Early Recruiting - Several Possible Recruits

The period between Signing Day and the end of the U-M Summer Camp is the part of the recruiting year where things get fuzzy. So many kids, so many that 'kind've' seem like recruits, etc. So we'll always try to bring things into as much focus as possible.<br><br> It's important to keep in mind that, basically,in this part of the recruiting year where there are only two types of recruits. Here are the 'types' and, with this in mind, here are updates on several kids that've popped up recently.

Basically, in the most black-and-white terms, there are only two types of Michigan prospects right now: those who have scholarship offers and those who don't. But this is not a 'black and white' part of the recruiting season -- very few juniors have Michigan offers. There are also, we'd say, three more catagories of high school prospects for us Michigan fans to consider. There are those kids who seem to be on the verge of getting an offer from Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr, either in person (the preferred modus operandi at U-M), or over the phone (for the sake of expediency in some cases), or sometimes by letter. These kids may have been viewed on film by U-M recently and will soon get offers in the mail, but mainly these are prospects who will be told during the spring contact period by an assistant coach that Michigan 'wants them'. A third catagory consists of those whose school has already been visited by Michigan in the 2003/04 Dec./Jan. contact period and who have been informed through their high school coaches that Michigan has serious interest; these kids are also getting a lot of mail from U-M. A fourth catagory is those kids who have gotten a lot of mail from Michigan -- and this is a large group of kids. And finally there are those kids who have gotten at least some mail from Michigan -- this is a very large catagory.

So when you, the reader, read recruiting reports at this time of the year, we advise you to do so with these general catagories in mind. And therefore to keep kids on the 'back burner' in your minds unless they are close to the top of the 'pyramid'.

We at GoBlueWolverine will attempt to focus our attention at the top of this 'prospect pyramid' for you -- and to make it clear from the kids' stories themselves where they stand as Michigan recruits. And we will generally be conservative in our approach -- if we are in doubt about whether someone is high up in the pyramid or not, we will lean to the lower side. We want to, as much as possible, avoid clouding an already naturally out-of-focus picture by bring reports of kids to you nilly-willy -- a big temptation early in the recruiting season. We believe this is what you've come to expect from at GoBlueWolverine, and this is what we strive to bring to you.

With this in mind, here are mini-reports on several kids that have popped up recently.

Wideout/cornerback Derrick Williams from Greenbelt, Md., Roosevelt, whose US Army Combine Stats were: 5-11 1/2, 185 lbs., 4.41 in the 40, 31 inch vertical jump. True, Michigan has not offered him and did not visit his school in Dec./Jan. -- but if he'd like to play CB in college U-M is likely to come after him hard!

- Offensive lineman A.J. Haas (6-5, 300 lbs.) from Copley, Ohio, considered perhaps one of the two top Ohio O-Linemen. His coach told us recently, "He likes the Big Ten, I know that ... but I'm not sure if he's been to Michigan. He has attended the OSU and PSU camps in the past." About Haas' ability he says: "He's 6-5, he moves his feet well, he certainly passes the look test ... he had a good junior year and we think he'll be the dominent offensive lineman in this area next seson. We're Division II, we've been very successful, we've been in the playoffs that past 5-6 years ... last year we made the regional semifinals."

- Defensive back Michael Ray Garvin from Ramsey, N.J. Don Bosco. At the U.S. Army Junior Combine a Don Bosco coach came over and introduced himself to us. We talked about 03/04 prospect Brian Toal a bit, puzzling over wht he did not make an official visit to U-M. But the coach mainly came over to tell us, "I've got a guy here who also came with us when a bunch of us from Don Bosco visited Michigan for a spring practice last April. There he is -- his name is Michael Ray Garvin. He's had the fastest 40 time here I think, and he really likes Michigan!" We watched Garvin, and had to wonder if we were watching an All American, or this year's 'Terrail Lambert'. Here are Garvin's combine state: 5-7 1/2, 172 lbs., a blazing 4.37 in the 40 (fastest time at the combine), 4.33 shuttle, an excellent 22 bench press reps. (best of all DB's), and a very good 30 inch vertical jump. We'll see if the height measurement holds back his recruitment or not.

- Offensive lineman Rocco Cirroni (6-6, 250 lbs.) from Warren, Ohio, Harding. Rocco was with the Harding contingent at the Indiana game last fall (along with Mario Manningham and others). Rocco has height, and a 'tough guy' appearance. But his body is more of a basketball power forward so far. We'll see if anything develops here.

- Lineman Terrance Jamison (6-4, 230 lbs.) from Harvey, Ill., Thornton. Terance is the brother is U-M signee Tim, and U-M was able to make casual-contact with him when they did their in-homes and in-schools with Tim. Terrance is considered a DE prospect like his brother, but started on the O-line as a junior. We'll see if anything develops here.

And, once again, these instaters:

- Three Detroit-area instaters that Jim S. has been telling us about for a year now: DE Antonio Hinton and LM Ahmed Gause from Harper Woods Trinity (formerly Bishop Gallagher, a prominent U-M pipeline: Darnell Hood, Markus and Julius Curry, et al.), and LB Carsen Butler from Detroit Renaissance (school of hoopsters Malik Hairson and a certain lesser known SG).

- Quarterback Evan Sharpley (6-2 1/2, 190 lbs., 4.7 in the 40, 4.0 GPA) from Marshall, Mich. A Michigan recruit from Marshall two years ago told us to keep our eye on Evan. And doing that has been easy -- he attended pretty much every U-M home game last fall.

- Linebacker Andrew Hawken (6-2, 220 lbs., 4.65 in the 40) from Grandville, Mich.

- Wide receiver Ryan Allison (6'-2 1/2 195 lbs, 4.59 in the 40, 4.47 shuttle, 29 inch vertical jump, 16 bench press reps.) from Lake Orion Mich., brother of U-M signee Roger. Mr. Allison told us about Ryan a year ago when we were talking about Roger.

- Linebacker Nick Lawrence (6-3, 215 lbs., 4.7 in the 40) from Brighton. Brighton -- home of Clint Copenhaver, Drew Henson and Dave Pearson.


For the record, here are those who reportedly have U-M offers (besides U-M's four junior commitments of course! And this list is not complete, there are likely some others (although not too many):

- Offensive lineman Dan Doering (US Army Combine stats: 6-5 1/2, 270 lbs., 5.29 in the 40, 16 bench press reps.) from Barrington, Ill. He has a Michigan offer, and it is assumed that Michigan will end up in his final five. Doering is one of USA Today's Top Ten Juniors.

- Nose tackle Terrance Taylor (2003 U-M Camper, 6-0, 285 lbs., 4.9 in the 40) from Muskegon, Mich. Taylor is one of the top two instate juniors, along with Kevin Grady, and has a Michigan offer. He attended several Michigan games last fall, and tells us Michigan is his leader. As a junior he made 68 tackles including 10 sacks. He is one of USA Today's Top Ten Juniors.

- Defensive end Christian Fleming (6-5, 250 lbs., 4.7 in the 40) from Erie, Penn., Strong Vincent. As a junior he made 41 tackles for loss and 23 sacks. He reportedly has a Michigan offer.

- Linebacker Brandon Logan (US Army Combine stats: 6-0, 189 lbs., 4.72 in the 40, 11 bench press reps., 26 inch vertical jump.) from Lexington, Kent., Catholic. Brandon is a two-time Michigan Camper and has a U-M offer. The Wolverines lead.

- Linebacker Ryan Reynolds (US Army Combine stats: 6-1 1/2, 215 lbs., 4.65 in the 40, 4.17 shuttle, 29 inch vertical jump, 34 bench press reps.) from Las Vegas, Nev., Bishop Gorman. Reynolds is on of USA Today's Top Ten juniors. Michigan has offered him, and he has told us that he will most likely make an official visit to Michigan.

- Cornerback/athlete Justin King (5-11, 182 lbs., 2003 PSU Nike stats: 4.29 in the 40, 3.72 sec. shuttle, 37.1 inch vertical jump, 11 bench press reps., 3.0 GPA) from Monroeville. Considered perhaps the #1 junior prospect in Pennsylvania, he rushed as a junior for 1,763 yards (8.2 yards per carry) and 29 touchdowns; and as a cornerback he recorded 28 tackles, three fumble recoveries, and three interceptions. His stepfather/coach (a PSU grad) told us Justin would visit U-M for it's late Feb. Junior Day, for a spring practice, and for the Michigan Summer Camp.

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