Visitors: Michigan vs. Illinois

Visitors: Michigan vs. Illinois

October 13, 2012
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.


  1. Comments: 21403
    Oct 13, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    Another Mikale Wilbon from Chicago. 🙂

  2. Comments: 21403
    Oct 23, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Tyler Jones class of 2014 the highlights is from his sophmore yr. you need to see his junior highlights
    he also plays TE

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