defensive backs.

For this list we asked ourselves: if Signing Day were Sept. 1st, who would be at the top of the list?

(**Fri. night -- one obvious ommision**)"> defensive backs.

For this list we asked ourselves: if Signing Day were Sept. 1st, who would be at the top of the list?

(**Fri. night -- one obvious ommision**)">

Best Guess Recruiting Class: 1st Short List: DB's

Continuing our first short "Best Guess Recruiting Class" list: <b>defensive backs</b>.<br><br> For this list we asked ourselves: if Signing Day were Sept. 1st, who would be at the top of the list?<br><br> (<b>**Fri. night -- one obvious ommision**</b>)

With Michigan looking at a smallish 2004/05 recruiting class (our unofficial count right now is up one, to 15, so it may grow to 16-17 tops) and already having four commitments, they are more than likely only looking for 11-12 more recruits, perhaps broken down as follows: 1 QB, 0 RB's (with 1 commitment already), 0-1 WR's (with 2 commitments already), 2 OT's (with 1 OL commitment already, an OG), 3 DL's (1-2 DT's and 1-2 DE's), 3 LB's (1 ILB's, 2 OLB's or visa versa), 3 DB's (3 corners), and a Punter.

The DB Need: with Marlin Jackson and Markus Curry both going into their final seasons for the Wolverines, cornerback is quite likely a position of recruiting-emphasis. So Michigan may take 3 (or even 4?) recruits from this DB list. And if U-M takes three DB's in this class, they just might all be corners.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

-- The most likely recruits?

- Cornerback Justin King (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 5-11, 182 lbs., 2003 PSU Nike stats: 4.29 in the 40, 3.72 sec. shuttle {best of camp}, 37.1 inch vertical jump {best of camp}, 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. He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect. At the PSU Nike Camp he again stated that U-M is his leader.
GBW Interviews King in mid-May at PSU Nike.

- Cornerback Derek Pegues (Probable '04 U-M Camper, 5-11, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 2.8 GPA/18 ACT) from Batesville, Miss., South Panola. He has a U-M OFFER, and lists U-M and Tennessee (offer, camp) as his top 2. He has family in Sought BEnd and plans to attend the Notre Dame and U-M Camps. He is a member of Tom Lemming's early Top 100 as a cornerback -- the only Deep South corner on Lemming's list.
GBW Interviews Pegues in mid-May.

- Cornerback Avery Atkins (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 6-2, 190 lbs. 4.39 in the 40 {2003 FSU Camp}, 285 lb. bench press, 35 inch vertical) from Daytona Beach, Fla., Mainland. As a junior he made 39 tackles, six pass breakups and three interceptions. He has offers from FSU and Miami, and the Fla. schools lead although U-M is in the mix. He is Max Emfinger's #6 cornerback.
GBW Interviews Atkins in late-April.

- Cornerback/running back Victor Harris (6-0, 185 lbs., 4.45 in the 40, 2.8 GPA) from Highland Springs, Vir. grew up a U-M fan and U-M has OFFERed him. As of mid-April he has a hamstrong injury and will not attend spring 'combines'. As a junior Harris rushed for 2,210 yards and 37 touchdowns as a running back; as a cornerback on defense he made 45 tackles and eight interceptions. He was named a first-team Class 3A selection as both a defensive back and a tailback while helping lead the his team to a 9-2 record. He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect.
GBW Interviews Harris in late-April.

- Athlete (QB/RB/WR) Antonio Bass (Planned '04 U-M Camper, OSU Nike stats: 6-1 3/4, 193 lbs., 4.41 in the 40, 35 inch vertical jump, 19 bench press reps. ... 3.0 GPA/21 ACT) from Jackson, Mich. Bass is more likely a wideout recruit, but we list him here as well since he'd make a great DB. 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. He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect.
GBW Interviews Bass in late-April.

- Cornerback Brandon Harrison (Planned '04 U-M Camper, OSU Nike stats: 5-9, 193 lbs., 4.25 in the 40, 37 inch vertical jump ... 10.5 100 meters, 315 lb. bench press, 3.0 GPA/17 ACT) from Dayton, Ohio Chaminade-Julienne. As a junior he made 78 tackles and had three interceptions; he also had 6 touchdowns, 3 as a RB (in a wishbone with Javon Ringer), and 3 as a kick returner. He is Max Emfinger's #5 Free Safety. He attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day. OSU and U-M may be his favorites -- we'll see who offers him first.
GBW Interviews Harrison in late-April.

- Safety/linebacker Nick Harris (LSU Nike stats: 6-2 1/2, 209 lbs., 35 inch vertial jump, 4.2 sec. shuttle, 12 bench press reps.) from Alexandria, Louisiana. He has a U-M OFFER, and U-M is in his top 3 (but perhaps 3rd) with LSU (camp, no offer) and Texas A&M (camp, offer). Harris was considered one of the top 7 performers in a strong LSU Nike camp.
GBW Interviews Harris in mid-May.

-- Keep your eye on:

- Athlete/safety Jermaine Jenkins (Planned '04 U-M Camper, OSU Nike stats: 6-1, 185 lbs., 4.6 in the 40, 4.2 sec. shuttle, 14 bench press reps.) from Saginaw, Mich. He plays quarterback for Saginaw but will likely play safety in college. He attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day.
GBW Interviews Jenkins in mid-May.

- Cornerback/safety Cary Harris (6-2, 180 lbs.) from Sherman Oaks, Calif, Notre Dame.

- DB Johnny Spears. - (*left off inadvertantly*) Cornerback Kevin Thomas (SDST Nike stats: 6-0 1/2, 166 lbs., 4.49 in the 40, 4.03 sec. shuttle, 37.2 vertical jump) from Oxnard, Calif., Rio Mesa. He was the top "athlete' at the SOCAL MSL/TheInsiders Combine in March (he ran the 2nd fastest 40 overall, on an extremely slow long-grass track it was a 4.64). He was also one of the top five performers at the SDST Nike Camp. Originally from St. Louis, he grew up a U-M fan, and the Wolverines are interested -- but USC may lead.
GBW Interviews Thomas in late May.


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