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Jr. Day Afterglow: "Best Guess" List: QB/RB/WR

With Michigan looking at a small 2004/05 recruiting class of perhaps 15 or possibly up to 17, filling specific 'position needs' is of primary interest. For this class the needs are pretty obvious -- in our opinion of course. <br><br> Here is the complete position-needs picture, then, position by position, GoBlueWolverine's <b>First true 2004/05 recruiting class "Best Guess List"</b> (starting with quarterback/running back/wideout).

The Needs:

Even though Michigan has three top signal callers on scholarship, to have only three QB's on the team (and only two available for spring practice) is not nearly enough. Michigan would most want at least one quarterback in the 04/05 class, or, believe it or not, even two.

Running backs:
The need may have been for one running back, and if so the Wolverines filled the need in a major way with Kevin Grady. As far as fullback, with either Jim Pressley or Roger Allison able to play the positon, the need is probably not great there.

Wide receivers:
With Mario Manningham already in the fold and three good incoming freshmen, we'd say Michigan's need for additional wideouts is one more at most.

Tight ends:
With James McKinney in the fold (and at thse point we still believe he IS in the fold), there may be no additional need here.

Offensive linemen:
We would say that with Justin Schifano in the fold, the need is for two true offensive tackles.

Defensive linemen:
Interior defensive line: if one assumes that Terrance Taylor is a future Wolverine, there may not be additional need here. As far as defensive end goes, great pass rushers are scarce and always in need -- we assume Michigan would like one or two more.

This is likely a positon of emphasis for the 04/05 recruiting class: two or possibly three may be in order.

Defensive backs:
With Marlin Jackson and Markus Curry both going into their final seasons for the Wolverines, cornerback is quite likely a position of recruiting-emphasis. If U-M takes three DB's in this class, they might all be corners.

It has to be assumed that Michigan would very much like a punter in this class.


With these needs in mind, here is a fairly large Best Guess Recruiting Class list, position by position. At each position, prospects are listed in rough order of early-player-rating.

QUARTERBACK. The Need: one or even two.

- Quarterback Ryan Perrilloux (Planned 2004 Michigan camper, 6-3, 210 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 32 inch vertical jump, 3.2 GPA) from Reserve East St. John, Louisiana. Considered one of the top 25 juniors nationally, Perriloux most likely has a U-M offer, but he has to be considered a long-shot for U-M, with LSU the favorite. Still, he is saying he plans to attend the Michigan Camp for a day next summer. As a junior he passed for 2600 yds with 20 touchdowns; he also rushed for 1500 yards and 22 touchdowns.

- Quarterback Evan Sharpley (2003 Michigan Camper, 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 all but one Michigan home game last fall. He told us he grew up a Michigan fan, and he also attended the Jan. 29 Junior Day. He's a Max Emfinger 4-star prospect.

- Quarterback Robby Schoenhoft (2001/02/03 Michigan camper, 6-6, 225 lbs.) from Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Xavier. He has camped at Michigan three years so far. He now has offers from Michigan State, Maryland, and UC (Cincinnati). Last fall he made unofficial visits for the Indiana and OSU games and told us (and he reconfirmed it recently with Bucknuts.com) that Michigan is his favorite school, with OSU #2.

- Quarterback Miles Schleister (2003 Michigan Camper, 6-3, 180 lbs.) from Washington Court House, Ohio. This friend of the Mark Bihl family is the nephew of Art Schlichter. He attended the OSU game last fall, and the 2003 Michigan Camp.

- Quarterback Jake Christiansen (6-0, 205 lbs., 4.6 in the 40) from Lockport Township, Ill. The Max Emfinger 4-star prospect attended the Jan. 29 Junior Day.

- Quarterback Josh Portis (6-4, 198 lbs., 4.55 in the 40) from Woodland Hills, Calif., Taft. He is a Max Emfinger 4-star prospect.

- Quarterback Jason Forcier from Santa Ana Mater Dei. He was a 2002 U-M camper, and attended the OSU game last fall.

RUNNING BACK. The Need: with Kevin Grady committed, maybe none.

- 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. He is Max Emfinger's Tailback #1.

Running back Mikell Simpson (6-2, 190 lbs.) from Harrisburg, Pa. He attended the Jan. 29 Junior Day.

WIDE RECEIVER. The Need: with Mario Manningham committed, maybe one more.

- Junior commitment #4: Wide receiver Mario Manningham (6-0, 180 lbs., 4.4 in the 40) from Warren, Ohio, Harding ( the alma mater of Prescott Burgess). Manningham, a long-time Michigan fan, made an unofficial visit to Michigan for the Indiana game, and committed to the Wolverines on Feb. 5, the day after Signing Day. Considered one of Ohio's top three prospects, as a junior he made 32 receptions, for 700 yards and 11 touchdowns as Harding went 10-1. He is Max Emfinger's Wide Receiver #1.

- Athlete Antonio Bass (6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 3.0 GPA) from Jackson, Mich. He is one of the consensus top three instate juniors, and could play wideout, running back or cornerback. He has a U-M offer and attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day. Michigan leads for him.

- 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. Ryan attended the Jan. 29 Junior Day, where he looked 'buff' enough to possibly grow into a tight end.

- Wide receiver/defensive back Talonnie Russell (5-11, 175 lbs., 4.4 in the 40) from Detroit DePorres. He is one of Jim S' Super Seven instate recruits.

- Wide receiver Selwyn Lymon (6-5, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 36 inch vert.) from Ft.Wayne Harding. He planned to attend the Jan. 29 Junior Day, but we did not spot him there. He's a Max Emfinger 4-star prospect.

- Wide receiver Donald Washington (6-3, 180 lbs.) from Indianapolis, Ind. He attended the OSU game last fall.

- Wide receiver Otis Wiley (601, 180 lbs.) from Flint, Mich., Carmen Ainesworth. He attended the Jan. 29 Junior Day.

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