Linebackers and Defensive Backs.

The premise: if Signing Day were Sept. 1st, who would be at the top of the list?

The questions: with Rico McCoy now having a U-M offer, are there enough LB's on the list? And with Johnny Sears' commitment, how many more CB's will U-M go after?"> Linebackers and Defensive Backs.

The premise: if Signing Day were Sept. 1st, who would be at the top of the list?

The questions: with Rico McCoy now having a U-M offer, are there enough LB's on the list? And with Johnny Sears' commitment, how many more CB's will U-M go after?">

Memorial Day Best Guess Rec. Class List: LBs & DBs

Here is our Memorial Day "Best Guess Recruiting Class" list -- <b>Linebackers</b> and <b>Defensive Backs</b>. <br><br> The premise: if Signing Day were Sept. 1st, who would be at the top of the list? <br><br> The questions: with Rico McCoy now having a U-M offer, are there enough LB's on the list? And with Johnny Sears' commitment, how many more CB's will U-M go after?

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 now having FIVE commitments, they are more than likely only looking for 10-12 more recruits, perhaps broken down as follows: 1 QB, 0 RB's (with 1 commitment already), 0 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), 3 DB's (3 corners), and a Punter.

LINEBACKERS

The Linebackers Need: This is likely a positon of emphasis for the 04/05 recruiting class: three may be in order. So Michigan may take 3 (or even 4?) recruits from this Linebackers list. The question: with Rico McCoy having an offer now, are there now enough LB recruits -- particularly OLB's which may be the bigger need ... if there are not enough OLB recruits, look for a couple more name to be added to his list as time goes on.

-- The most likely recruits?

- Inside linebacker Brandon Logan (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 02 & 03 U-M 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. As of mid-May he has offers from U-M, Tennessee, Louisville and Kentucky. He may make an early decision. He's a Max Emfinger 4-star prospect.
GBW Interviews Logan in mid-May.

- Inside linebacker Lamont Robinson (Planned '04 U-M Camper, PSU Nike stats: 6-2, 220 lbs., 4.29 sec. shuttle, 28 inch vertical jump, 20 bench press reps. ... 4.6 in the 40, 4.3 GPA/1070 SAT) from Salem, N.J. After the PSU Nike he told us he planned to attend the U-M Camp, and was very excited about Michigan. As of mid-May he has offers from Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and West Virginia. As a junior Robinson registered 90 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.
GBW Interviews Robinson after mid-May PSU Nike.

- Outside/inside linebacker Andre Mathis (Planned '04 U-M Camper, PSU Nike stats: 6-2, 230 lbs., 4.69 in the 40, 4.19 sec. shuttle, 33.2 inch vertical jump, 25 bench press reps. ... 3.2 GPA) from Erie, Pa., Cathredal Prep. As a junior he made 88 tackles. U-M is his early favorite, with PSU (offer) and Miami, with Iowa and MSU also in the mix. He got a call from U-M in the spring evaluation period. He wants to make a summer decision. He is Max Emfinger's #6 Strongside Linebacker.
GBW Interviews Mathis after mid-May PSU Nike.

- Linebacker Chris Jeske (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 6-1 1/2, 228 lbs., 4.62 in the 40 {Don Bebbe house of speed}, 360 lb. bench press, 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, Northwestern, Kansas and UCLA, and Michigan visited his school in December, and in the spring evaluation period. He attended the Jan. 29 U-M Junior Day, and in late May told us he'll attend the U-M Camp. He is Max Emfinger's #4 Insider Linebacker.
GBW Interviews McCoy in late May.

-- All-Star Longer Shots?

- Inside linebacker Jerome Hayes (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. 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. He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect.
GBW Interviews Hayes in mid-May.

- Inside linebacker Derek Nicholson (Possible '04 U-M Camper, Shrine combine stats: 6-0, 225 lbs., 4.59 in the 40, 4.6 sec. shuttle, 30 inch vertical jump ... 340 lb. bench press, 3.2 GPA/19 ACT) 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. 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. He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect.
GBW Interviews Nicholson in mid-April.

- Safety/linebacker Nic 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.

- Linebacker Rico McCoy ('03 U-M Camper, 6-1, 215 lb.s, 4.55 in the 40) from Washington D.C. St. John's College. He got a U-M offer in late May, and may make a summer U-M visit. He has many other offers, including from Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Miami. He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect.
GBW Interviews McCoy in late May.

-- Keep your eye on:

- Inside linebacker Nick Simon (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 6-2 1/2, 220 lbs., 4.8 in the 40, 2.8 GPA) from Shaker Heights, Oh. He lists Notre Dame (his fav.), U-M, and BC, plus PItt., West Virginia and OSU.

- Inside linebacker Andrew Hawken ('03 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 attended the Feb. 29th Ohio State game Junior Day. He is a Max Emfinger 4-star prospect., and is considered one of the top 10 instate prospects.

- Linebacker/defensive lineman Matt Lewis (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 6-2, 245 lbs., 4.6 in the 40, 310 lb. bench press, 32 inch vertical) from Daytona Beach, Fla., Mainland. As a junior he recorded 86 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 12 sacks to earn second-team All-State honors. He does not have a U-M offer at this time, but is considered one of the top 10-12 Florida juniors -- and U-M may lead for him. Mainland High won the 5-A Florida State Championship last fall.

- Inside linebacker Nick Lawrence (Planned '04 U-M Camper, U.S. Army Combine stats: 6-2, 205 lbs., 15 bench press reps ... 4.8 in the 40) from Brighton. He grew up a Michigan fan and attended the Feb. 29th Ohio State game Junior Day and the U-M Spring Game. He is considered one of the top 10-15 instate prospects.

- Linebacker Earnest Williams (6-2, 235 lbs., 4.6 in the 40) from Monessen, Penn. He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect.

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DEFENSIVE BACKS

The Defensive Back 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. So Johnny Sears is just a good start!

-- U-M Commitment #5: Cornerback Johnny Sears (USC camp stats: 6-1 1/2, 175 lbs., 4.4 in the 40 {electronic}, 34 inch vertical jump) from Fresno, Calif., Edison. Johnny is an unknown because he had to sit out his junior season after transferring ... he also had an emergency appendectomy the day of the Stanford Nike Camp. Still, the Edison DB coach, who has sent many kids to Div. 1 college programs (including Ricky Manning), highly recommends him.
GBW Interviews Sears' coach #1 in late May.
GBW Interviews Sears #2 in late May.
GBW Interviews Sears/Lemming #3 in late May.

-- The most likely recruits?

- Cornerback Justin King (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 5-11, 182 lbs., '03 PSU Nike stats: 4.29 in the 40, 3.72 sec. shuttle {best of camp}, 37.1 inch vertical jump {best of camp}, 15 bench press reps. {'04 Nike}, 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 -- but PSU is a strong contender for him, as are USC (camp) and Tex.
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, 335 lb. bench press, 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. As a junior QB he passed for 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns; he also rushed for 1,500 yards and 31 touchdowns. 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.

- 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.

-- All-Star Longer Shots?

- Cornerback Avery Atkins (Probable/possible '04 U-M Camper,Miami combine stats: 5-11, 182 lbs., 3.9 sec. shuttle, 33.6 inch vertical jump, 12 bench press reps. ... 4.39 in the 40 {2003 FSU Camp}, 3.0 GPA) from Daytona Beach, Fla., Mainland. As a junior he made 39 tackles, six pass breakups and three interceptions. As of late May LSU leads. He is Max Emfinger's #6 cornerback.
GBW Interviews Atkins in late-April.

- Cornerback Bryan Evans (Planned '04 U-M Camp visitor, 5-11, 176 lbs., 4.3 in the 40) from Jacksonville, Fla., White. He is TheInsiders' #10 South prospect, and the top CB (and 2nd DB, after Avery Atkins who is listed as a safety). Offers from FSU, Florida, LSU, Tennessee and others.

- 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.

- 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 Brandon Harrison (Planned '04 U-M Camper, OSU Nike stats: 5-9, 193 lbs., 4.25 in the 40, 37.3 inch vertical jump, 18 bench press reps. ... 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.

- 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, 17 bench press reps.) 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.

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