Early Aug. Best Guess Recruiting Class: Offense

GoBlueWolverine's Early August Best Guess Recruiting Class List.<br><br> <b>The Offense</b> (sans quarterbacks). We have made this a 'short list' ... besides quarterbacks we only list <b>7</b> non-commitment recruits!

With it still looking like U-M is aiming for a 2004/05 class of about 16-17 members … Michigan has eight verbal commitments with about eight more spots to fill.


With Grady and Simpson committed, 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 two commitments in the class, we assume that U-M is only after one additional WR/ATH.

- 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.

- 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. 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.


With TWO O-line commitments in the class, U-M may still take two more ... the biggest need is for OT's.

- Michigan's fist 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.

- O-Line commitment (commit #9) OC/OG prospect Tim McAvoy ('04 U-M Camper, 6-5, 250 lbs., 4.8 in the 40, 3.3 GPA/24 ACT) from Bloomington, Ill. A TE in high school, McAvoy worked out at O-line at the U-M Camp. He was offered in early August, and committed Aug, 3. Tim's dad played for Gary Moeller at Illinois.

- 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 (and in early Aug. still maintains) that U-M is his leader with Miami #2 ... he may commit to U-M at his official visit in the fall. He is TheInsiders' #51 South prospect.

- Offensive lineman David Moosman ('04 U-M Camper, 6-3, 260 lbs., 5.3 in the 40, 360 lb. bench press, 2.9 GPA) from Libertyville, Ill. Moosman already had a U-M offer coming into the U-M Camp, and 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 camped at Notre Dame (the main competition?). UCLA (he has family in LA) rounds out his top 5. And, he told us, he does not feel in a hurry to make a decision. He is TheInsiders #17 Midwest prospect.

- 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. As of late July hs has official visits planned for Notre Dame, Iowa and Nebraska ... but U-M is expected to get one of the remaining two visits. 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 has mentioned wanting to make official visits to Iowa, Tennessee, and Nebraska, and U-M has a good shot at an official visit as well. He is TheInsiders #24 prospect.

- Offensive tackle Zach Hennis ('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, but he is waiting for a U-M offer. He is TheInsiders #97 Midwest prospect.

- One other guy to mention. He does not want to hear the words "offensive lineman" so we'll list him as a DL ... but he's definitely a top U-M recruit. He's in the middle of an unofficial visit trip with his coach, and made a stop at U-M on Monday, July 26: Defensive/offensive tackle Marques Slocum (PSU Nike stats: 6-6, 330 lbs., 5.09 in the 40 ... 300 lb. bench press) from Philadelphia St. John Neumann. Slocum grew up a U-M fan and U-M has offered him. We expect U-M to get an official visit from him. He is TheInsiders #70 prospect.

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