a big fan of what I saw from Pagano on film, but Clemson has a way of churning out NFL prospects.

Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek defensive tackle Greg Webb switched his commitment from Penn State to North Carolina.  Webb was one of Michigan’s earliest targets for the nose tackle position and Michigan was in his top few schools before he committed to PSU, but the Wolverines didn’t seem to be pursuing him once he started to waver.

I put together a list of visitors for Michigan’s BBQ at the Big House.  It was an ever evolving list, so there are several additional updates from when it was posted on Thursday.

On top of those guys, there were a couple more visitors over the past few days:

Burke (VA) Lake Braddock quarterback Caleb Henderson, a 2014 prospect, visited Michigan for a second time on Saturday; he also camped at Michigan back in June.  No 2014 quarterbacks have earned offers from the Wolverines yet, so Michigan is still searching for a few guys to heavily recruit.  Henderson is a 6’4″, 223 lb. pocket passer with offers from Maryland, Michigan State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech; the Hokies appear to have the lead so far.

Wellington (FL) Palm Beach Central offensive guard K.C. McDermott, a 2014 prospect, visited Michigan on Friday.  He has already been offered by the Wolverines, along with Auburn, Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and several others. (Highlights.)

Middletown (OH) Middletown tight end Chance Sorrell, a 2014 prospect, visited Michigan on Thursday.  He’s 6’6″ and 229 lbs.  I could only find highlights of him blocking, so he either plays for a run-oriented team or he’s not much of a pass receiver.  The recruiting sites don’t know much about him yet, so it’s unlikely that he’ll be a big-time prospect.

And here’s a picture from the BBQ:

I’m not sure who everyone is, but here’s a stab: #32 Khalid Hill, #14 Dymonte Thomas, #6 Ross Douglas, #27 Derrick Green, #2 Jourdan Lewis, #5 Da’mario Jones, #8 Jaron Dukes, Kyle Bosch (backwards white hat), #26 Ben Gedeon, Logan Tuley-Tillman (back right in blue hat), Chris Fox (middle right in white hat), #55 David Dawson, #9 Mike McCray, #17 Wyatt Shallman, #4 DeVeon Smith, #56 Scott Sypniewski, #24 Jake Butt, #33 Taco Charlton
19Jul 2012
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Scouting Report: Vernon Hargreaves III

Vernon Hargreaves III

Name: Vernon Hargreaves III
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 185 lbs.
Position: Cornerback
High school: Tampa (FL) Wharton

Notes: Holds offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Boise State, Cal, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Houston, Illinois, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCF, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest, Washington, and West Virginia . . . Claims a 4.41 forty time . . . As a junior in 2011, had 49 tackles and 2 interceptions, along with 11 offensive touchdowns . . . As a sophomore in 2010, had 44 tackles . . . ESPN 5-star CB, 90 grade, #1 CB, #4 overall . . . Rivals 5-star CB, #2 CB, #9 overall . . . Scout 5-star CB, #1 CB . . . 247 Sports 5-star CB, 100 grade, #1 CB, #6 overall . . . Father coaches defensive backs at South Florida

Strengths: Good leaper . . . Goes up to get ball at highest point . . . Not particularly tall, but has good length to bat down jump balls and passes thrown over his head . . . Good change-of-direction skills . . . Very good speed . . . Reacts quickly to balls in the air . . . Sneaky defender, quick enough to avoid most blockers

Weaknesses: Needs to get stronger in upper body . . . Not a physical defender . . . Dives at legs or grabs onto shirttails rather than wrapping up and using good tackling form . . . Does not look supremely confident in his own speed . . . Sometimes looks for cutback rather than turning on the jets . . . Needs to improve press man coverage, as well as footwork in backpedal

Projection: Cornerback.  Hargreaves has a lot of the raw athleticism that should turn him into a good college cornerback.  He changes directions well, tracks the ball well, has good speed, and has the leaping ability to defend taller receivers.  When it comes to pass coverage, you would be hard pressed to find many guys with more talent in any given year.  What Hargreaves really lacks is the physical/toughness aspects of the game, where he’s too much of a finesse player.  At this point in his development, he would be a liability in run support and might get pushed around by bigger receivers in college.  However, if he can get stronger and become a more physical player, he has a chance to be a high NFL draft pick down the road.

Reminds me of: Cliff Harris (Oregon)

13Feb 2012
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Recruiting Update: February 13, 2012

Richmond (VA) Hermitage running back Derrick Green
(image via 247 Sports)

Birmingham (MI) Seaholm offensive tackle Dan Gibbs, a class of 2012 kid, committed to Michigan as a preferred walk-on.  I drew some ire for this October post that said he probably wasn’t worthy of a scholarship offer, and it turns out he’s a preferred walk-on, as I suggested.  He’s just not the kind of athlete that Michigan is recruiting at this point.  (Highlights here.)

Detroit (MI) Crockett tight end Khalid Hill committed to Michigan on the spot when he got an offer.  (Commitment post here.)

St. Louis (MO) DeSmet offensive tackle Andy Bauer, a 2014 prospect, was offered on his visit to Michigan this weekend.  Despite being just a high school sophomore, he is 6’5″ and 290 lbs.  I discussed Bauer in Friday’s weekend visitor post (with highlights).

Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter’s Prep cornerback Tre Bell was offered by Michigan this weekend.  Bell is a 5’11”, 170 lb. defender with offers from South Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others.  He had 36 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 10 pass breakups, and 3 interceptions as a junior in 2011.  Michigan has also pursued other St. Peter’s Prep kids in recent years, such as safety D.J. Singleton (2012), running back Savon Huggins (2011), and safety Sheldon Royster (2011).

Somerville (NJ) Immaculata defensive end Tashawn Bower was offered by Michigan on Tuesday.  He’s a 6’5″, 230-pounder with offers from Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, among others.

Stockton (CA) Lincoln running back Justin Davis was offered by Michigan on Monday.  He’s a 6’1″, 195 lb. speedster who ran for 2,599 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior in 2011.  Cal, Oklahoma, and UCLA have also extended offers.

Cypress (TX) Cypress Ranch running back Keith Ford picked up an offer from the Wolverines.  He’s a 5’11”, 195 lb. speedster who has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech, among others.  He only had 140 carries as a junior, but they went for 915 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Richmond (VA) Hermitage running back Derrick Green picked up a Michigan offer on Tuesday.  He’s a 6’0″, 215 lb. back who reports a 4.37 time in the forty.  He ran for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, and has been offered by Arkansas, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others.  Hermitage is the alma mater of big-time class of 2011 recruit Curtis Grant, who was pursued by Michigan but ultimately chose Ohio State.

Dallas (TX) Jesuit offensive tackle J.J. Gustafson received an offer on Tuesday.  He’s 6’6″ and 260 lbs. with offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech, among others.  Receiver Jake Oliver, also from Jesuit, has been offered by Michigan, too.

Tampa (FL) Wharton cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III grabbed an offer during Monday’s flurry.  He’s a 5’11”, 177 lb. with a report 4.45 forty under his belt.  At the Under Armour Junior Combine in January, Rivals named him the “Most Athletic” prospect due to his forty, a 34″ vertical, and a 4.12 shuttle.  Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, and Ohio State have all offered.  He’s an early 5-star on Rivals and 247 Sports.

Richmond (VA) Varina cornerback Tim Harris was offered by Michigan on Tuesday.  He claims 4.48 speed and offers from Ohio State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.  Virginia is the early leader for his services.  Varina is the alma mater of former Michigan running back Brandon Minor.

College Station (TX) A&M Consolidated defensive end Christian Lacouture received an offer from Michigan, despite being committed to Texas A&M.  He’s a 6’5″, 255-pounder with offers from LSU, Missouri, and Texas Tech.

Centerville (OH) Centerville offensive tackle Evan Lisle was offered by Michigan last week.  He’s lean at 6’6″, 265 lbs. but benches 285, which is fairly impressive for a kid with long arms like him.  He packs a good punch off the line, but he obviously needs to add some bulk so he can make his body match his demeanor.  He also has offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, among others.

Philadelphia (PA) William Penn Charter offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey got an offer from the Wolverines.  He’s 6’9″ and 280 lbs. with offers from Maryland, Rutgers, Wisconsin, and a few others.

Pittsburgh (PA) Seton-La Salle tight end Scott Orndorff was offered by Michigan, despite having committed to Wisconsin last August.  He’s 6’5″ and 240 lbs. but other information on him is limited.  However, offensive coordinator Paul Chryst’s departure for Pittsburgh, along with other staff changes, have opened the door for some other schools to perhaps snatch him away from the Badgers.

St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham wide receiver James Onwualu grabbed a Michigan offer on Monday.  He’s a 6’1″, 205 lb. athlete who could play multiple positions in college.  He’s got a 4.53 forty and a 37″ vertical leap.  Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Stanford are all pursuing him.  Cretin-Derham is the alma mater of class of 2011 offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (Miami), class of 2009 wide receiver Michael Floyd (Notre Dame), and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer.

Cordova (TN) St. Benedict running back Jordan Wilkins was offered by Michigan on Wednesday.  He’s a 6’1″, 193 lb. tailback who has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt, among others.  He’s the #238 player in the country, according to 247 Sports.  Wilkins carried the ball 196 times for 1,546 yards (7.9 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns.  He also had 17 catches for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns, plus one touchdown each on punt returns and kick returns.

Olney (MD) Good Counsel wide receiver Stefon Diggs, a 2012 prospect, committed to Maryland.  He’s a 5-star recruit, Maryland’s first such prospect since 2007 (Bruce Campbell).  Many experts expected Diggs to choose the Florida Gators, but the buzz around Maryland picked up a couple days before his Friday night announcement.

Sandy Creek (GA) Sandy Creek cornerback Shaquille Wiggins committed to Georgia.  Michigan was an early leader and he even hinted that he wanted to commit when he made an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor late in the season, but that sentiment wore off pretty quickly.  He even fell in love with the University of Virginia, too, before getting offered by the home state Bulldogs in late January.