Jan. 21: Recruiting Gets Tighter Yet!

More In-Home Visits are happening! Will Michigan land four more top recruits? It's getting tighter and tighter! There are several kids deciding late this week and early next! We're the <b>only ones</b> getting through to some of these kids and their parents, so read here for the absolute latest on what's real and what's not for all of them! And our 'informed guesses' on Michigan's chances with each of them!<br><br> <b>**TWO MORE NOON-HOUR REPORTS ADDED**</b>

With four spots left, will Michigan fill them? It's getting tight for the final Top Five Recruits!

Deciding this week? It looks like it!

- DE/OLB Eugene Germany (Oct. 18 official visit, USC Nike stats: 6-3 1/2, 248 lbs…. 4.65 in the 40, 2.3 GPA) from Pomona, Calif. Michigan Assistan Coach English is in his home today (he had his in-home with Coach Carr in Dec.) Until a week ago, Michigan led for Germany. Then he got his test score, USC jumped in with an offer, he made an official visit there this past weekend, he had his in-home with Pete Caroll last night ... and as he told GBW afterwards (GBW Interview with Germany), "Right now it's looking like it's going to be them (SC)." Even Germany's father, previously in the 'U-M Camp' now wants him to go to the local school. Still, Michigan Assistant Ron English will visit Germany today to try to salvage the situation.
GBW's estimate of U-M's chances with him: 33% now.

- WR/CB Doug Dutch (Dec. 12 official visit, 6-2, 185 lbs., 4.3 in the 40, 3.9 GPA) from Washington D.C. Gonzaga, TheInsiders.com's #74 prospect, and a participant in the US Army All American Game. Dutch has a triple-dose of head coach in-homes today, from Florida during the day, Michigan's Coach Carr and also Virginia tonight, and with Maryland tomorrow night. Miami did not make it in due, reportedly, to a ticket snafu.
GBW's estimate of U-M's chances with him: 40% now.

Making a final visit this weekend, then deciding early next week?

- WR Adrian Arrington (Dec. 12 official visit, 2002 U-M Camper, U-M Nike stats: 6-4, 177 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 32.4 inch vertical, 4.28 sec. Shuttle … 3.5 GPA) from Cedar Rapids, Ia., George Washington. He had Michigan's Coach Malone at his school during the day and in his home for the evening last Tuesday (Coach Carr made his in-home in Dec.) -- did it tip the scales? His UCLA visit last weekend was switched at the last second to this weekend due to a ticket situation, and he has the UCLA head coach in his home first on Thurs. He will come home from a Sat.-Mon. UCLA visit and decide as soon as he can -- probably between Michigan and Iowa.
GBW's estimate of U-M's chances with him: 50% now ... at times in the past week we though the % was slightly lower, but we put it right at 50% again.

- LB/DE Tim Jamison (Jan. 9 Michigan official visit, 6-3, 225 lbs., 2.25 GPA, Dec. ACT) from Harvey, Ill, Thornton. HIs father told us that Coach Carr is in his home tomorrow (Thursday). Then he visits MSU this weekend, and after he returns he will decide as soon as he can -- between U-M, MSU and Wisconsin. Wisconsin has been considered the main competition for him, and there have been two recent factors regarding Wisconsin -- one positive, one perhaps negative. The positive -- Jamison's Wisconsin recruiter (defensive coordinator Cosgrove) moved over to Nebraska. The negative -- Jamison's teammate Randel El just committed to Wisconsin (this is considered a negligible factor).
GBW's estimate of U-M's chances with him: 50% or slightly higher (it'd be easier to 'peg' if the MSU visit was over).

Waiting until Signing Day?

(2) WR Cameron Colvin (Sept. 13 official visit, STAN Nike stats: 6-1, 188 lbs., 4.31 in the 40, 3.85 shuttle, 32.4 inch vertical, 13 bench press reps. … 2.3 GPA/16 ACT) from Concord, Calif., De La Salle. He came out of his USC visit this past weekend still feeling good about Michigan as well as USC -- a good sign. (GBW Interview with Colvin). With Coach English being out in LA to visit Eugene Germany today, you can bet he will head up the the Bay Area to see Colvin as well -- perhaps bring Coach Carr with him this time for the Head Coach in-home. He still has a Miami visit to take next weekend, but this is considered a U-M/USC battle. He plans to decide on Signing Day on Tom Lemming's Signing Day Show. He is TheInsiders.com's #16 prospect, and a US Army All Star Game participant.
GBW's estimate of U-M's chances with him: 50% or slightly higher (intuition on the 'slighly higher' part ... or wishful thinking?).

Michigan's Jan. 23 Official Visit Weekend:

- Athlete'/punter Johnny Ayers (6-1, 175 lbs., 3.7 GPA) from Vienna, Vir. (a suburb of D.C.), James Madison. As his mother told us this weekend (GBW Interview with Ayers' mother), he is visiting Boston College this weekend, and that so far schools are talking to him about a 'grey-shirt'. And an interview with his coach this week as well: (GBW Interview with Ayers' coach).

- OL/DL Dumaka Atkins (Jan. 23 official visit, 6-4, 280 lbs., 300 lb. bench press, 3.25 GPA/1110 SAT) from Sarasota, Fla., Booker. As he told us this week (GBW Interview with Arrington's mother), he visited FSU last weekend but didn't commit. U-M and FSU will be his only two visits, and he will decide after his U-M visit next weekend (Jan. 23).

(Not visiting: OL's Chilo Rachal from Calif.; Jeremy Perry from Hawaii.)

Still Trying ...

- LB Brian Toal (6-2, 225 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 10.8 100 meters, 37 inch vertical jump, 3.0 GPA/960 SAT) from Ramsey, NJ, Don Bosco. He has taken three visits now (Miami, BC, Tennessee), and set a fourth with Penn State. Michigan is still in the running for one of the remaining visit -- with Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. A 33% chance for a visit ...

Not totally/officially over, but ...

- TE Ryan Baker (Oct. 25 official visit, 2003 U-M Camper, 6-5, 235 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 3.5 GPA) from Indianapolis, Ind., Bishop Chatard. Michigan already has a tight end commitment in Mike Massey ... and besides, is Baker still waiting on Notre Dame?

- DL Corey Mills (Dec. 12 official visit, 6-4, 260 lbs., 4.8 in the 40, 3.3 GPA, 21 ACT) from Memphis, Tenn., Christian Brothers. Michigan is still in it for him, and he is deciding next week between U-M, Mississippi and Memphis (still visiting this weekend) ... but does U-M have enough DT commitments now?

- Athlete Devon Lyons (Jan. 9 official visit, PSU Nike stats: 6-2 1/2, 204 lbs., 4.47 in the 40, 4.12 shuttle, 30.7 in. vertical, 18 bench press reps., ) from Pittsburgh, Pa., Woodland Hills. Lyons is reportedly down to Miami, Ohio State and MSU. We include Lyons here because of the connections between him, current Wolverine Ryan Mundy, and Pitt commitment Andrew Johnson (5-10, 185, 4.3 in the 40). Mundy and Lyons are cousins, and all three are very close friends. Johnson is still looking around -- and Lyons brought Johnson in on his Miami in-home. This may look like a situation where hypothetically it looks like U-M could get back in it -- but Johnson's grades are reportedly a big hangup. We'll see if something pops up here, but the likelyhood seems low.


Two more reports of interest:

Michigan commitment #12, Safety Jamar Adams (Sept. 6 official visit, 2003 U-M Camper, 2001 U-M Camper, V-Tech Nike stats: 6-2 1/2,193 lbs., 4.13 sec. Shuttle, 33.2 inch vertical jump ... 3.0 GPA/940 SAT) from Matthews, N.C., Butler committed on Sept. 18 but has taken Jan. visits to North Carolina and South Carolina. He has cancelled his final two visits -- to FSU and UCLA -- and reconfirmed his U-M commitment. We were never worried about Jamar. He is TheInsiders.com's #35 Atlantic area prospect.

Regarding Early 2004/05 commitment, Junior tight end James McKinney (6-3, 260, 2.7 GPA, 4.6 in the 40) from Louisville, Kent., Central. He told us (GBW Interview with McKinney) that his U-M commitment is firm. Like Jamar Adams, he may take some visits, but we're not worried. Another interesting factor here: he is friends with junior linebacker Brandon Logan (6-1 1/2, 210 lbs., 4.6 in the 40) from Lexington, Kent., Catholic. We talked to Logan's father at this past January's U.S. Army Junior Combine. Brandon's brother John was a top U-M recruit as a WR a year ago, and surprised everyone by picking Kentucky early-on over Michigan ("I was a surprised as everyone else," Mr. Logan told us.) Brandon is a former Michigan Camper, and attended the U-M Nike Camp last April as well. We actually talked to Branddon last spring when we thought he was a senior this year. Brandon definitely likes Michigan, and was considered the top junior linebacker at the U-M Nike Camp.

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