Visitors: Last week of March 2013

Visitors: Last week of March 2013


March 29, 2013
Huber Heights (OH) Wayne safety Tyree Kinnel

Joshua Alabi – DT – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Alabi is a 6’4″, 245 lb. defensive tackle prospect from the class of 2015.  He has offers from Michigan and Michigan State and has visited Michigan numerous times.

Alex Bars – OT – Nashville (TN) Montgomery Bell: Bars is a 6’6″, 287 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, and Stanford, among others.  He has an older brother at Penn State and an older brother at Michigan (offensive guard Blake).  The younger Bars is a 4-star prospect to ESPN, Rivals, and Scout.

Jayru Campbell – QB – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Campbell is a 6’3″, 190 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Alabama and Notre Dame, among others.  He has led Cass Tech to state championships during both his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Orlando Carter – OT – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Carter is yet another Cass Tech product, in this case a 2015 lineman who’s already near 300 lbs.

Jalen Embry – CB – Detroit (MI) King: Embry is a 5’11”, 180 lb. prospect with offers from Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, and Western Michigan.  He’s a 3-star and the #64 cornerback to 247 Sports.

Carl Fuller – LB – Detroit (MI) King: Fuller is a 6’3″, 195 lb. linebacker with offers from Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Syracuse, Toledo, and Western Michigan.  He’s a 3-star and the #28 inside linebacker to 247 Sports.  As a junior in 2012, he had 83 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception, and 2 forced fumbles.

Keith Jones – LB – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Jones is a 6’1″, 235 lb. prospect from the 2015 class.  He has no offers at this time.  He’s classmates with Joshua Alabi and Michael Weber, both of whom have Michigan offers.

John Kelly – CB – Oak Park (MI) Oak Park: Kelly is a 5’10”, 170 lb. prospect for 2015 with no offers at this time.

Tyree Kinnel – S – Huber Heights (OH) Wayne: Kinnel is a 6’1″, 190 lb. safety with no offers at this time.  He’s a 2015 prospect who has visited Michigan multiple times, including last fall and earlier this month.  He once again visited campus on Tuesday, and he seems to be expecting an offer sooner or later.  Kinnel claims a 4.5 forty time.

Avonte Maddox – CB – Detroit (MI) King: Maddox is a 5’9″, 160 lb. corner with offers from Ball State, Eastern Michigan, and Toledo.  He’s a 3-star and the #72 athlete to 247 Sports.

Lawrence Marshall – DE – Southfield (MI) Southfield: Marshall is a 6’3″, 225 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Oklahoma, among others.  He was recently rated the #12 weakside end and the #206 overall prospect by 247 Sports, although Rivals initially ranks him as a 3-star. UPDATE: Marshall was unable to make it to campus.

Malik McDowell – DE – Detroit (MI) Loyola: McDowell is a 6’7″, 290 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, and USC, among others.  He’s the #2 strongside end and the #30 overall player to 247 Sports.

Michael Ruf – DE – Darlington (WI) Darlington: Ruf is a 6’4″, 240 lb. prospect with no offers at this time.

Chance Sorrell – TE – Middletown (OH) Middletown: Sorrell is a 6’6″, 250-pounder with offers from Bowling Green, Indiana, Kent State, and Ohio.  He has visited Michigan several times, but he’s more of a blocking TE prospect and may be a ways down the pecking order for a Michigan offer.

Tyriq Thompson – S – Detroit (MI) King: Thompson is a 6’1″, 220 lb. prospect who’s a part of the 2015 class.  As a sophomore that size, he will likely grow into a linebacker before all is said and done.  He’s also the son of former Michigan defensive back Clarence Thompson, who was All-Big Ten in 1995.  The younger Thompson transferred from Missouri after his sophomore season.

Maurice Ways – WR – Detroit (MI) Country Day: Ways is a 6’3″, 193 lb. wideout with offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Iowa, and Toledo.  As a junior in 2012, he had 51 receptions for 952 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Michael Weber – RB – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Weber is a 5’10”, 195 lb. prospect for 2015 with offers from Michigan and Michigan State.  As a sophomore in 2012, he had 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns.  He has visited Michigan numerous times.

I will be adding to this list if any players trickle in throughout the week.  Some high schoolers are on their spring break, so they can make midweek visits before Easter.

6 comments

  1. Comments: 21436
    Mar 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Is Brady Hoke junking the Cass Tech pipeline and replacing it with Detroit King? 🙂

    • Comments: 21436
      Mar 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      It almost seems that way, doesn't it? It's good that these King guys are visiting, but I'm not sure how many will get offers. They're all 3-star types, although it's a little too early to tell for Thompson. Michigan has a few offers out to Cass Tech guys over the next couple classes (Webb, Weber, Alabi) but none to the King guys.

  2. Comments: 21436
    Anonymous
    Mar 28, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    It would seem to me in Michigan's best interest to play nice with all of the Michigan High Schools in the area and not just Cass Tech. When a hot prospect is identified at one of the other schools you don't want to have to deal with bad blood from a mad high school coach now talking about sending the kid to MSU.

    My question is, how are these visits usually set up? Do the kids call and arrange it themselves, or is there a coordinator that calls these kids to set it up?

    • Comments: 21436
      Mar 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      I think Michigan's coaches are playing nice with all of the Michigan high schools. Hoke has a much better reputation around Michigan (and probably in Ohio) than Dantonio and Meyer do. But the bottom line is that some of these kids just aren't extremely talented.

      The kids' area recruiters are the main contacts. Sometimes the kids can call the area recruiter directly and say "I was hoping to come to a spring practice over my spring break. When can I come?" Some high schools also have recruiting coordinators, which is a specific coach on the staff who takes care of all/most of the contact regarding recruiting. So for example, the Detroit King recruiting coordinator might say to Michigan's coaches, "I'm planning to visit for a practice with three or four of my players" and they'll set it up. Michigan's coaches will invite kids to come up to practices, too, but it's usually an open-ended invitation.

    • Comments: 21436
      Anonymous
      Mar 29, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      Is it too early to get a 15 class commit

  3. Comments: 21436
    Anonymous
    Mar 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Apparently Marshall isn't visiting, according to TomVH.

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