Junior Day List Is Growing!

The visitor list (our unofficial list of course) for the Jan. 29 Michigan Junior Day (for the OSU basketball game) is pushing 30 now! Check out the latest.<br><br> Also, former Wolverine Assistant Recruiting Coordinator Mark Ouimet on Junior Days -- and on the changes in Michigan football recruiting the past two years.

Planned Junior Day Attendees (and there may be quite a few more ... as many as double this including sophmores, and teammates of recruits ... and then parents/coaches could double the number again ... as many as 150 people may fill the 'Junior Day Seats' overall):

1. Cornerback/athlete Justin King (Planned 2004 U-M Camper, 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. He is Max Emfinger's All-purpose back #2.

2. 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. Emfinger Nose Tackle #3.

3. Linebacker Brian Cushing (Planned U-M Camper, 6-3, 230 lbs., 4.5 in the 40) from Bergen, N.J. Catholic. The head coach of Max Emfinger's #4 strongside linebacker told us Brian wants to come and would try hard to make it.

4. Quarterback Evan Sharpley (Planned 2004 U-M Camper, 6-3, 190 lbs., 4.7 in the 40, 3.97 GPA) from Marshall, Mich. Sharpley, considered the top instate quarterback and one of the top five instate prospects overall, attended the OSU game last fall. He told us he grew up a Michigan fan, and will "possibly-probably" attend the Jan. 29 Junior Day. Emfinger 4-star prospect.

5. Tight end/defensive end J.B. Paxson (6-3, 260 lbs., 4.8 in the 40, 315 lbs. bench press) from Greenwood, Ind., Center Grove (Adam Finley's alma mater). He plans to attend the Feb. 29 Junior Day. Emfinger 4-star prospect.

6. Linebacker Chris Jeske (Planned 2004 U-M Camper, 6-2, 215 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 4.3 GPA) from Joliet, Ill., Catholic (Mike Kolodziej's alma mater). As a junior Jeske made 163 tackles, 113 solo as Joliet Catholic won the Illinois State 5A title. He has early offers from Wisconsin and Northwestern, and Michigan visited his school in December. He will attend the Jan. 29 U-M Junior Day, and most likely attend summer camps at Michigan and Ohio State. Emfinger 4-star prospect.

7. Cornerback Brandon Harrison (5-10, 180 lbs.) from Dayton, Ohio Chaminade-Julienne. He's Emfinger's #2 Free Safety. He plans to attend the Feb. 29 Junior Day.

8. Linebacker Andrew Hawken (2003 U-M Camper, 6-2, 220 lbs., 4.65 in the 40) from Grandville, Mich. As a junior he missed 1 1/2 games due to injury, but recorded 1,270 yards and 23 touchdowns (as well as 38 receptions) to lead Grandville to the Division 1 semifinals. He grew up a Michigan fan and had plans to attend the Feb. 29th Ohio State game Junior Day. Emfinger 4-star prospect.

9. Linebacker Nick Lawrence (6-3, 215 lbs., 4.7 in the 40) from Brighton. Brighton -- home of Clint Copenhaver, Drew Henson and Dave Pearson. He plans to attend the Feb. 29th Ohio State game Junior Day. He is considered one of the state's top 15 prospects.

10. Offensive guard Frazer Burton (U.S. Army Combine stats; 6-2, 313 lbs., 6.0 in the 40, 26 bench press reps. ... 2.55 GPA) from Brighton, Mich. 11. Wide receiver Selwyn Lymon (6-5, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 36 inch vert.) from Ft.Wayne Harding.

12. 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.

13. Athlete Akim Sanders (6-1, 190 lbs., 2.8 GPA) from Detroit Crockett.

14. Offensive tackle Jason Kacinko (6-6, 300 lbs.) from Penn-Trafford, Penn. He's a Max Emfinger 4-star offensive tackle.

15. Junior commitment #1: Running back Kevin Grady (2002 U-M Camper, 5-9, 230 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 2.7 GPA) from East Grand Rapids, Mich. The consensus #1 instate junior finished his junior season with 2,507 yards (including 235 in the State Championship victory) and 39 touchdowns. He committed Sept. 8, 2003, after attending the Houston game and before attending the Notre Dame game. He plans to enroll at U-M in Jan. 2005. Emfinger Tailback #1.

16. Tight End Emmanuel Southern (6-4, 215 lbs., 4.7in the 40) from Saginaw, Mich.

17. Quarterback/Athlete Jermaine Jenkins (6-2, 200 lbs.) from Saginaw, Mich.

18./19.20. Athletes Jamaal and Jamar Hibler (6-1, 190 lbs.), and Wide Receiver Jamir Grady, from Saginaw, Mich.

21./22./23/ Offensive linemen Andy Laue (6-5, 275 lbs.) from Barrington, Ill. It is possible his fellow O-linemen Otis Hudson and Dan Doering (US Army Combine stats: 6-5 1/2, 270 lbs., 5.29 in the 40, 16 bench press reps.) will be in attendance as well.

24. Offensive lineman John Bachman (U.S. Army Combine stats: 6-4, 240 lbs., 5.4 in the 40, 17 bench press reps.) from Moon Township, Penn.

25. Possible attendee: Athlete Antonio Bass (6-1, 190 lbs.) from Jackson, Mich.

26. Possible attendee: Linebacker Ryan Bain (6-2, 240 lbs., 4.65 in the 40) from Bolingbrook, Ill. As a junior he made 128 tackles and 28 tackles for loss.

27. Possible attendee: 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. He has been invited to the Jan. 29 Junior Day and might attend.

28./29. Attending the MSU game this past Tuesday: Chris McLaurin (6-4, 235 lbs., 4.80 in the 40) from Orchard Lake St. Mary's. As a junior DL he made 50 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks. McLaurin attended with his teammate Isaiah Bonner (5-10, 175 lbs.).


Ouimet on Junior Day:

The kids will probably go to Crisler Arena and watch the game, then go over to Schembechler Hall afterwards for a presentation from Coach Carr and the Assistants. Sometimes the presentation is before the game, sometimes it's after.

And Ouimet on whether Michigan recruiting has changed in the past two years, since he (and retired Recruiting Coordinator Bobby Morrison) have been gone.

"The biggest change in the past two years was the bringing in of official visitors during the season. Whereas under Coach Morrision we'd do 1 or 2 official visits the whole football season, last year they brought in quite a few. Bringing in visitors this way does get the kids around the game atmosphere, and that's a plus - especially if you win. But when Bobby Morrison was there, we considered it a distraction too -- that it was hard to pay attention to them with a game going on. If you can get them one at a time it's not too bad ... but a group of kids on official visits for a game weekend is kind've hard. I think they landed three of the kids they brought in early, didn't they? Jamar Adams, Alan Branch and Keston Cheathem."

"As far as whether Michigan has waited later on more kids that last two years that we had under Morrison. I actually don't think there was a big difference there. A year ago they waited for two good kids on Signing Day and landed them (Lamarr Woodley and Shawn Crable), and this year they waited for two (Cameron Colvin and Eugene Germany) and lost them. Both years it was not like they were waiting for a LOT of kids, just a couple. We came down to the end with kids at times, and our experience was this: the Midwest kids tended much more to pick us late than the out-of-area kids. And that's what happened the past two years as well. One of those kids this year even supposedly told Michigan a couple days before Signing Day that he was coming ... we had that same thing happen with a California kid too, Travis Johnson."

"Recruiting at Michigan always has revolved to a large extent around the Michigan Camp. And that hasn't changed. Under Mike Debord, who was at Michigan before, things may go back more to how they were under Coach Morrison ... we'll see. I'm sure Coach Bebord will do whatever is best."

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