Dec. 7 Best Guess List: Defensive Backs

Michigan's most critical recruiting need for the 04/05 class: <b>cornerbacks</b>.<br><br> And Michigan has restocked with top cornerback recruits!<br.<br> Read on for the latest!<br>

Needs: 2 or 3
Commitments: 1 (Johnny Sears)
Recruits: Victor Harris, Brandon Harrison, Derek Pegues, Avery Atkins.

Needs: 0 (or 1)
Commitments: 0
Recruits: Nic Harris (see LB as well)

- Michigan Commitment #5: Cornerback Johnny Sears (Dec. 10 official visit, 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/running back Victor Harris (Oct. 29 MSU game official visit, 6-0, 185 lbs., 4.45 in the 40, 2.8 GPA) from Highland Springs, Vir. grew up a U-M (and Miami) fan. As of mid-Dec. U-M and Virginia Tech may lead. He had a Halloween bye week, and made an official visit for the Oct. 30 MSU game. He has a final five now, with official visits: USC (Oct. 16), Michigan (Oct. 29), Virginia (Dec. 3) and Virginia Tech (Dec. 10), Miami (Dec. 17.). He is TheInsiders' #25 prospect.

- Cornerback Brandon Harrison (Dec. 10 official visit, OSU Nike stats: 5-8 1/2, 190 lbs., 4.25 in the 40, 4.28 sec. shuttle, 37.3 inch vertical jump, 18 bench press reps. ... 10.6 100 meters, 315 lb. bench press, 3.0 GPA/17 ACT) from Dayton, Ohio Chaminade-Julienne. Michigan was an early favorite of Brandon and his dad's (they attended the Junior Day last Jan.), but when Notre Dame offered early and U-M didn't, Harrison picked the Irish. ND is now OUT for him, and it's down to Iowa (Dec. 3 visit) and U-M. We assume Brandon will get his firm U-M offer at the visit, and that U-M may well make a push for him. - Safety Nick Harris (Oct. 29 MSU game official visit, LSU Nike stats: 6-2 1/2, 209 lbs., 35 inch vertial jump, 4.2 sec. shuttle, 12 bench press reps., 22 ACT) from Alexandria, Louisiana. He made an official visit Oct. 29 for the MSU game. U-M is in his top two or three with LSU (camp, Dec. 3 official visit), A&M (camp, Sept. 17 official visit, Nov. 13 unofficial visit for Oklahoma game); he also has official visits to Nebraska (Dec. 10) and Oklahoma (Sept. 10). He will announce his decision by Christmas.

- Cornerback/Ath. Derek Pegues (Dec. 10 official visit - postponed, 5-11, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 2.8 GPA/18 ACT) from Batesville, Miss., South Panola. His Dec. 10 tentative visit to U-M was postponed for Tennessee (he played in the state championship game on Dec. 3 when his Tenn. visit had been planned) -- this may look bad, but FEAR NOT: if he does NOT commit to Tennessee at the visit, then U-M is still in a good position with a Jan. visit - perhaps LATE Jan. Pegues made a one-day visit the day before the U-M Summer camp. As of mid-Dec he lists a top list of Tennessee (Dec. 10 visit), Michigan (late Jan.?), LSU (Jan. 21), perhaps followed by Miss. State and and Alabama. He is TheInsiders #79 South prospect.

- Cornerback Avery Atkins (Dec. 10 official visit, 6-2, 190 lbs. 4.39 in the 40 {'03 FSU Camp}, 285 lb. bench press, 35 inch vertical) from Daytona Beach, Calif., Mainland. He is's #37 prospect. His top schools before committing to Florida in May were the instate schools and Michigan. And Michigan's top 3 CB recruits early-on were considered to be Justin King, Atkins, and Victor Harris. Atkins is considered a long shot for U-M.

- A greyshirt camp commitment for the 05/06 recruiting class: Cornerback Chris Richards (Sept. 25 Iowa game offic. visit, 05/06 commitment, '04 U-M camper, Nike Stats: 5-11 1/2, 170 lbs., 4.45 in the 40, 4.0 sec. shuttle, 36 inch vertical jump) from Monroe, Calif. He made his U-M official visit with Justin King, and afterward told us that King told him he was '75% sure' he'd pick U-M. Richards is a greyshirt commitment for the 05/06 recruiting class and will enter U-M in Jan. '06.


The Overall Needs (unofficial):


QB-------------1-------0----------------Bass(see WR),Forcr,Garnr

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

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

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

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

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


S--------------0 (or 1)--0----------------N Harris
CB-------------3------1 (Sears)-----------V Harris,Harrisn,Pegues

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


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