GoBlueWolverine Best Guess Rec. List: Home Stretch

Going into January, Michigan has 18 verbal commitments now, with three top recruits to go (and two more 'possible').<br><br> Of the three, GoBlueWolverine is optimistic for at least two!<br><br> GoBlueWolverine lays out all out!<br>

Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends.

Needs: 1
Commitments: 1 (Jason Forcier).

Needs: 2
Commitments: 2 (Kevin Grady, Mister Simpson (FB))

Needs: 3
Commitments: 3 (Mario Manningham, Laterryal Savoy, Antonio Bass)

Needs: 1
Commitments: 1 (Carson Butler)


- U-M Commitment #18: Athlete (WR/QB) Antonio Bass (Dec. 3 U-M official visit, 6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 3.0 GPA/21 ACT) from Jackson, Mich. See WR's below.

- U-M Commitment #12: Quarterback Jason Forcier (Dec. 3 U-M official visit, '04 U-M Camper, 6-2 1/2, 205 lbs., 4.57 in the 40) from San Diego, Calif., St. Augustine. He committeed to Michigan Dec. 8. Forcier also was a 2002 U-M camper, and attended the OSU game in '03. His dad is from Michigan and Jason grew up a U-M fan. He finished his senior season with 2765 yards passing with 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions; a 62 percent completion rate; 1014 yards rushing with 16 touchdowns on the ground.


- 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. For his senior season he ran for 2,365 yards on 298 carries (7.9 yards per carry), and set state records in career scoring (924 points), career TD's (151), career rushing (8,431 yards) and consecutive 100 yard games (24). 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 is enrolling at U-M in Jan. 2005, and so is attending the '05 Rose Bowl as a practicing member of the team. He is TheInsiders' #17 prospect and #3 running back, and USA Today 2nd Team All American.

- 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 senior he rushed for 1,300 yards for the State Champion Colerain. He was offered at camp and committed. Simpson grew up in Southfield, Mich. He is Scout.com's #36 Midwest prospect, and #43 running back.


- Commitment #3: Mario Manningham (Dec. 10 official visit, 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 Scout.com's #53 prospect and #6 wideout.

- Commitment #4: WR Laterryal Savoy (Jan. U-M visit, '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. He attended the U-M summer camp and solidified his commitment. His team was still playing the Dec. 3 weekend (state semis) so he'll probably have to take his official visit to U-M in January. Going into the semis for his 12-1 team, Savoy has 61 catches for 1,213 yards and 21 touchdowns; as a safety on defense he has 70 solo tackles and 13 interceptions. He is Scout.com's #33 wide receiver.

- Commitment #18: Athlete (WR/QB) Antonio Bass (Dec. 3 U-M official visit, 6-1, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 3.0 GPA/21 ACT) from Jackson, Mich.
On Dec. 21 he committed to U-M (Dec. 3 visit) over MSU (Dec. 10). He also made a Labor Day weekend official visit to Virginia Tech, and an official visit to LSU the Nov. 12 weekend.
He made an unofficial visit to U-M for the Oct. 9 Minn. game, and he attended the late July U-M Junior Academic Day.
2004 stats: he rushed for 1,246 yards on140 carries and 15 touchdowns. He also passed for 528 yards on 25 of 75 passing with four touchdowns and four interceptions. He is Scout.com's #60 prospect and #5 quarterback.

- Is WR Nyan Boateng (6-2, 200 lbs.) from Brooklyn, N.Y., Abraham Lincoln a U-M recruit? Not yet ... no offer as yet. But he went to the Rose Bowl and has a tentative Jan. 28 U-M visit set.
Other visits: MSU (Nov. 5), Neb. (Dec. 1), Maryland (Dec. 10. Fla (Jan. 21).
He missed his whole senior season with a knee injury, but has still been chosen to participate in the U.S. Army All American Game.


- Commitment #11: Tight end/defensive end Carson Butler (Dec. 10 official visit, 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. 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.


Offensive and Defensive Linemen.

Needs: 4
Commitments: 5 (Justin Schifano, Tim McAvoy, Cory Zirbel, David Moosman, Mark Ortmann)


Defensive Tackles
Needs: 2 (or 3)
Commitments: 1 (Terrance Taylor)
Recruits: James McKinney, Marques Slocum, possibly Lawrence Wilson.

- (Commitment #2) Justin Schifano (Dec. 3 U-M official visit, '03 U-M Camper, Nike stats: 6-4 1/2, 302 lbs., 5.1 in the 40, 30 bench press reps. of 185 lbs. ... 400 lb. bench press, "A" avg./qualified) from Webster, N.Y., Schroeder. He committed during his unofficial visit for the '03 Notre Dame game. He was the top OL performer at the '03 PSU Nike Camp as a soph. He is TheInsiders' #25 East prospect and #17 offensive lineman.

- (Commitment #9) OC/OG prospect Tim McAvoy (Dec. 10 U-M official visit, '04 U-M Camper, 6-5, 250 lbs., 4.8 in the 40, 3.3 GPA/24 ACT) from Bloomington, Ill. A TE in high school, McAvoy worked out at O-line at the U-M Camp. He was offered in early August, and committed Aug., 3. Tim's dad played for Gary Moeller at Illinois. He is undergoing back surgery in December. He is Scout.com's' #31 offensive lineman.

- Commitment #14: Offensive tackle Cory Zirbel (Dec. U-M 10 official visit, '04 U-M Camper, 6-6, 290 lbs., 5.18 {electronic} in the 40, 3.1 GPA/ 19 ACT) from Murray, Kent.
He committed to U-M during his official visit.
His visits: Oklahoma (Oct. 2), V-Tech (Nov. 26), Miami (Dec. 3), U-M (Dec. 10)
He made an unofficial visit to U-M for the Iowa game. He was offered at the U-M Camp. U-M, Miami (camp, Dec. 3 official visit) and Oklahoma (Oct. 2 official visit) may be his final three, with U-M perhaps at the top. He also made an official to Virginia Tech (Nov. 26). He is Scout.com's' #48 South prospect and #15 offensive lineman.

- Commitment #17: Offensive lineman David Moosman (Dec. 10 official visit, '04 U-M Camper, 6-3, 260 lbs., 5.3 in the 40, 360 lb. bench press, 2.9 GPA/26 ACT) from Libertyville, Ill.
He picked Michigan on Tues., Dec. 14.
His visits: Wis. (Dec. 3), U-M (Dec. 10), Iowa (Dec. 17, cancalled).
Stats:Moosman led Libertyville to a perfect 14-0 record and a state championship. He is Scout.com's #31 Midwest prospect and #16 offensive lineman.
Misc.: he will have shoulder surgery in January. He was a 3-day U-M Camper this summer, and made a visit for a Michigan spring practice. He is heavyweight state wresting champ.

- Commitment #13: Offensive lineman Mark Ortmann (Dec. 10 official visit, '04 U-M camper, 6-6, 270 lbs., 5.2 in the 40, 350 lb. bench press, 3.5 GPA) from Klein, Tex.
He picked U-M during his Dec. 10 official visit, over TXAM (Dec. 3).
His family is from Chicago.


- Michigan commitment #10: Defensive nose tackle Terrance Taylor (Sept. 25 Iowa game offic. visit, '03 U-M Camper, 6-0, 285 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 2.8 GPA/18 ACT) from Muskegon, Mich. He made an official visit to LSU the Sept 3 weekend and said LSU had moved into the lead for him, but then he made his official visit to U-M Sept. 25 for the Iowa game and committed to the Wolverines. He attended the late-July U-M Junior Academic Day. He is TheInsiders #21 Midwest prospect and #12 defensive lineman.

- Defensive/offensive tackle Marques Slocum (Dec. 10 U-M official visit, PSU Nike stats: 6-6, 330 lbs., 5.09 in the 40 ... 300 lb. bench press) from Philadelphia West Catholic.
What's Next: In the end he decided to visit only U-M and MSU; he will announce on Jan. 19, the week after the US Army Game (he wanted to announce at the game, but all the 'announcement slots' had been filled).
His visits: MSU (Dec. 3, with teammate Derrell Hand) and U-M (Dec. 10). His head coach in-home visits are completed as well.
Stats: He made a summer unofficial visit to U-M on Monday, July 26. He also visited MSU unofficially in the summer. Slocum grew up a U-M fan. He is Scout.com's #87 prospect and #12 defensive lineman, and will perform -- at OC -- at the U.S. Army Game on Jan. 15.
Michigan's outlook for him, in GBW's eyes: somewhere between 'toss-up' and 'guardedly optimistic'.

- The once-and-hopefully-future commitment: DT/DE/TE James McKinney (Dec. 10 U-M official visit, '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/17 ACT) from Louisville, Kent., Central.
What's Next: 4 visits done, 1 more to take. His visits: Neb (Nov. 26), Clem (Dec. 3), U-M (Dec. 10), Louisville (Dec. 17); he will take a post U.S. Army Game visit on Jan. 21 visit to Oklahoma for his final visit.
Misc. He was sent home midway through his Louisville visit (which was his leader at the time?) for supposedly saying Michigan is a football state whereas Kentucky is a basketball state. Afterward he told us that his mom, who had wanted him to stay close to home, told him, "Go ahead and go to Michigan if you want!" McKinney made an unofficial visit to U-M for the MSU game. McKinney was a full week U-M camper, and worked out at both tight end and defensive lineman.
Senior (10-2) stats: 70 tackles/10 sacks/3 blocked FG/4 batted passes/7 FC. He is Scout.com's #83 prospect and #9 tight end, and has been chosen to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game.
Michigan's outlook for him, in GBW's eyes: 'guardedly optimistic', although a visit to a NC Oklahoma is a threat.

- Defensive tackle/end Kyle Moore (Possible Jan. 7 official visit, 6-6, 255 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 3.0 GPA/980 SAT) from Warner Robbins, Ga., Houston County. The on again off again recruitment by U-M for Scout.com's #21 DE looks off again as he is taking his Jan. visits elsewhere, to Louisville and Miami (his earlier visits were to USC Oklahoma and Tennessee).

- Defensive end Lawrence Wilson (Jan. U-M official visit, 6-6, 225 lbs.) from Akron, Ohio, St. Vincent-St. Mary's.
What's Next: OSU, Notre Dame and Pitt visit done, Fla. (Jan. 7) and possible U-M (late Jan.) to take.
The former ND commitment had made made an unofficial visit to U-M during spring practice.


Linebackers and Defensive Backs.

Needs: 1
Commitments: 1 (Brandon Logan)

Needs: 1
Commitments: 1 (Chris McLaurin)
Recruits: 0

Needs: 2
Commitments: 2 (Johnny Sears, Brandon Harrison)
Note: with a top possible late-addition-recruit committing this past week to a Big Ten school, the Wolverine may stand pat with commitments from two high school CB's -- and perhaps 'recruit the team' for another.

Needs: 1
Commitments: 0
Recruits: Nic Harris


- Commitment #16: Linebacker Brandon Logan (Dec. 3 U-M official visit, ‘02 & ‘03 U-M Camper, US Army Combine stats: 6-0, 189 lbs., 4.72 in the 40, 11 bench press reps., 26 inch vertical jump, 2.5 GPA/17 ACT) from Lexington, Kent., Catholic.
What's Next: He picked Michigan on Dec. 14.
His official visits: Tenn (Nov. 26), U-M (Dec. 3), Kent (Dec. 10).

Logan made his official U-M visit with his dad. He'd also attended the MSU football game for an unofficial visit with his parents. Brandon did not attend the '04 U-M Camp because of a hamstring injury, but he is a two-time Michigan Camper. He attended a 2004 Spring Practice. He and DL recruit James McKinney are cousins.
Final SR (9-2) stats: 100 tackles/5 sacks He is Scout.com's #75 Southeast prospect, and #32 linebacker


- 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. He is Scout.com's #49 Midwest prospect.


- 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. He is Scout.com's #26 cornerback.

- - Commitment #15: 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.
Harrison picked Michigan on Dec. 14 over Iowa (Dec. 3 visit). 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. He is Scout.com's #22 Midwest prospect and #17 defensive back.

- 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. He is Scout.com's #31 running back.


- 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.
What's Next: Visits done; he tells GBW that his decision has been made, but that he will write a 'recruiting journal' for the local newspaper and delay his announcement until Signing Day.
His visits: Oklahoma (Sept. 10), Texas A&M (Sept. 17), U-M (Oct. 29), LSU (Dec. 3), Neb (Dec. 10).
Stats: As a senior he had 11 interceptions and 93 tackles. He is Scout.com's #58 Southeast prospect, and #9 linebacker.
Michigan's outlook for him, in GBW's eyes: 'guardedly optimistic'.


- Michigan commitment #8: Zoltan Mesko (6-3, 210 lbs,) from Twinsburg, Ohio. As a senior Mesko averaged 43.6 yards on punts with a 4.4-second hang time average. Thirteen of his punts were greater than 50 yards, and his longest was a 71-yarder. He also made 8-of-12 field-goal attempts, with a long of 47 yards. He has been chosen to play in the U.S. Army All American game on Jan. 15, and was also named USA Today 2nd Team All American.


The Overall Needs (unofficial):

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

QB-------------1---------1 (Forcier)

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

TE-------------1---------1 (Butler)

WR------------3---------3 (Manningham,Savoy, Bass)

OL-------------5 --------5 (Schifano,McAvoy,Zirbel,Ortmann,Moosman)

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

OLB-----------1----------1 (McClaurin)

ILB------------1----------1 (Logan)

S--------------1----------0-----------------------------------------------------------N Harris

CB-------------2----------2 (Sears,Harrison)

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


Note: the scholarship-available total stands at 17 right now (our unofficial count), but it is believed that due to attrition (early NFL departure (1?), 'medical' (1?), transfer (2?)) U-M can likely go to 20 or 21 scholarships.

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