Post-Camp U-M Football Recruiting Thoughts: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The surprise verbal of Detroit Cass Tech rising junior William Campbell. This was important as
Speaking of rising junior class, the state of
In my view, a limited number of new camp offers is a good thing. This means that the staff is further along in the evaluation process than they used to be in the old days, when summer camp was once early in the evaluation period.
New offers to rising seniors went out to the following prospects:
QB John Weinke
RB Jonas Gray
OL Rocko Khoury
OL Kevin Zeitler
CB Marc Anthony
The Weinke offer was not a big surprise once I learned he would be attending camp. He is one of the fastest-rising QBs in the nation and
Gray finally received his offer after wowing onlookers at the camp, including running a 4.37 forty.
Khoury and Zeitler were the gong show winners among a large group of offensive linemen were were battling for a scholarship offer. A few camp offers needed to be given out here as
Anthony is one of the fastest-rising CB prospects in the nation. He lacks real jets, but has open hips and excellent coverage skills. It is also a position where
Here are a few campers who did not earn offers but who looked good enough to remain on the offer watch list heading into high summer:
RB/LB Glenn Winston
DE Glen Foster
DE Sean Progar
LB Kenny Demens
QB Nathan Stanley
LB/RB Brandon Beachum
CB/WR D.J. Woods
OL Deonte Pannell
Winston and Foster are two Glenn’s who have tremendous size/speed ratios and are really put together well. Classic high ceiling types who are still raw as football players.
Progar is a prospect to really watch out for. He has liked
Demens and Beachum could receive offers if
The top uncommitted campers who have been offered by
1. Ethan Johnson
2. Michael Floyd
3. Jonas Gray
4. Marcus Dowtin
5. Fred Smith
6. Kevin Koger
Thus far, there have been no rising senior verbals. It must also be disconcerting that prospects such as Rocko Khoury and Kevin Zeitler did not commit immediately and are considering
I’ve heard from three separate sources that
Tyler Hoover to
The feeling that
Biggest camp disappointments:
None of the in-state quarterbacks (Mifsud, Lum, Follett, Krauss, Kay) emerged as an offer candidate.
People were waiting to see how Mike Hart’s cousin, Anton Harris, who was a star for Bitburg High in
A lot of people were eager to see how small school in-state OT Zac Hueter would perform. He looks to be MAC-bound.
Was New York LB/RB Latavius Murray a now-show. Hes from Mike Hart’S school and could have earned himself an offer with a good camp performance.
Detroit CB Anthony Hollis was another no-show that puzzled people.
Yet another CB who failed to show was Illinois DB Tommie Thomas.
Pennsylvania WR/DB Vaughn Carraway was another no-show, albeit it one with an offer. Has his love affair with
One of the things that has really worried me in recent years has been our recruitment of the “Big Uglies”: the offensive linemen. In the past several years we have only landed a couple of consensus first or second team all-american recruits at that position: Steve Schilling and Justin Boren. And we almost lost Boren, a U-M legacy, to
I remember a few months ago when Dan O’Neill committed to U-M and Lloyd Carr told him that he would be part of the best OL class in the nation. Well, that is not necessarily happening. Sure, Kurt Wermers and Elliott Mealer are solid prospects, but they are not super elite linemen. Neither are new offerees Kevin Zeitler and Rocko Khoury. It should tell you something that Mealer failed to receive an
Here is how I have the linemen/prospective linemen ranked for
25 Zebrie Sanders
45 Kurt Wermers
48 Elliott Mealer
60 Rocko Khoury
62 Kevin Zeitler
6 Mike Adams
13 J.B. Shugarts
3 Matt Kalil
33 Matt Meyer
16 Trevor Robinson
28 Bryce Givens
31 Dan Hoch
50 Braxston Cave
54 Mike Golic
As you can see, USC has managed to receive verbals from two offensive linemen in the past few months who are more highly rated that ANYBODY Michigan has signed at the position in, say, over ten years.
The offensive line class that Michigan is putting together this year reminds me quite a bit, both in terms of numbers and talent level, of the 2005 freshman class of Justin Schifano, Mark Ortmann, Cory Zirbel, Dave Moosman and Tim McAvoy. Schifano had a national ranking similar to O’Neill’s while all the others were more or less middling prospecst who were not national elite top 20 linemen. Entering their third year in the program perhaps one, likely Ortmann, will be a starter, and that is probably due to the fact that Schilling has missed so much time due to injury. Lots of road-graders who are fine agaist the likes of Indiana, Minnesota and even Michigan State, but have a tough time holding up against the athletic defenders at programs like USC. The proof is in the pudding.
It’s interesting to note that U-M has had very little success in recruiting both offensive linemen and the state of