'06 1st Best Guess List: The SHORT LIST

From Jim S' National Top 432 Junior Prospects: <br><br> Here are the names to memorize first:<b> '06 1st Best Guess List: The SHORT LIST</b>. <br><br> Not that these WILL be 'the only kids' in the end, but they may be the ones most involved with U-M early-on, attending the Feb. 20 Junior Day, Spring Practices, etc.<br>

Note: we can't narrow this list TOO much ... the question is will U-M be able to go far away and grab a kid, or will their '06 QB come from closer to home?

1 Tim Tebow QB 6'3 225 4,61 Jacksonville Nease Florida.
Tebow is the top-ranked quarterback in the country. He wasFirst Team Class 3A All-State and was one of the very few juniors named to the Orlando Sentinel'S All-South team. He was third in balloting for the Mr. Florida award. As a junior Tebow passed for 4,286 yards and 46 TDs while throwing only six interceptions. He added another 1,266 yards for 24 touchdowns on the ground, accounting for a total of 70 touchdowns as a junior. At the U.S Army Combine in San Antonio he was reportedly the most impressive quarterback in attendance and displayed the best arm. He reportedly already possess numerous offers, including one from Michigan. Grew up a fan of Florida, the school where both his parents attended and his brother is currently attending.

2 Matthew Stafford QB 6'3 212 4,70 Dallas Highland Park Texas Entering his junior season Stafford was ranked as the top overall prospect in the state by Schoolsports.com. He was named District MVP after throwing for 18 TDs as a junior. A drop-back passer who can run. This year's version of Rhett Bomar? He is a strong-armed quarterback and already has early offers from Georgia, SMU and Louisville. Reportedly Scott Loeffler is very impressed with him. Both parents attended Florida State and he grew up rooting for the Seminoles.

5 Mitch Mustain QB 6'3 200 4,72 Springdale Arkansas.
Mustain completed 139 of his 222 attempts (62.6 per- cent) for 2,200 yards and tossed 20 touchdown passes to just 7 interceptions as a junior. First Team All-State and rare junior selection on the Orlando Sentinel's All-South team. He has a cannon for an arm and very good mobility. Reminds some of Chad Henne. Already has an early offer from Arkansas and there are reports that Michigan is close to offering.

7 Zach Frazer QB 6'4 209 4,80 Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania.
Frazer was an AP First Team Class 3A selection as a junior and is Bob Lichtenfel's number 3 rated prospect in the state. As a junior, Frazer completed 285-of-441 passes for 3,674 yards and 27 touchdowns with only nine interceptions. He has a very strong arm. He has been up to Ann Arbor for at least one game and lists Michigan as his favorite school over Purdue and Notre Dame.

9 Demetrius Jones QB 6'3 186 4,40 Chicago Morgan Park Illinois.
Chris Pool's second ranked prospect in the state is drawing comparisons to former Chicago prep star Donovan McNabb. Others compare him to Vince Young. Rated by USA Today as one of the top 10 juniors in the nation. Has an early offer from Texas Tech. Michigan is involved but is one of many. Still, gotta keep a Chic. QB on the short list at this early point.

10 Neil Caudle QB 6'3 192 4,60 Hoover Spain Park Alabama Caudle is one of the South's top QBs and was a SchoolSports.com pre-season all-american selection. Caudle had a strong junior season completing 129-of-200 passes (65%) for 1,624 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for 424 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries in a little more than eight games. Caudle has early offers from Louisville and Auburn.

13 Mike Hartline QB 6'5 180 4,80 Canton GlenOak Ohio.
Hartline Is another QB who looked good at San Antonio. Will battle with Kirbus for honors as the top QB in Ohio. Brother Brian signed with Ohio State, so the Buckeyes probably hold the lead over Michigan for this tall, lanky, strong-armed prospect. '04 U-M Camper, and will camp again in '05 .

14 Justin Burke QB 6'3 180 4,60 Lexington Catholic Kentucky.
Burke looked good at the Michigan summer camp last year and earned Honorable Mention All-State honors as a junior. He was a SchoolSports.com pre-season all-American choice. Burke has early offers from Kentucky and Louisville and plays for the same school as Michigan signee Brandon Logan. .<

16 Will Fidler QB/P 6'4 195 4,75 Henderson Henderson County Kentucky.
One of a small handful of juniors named to the Prep Nation top 101 all-American team, Fidler was an All-State selection at QB (ahead of Justin Burke) after throwing for over 4000 yards and 45 TDs as a junior. He grew up a Kentucky fan and has camped at Michigan. Nice size and a strong arm.

18 Rudy Kirbus QB 6'4 205 4,70 Cleveland St. Ignatius Ohio.
Kirbus could be the top QB in the state of Ohio and comes from a program that has been kind to U-M over the years (the Masseys, Trent Zenkewicz). As a junior he completed 73 of 153 passes for over 1300 yards and 18 TDs. Lloyd Carr visited his school during Michigan's off weekend in November. Michigan and Ohio State are in the driver's seat.

27 Alan Rogers QB 6'4 210 4,60 Shreveport Evangel Christian Louisiana.
Alan is a bit of a sleeper prospect as he started his career at Evangel Christian, ran into some problems and transferred to a small school nearby - Shreveport Calvary - and just transferred back to Evangel Christian this January. He is expected to be their starting quarterback next season. He has a live arm and tremendous size. Max Emfinger rates him at 4+ stars. One to keep an eye on.

28 Josh Rouhan QB 6'4 210 5,09 Howard City Tri-County Michigan.
Josh enjoyed a tremendous junior season as he threw for more than 2600 yards and 25 TDs on his way to earning AP First Team Class B All-State honors. He is a big, strong kid from a school not known for producing Division 1 talent. He's a huge Michigan fan.

34 Alex Loukas QB 6'4 190 Deerfield Illinois.
Top dropback passer in the state with a nice arm and touch but possessing surprising mobility. Passed for over 1500 yards and 16 TDs as a junior. Michigan is his favorite.


Note: It's hard to see this as an '06 priority for U-M – Murray is being recruited as a DB by the Wolverines.

1 LeSean McCoy RB 5'10 200 4,30 Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt Pennsylvania.
One of the nation's elite 5 recruits. McCoy was a USA Today top 10 juniors selection and was named the number 2 prospect in the nation by SchoolSports.com. He was the AP Class 4A Player of the Year and is Bob Lichtenfel's top-rated player in Pennsylvania. As a sophomore, he ran for 2,561 yards and 28 touchdowns. As a junior, McCoy ran for 2,828 yards and 33 touchdowns. He reportedly has close to 30 early offers.

2 Knowshon Moreno RB 6'0 195 4,40 Middletown South New Jersey.
Challenges McCoy as the top RB in the nation. In fact, EA Sports named him the national junior player of the year over McCoy. The two-time all-stater and state Offensive Player of the Year led his team to a repeat, unbeaten Central Jersey, Group 3 title, and No. 1 spot in the all-class Newark Star-Ledger ranking with a repeat 12-0 record. He led the state in scoring with 40 TDs, and 244 points in 12 games while rushing 218 times for 2,030 yards for a 9.3 per carry average. Just a tremendous talent who has an early U-M offer and will visit U-M in the spring.

4 Chris Wells RB 6'2 220 4,50 Akron Garfield Ohio.
The top junior in the state of Ohio and a First Tam All-Ohio selection. The cousin of former U-M great Billy Taylor just committed to OSU.

5 DeMarco Murray RB/DB 6'0 185 4,49 Las Vegas Bishop Gorman Nevada.
DeMarco was listed by USA Today as one of the nation's top 10 juniors. He could play either RB or DB at the next level. As a junior he rushed for 1395 yards on 150 carries and scored 17 TDs in just 8 games. He currently projects as possibly the top back out West. He has early offers from his two favorites, Wisconsin and Michigan, along with such schools as Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida and Arizona.

37 Javeare White RB/DB 5'9 180 4,50 Louisville Manual Kentucky.
Javeare is a name to remember for Michigan fans. Michigan is his favorite (visited for the Northwestern game) and he is a cousin of James McKinney. And he can play. In fact, he reportedly has an offer from LSU. Solid student with a 3.5 GPA and a very strong,compact and quick back.

70 L.J. Robertson RB 6'2 192 Sterling Heights Stevenson Michigan.
Robertson was a First Team Class A and Metro Detroit selection by the Detroit News as a junior. He could be the top RB in the state. According to the News: "Robertson committed to the weight room during the off-season and lost 15 pounds to add more quickness without losing his effectiveness as a power back. In eight games he rushed for 1,457 yards and 17 touchdowns on 172 carries. He also caught eight passes for 107 yards."


Note: ditto RB's: WR's cannot be a big priority for U-M in'06.

8 Carl Fisher WR 6'1 195 4,40 Bolingbrook Illinois.
Carl is perhaps the top receiver in the Midwest and Chris Pool ranks him as the third best prospect ion Illinois. He has tremendous speed but had a case of the dropsies as a junior. No qustioning his talent, however, and Michigan is heavily involved. Has a very early offer from Utah.

9 David Lighty WR 6'5 190 4,52 Villa Angela St. Joseph Ohio.
Tremendous talent as a big wide receiver, but he is probably only going to play basketball in college. Too bad for football fans. Michigan, by the way, could be his favorite school.

10 John Maddox WR/DB 6'4 195 4,50 Philadelphia West Catholic Pennsylvania.
From the same school that sent Marques Slocum to Michigan, Maddox is rated by Bob Lichtenfels as the 7th best prospect in the state. As a First Team All-Philadelphia selection his junior year, Maddox caught 24 passes for 504 yards and eight touchdowns. Maddox also intercepted nine passes. He has offers from Notre Dame, Rutgers and Michigan State and Penn State is recruiting him heavily, but as of a few weeks ago he did not list Michigan among his favorites.

24 Marcus Lewis WR 6'3 190 Gurnee Warren Township Illinois.
Marcus reminds me quite a bit of another former Chicago wide receiver: Jason Avant. Lewis makes plays, has a great set of hands, is very athletic and has toughness and speed. As a junior he had 50 catches for 778 yards and 9 TDs. Marcus was a Special Mention All-State selection as a junior and Michigan was his childhood favorite.

41 Andre Rison Jr. WR 6'0 175 4,50 Southfield-Lathrup Michigan.
Andre comes from great bloodlines. His dad starred with the Spartans and had an outstanding NFL career. As a junior he earned Honorable Mention All-State and Second Team All-Area honors after posting 23 catches for 381yard (16.6yp catch) and 4 TDs playing in a running offense. Also a talented defensive back, Andre has nice speed and great hand-eye coordination.

49 Tyler Ladendorf WR 5'11 182 Des Plaines Maine West Illinois.
Tyler was named First Team Class 7A All-State by the Illinois Football Coaches Association. He claims to have an early offer from Purdue. He lists Michigan as the second school in his top five, after Purdue.

50 Menelik Holt WR 6'4 205 4,65 San Diego St. Augustine California.
Menelik is from the same school as Jason Forcier. According to Andrew Friedman of Scoutrs.com: "As a junior, Menelik Holt caught 44 passes for 780 yards and 12 touchdowns. He played defensive end for two games and returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. Holt was named first team all-league. He also plays basketball where he set the school record for rebounds in a playoff game last year (22). He plays center and averages 10 points and 16 rebounds a game. His early top schools are Michigan, Oregon, Arizona State, Colorado (born in Denver), UCLA, San Diego State, and Cal. "Michigan is my favorite. I have always liked them."

53 Jonathan Collins WR 6'1 175 4,49 Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal School Texas.
Private school star has great speed and leaping ability. As a junior he posted 72 tackles, 1 interception. He also caught 39 passes for 689 yards and 6 TD's. UCLA currently leads because they have a strong Kinesiology program. Michigan was one of his three childhood faves, so you would think Michigan has a shot..

56 Wesley Lyons WR 6'5 183 Pittsburgh Woodland Hills Pennsylvania.
Wesley is the younger brother of Ohio State WR Devon Lyons and comes from the same program as Ryan Mundy and Steve Breaston.

60 Adrian Cannon WR 6'2 195 4,60 Auburn Hills Avondale Michigan.
Adrian was a Second Team All-Oakland County honoree as a junior. He also looked pretty good at Atlanta Nike last spring, especially considering he was just a sophomore. He will be one of the more heavily recruited receivers in the state.

64 Anthony Bowman.
WR/DB 5'10 165 4,40 Detroit DePorres Michigan Another quick and speedy undersized receiver out of DePorres, following in the footsteps of the Grimes brothers and Talonnie Russell. Anthon may be the fastest of the bunch. As a sophomore he finished second in the 100.meters at the state Division 4 track finals. Tested very well at Nike last spring.



5 Joe Torchia.
TE 6'5 220 Bergenfield Queen of Peace New Jersey Torchia was a Second Team AP All-State selection as a junior. Excelled at both TE and DE as a junior. Will be on eof the most highly recruited prospects in New Jersey next year. Great blocker even though he hasn't really lifted weights yet. Great, soft hands. Had 21 catches, scored six TDs and averaged 27 yards per catch as a junior. Also a tremendous student. Michigan among the many schools showing interest and has a great chance since he wants to play football at the highest level at the finest academic school. Could be a Virginia-Michigan battle.


(note: sorry this is too many names for a class when U-M may not take many LM ... but so many kids like U-M!)

4 Clifton Geathers.
OL/DL 6'7 280 4,80 Carvers Bay South Carolina Clifton is considered to be the top overall prospect in the state of Scouth Carolina. He possesses exceptional quickness for his size. Both his father (Robert) and uncle (Jumpy) played many years in the NFL and his older brother Robert stars at Georgia. Already has offers from Michigan, Georgia, Auburn, Clemson and others. One of the nation's best.

10 Justin Boren OL 6'4 295 Pickerington North Ohio.
Not many juniors receive offers from Ohio State before the New Year. Justin Boren did. Justin's father, Mike, was a starting linebacker at Michigan in the 1980s. Justin is much bigger than his dad. He could well be the top offensive lineman in the Midwest. Michigan reportedly leads Ohio State, but this is not a done deal.

17 Steve Schilling OL 6'5 280 Bellevue Washington.
Fast and agile, Schilling was the best prospect on this state powerhouse. He was a consensus all-state selection as a junior. Could well be the state's most sought after recruit. Lloyd Carr has reportedly visited the school recently.

18 DeShon Dedrick OL 6'4 341 Lansing Sexton Michigan.
The Big Reds ran for more than 2,500 yards, and more than 90% of it was behind Dedrick at tackle. He earned Class A all-state honorable mention, First Team Lansing State Journal All-Area and has drawn interest from top Division I programs. Probably the top lineman in the state.

22 John Romero OL/DL 6'5 280 Tucson Salpointe Catholic Arizona.
Romero is the top line prospect in Arizona and already has early offers from Arizona and Arizona State. He was a Second Team All-State selection as a junior. Played primarily on defense this past season but projects on either side of the ball in college. Michigan is reportedly his favorite.

24 Connor Smith OL 6'5 280 Cincinnati Colerain Ohio.
From the same school as Michigan signee Mister Simpson, Smith only received Honorable Mention All-Cincinnati Area honors as the top awards were reserved for the seniors on Colerain's national powerhouse. Some feel that he could emerge as the top lineman in the state as a senior. He reportedly destroyed highly regarded senior Antwon Hight in a matchup last year. Michigan would certainly be among his favorites. Was just offered by Ohio State on signing day.

29 Jared Odrick OL/DL 6'6 295 4,90 Lebanon Pennsylvania.
Jared is Bob Lichtenfel's 8th ranked prospect in the state. He compares him to Marques Slocum and says he was one of the most physically impressive prospects he saw at Nike last year. Nice combination of size and quickness. Jared is interested in Michigan and has an early offer from Iowa.

42 Shawn Bernaky OL 6'6 310 Downers Grove South Illinois.
One of the elite linemen in the state of Illinois, Bernaky was a special mention all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune. His favorite is Michigan. Excellent drive-blocker in the Matt Lentz mold.

44 Governor Wilson OL 6'5 330 Detroit Henry Ford Michigan.
Governor is one of the top prospects in the Detroit PSL this coming year. He has tremendous athleticism for his size and outstanding strength. Also a mmber of our all-name team. He was a Second Team All-City pick as a junior and will be a four-year starter for Coach Mike Marshall's team. Marshall is a former Michigan State alum and most of his top kids wind up there (e.g. Eric Knott).

46 Jeff Maddux OL 6'4 293 Monroe Michigan.
Jeff is a two-time All-Monroe area selection. He was a dominating lineman as a junior. At 6-4 and 293 pounds, he has the size and talent to follow his older brother (Justin Carlson) into college football. Carlson is playing at Brigham Young. He's got great size and the speed to get around the corner. As a mere sophomore he had 50-some pancake blocks.

56 John Stipek OL/DL 6'5 245 4,90 Macomb Dakota Michigan.
John was an Honorable Mention All-State selection and a First Team Metro East choice as a junior. Was a team captain as a mere junior. Will be a three-year starter at guard and also played defensive end this season. He helped the Cougars rush for more than 1,900 yards during the regular season. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds and bench presses 325 pounds. Dakota Head Coach Giannoni had this to say about him : "He has natural strength and real good feet. He's large and extremely athletic. He can dunk a basketball even though he doesn't play basketball. If anybody is a sure Michigan-caliber kid athletically its him. He's much further ahead. He could project at 6'7 as he wears a size 15 shoe. He can also really run."

73 John Purdy OL 6'5 280 Fort Wayne Snider Indiana.
John enjoyed an outstanding junior season and gained a reputation for his pancake blocks. He is one of the top line prospects in the state and visited Michigan for the Iowa game.


NOTE: Interior DL cannot be a big need in '06; DE's may be a little more of a need.

2 Micah Johnson DL/LB 6'2 277 4,70 Fort Campbell Kentucky.
Micah will be the top-rated prospect in the state of Kentucky. He was a consensus all-state selection as a junior after transferring in from Alexandria West Potomac. Johnson, who has 14 percent body fat and runs a 4.7 40-yard dash, posted 174 tackles as a junior. He played running back the last half of the season and gained 1,200 yards. He is projected by many to be among the top 15 prospects in the nation. He has early offers from Kentucky, Maryland, Louisville, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Michigan is among his favorites but keep an eye on USC.

4 Jamie Cumbie DL/TE 6'7 255 4,70 Morris Illinois.
Jamie is rated by Chris Pool as the top prospect in Illinois. Caught 7 passes for 176 yards, a 25.1 average, and 1 touchdown as a tight end and was a major cog in Morris' powerful defense from his tackle position. Coach Dan Darlington: "Next year, Jamie will be one of the top three recruits in the Midwest, not just at Morris or in Illinois. He can run, and he's good." Michigan is in his top five.

5 Jason Kates DL/OL 6'4 315 4,90 Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt Pennsylvania.
Jason is one of a handful of talented juniors at Bishop McDevitt. He already has offers from such schools as Michigan State, Pittsburgh, N.C. State and Northwestern. Bob Lichtenfels is not a fan, and only rates him 18th in Pennsylvania. Others disagree, and compare him ot Marques Slocum. Has tremendous (400+ bench) strength but needs to learn to play every down and improve his lateral movement. Michigan is reportedly one of his favorites. He has excellent athleticism and a frame that he can further grow into.

10 Tony Reed DL 6'3 275 4,80 Warren Harding Ohio.
Tony is the latest in a long line of talented prospects to emerge from Harding (Mo Clarett, Prescott Burgess, Mario Manningham). He was rated by SchoolSports.com as one of the nation's top 94 junior prospects. Is related to the late Korey Stringer. Started at both TE and DL as a junior. Word is that Michigan is his favorite, but Virginia is making a huge push to land him.

12 D.J. Jones DL 6'6 300 5,10 Omaha Central Nebraska.
D.J. was only an Honorable Mention All-Stat eselection as a junior, but don't let that fool you. State recognition usually goes to the seniors at talent-laden Central High, and Jones' turn will come soon. The fact that he was the first junior in the state to be offered by Nebraska speaks volumes. He has tremendous size, quickness and athleticism and looked exceptional at the Nebraska summer camp last year. Iowa, Notre Dame and Michigan are also close to offering and are on his long list of favorites. He's from the same school as former Michigan DB Brandon Williams.

18 Bernard Cooper DL 6'2 235 4,60 Chicago St. Rita Illinois.
Bernard was a preseaon SchoolSports.com national top 94 junior and finished the season as a Chicago Tribune Special Mention All-State selection. He has fine quickness off the edge, good strength and uses his hands well on defense. One to really keep an eye on as Michigan is involved!

28 Corey Peters DL 6'2 275 4,90 Louisville Central Kentucky.
Corey is a teammate of Michigan signee James McKinney who reports a U-M offer. In my view not quite the athlete that James is, but still a talented prospect. He was an Honorable Mention All-Stater as a junior. He has early offers from Kentucky and Marshall with the Wildcats his leader followed by Ohio State and Michigan.

32 McKenzie Matthews DL 6'3 236 Syracuse Christian Brothers Academy New York.
Upstate NY has been kind to Michigan in recent years and that trend should continue with Syracuse no longer in an elite conference. A Second Team Class AA All-Stater as a junior, McKenzie will be one of the state's elite prospects and word is that Michigan could be his leader.

47 Chris Arthurs DL/RB 6'2 265 Warrenville Wheaton South Illinois.
From the same program as Dace Richardson and Tony Moeaki, Arthurs is the next big-timer from Wheaton South. This all-area performer has the athleticism to play some RB on offense. Solid student and his favorite is.....Michigan.

49 David Boyce DL 6'6 211 4,80 Covington St.Paul Louisiana.
Lists Michigan as his favorite. Impressed at Mississippi summer camp last summer and was named to School Sports pre-season national top 94, although he's nowhere near the 240 pounds they listed him at. Has the frame and athleticism to really excel at the next level.


Note: a big need in '06, and fortunately some top junior LB's like U-M.

2 Marcus Ball LB 6'1 210 4,49 Stone Mountain Stephenson Georgia.
A consensus First Team All-State selection as a junior, Ball ranks right up there with Sergio Kindle as an elite national linebacker. Had 120 tackles, 14 tackles for losses and 7 sacks as a junior. Was tremendous at the Nike combine last year. Is the younger brother of Georgia Tech QB Reggie Ball.Reportedly has connections in the state of Michigan

3 Jeremiha Hunter LB/RB 6'1 199 4,40 Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt Pennsylvania.
Jeremiha ran for 1,022 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior, but his future is as an Ian Gold-type of linebacker. He just has tremendous speed and versatility as a 'backer. A First Team AP Class 3A All-State selection and Bob Lichtenfel's number 4 rated prospect in the state, Jeremiha was so impressive at the Michigan camp last summer that he was offered a scholarship. He has numerous other offers, including Ohio State, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida, but Michigan is his clear number one.

4 Brandon Graham LB 6'1 235 4,40 Detroit Crockett Michigan.
Brandon was a consensus First Team Class B All-State selection and was the best defender on one of the state's best defenses. Reportedly has an early U-M offer. From the same program as Penn State's´ Edward Johnson and Michigan's John Thompson, Graham is at another level. Graham ahead 91 tackles, including 20 for losses. He rushed for a touchdown on a fake punt and can consistently make 32-yard field goals. Graham has a 3.8 grade-point average. "He's a man-child. He's very smart, tenacious and just loves to play football," Crockett associate coach Tim Hopkins told the Detroit News. GBW has scouted Graham, and concurs!

9 Jarrell Herring LB 6'1 245 4,60 Detroit Martin Luther King Michigan.
Herring was compared by his coach early on in his career to Lawrence Taylor and his coach claimed he would be the school's top prospect since Earnest Shazor. More recent comparisons run along the lines of LaMarr Woodley, still not to shabby. Herring may grow into a DE at the next level. He was a Second Team All-City choice as a junior and should be one of the two or three most heavily recruited prospects in the state.

14 Dorin Dickerson LB/RB/WR 6'1 195 4,60 Imperial West Allegheny Pennsylvania.
Dickerson is Bob Lichtenfel's 5th rated player in Pennsylvania. He is the consummate all-around player. He was the Indians' top rusher with 1,036 yards on 141 carries (7.3); No. 2 receiver with 25 catches for 517 yards (20.7); and leading scorer with 21 TDs. Dickerson also was a crackerjack LB and he played QB at times. Very similar skill set to Jeremiha Hunter and Michigan is among his favorites. Has early offers from Michigan, Penn State, Pitt, North Carolina, Boston College.

17 Ross Homan LB 6'2 225 4,60 Coldwater Ohio.
Homan was a First Team Division 4 All-State selection and was listed as a pre-season All-American by both SchoolSports.com and Street & Smith. Some are comparing him to A.J. Hawk and there's no questioning that he's a ball hawk. He visited Michigan for the San Diego State game but, as expected, became an EARLY OSU COMMITMENT.

18 Mike Gee LB 6'2 235 4,60 Bergenfield Queen of Peace New Jersey.
A Street & Smith preseason national top 50 juniors selection, Mike enjoyed a solid junior season after transferring from Don Bosco Prep to Queen of Peace. As a rare sophomore starter at Don Bosco he recorded 9 sacks. May transfer to the Hun School for his senior year or for an additional year after high school before attending college. Reports offers from such schools as Nebraska, Iowa, Virginia, N.C. State, North Carolina and Purdue. Michigan has been to the school to get information on him.

19 A.J. Edds LB/TE 6'4 215 4,70 Greenwood Indiana.
A.J. was a preseason Street & Smith national top 50 juniors pick and a SchoolSportsFrom the Indianapolis Daily News: A.J. Edds, Greenwood • Position: Linebacker • Year: Junior • Stats: 4 interceptions, 3 sacks, 10 tackles for loss • Quote from head coach Rick Wimmer: "A.J. is already our career leading tackler. He's got great range on the field, a lot of explosiveness, and we're looking for one more year with him."" He was offered by Indiana and Illinois at summer camps last year and visited Michigan for the Minnesota game. One of the top three prospects in Indiana.

36 Greg Webster LB 6'3 225 4,50 Pittsburgh Woodland Hills Pennsylvania.
Greg is Bob Lichtenfel's 11th ranked player in Pennsylvania and is one of the top talents in the WPIAL. Lichtenfels calls him a "grown man playing among boys" and "possibly the most physically impressive prospect in the state." He comes from the same program as Ryan Mundy and Steve Breaston and is one of three highly recruited juniors at the school - along with Wesley Lyons and Darrin Walls. He was exceptional in 2004, a speedster who was the Wolverines' leading tackler and a first-team All-Quad East selection. He started at DE as a sophomore. His brother, Jamal, played at Maryland.

40 Anthony Quinn LB/TE 6'4 215 East Kentwood Michigan.
Anthony is a versatile and athletic OLB/TE prospect who also excels in hoops. Flying a bit under the radar on the national scene, those covering western Michigan know all about him. He's physical, athletic, and determined. A two-way standout, the Falcons didn't throw much, but when they did, they looked for Quinn. Visited Michigan for the Northwestern game.


A big need for '06: 2 each of CB's and S'? If Rolle and Walls pick U-M, it would take the pressure off. Don't forget Demarco Murry (listed as RB) here as well.

1 Myron Rolle DB/LB 6'2 210 4,53 Princeton The Hun School New Jersey.
Had an early rep as the nation's top junior, and he may well be, but with Knowshon Moreno in the same state he will need to battle it out for best in Jersey first. Won't waste my time with all his honors, lets just say All-Everything. Projects more as a safety but has the speed and hips to also play CB. Quality student and individual. Has over 35 offers as of early January. Michigan heavily involved but Virginia, which also has great academics and has been doing very well in New Jersey recently, is my best guess to land him.

3 Darrin Walls DB 6'1 185 4,37 Pittsburgh Woodland Hills Pennsylvania.
From the same program as Steve Breaston and Ryan Mundy, Walls has the skills to join them as a Wolverine. Bob Lichtenfel's number 2 rated prospect in the state, he has tremendous athleticism, hips, agility, and coverage ability. He's also a hitter and equally talented in pass coverage and run support. A major recruiting target for the Wolverines, he already has early offers from Pittsburgh and Louisville.

8 Antwine Perez DB 6'2 195 4,53 Camden Woodrow Wilson New Jersey.
Antwine is one to really watch. As a junior Perez connected on 103 of 198 passes for 1,763 yds and 15 TD's, as well as 52 rushes for 373 yds and 11 td's. On defense, he racked up 56 tackles and 4 interceptions. He lists Tennessee as his favorite over Michigan (which is close to offering) and has early offers from such schools as Ohio State, Wisconsin, Virginia, N.C. State and Wisconsin.

11 Taylor Mays DB 6'3 210 4,40 Seattle O'Dea Washington.
Mays is a consensus First Team All-Stater and could emerge as the best prospect in the state. Recruiters love his combination of size and speed. The speedy Mays was one of the Metro League's best receivers when he wasn't busy shutting them down. As a safety, he intercepted five passes and was named to the Mountain Division first team. On offense, the defending 100- and 200-meter state champion had 25 catches for 514 yards and seven touchdowns, earning league offensive co-MVP honors. Mays also returned three punts for touchdowns. Helped O'Dea reach the state playoffs for the 11th consecutive season. Michigan is in his top three.

12 Munir Prince DB 5'10 180 4,30 ST DeSmet Missouri.
Prince was a very early verbal to Iowa over offers from Kansas State and Missouri and he didn't disappoint as a junior. Despite struggling with injuries, the Metro Catholic co-player of the year still rushed for 986 yards, caught eight passes for 126 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He was credited with 21 tackles on defense, even though opponents went away from him most of the time. This burner was named First Team Class 6A All-State and First Team All-Metro by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Ran a 4.4 electronic time at the Michigan camp last summer and has run a 10.4 100 meters. Iowa commitment,

15 James Aldridge DB/RB 6'1 215 4,50 Merrillville Indiana.
Aldridge was a consensus First Team All-Stater as a junior after transferring in from Hazelwood Central in Missouri. Aldridge made an instant impact. In his first 12 games he carried 281 times for 2,067 yards (7.3) and 20 TDs and caught 11 passes for 197 yards (19.9) and two TDs. He also completed his only pass for a touchdown. At 6-1 and 215 pounds with 4.5 speed, many feel that his college future is as a safety. He was offered by Missouri at their summer camp last year.

41 Derek Brighton DB 6'0 175 4,50 Allen Park Michigan.
Derek has received a lot of hype as a junior and was named First Team Division 3 All-State after help leading Allen Park to yet another fine season. He is the younger brother of MSU freshman Bryan Brighton and has similar skills as his older brother although he is a touch taller. He has fine speed and projects as a CB in college. He was named one of SchoolSports.com's preseason national top 94 juniors. He reportedly likes Notre Dame and Michigan State and has an early offer from Eastern Michigan.

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