Late Aug. Best Guess Rec. List: QB's, RB's, WR's

GoBlueWolverine's Late August Best Guess Recruiting Class List: <b>Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers</b><br><br> Most of the needs at quarterback, running back and wide receiver have been filled -- except for one elite recruit who is perhaps one of U-M's top three recruits overall.

Quarterback
Needs: 0 or 1
Commitments: 0
Recruits: Antonio Bass (see WR's)

Running Backs
Needs: 2
Commitments: 2 (Kevin Grady, Mister Simpson (FB))
Recruits: 0

Wideouts
Needs: 2 or 3
Commitments: 2 (Mario Manningham, Laterryal Savoy)
Recruits: Antonio Bass

QUARTERBACKS

- Athlete (WR/DB/QB) Antonio Bass (6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 3.0 GPA) from Jackson, Mich. As of late Aug. he told us U-M is his leader, but that he'd visit Virginia Tech over Labor Day, and also Notre Dame and Florida. He attended the late July U-M Junior Academic Day. He is also working out with former U-M great Stan Edwards' track team. He is TheInsiders' #50 prospect.

RUNNING BACKS

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.

WIDE RECEIVERS

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.

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The Overall Needs (unofficial):

POSITION -- NEEDS--COMMITMENTS-------------RECRUITS

QB-------------0 or 1----0----------------------------Bass (see WR)

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

WR------------2 or 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)
TOTALS-------17---------9

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

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