Late Aug. Best Guess List: Defensive Backs

Perhaps the most critical need for the 04/05 recruiting class: cornerbacks!<br><br> Here is GoBlueWolverine's late Aug. Best Guess Recruiting Class: <b>Defensive Backs.</b>

Needs: 3
Commitments: 1 (Johnny Sears)
Recruits: Justin King, Victor Harris, Bryan Evans, Derek Pegues

Needs: 0 (or 1)
Commitments: 0
Recruits: Nic Harris (see ILB)

- Michigan Commitment #5: Cornerback Johnny Sears (USC camp stats: 6-1 1/2, 175 lbs., 4.4 in the 40 {electronic}, 34 inch vertical jump) from Fresno, Calif., Edison. Johnny is an unknown because he had to sit out his junior season after transferring. Still, the Edison DB coach, who has sent many kids to Div. 1 college programs (including Ricky Manning), highly recommends him.

- Cornerback Justin King ('04 U-M Camp Visitor, 5-11, 182 lbs., 2003 PSU Nike stats: 4.29 in the 40, 3.72 sec. shuttle {best of camp}, 37.1 inch vertical jump {best of camp}, 11 bench press reps., 3.0 GPA) from Monroeville, Pa. As of late summer he still lists U-M and PSU (or PSU/U-M) as his favs, and he may also make official visits to OSU, Florida, USC, Miami. He plans to graduate in December and enroll in college in January, so he'll take his official visits in he fall. He is TheInsiders #7 prospect.

- Cornerback/running back Victor Harris (6-0, 185 lbs., 4.45 in the 40, 2.8 GPA) from Highland Springs, Vir. grew up a U-M (and Miami) fan and U-M has offered him. As of late Aug. his final six are: Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Southern Cal, Virginia and Virginia Tech ... U-M and thei home state schools may lead. He is TheInsiders' #25 prospect.

- Cornerback Derek Pegues (5-11, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 2.8 GPA/18 ACT) from Batesville, Miss., South Panola. Pegues made a one-day visit the day before the U-M Summer camp. As of late summer he lists a top five of Ole Miss, LSU, Auburn, Michigan, and Tennessee. He is TheInsiders #79 South prospect.

- Cornerback Kevin Thomas (6-0, 170 lbs., 4.5 in the 40) from Oxnard, Calif., Rio Mesa. Thomas will likely make an official visit to U-M, but his parents want him to stay close to home, giving USC and Cal the edge. He is TheInsiders' #60 prospect.

- Cornerback Bryan Evans (5-11, 176 lbs., 4.3 in the 40, 2.7 GPA/790 SAT) from Jacksonville, Fla., Ed White. In late July he told us he listed seven schools with no favorite:"Florida State, Florida, LSU, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, and Michigan are my top schools right now." He is TheInsiders' #10 South prospect (and the top cornerback) and their #46 prospect nationally.

- Safety/linebacker Nick Harris (Sept. 30 official visit, LSU Nike stats: 6-2 1/2, 209 lbs., 35 inch vertial jump, 4.2 sec. shuttle, 12 bench press reps.) from Alexandria, Louisiana. He has a U-M offer and is making an official visit Sept. 30 for the MSU game. U-M is in his top two or three with A&M (camp, sept. 18 official visit), and then LSU (camp, Sept. 4 official visit); he also has official visits scheduled to Nebraska (Oct 2., needs to reschedule) and Oklahoma (Nov. 13). Note: don't call him a linebacker! He wants to play safety!

- A greyshirt camp commitment for the 05/06 recruiting class was: Cornerback Chris Richards (Nike Stats: 5-11 1/2, 170 lbs., 4.45 in the 40, 4.0 sec. shuttle, 36 inch vertical jump) from Monroe, Calif.


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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