GoBlueWolverine's Best Guess 2004/05 Recruiting Class List
Does the assumption still hold that Michigan will add a quarterback to this recruiting class? Our opinion ... quite possibly no. Unless Antonio Bass is possibly told that HE could try QB coming in. Otherwise, a QB in the class now seems pretty iffy, although not totally out of the question. At the very least, U-M would quite possibly wait at this point to see how potential QB recruits do in the early season. Here is our quarterback list -- of 'possible recruiting targets'.
- A new development - a former U-M recruit on a Morman Mission and re-entering the recruiting sweepstakes: Ben Olson (pictured above, 6-4, 215 lbs.) from Thousand Oaks, Calif. was one of the top 10 high school quarterbacks in the 2001/02 recruiting season (U-M recruiting fans may recall that as the year of the "3 QB Olsons" -- Benji, NJ'er Chris and fellow CA'er Drew). Ben Olson had U-M on his early short list, then came down to UCLA and BYU and picked BYU. Olson, a Morman, attended BYU one year, then went on his Morman Mission. He finishes up his mission this fall and will re-enter college in January. By NCAA rules his recruitment is once again considered open, and it actually seems rather likely that he will not return to BYU. Conventional wisdom would have him going to UCLA ... but common sense dictates that U-M would at least be liable to make contact and check the situation out.
- Athlete (QB/WR/DB) 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. As of late July he told us U-M is his leader, and also that he'd be working out with former U-M great Stan Edwards' track team. He is TheInsiders' #50 prospect.
2004 Michigan Campers:
- Quarterback Dustin Sherer (6-4, 205 lbs.) from Arcadia, Ind. Dustin has recently committed to Wisconsin, but since this list has become somewhat of a 'long-shots' list anyway, we include him since it seems he was one of the camp's top QB performers. As a junior he passed for 2,261 yards and 17 touchdowns.
- Quarterback Jason Forcier (6-2, 205 lbs., Nike stats: 4.55 in the 40, 4.34 sec. shuttle, 27.9 inch vertical jump ... 3.0 GPA/1080 SAT) from San Diego St. Augustine. Jason camped at U-M and Notre Dame. Jason was also a 2002 U-M camper, and attended the 2003 OSU game. His dad is from Michigan and Jason grew up a U-M fan. Forcier has excellent foot speed and a fine arm. As a junior (at Santa Ana Mater Dei) he passed for 1,370 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 801 yards and eight touchdowns.
An early U-M offer:
- Quarterback/Athlete Greg Boone (Vir. Nike stats: 6-4, 257 lbs., 4.6 in the 40) from Chesapeake, Va., Oscar Smith. His recruiting journey is not advanced -- he has not camped anywhere this summer because he's going to summer school to raise an English grade. He had an early (spring) U-M offer as an athlete. As a junior quarterback Boone completed 75 passes out of 140 attempts for 1,400 yards, 14 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions; he also rushed for 350 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. And he also plays on defense -- as a defensive back, recording 48 tackles and 5 interceptions.
A Deep South prospect coming back from injury:
- Quarterback Brice Beck (6-4, 225 lbs., 4.8 in the 40) from Blytheville, Ark. Beck camped this summer in the South -- Memphis, Missouri, Alabama, Ole Miss and (we believe) Arkansas, and has one offer so far, from East Carolina. He has mentioned Michigan State more than U-M. Beck threw for 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore but missed nearly all of his junior campaign due to a dislocated throwing shoulder.
Early Aug. Best Guess List: Quarterbacks
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