GoBlueWolverine Best Guess Rec List: Final Stretch

Michigan has 19 verbal commitments now, with two top recruits to go -- one of whom has already made his decision, the other of whom is taking his final visit this weekend!<br><br> GoBlueWolverine lays out all out: <b>needs, commitments, recruits.</b><br>

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-------------3---------2 (Taylor,Slocum)----------------------------------------McKinney
OLB-----------1----------1 (McClaurin)
ILB------------1----------1 (Logan)
S--------------1----------0-----------------------------------------------------------N Harris
CB-------------2----------2 (Sears,Harrison)
P---------------1----------1 (Mesko)
TOTALS------21---------19

Note: the scholarship-available total stands at 21 right now due to attrition: early NFL departures (Shazor, Ofili), transfer (Rembert), 'medical' (1) and a 5th year player not coming back (1).

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QUARTERBACKS
Needs: 1
Commitments: 1 (Jason Forcier).

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

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

TIGHT ENDS
Needs: 1
Commitments: 1 (Carson Butler)

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

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Needs: (3)
Commitments: 2 (Terrance Taylor, Marques Slocum)
Recruits: James McKinney.

INSIDE LINEBACKERS
Needs: 1
Commitments: 1 (Brandon Logan)

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS
Needs: 1
Commitments: 1 (Chris McLaurin)

CORNERBACKS
Needs: 2
Commitments: 2 (Johnny Sears, Brandon Harrison)

Note: the Wolverine will stand pat with commitments from two high school CB's -- and quite likely 'recruit the team' for another.

SAFETIES
Needs: 1
Commitments: 0
Recruits: Nic Harris

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GoBlueWolverine's Best Guess Recruiting Class List

QUARTERBACKS

- 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.

RUNNING BACKS

- Commitment #1: Kevin Grady ('03 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 enrolled at U-M in Jan. 2005, and so is attended 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.

- Commitment #7: Fullback Mister Simpson ('04 U-M Camper, 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.

WIDE RECEIVERS

- Commitment #3: Mario Manningham (04 U-M Camper, 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 '04 Michigan 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 senior (regular season) he made 42 receptions, for 665 yards (15.8 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns. He is Scout.com's #53 prospect and #6 wideout.

- Commitment #4: Laterryal Savoy (Jan. 7 U-M visit, '04 U-M Camp visitor, LSU 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. Going into the state semis for his 12-1 team, Savoy has 61 catches for 1,213 (19.9 yards per catch) yards and 21 touchdowns; as a safety on defense he has 70 solo tackles and 13 interceptions. He made a 37 yard touchdown catch in a Louisiana All Star Game. 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.

TIGHT ENDS

- 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 LINEMEN

- 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 (Jan. 7 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 underwent 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. He made an unofficial visit to U-M for the Iowa game. He was offered at the U-M Camp. He is still talking to Kentucky, but GBW is not too worried. 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. Moosman led Libertyville to a perfect 14-0 record and a state championship. 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. Misc.: he had shoulder surgery in January. He is Scout.com's #31 Midwest prospect and #16 offensive lineman.

- Commitment #13: Offensive tackle 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. His family is from Chicago.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

- 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.

- Commitment #19. 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, 2.4 GPA/820 SAT) from Philadelphia West Catholic. He announced for U-M over MSU on Jan. 19, the week after the US Army Game -- where he was the top interior line performer. 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. Final senior (11-2) stats: 78 tackles/30 TFL/8 sacks. He is Scout.com's #87 prospect and #12 defensive lineman.

- 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: currently taking his last visit to Fla. His visits: Neb (Nov. 26), Clem (Dec. 3), U-M (Dec. 10), Louisville (Dec. 17), Florida (Jan. 14).
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 played well in the U.S. Army All-American Game -- at DE, DT and TE.
Michigan's outlook for him, in GBW's eyes: 'guardedly optimistic', although his visit to Florida is a threat.

INSIDE LINEBACKERS

- 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. He picked Michigan on Dec. 14. 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

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

- 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.

ADDED- Will DE/OLB Eugene Germany (6-4, 270 lbs., 4.6 in the 40, 2.5 GPA/900 SAT, from Pomiona, Calif.) be part of the Michigan recruiting class? Germany signed a year ago with USC over U-M (his pref.) due to his mom's wishes, but USC never enrolled him. So now he has looked again at U-M. However, winter classes have already started at U-M, so if he wants to attend Michigan he will likely have to wait until after Signing Day and enroll in the spring half-term -- which would make him, we believe, part of the 2005/06 class. Will he wait? KSU and San Diego State could enroll him right now since their winter terms start this week (and don't forget Oregon State and WSU who were finalists of his last year as well) ... so we'll see.

CORNERBACKS

- 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. And he had a great senior season, notching 102 tackles and 7 interceptions. 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; when ND fired Willingham he decommitted. Senior stats: he had four interceptions, and also played running back late in the season. 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. Richards is a greyshirt commitment for the 05/06 recruiting class who will not Sign a Feb. '05 Letter of Intent; he will enter U-M in Jan. '06. He had a great Jan. '05 CaliFlorida game, where he shut down Fred Rouse, the nation's #1 WR prospect. He is Scout.com's #31 running back.

SAFETIES

- 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. His visits are 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, between Oklahoma (Sept. 10 visit), Texas A&M (Sept. 17), U-M (Oct. 29), LSU (Dec. 3, reportedly not in consideration), 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'.

PUNTER

- 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 was the East punter in the U.S. Army All American game on Jan. 15, and was also named USA Today 2nd Team All American.

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