Oct. 28 Best Guess Rec. List: QB's,RB's,WR's,TE's

Things are once again <b>changing</b> on GoBlueWolverine's <b>Best Guess Recruiting Class List: Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends</b>.<br><br> Most of the needs at quarterback, running back and wide receiver AND tight end have been filled -- except, <b>still</b>, for one elite recruit who is perhaps one of Michigan's top three recruits overall.<br>

Quarterback
Needs: 0 or 1
Commitments: 0
Recruits: Antonio Bass (see WR's), possibly Jon Crompton, possibly Chad Somerville, possibly others.

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

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

Tight Ends
Needs: 1
Commitments: 1 (Carson Butler)
Recruits: 0

QUARTERBACKS

- Athlete (WR/DB/QB) Antonio Bass (Possible Sept 25 Iowa Game visit, 6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 3.0 GPA/21 ACT) from Jackson, Mich. Contrary to reports and rumors, he is not an imminent U-M commitment, but he made an unofficial visit with his mom for the Oct. 9 Minn. game, and is returning with his dad for the MSU game. He made a Labor Day weekend official visit to Virginia Tech, and it's very close between U-M and V-Tech ... but he told GBW on Oct. 8 that U-M has the slight edge. He may also make official visits to Notre Dame and Florida, plus MSU. He attended the late July U-M Junior Academic Day. He is TheInsiders' #50 prospect.

- Quarterback Jonathan Crompton (Oct. 29 MSU game official visit, 6-4, 215 lbs., 4.9 in the 40) from Waynesville, N.C., Tuscola. Crompton is a Tenn. commitment, but with the Vols playing two frosh QB's Crompton is visiting U-M.

- NEW: Quarterback Chad Somerville ('04 U-M camper, Iowa Nike stats: 6-2, 175 lbs., 5.0 in the 40 {4.9 at the CMU camp}, 4.34 sec. shuttle, 27 inch vertical, 10 bench press reps. ... 3.0 GPA/16 ACT) from Mason, Mich. Playing for a primarily running team (Mason is 7-2 going into the Oct. 29 weekend), Somerville is completing over 60% of his passes for over 150 yards a game (on approx. 15 attempts per game). He attended the 2004 U-M summer camp. He was the #3 quarterback at this spring's Iowa Elite 11 tryout (behind Rob Schoenhoft, who made the Elite 11, and Evan Sharpley). The slender QB has a 'live arm' and better-than-his-stats mobility.

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.

- Athlete (WR/DB/QB) Antonio Bass (Possible Sept 25 Iowa Game visit, 6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 3.0 GPA/21 ACT) from Jackson, Mich. He made an unofficial visit with his mom for the Oct. 9 Minn. game, and is returning with his dad for the MSU game. He made a Labor Day weekend official visit to Virginia Tech, and it's very close between U-M and V-Tech ... but he told GBW on Oct. 8 that U-M has the slight edge. He may also make official visits to Notre Dame and Florida, plus MSU. He attended the late July U-M Junior Academic Day. He is TheInsiders' #50 prospect.

- Wide Receiver Selwyn Lymon (6-4, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 15 ACT/770 SAT) from Ft. Wayne, Ind., Harding. He lists Purdue (the fav?), Ohio State, Wisconsin (the top 3?), Michigan, and Penn State. Depending on how the recruiting season goes, he could become a 'hot' U-M recruit at some point.

TIGHT ENDS

With the commitment of Carson Butler, it can be assumed that U-M's tight end need is filled ... meaning some well-known recruits will no longer be at the top of the list.

- Commitment #11: Tight end/defensive end Carson Butler (6-5, 235 lbs., 4.6 in the 40, 2.9 GPA) from Detroit Renaissance. He made a U-M unofficial visit for the Minn. game, and for the Miami game. U-M is his fav but as of Oct. 10 has not yet offered. Butler had to sit out his junior year after transferring from Lansing Waverly. He did play hoops on the Renaisssance team last winter. U-M offered him after seeing film of his first couple games ... and he committed at the Minn. game.

- Probably no longer a top U-M recruit: 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 for him, although they have not yet offered. He is TheInsiders' #100 West prospect.

- probably no longer a top recruit: Tight end/defensive end Will Powers (Stan Nike stats: 6-4, 221 lbs, 4.56 sec. 40, a 4.63 sec. shuttle, a 32.1 inch vertical jump, and 20 bench press reps. ... 3.7 GPA/1380 SAT) from San Mateo, Calif., Serra (Tom Brady's alma mater). Powers has a top 4 of Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Oregon, and Nebraska .. he has also been offered by has been offered by Notre Dame ... U-M wants to see film of his first couple games. He is TheInsiders' No. 11 West player.

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The Overall Needs (unofficial):

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

QB-------------1-------0----------------Bass(see WR),Crompton,Somerville

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

TE-------------1-------1 (Butler) WR------------3-------2 (Manninghm,Savoy)--Bass,Lymon

OL-------------3 (or 4)--2 (Schifano,McAvoy)---Zirbel,Moosmn,Slocm,Richardsn,surprise

DT-------------2 or 3---1 (Taylor)----------McKinny,Slocm,Moor,Green

DE/OLB/TE-------1------1 (McClaurin)

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

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

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

TOTALS--------17/18----11

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