Thursday, September 18, 2008

2010 Recruiting Update - 9/18

Site note: With Michigan having a bye week, the Run Chart for Notre Dame will be pushed back a bit. Maybe the weekend, most likely next Monday or Tuesday. I'm not especially looking forward to watching the game again. Sue me.

New (9/18): William Gholston (Recruiting Planet); Dior Mathis (Freep); DE Darryl Baldwin; QB Christian Green; WR Chris Dunkley.

Editorial (9/18): The news on Gholston is predictably bleak. It gushes of MSU (expectedly), and does not mention Michigan (obviously). I could go on a rant about Michigan's old staff sabotaging any shot UM had at Will Gholston with the way they stiff-armed Vernon Gholston in favor of Eugene Germany, but that would be petty, wouldn't it?

Lost in the hype of 2009 DE Anthony LaLota committing and 2009 DE Craig Roh possibly committing tonight (announcement on ESPNU at 6:30 eastern) was the little nugget that (2010 CB) "Dior Mathis to Miami" turned out to be a myth - for the time being. Miami is still the team to beat for the Cass Tech corner, but Michigan is doing their best to do just that. Boubacar Cissoko is on the roster, Teric Jones is a 2009 commit, William Campbell used to be and may be again, and Thomas Gordon is expected to pick between UM and MSU in the next week or so (with the outlook being blue). That's three current and one former Cass Tech teammate(s) possibly in Mathis's ear about Michigan.

Snippet from the Freep article straight from Mathis:

"My interest in Michigan is very high,” Mathis said. “This is my home state and I would love to stay at home. My family and all my friends are here and all my boys at Cass Tech are going to Michigan."

Emphasis mine. This could just be a generalization, or it could be tipping the hands of both Gordon and Campbell.

New to the board this week are QB Green, DE Baldwin and WR Dunkley. Green is yet another 2010 running QB that's on Michigan's radar (and vice versa). To quell the paraoid schitzophrenics of the internet worried about MSU turning the state green, I hope UM's priorities at the QB position rest with Gardner and Bolden before the others they're looking at.

Baldwin is another highly touted defensive end out of the state of Ohio for 2010. Not quite on Jamel Turner's level apparently, but still good enough to earn an Ohio State offer. Baldwin grew up worshipping Satan cheering for the Buckeyes, so he may be a tough pull. Tressel's track record in Ohio speaks for itself - if he wants you badly enough, you will probably commit to him.

Dunkley is not QUITE pint-sized, but is still small: 5'10, 164. Michigan's doing the whole "invade Florida" thing, but early on this one looks bleak, as he has a top three of Florida, Florida State and Georgia. Dunkley will be another early test for UM's staff to see how they stack up in the state of Florida when directly competing with the instate powers.

Rest of the board remains the same for the time being, and is now updated below.

QUARTERBACKS
PlayerHometownHigh SchoolOffer?
CompetitionLinks
Robert Bolden
Orchard Lake, MI
St. Mary's Prep
No
MSU, CMU, Vandy, OSU, ND
MSU offer
Devin Gardner
Inkster, MI
Inkster
Yes
MSU, OSU, Cincinnati, ND
MSU offer; UM offer ($); GW 40-yd TD in season opener
Cornelius Jones
Spartanburg, SC
Spartanburg
Yes
None yet
UM offer
Christian Green
Tampa, FL
Tampa Catholic
Yes
USF, FSU
UM offer

RUNNING BACKS
PlayerHometownHigh SchoolOffer?
CompetitionLinks
Austin White
Livonia, MI
Stevenson
Yes
MSU, ND, Wisconsin
Camped at ND; UM and MSU offers ($)
Nick Hill
Chelsea, MI
Chelsea
No
MSU, EMU, CMU, Stanford, ND

Corey Brown
Springfield, PA
Cardinal O'Hara
Yes
PSU, OSU, Pitt, Maryland, Illinois, Rutgers
Offers galore; Michigan offer

WIDE RECEIVERS
PlayerHometownHigh SchoolOffer?
CompetitionLinks
Ricardo Miller
Orlando, FL
Dr. Phillips
*Yes
OSU, USF, Tennessee, PSU, others
UM leads ($); Offer coming soon/mom loves UM (and went there!)
Jeremy Jackson
Ann Arbor, MI
Huron
Yes
Florida, Texas, Iowa, Minnesota, etc.
RB coach Fred Jackson's son; Recruiting Planet links
Chris Dunkley
Royal Palm Beach, FL
Royal Palm Beach
Yes
Florida, Georgia, FSU
Unrequited Michigan love

OFFENSIVE LINE
PlayerHometownHigh SchoolOffer?
CompetitionLinks
Christian Lombard
Barrington, IL
Fremd
Yes
ND, Illinois, Iowa
Camped at UM ($); Camped at ND ($); 2007 Lemming fluff; Recruiting Planet
Matt James
Cincinnati, OH
St. Xavier
Yes
Cinci, OSU, Tennessee, Illinois, Duke
Michigan offer
Seantrel Henderson
St. Paul, MN
Cretin-Durham Hall
Yes
Everyone(!)
Michigan offer (along with the rest of the free world)

DEFENSIVE END
PlayerHometownHigh SchoolOffer?
CompetitionLinks
William Gholston
Detroit, MI
Southeastern
No
OSU, MSU
Camped at OSU ($); Camped at MSU; Comfortable with MSU
Joseph Okafor
Bellaire, TX
Bellaire
No
Texas, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, etc.

Jamel Turner
Youngstown, OH
Ursuline
No
OSU, MSU, Illinois

Darryl Baldwin
Solon, OH
Solon
No
OSU, Illinois, WVU, ND
OSU offer/favorite

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
PlayerHometownHigh SchoolOffer?
CompetitionLinks
Anthony Render
Trotwood, OH
Trotwood-Madison
No
USC, ND, Florida, others
Calls USC his dream school

LINEBACKER
PlayerHometownHigh SchoolOffer?
CompetitionLinks
Sam Bergen
East Stroudsburg, PA
East Stroudsburg
No
ND, PSU, Pitt, Illinois, BC, Stanford
Camped at ND and UM; scored 75-yard TD at FB in season opener
Zac Rosenbauer
Lima, OH
Shawnee
No
Akron, MSU, OSU, others
Recruiting Planet - hearing from UM, grew up OSU, etc.
Jewone Snow
Canton, OH
McKinley
No
OSU, MSU
Dad played at UM, uncles played at MSU; top 3 of M, MSU, OSU

CORNERBACK
PlayerHometownHigh SchoolOffer?
CompetitionLinks
Dior Mathis
Detroit, MI
Cass Tech
Yes
Miami, Cincinnati, others
All that needs to be said; UM offer/Miami commitment on hold?; Freep article on Cass Tech pipeline
Lo Wood
Apopka, FL
Apopka
No
Florida, others most likely
Lots of connections to UF

SAFETY
PlayerHometownHigh SchoolOffer?
CompetitionLinks
Marvin Robinson
Eagle Lake, FL
Lake Region
Yes
UM leads OSU, Georgia, USC, UCLA
Recruiting Planet link dump
Sean Parker
Harbor City, CA
Narbonne
No
USC, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Florida
Likes Michigan

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