Friday, October 3, 2008

2010 Recruiting Update - 10/3

New (10/3):


Editorial (10/3): Obviously the biggest news is the first two commitments for the 2010 class. FL WR Ricardo Miller committed on Monday, and MI WR Jeremy Jackson followed suit on Wednesday. With that, Michigan's need for outside receivers is drastically reduced.

The good news will likely continue to roll in for the 2010 class, as uber-recruit FL S Marvin Robinson has all but committed to Michigan. He recently asked Ohio State to stop recruiting him, and is coming in for the Michigan/MSU game in three weeks - if he hasn't committed by then, it's expected that he will during the visit. Robinson is almost a 100% lock for universal 5-star status amongst the recruiting services, and could possibly be a top 10 nationally kind of player.

Meanwhile, the crowd raving about the new Michigan staff ignoring the state of Michigan when it comes to recruiting are a bit quieter this week, as the commitment of Jackson and the offer to Detroit Southeastern DE William Gholston. I have been skeptical about Michigan's chances with the younger Gholston, and I remain pessimistic.

Staying in-state, one of the more intriguing early storylines is that of Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Dior Mathis. Since about the spring, the word had been that the lifelong Hurricane fan was going to commit to Miami on September 1st, the first day official offers for the 2010 class went out. Since then, Michigan has seemed to have completely closed the gap.

Scout's North Recruiting Notebook:
The team the Badgers faced on Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines hosted a number of recruits for the game. The list included five star defensive tackle William Campbell (Detroit Cass Tech) and several top juniors, including Campbell's teammate Dior Mathis. Mathis, who has had Miami-FL in the lead for quite some time, enjoyed the game enough to say that the maize and blue are very much in his mind.

"I'm feeling some pressure now. After this game, I said, man, this is going to be hard. I want to wait for some new schools though, USC has been contacting me. They're sending me letters."


With Teric Jones and Thomas Gordon in the fold, and William Campbell out there but likely returning to Michigan, color me cautiously optimistic. Mathis - along with the rest of his Cass Tech teammates - is expected to be at the rest of Michigan's home games this season, and with a very pro-UM coaching staff (headed by former M RB Thomas Wilcher), so hopefully all these factors lead to Michigan locking down Cass Tech High School.

Elsewhere, ESPN, while still amateurish when it comes to recruiting, has regional blogs where writers follow high school kids around and provides semi-analysis on them. Their Midwest Recruiting Blog recently had a story on 2010 PA LB Mike Hull.

Hull is also a legacy. His dad Tom Hull played linebacker for Penn State as well as in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers.

Mike Hull already has scholarship offers from Penn State, Pitt, Michigan and West Virginia.

"I sort of like all the Big Ten schools," Hull said. "I'll probably stay in the Big Ten. I like Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, pretty much anyone that gives me the opportunity. I've heard from all of them."

Hull plans to attend the Illinois at Penn State game this weekend. He also would like to see games at Pitt, West Virginia and Ohio State. Hull will attend the Penn State at Ohio State game Oct. 25 and it is quite possible his decision could come down to one of those two schools.

"I'd say Penn State is probably my favorite right now," Hull said. "But I want to give every other school equal opportunity and see what is out there."


Penn State fans are penciling Hull into their 2010 class like Michigan fans are penciling in Marvin Robinson. All signs point to Hull being the next great white linebacker in State College.

Those are the highlights. Full recruiting board is below and updated.

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
COMMITTED
UM leads ($); Offer coming soon/mom loves UM (and went there!); Freep commit article
Jeremy Jackson
Ann Arbor, MI
Huron
Yes
COMMITTED
RB coach Fred Jackson's son; Recruiting Planet links; Freep commit article
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)
Robert Crisp
Chapel Hill, NC
Chapel Hill
Yes
The South
M offer

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

Jamel Turner
Youngstown, OH
Ursuline
Yes
OSU, MSU, Illinois
M offer
Darryl Baldwin
Solon, OH
Solon
Yes
OSU, Illinois, WVU, ND
OSU offer/favorite; M offer

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
Mike Hull
Canonsburg, PA
Canon McMillan
Yes
Big Ten
Will stay in the Big Ten; Dad went to PSU

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; More M fluff
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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