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The Offense. We have made this a 'short list', with only twelve recruits!">

Mid-July Best Guess Recruiting Class List

The Michigan Football Camp is the focus of the Wolverines' summer recruiting efforts. Here is our unofficial "Mid-July Best Guess Recruiting Class List" coming out of the U-M summer camp.<br><br> <b>The Offense.</b> We have made this a 'short list', with only twelve recruits!

With it still looking like U-M is aiming for a 2004/05 class of about 16 members … Michigan has eight verbal commitments with about eight more spots to fill.


- Coming into camp there was only one camping quarterback with a U-M scholarship offer ... and afterwards there was still only one: Rob Schoenhoft (2-day '04 U-M Camper, '01/02/03 U-M camper, Nike stats: 6-5 1/2, 233 lbs., 4.88 in the 40, 29 inch vertical jump, 2.8 GPA/23 ACT) from Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Xavier. U-M's top QB recruit, Robby told us after the U-M Camp that U-M had shot up to the top for him again. But he still had July stops to make, in order, at Ohio State, Notre Dame, and possibly Florida. IN mid-July he told us he probably would not make the Florida visit, and that U-M leads. He attends the Elite 11 Camp in late July, with his decision coming soon after. He is TheInsiders' #32 Midwest prospect.


With Grady and Simpson, the 04/05 RB need is filled.

- Commitment #1: Kevin Grady ('02 U-M Camper, 5-9, 230 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 2.7 GPA) from East Grand Rapids, Mich. Grady 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. He was not at the 2004 U-M Camp because he was in summer school getting ahead -- he plans to enroll at U-M in Jan. 2005. He is TheInsiders' #19 prospect.

- And Michigan picked up a fullback Commitment (Commit #7) from camp: Fullback Mister Simpson (5-9, 220 lbs., 4.5 in the 40 ... Nike stats: 31 bench press reps, 35.8 inch vertical jump) from Cincinnati Colerain. As a junior he gained 1,640 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was offered at camp and committed. Simpson grew up in Southfield, Mich.

With Grady and Simpson, we assume U-M's RB recruiting is finished for the year … however U-M did reportedly offer two Junior RB's at camp: Chris Wells (6-2, 225 lbs., 4.5 in the 40) from Akron, Ohio.
Jeremiah Hunter (6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40) from Penn.


Both of Michigan's wideout commitments were in attendance at camp:

- Commitment #3: Mario Manningham (6-0, 180 lbs., 4.4 in the 40) from Warren, Ohio, Harding. Mario is growing and developing physically ... he's an inch taller at 6-0 now, and he's also noticeably stronger. He reportedly ran the camp's second fastest 40 time. Manningham made an unofficial visit to Michigan for the '03 Indiana game, and committed to the Wolverines the day after Signing Day. As a junior he made 32 receptions, for 700 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is TheInsiders' #84 prospect.

- Commitment #4: Laterryal Savoy ('04 U-M Camp visitor, Nike stats: 6-2 1/2, 196 lbs., 4.59 in the 40, 4.18 sec. shuttle, 37 inch vertical jump ... 300 lb. bench press, 2.5 GPA/14 ACT) from Mamou, La. As a junior he nabbed 44 passes for 783 yards and nine touchdowns. He attended the U-M summer camp and solidified his commitment.

With two commitments in the class, we assume that U-M is only after one additional WR: Athlete (WR/DB/QB) Antonio Bass (6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 3.0 GPA) from Jackson, Mich. Antonio is one of U-M's very top recruits, so his U-M Camp absence caused U-M recruiting fans a bit of worry ... but Antonio's mother told us that there was a death of a close family friend -- and that Antonio would be attending NO summer camps. He IS planning to attend the late July U-M Junior Academic Day. He is TheInsiders' #50 prospect.


The biggest need is for OT's.

- Michigan's one O-line commitment so far (commit #2) was not a campter this summer: Justin Schifano ('03 U-M Camper, Nike stats: 6-4 1/2, 302 lbs., 5.1 in the 40, 30 bench press reps. of 185 lbs. ... 400 lb. bench press, "A" avg./qualified) from Webster, N.Y., Schroeder. He committed during his unofficial visit for the '03 Notre Dame game. He was the top OL performer at the '03 PSU Nike Camp as a soph. He is TheInsiders' #39 East prospect.

- There was one known OL camper who earned a scholarship offer at camp: Offensive tackle Cory Zirbel ('04 U-M Camper, 6-6, 290 lbs., 5.18 {electronic} in the 40) from Murray, Kent. He was offered at the U-M Camp. Corey went from the U-M Camp directly to the OSU Camp, and then to Wisconsin and Minnesota for visits. He returned and told us that U-M was his leader with Miami #2, and that he may commit to U-M at his official visit in the fall. He is TheInsiders' #51 South prospect.

- There was one OL camper who already had a U-M offer coming in: David Moosman (6-3, 260 lbs., 5.3 in the 40, 360 lb. bench press, 2.9 GPA) from Libertyville, Ill. Moosman told us afterwards that U-M was his favorite of the three schools he'd camped at so far (Iowa and Wisconsin), but he was also camping at Notre Dame (the main competition?). And, he told us, he does not feel in a hurry to make a decision. He is TheInsiders #17 Midwest prospect.

- Offensive tackle Zach Hennis (Week-long '04 U-M Camper, 6-7, 295 lbs., 365 lb. bench press) from Plain City, Oh., Jonathan Alder. He attended the Feb. 29 Junior Day and the 2004 U-M Spring Game. U-M is his favorite. He is TheInsiders #97 Midwest prospect.

We add two more offensive line recruits to this picture, even though neither were Michigan Campers:
- 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 U-M Junior Day and a U-M spring practice. He is TheInsiders #27 prospect.
- Offensive tackle Dace Richardson (6-8, 305 lbs., 5.2 in the 40) from Wheaton, Ill., South. He visited for a U-M spring practice and was offered. He is TheInsiders #24 prospect.

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