Lemming's Early Top 100 Is Out

National recruiting guru Tom Lemming has released his first Top 100 list of juniors. There are a LOT of U-M recruits and recruiting targets on the list -- quite possibly more than for any other college! Here are the U-M targets, and a link to the whole list.

Lemming does not list the kids in any kind of 1-100 order. He has them grouped in alphabetical order, by position. You can bet that U-M has the most recruits and recruiting targets on the list. Here they are (our unofficial tally of course):

Note: Lemming's list indicates that this is an unusual year for QB's in that most of his list is made up of run-pass guys ... is it a bit of an off year for drop-back QB's?

- Quarterback Jake Christiansen (6-0, 205 lbs., 4.6 in the 40) from Lockport Township, Ill. He attended the Jan. 29 Junior Day.

- Quarterback Ryan Perrilloux (Possible 2004 Michigan camper, 6-3, 210 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 32 inch vertical jump, 2.7 GPA) from Reserve East St. John, Louisiana. Perriloux most likely has a U-M OFFER, but he has to be considered a long-shot for U-M, with LSU the favorite, then Texas. Still, he has said he will likely attend the Michigan Camp for a day next summer. He met U-M Assistant Coach Fred Jackson in the 8th grade. As a junior he passed for 2600 yds with 20 touchdowns; he also rushed for 1500 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Note: Commitment Kevin Grady made the list. And Lemming has Justin King listed here.

- U-M 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. He attended the 2004 U-M Spring Game. 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.

- Running back A.J. Jimmerson (Probable '04 U-M Camper, 5-11, 205 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 10.7 100 meters) from Florissant, Mo., Hazelwood Central. Attending the U-M Camp with Jimmerson may be teammate Kazeem Alli (6-4, 220 lbs.). As a junior Jimmerson rushed for 1,445 yards (7.8 yards per carry) and 24 touchdowns; he also had 33 pass receptions for 536 yards and four touchdowns.

- Cornerback/athlete Justin King (Planned 2004 Michigan 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, Pa. 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. He has a U-M OFFER and came to the Feb. 29 Junior Day and the Spring Game, and he also plans to attend the Michigan Summer Camp.

Note: Commitment Mario Manningham made the list.

- Wide Receiver D.J. Hord (6-1, 185 lbs., 4.35 in the 40, 3.2 GPA) from Kansas City, Missou., Rockhurst. U-M is his fav. As a junior he caught 10 TDs for around 600 yards. He's also run a wind-aided 10.39 100 meeters in track this spring.

- 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.

- Wide Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (6-2, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40) from Charlotte, N.C., Independence. Is he considering U-M? The cousin of Wolverine TE Tim has a U-M OFFER, but he is mentioning mainly ACC schools.


- Tight end Anthony Moeaki (Probably '04 U-M Camper, 6-4, 255 lbs., 4.8 in the 40, 3.5 GPA) from Wheaton, Ill., South. The teammate of U-M OT recruit Dace Richardson has U-M in his early top 5. As of mid-April he has 11 offers. As a junior he had 23 receptions for 405 yards and three touchdowns.

Note: U-M commitment Justin Schifano did not make the list. And we are leaving OSU commitment Alex Boone (from Lakewood, Oh., St. Edward) off the list too, even though he made an unofficial visit to U-M last weekend.

- Offensive tackle 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 attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day and a spring practice. Doering is one of USA Today's Top Ten Juniors.

- Offensive tackle Aleksey Lanis (6-6, 300 lbs.) from Los Angeles Crenshaw. Michigan is recruiting him hard, but it may be hard to get him out of LA.

- Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe (6-6, 320 lbs., 5.2 in the 40) from Plainfield, N.J. In mid-April U-M OFFERed him.

- Offensive tackle Dace Richardson (Planned Michigan Camper, 6-8, 305 lbs., 5.2 in the 40) from Wheaton, Ill., South. He visited for a spring practice and was OFFERed. He also has offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa St, Kentucky, Nebraska and MSU.

- Offensive tackle Chris Scott (Possible 2004 Michigan camper, 6-6, 305 lbs., 4.8 in the 40, 355 lb. bench press, 3.2 GPA/1100 SAT) from Lovejoy, Ga. He attended a game on an unofficial visit last fall (2003). FSU and U-M lead early for him. The Seminoles may have the edge early, but camping would be a promising sign -- and he has a CB teammate, Keith Fitzhugh, who plans to camp at U-M.

- Defensive/offensive tackle Marques Slocum (6-6, 330 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 300 lb. bench press) from Philadelphia St John Neumann. U-M is recruiting him for an offensive tackle; as of mid-April, U-M may be about to offer him. He grew up a U-M fan. As a junior he had 8 sacks.

- Offensive tackle Cory Zirbel (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 6-7, 305 lbs., 5.1 in the 40, 3.0+ GPA) from Murray, Kent. He attended the 2004 U-M Spring Game, and U-M is his favorite.

Defensive Linemen
Note: top U-M recruit Terrance Taylor is not listed. Also, U-M commitment James McKinney does not appear here, nor in the tight end list.

- Defensive end Aaron Lewis (6-4, 265 lbs., 4.6 in the 40, 3.0 GPA) from Albuquerque, M. Mex., La Cueva. He has a N. Mex. offer, and is considering U-M among others. As a junior he made 89 tackles, 25 and a half sacks (a New Mexico state record), one blocked punt, five blocked passes and one blocked field goal. And by the way Lewis has a teammate, Seth Johnson (6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40) ... when Michigan visits La Cueva High School you can bet they'll look at them both.

- Defensive tackle Vincent Oghobasse (6-6, 300 lbs., 5.2 in the 40) from Alief, Tex., Hastings. He lists U-M, but his favs are LSU, Texas A&M and Oklahoa -- all of whom have offered.

- Defensive end J.B. Paxson (2003 U-M Camper, 6-3, 260 lbs., 4.8 in the 40, 315 lb. bench press, 2.6 GPA/860 SAT) from Greenwood, Ind., Center Grove (Jeremy Van Alstyne's and Adam Finley's alma mater). He attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day and a spring practice -- but most of his family attended Purdue. As a junior he made 115 tackles and 23 sacks. He also plans to play baseball (catcher) in college.

- Tight end/Defensive end Zach Potter (6-7, 240 lbs., 4.7 in the 40) from Omaha, Neb., Creighton Prep. As a junior, Potter had 19 catches, 315 yards, and four touchdowns; as a defensive end he had ten sacks. He has U-M in his early top 5.


- Linebacker Ryan Bain (6-2, 240 lbs., 4.65 in the 40, 400 lb. bench press, 3.0 GPA) from Bolingbrook, Ill. As a junior he made 128 tackles and 28 tackles for loss.

- Linebacker/safety Brian Cushing (Possible U-M Camper, 6-3, 230 lbs., 4.5 in the 40) from Oradell, N.J., Bergen Catholic. Michigan was in his school this past winter, and he attended the Feb. 29 Juniot Day. U-M has not offered him yet, and he's gotten a bit discouraged -- we'll see if he still makes it to camp As of mid-April he has 12 offers. As a junior he made 120 tackles, 9 sacks, 7 interceptions and 22 tackles for a loss; as a wide receiver he made 13 catches for 456 yards and seven touchdowns. He was 1st team All-State by the Associated Press.

- Linebacker/running back Jerome Hayes (Possible 2004 Michigan Camper, 6-2, 220 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 330 lb. bench press, 2.8 GPA) from Bayonne, New Jersey. He has a Michigan OFFER and may attend the Michigan Camp. As a soph. ILB he made 118 tackles, his junior numbers decreased to 70 tackles as he switched to the weak side and teams avoided him; as a junior he also rushed for 1100 yards and had 8 touchdowns.

- 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.

- Linebacker Brandon Logan (Planned 2004 Michigan Camper, 2003 and 2002 Michigan Camper, 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. He attended a 2004 Spring Practice. He has offers from U-M, Tennessee, Louisville and Kentucky.

- Linebacker Rico McCoy (2003 Michigan Camper, 6-1, 215 lb.s, 4.55 in the 40) from Washington D.C. St. John's College. If U-M offers him they will be in his top group. He has offers from Pitt, Maryland, and Syracuse (McCoy's brother, Reggie, is a freshman defensive back at Syracuse). As a junior he made 120 tackles and five sacks.

- Linebacker Derek Nicholson (Possible 2004 Michigan Camper, 6-2, 230 lbs., 4.6 in the 40, 340 lb. bench press, 32 inch vertical jump) from Winston Salem, N.C., Mt. Tabor. U-M has OFFERed him, and he attended the U-M Spring Game. As a junior he led his team to a 13-2 record and the state 4-A finals, while making 181 tackles, including 27 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks. Other spring visits: North Carolina, NC State, FSU, Georgia, Virginia Tech. Other offers: all those schools, plus Tennessee, Notre Dame, Virginia, and others. His father, Darrell, was an all-conference linebacker at North Carolina in the early 80's, and his older brother A.J. is a junior linebacker at FSU.

- 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. ... 370 lb. bench press) from Las Vegas, Nev., Bishop Gorman. Reynolds is on of USA Today's Top Ten juniors. Michigan has OFFERed him, he attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day, and he has told us that he will most likely make an official visit to Michigan. As a junior he recorded 96 tackles (12 for loss), 6 sacks and 1 interception.

- Linebacker Ernest Williams (6-2, 248 lbs., 4.6 in the 40, 34- lb. bench press) from Monessen, Penn. He lists U-M in his early 6-7 schools.

Note: Antonio Bass is in this list. So is Derrick Williams.

- Athlete (QB/RB/WR) Antonio Bass (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 3.0 GPA) from Jackson, Mich. He has a U-M OFFER and attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day, a U-M spring practice, and the Michigan Spring Game as well. He is one of the consensus top three instate juniors, and could play quarterback, wideout, running back or cornerback. Michigan leads for him, but schools like Virginia Tech and Syracuse are a threat.

- Wide receiver/safety C.J. Byrd (6-3, 192 lbs., 4.4 in the 40) from North Augusta, S.C. We include him because he listed U-M early, and now has a U-M OFFER, but he may have already dropped the Wolverines down his list.

-Cornerback Derek Pegues (5-10, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40) from Batesville, Miss., South Panola. Another QB/Athlete, he's considered one of the top cornerback prospects.

- Running back/defensive back Mikell Simpson (6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 2.8 GPA) from Harrisburg, Pa. He attended the Jan. 29 Junior Day.

- Safety Adam Myers-White (Possible 2004 Michigan Camper, 6-3, 200 lbs.) from Hamilton, Ohio. The former head coach at Hamilton was Wolverine Andy Mignery's father. And White's dad played for Bo. He reportedly has a U-M OFFER, he told us he'd attend a spring practice, and he may attend the 2004 Michigan Camp ... but OSU reportedly leads.

- Wideout/cornerback Derrick Williams (US Army Combine Stats were: 5-11 1/2, 185 lbs., 4.41 in the 40, 31 inch vertical jump ... 19 bench press reps. of 185 lbs., 2.8 GPA/810 SAT) from Greenbelt, Md., Roosevelt. Michigan has OFFERed him. And he has told us that he is interested in Michigan -- and his coach told us in early april that, "I know Michigan, Florida State, and Tennessee." He finished his junior year (playing QB) with 1,500 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns on the ground along with 700 passing yards and eight touchdowns through the air. On special teams Williams racked up 400 yards in kickoff retruns and took three punt returns back for touchdowns. Defensively he notched three interceptions, one that was taken back.

For the whole list, click here: Lemming Top 100 on ESPN

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