Late Aug. Best Guess Recruiting Class: DL's

It's time for GoBlueWolverine's Late August <b>Best Guess Recruiting Class</b> List.<br><br> The most 'fluid' group in August: the <b>Defensive Linemen.</b>


Defensive Tackles
Needs: 2 (or 3)
Commitments: 0
Recruits: James McKinney, Terrance Taylor, Marques Slocum, Kyle Moore, Hivera Green

- The once-and-hopefully-future commitment: DL James McKinney ('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. The latest: is he going to enroll in college in Jan.? That's what he said on the radio in late Aug. McKinney was a full week U-M camper, and worked out at both tight end and defensive lineman. He will make official visits to Michigan (probably Dec. 11), Nebraska (Sept. 24), and possibly Kentucky, Louisville, OSU, LSU or Oklahoma. In late Aug. he told the Louisville Courier-Journal that U-M still leads. He is TheInsiders #75 prospect.

- Terrance Taylor ('03 U-M Camper, 6-0, 285 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 2.8 GPA/20 ACT) from Muskegon, Mich. He has a U-M offer, and attended the late-July U-M Junior Academic Day. In late Aug. he told us, " I think in the end it will be LSU (summer camper for a day) and Michigan." He is TheInsiders #20 Midwest prospect.

- Defensive/offensive tackle Marques Slocum (PSU Nike stats: 6-6, 330 lbs., 5.09 in the 40 ... 300 lb. bench press) from Philadelphia West Catholic. He's in the middle of an unofficial visit trip with his coach, and made a stop at U-M on Monday, July 26. He is also visiting Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Notre Dame and Michigan State (Sept. 17 visit for ND game?) on this trip, and he's also considering LSU, Virginia, Miami, Maryland, North Carolina and others. He plans to make an official visit to U-M -- in fact Michigan may LEAD, with Miami (who has not offered yet). Slocum grew up a U-M fan and U-M has offered him. He is TheInsiders #70 prospect.

- Kyle Moore (6-6, 255 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 3.0 GPA/960 SAT) from Warner Robbins, Ga., Houston County. Moore has family in Detroit, and would like to make one of his official visits to U-M, along with Florida, FSU and Georgia. In nid-Aug. he told us U-M and Georgia may lead. He is TheInsiders' #41 South prospect.

- Defensive tackle/end Hivera Green (6-5, 260 lbs., 4.75 in the 40) from Conway, S.C. In late July he tried to commit to U-M ... but things will at least hold off until the fall when he can visit. In late Aug he said Michigan, Florida and Virginia Tech lead. The question regarding Green may be, is he a DE? He is TheInsiders #58 East prospect.

Defensive Ends/Outside Linebackers/Tight Ends
Needs: 1 or 2
Commitments: 1 (Chris McLaurin)
Recruits: Edward Dickson, possibly Chris Joppru

- Commitment #6: defensive end/outside linebacker Chris McLaurin ('04 U-M Camper, 6-4, 230 lbs., 4.80 {electronic} in the 40) from Orchard Lake, Mich., St. Mary's. He won a U-M camp offer and committed soon after. He'd also attended U-M for the MSU basketball game this past winter. As a junior the sleek and fast defensive end made 50 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks.

- Tight end/defensive end Edward Dickson (6-6, 250 lbs.) from Bellflower, Calif. Dickson has a U-M offer, and has family in Michigan. It may come down to USC or U-M for him, but Oklahoma is a possibility as well. He is TheInsiders' #100 West prospect.

-- Tight end/Defensive end Chris Joppru ('04 U-M Camper, 6-4, 220 lbs.) from Minnetonka, Minn. The brother of former Wolverine Bennie Joppru did well at the U-M Camp, but does not have major offers as yet. Could he possibly become a late-type recruit?


The Overall Needs (unofficial):


QB-------------0---------0----------------------------Bass (see WR)

RB-------------2---------2 (Grady,Simpson)

WR------------3---------2 (Manninghm,Savoy)----Bass

OL-------------3 (or 4)--2 (Schifano,McAvoy)-----Zirbel,Moosman,Slocum

DT-------------2 or 3----0-----------------------Taylr,McKinny,Slocm,Moor,Green

DE/OLB/TE---1 or 2------1 (McClaurin)--------------Dickson,Joppru

ILB------------1 or 2----0----------------------------Logan,McCoy,Nicholsn,Harrs

S---------------0 (or 1)--0-----------------------------Harris
CB-------------3----------1 (Sears)-------------------King,Harris,Evans,Pegues

P---------------1----------1 (Mesko)

For GoBlueWolverine's Aug. 23rd article on Recruiting Needs, click HERE.

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