Defensive Linemen.

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

The question: are there enough defensive end recruits?"> Defensive Linemen.

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

The question: are there enough defensive end recruits?">

Memorial Day (+1) Best Guess Rec. Class List: DLs

Here is our June 1 "Best Guess Recruiting Class" list -- <b>Defensive Linemen</b>.<br><br> The premise: if Signing Day were Sept. 1st, who would be at the top of the list?<br><br> The question: are there enough defensive end recruits?

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.

The Defensive Lineman Need: The bigger need may be for defensive ends (although with the move to a 3-4 this is a little less so), whereas at this point it looks like the best-and-most recruits are DT's.

-- The most likely recruits?

- (once-and-future commitment?)‘Jumbo athlete' (DT/DE) James McKinney (Planned '04 U-M Camper, US Army Combine stats: 6-1 1/2, 274 lbs., 5.10 in the 40, 14 bench press reps., 24 1/2 inch vertical jump, 2.7 GPA) from Louisville, Kent., Central. He made unofficial visits for the Notre Dame and OSU games -- and committed shortly after the OSU game; in the late winter/spring he backed off is commitment altho U-M still leads. McKinney is a true 'jumbo athlete' who could end up at any one of a number of positions, but perhaps more likely on the defensive line. As a junior McKinney recorded 70 tackles, 9 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss; he also caught 14 passes for 290 yards and scored two touchdowns as a tight end. He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect.
GBW Interviews McKinney in mid-May.

- Nose tackle Terrance Taylor (Planned '04 U-M Camper, '03 U-M Camper, 6-0, 285 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 2.8 GPA/20 ACT) from Muskegon, Mich. Taylor is one of the top two instate juniors, and has a Michigan OFFER. He attended the Jan. 29 U-M Junior Day and a spring practice. 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. He is Max Emfingers #3 Nose Tackle.
GBW Interviews taylor in early May.

- Defensive tackle Marques Slocum (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 6-6, 300+ lbs., PSU Nike stats: 5.06 in the 40, 22 bench press reps.) from Philadelphia St John Neumann. He has a U-M OFFER. He and his coach will take a camp tour in the summer, including U-M. He is a Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect.
GBW Interviews Slocum in mid-May.

- Defensive end Hivera Green (Planned '04 U-M Camper, 6-5, 260 lbs.,4.75 in the 40) from Conway, S.C. Like his teammate Chris Huggins (WR, 6-3, 186 lbs., 4.5 in the 40) Greene has a U-M OFFER. In late May he told us his top two were U-M and FSU. As a junior Greene recorded 120 tackles, five sacks, four deflected passes, and five forced fumbles.
GBW Interviews Green in mid-May.

- Tight end/defensive end Edward Dickson (6-6, 225 lbs., 4.6 in the 40, 32 inch vertical jump) from Bellflower, Calif. Coming out of the spring evaluation period he has a U-M OFFER, and he told us U-M is in his top three. As a junior he recorded 68 tackles, 12 sacks and 12 knocked down passes; as a TE he made 28 catches for over 400 yards and six touchdowns.
GBW Interviews Dickson in early June.

-- Keep an eye on:

- Defensive end J.B. Paxson ('03 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. He is Max Emfinger's #4 Strongside Defensive End.

- Tight end/defensive end Erik Lorig (Stanford Nike stats: 6-4, 250 lbs., 4.7 in the 40, 30 inch vertical jump, 26 bench press reps.) from Rolling Hills, Calif. He made a spring unofficial visit to U-M.
GBW Interviews Lorig in late May.

- Defensive end Averell Spicer (6-2, 255 lbs., 4.6 in the 40, 2.8 GPA/900 SAT) from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. As a junior he made 60 tackles and 14 sacks.
GBW Interviews Spicer in mid-May.

- Defensive end Alonzo Horton (LSU Nike stats: 6-2.5, 209 lbs., 4.74 sec. 40, 4.53 sec. shuttle, 14 bench press reps, 35.8 inch vertical jump) from New Orleans Abramson. As a junior he made 23 sacks and 106 tackles, five blocked kicks and two forced fumbles. U-M visited him in the spring; he has an aunt in Detroit who he plans to visit this summer.
GBW Interviews Horton in mid-May.

- Defensive end Terrance Jamison (6-4, 260 lbs.) from Harvey, Ill., Thornton. He attended the 2004 U-M Spring Game. Terrance is the brother is U-M signee Tim, and U-M was able to make casual-contact with him when they did their in-homes and in-schools with Tim. Terrance is considered a DE prospect like his brother, but started on the O-line as a junior.

- Defensive end Chris McLaurin (6-4, 235 lbs., 4.80 in the 40) from Orchard Lake St. Mary's. As a junior he made 50 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks. He attended the MSU basketball game this winter.

- Defensive/offensive tackle Rocco Cirroni (6-6, 250 lbs.) from Warren, Ohio, Harding. He attended the OSU game. He's a Max Emfinger 4-star prospect.

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