Jim S' March Update: Michigan Recruits (Offense)

Instate recruiting guru Jim S. has updated his National Top 700-plus Juniors for March. We have distilled his list down to just the <B>main early Michigan recruits</B>. Read, enjoy – memorize!<br><br> <B>Offensive recruits</B> <br>

Note: we figured you may be having just a little trouble in memorizing all 700-plus ranked prospects on Jim S' lists. So we have pulled out the 69 who seem to get the focus of early U-M recruiting attention.

Jim S., has tried to identify Michigan prospects as follows:
**** Michigan Best Guess List
*** Michigan heavily invoved
** Michigan involved but more of a longshot
* Michigan in contact


1 Tim Tebow QB 6'3 225 4.61 Jacksonville Nease, Florida. As a junior he was First Team Class 3A All-State, passing 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 possesses 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. He attended a U-M game last fall, but he's probably a long-shot to wind up a Wolverine. **

2 Matthew Stafford QB 6'2 212 4.70 Dallas Highland Park, Texas. He was named District MVP after throwing for 18 TDs as a junior. A drop-back passer who can run. He is a strong-armed quarterback and already has over 12 offers from such schools as FSU, Oklahoma, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Baylor, SMU and Louisville. Claims a Michigan offer as well. Both parents attended Florida State and he grew up rooting for the Seminoles. Michigan is in his top 6, but ranks behind Florida State, Georgia and a couple of other schools. Longshot to be a Wolverine. **

3 Neil Caudle QB 6'3 192 4.60 Hoover Spain Park, Alabama. 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 (he suffered an ACL). Caudle has early offers from Michigan, Alabama, Louisville and Auburn. He plans to camp at Michigan. He grew up an Auburn fan and will be tough for the Wolverines to pull out of the South. ***

5 Mitch Mustain QB 6'3 200 4.72 Springdale, Arkansas. Mustain completed 139 of his 222 attempts (62.6%) for over 2,000 yards and tossed 20 touchdown passes to just 7 interceptions as a junior (he broke his throwing arm in the final game). First Team All-State. He has a cannon for an arm and very good mobility. He now has early offers from Michigan as well as Arkansas, Michigan State, Texas A&M, LSU, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech and Texas. Michigan has a pretty decent shot of landing Mustain. He's pretty open-minded about his college choice and plans top commit by the end of summer. ***

6 Zach Frazer QB 6'4 209 4.80 Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Frazer was an AP First Team Class 3A selection as a junior as he 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 recently listed Michigan as his favorite school over Purdue and Notre Dame. He has just picked up an offer from Notre Dame and claims offers from Georgia Tech, Miami (Florida) and Iowa as well. Claims to have also to have just received a verbal offer from Michigan. He remains my best guess to be the Wolverine's QB signee for 2006. ****

14 Justin Burke QB 6'2 180 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. Burke has early offers from Kentucky, Northwestern, Purdue, Michigan State and Louisville and plays for the same school as Michigan signee Brandon Logan. He will be camping once again in Ann Arbor this summer and is, in my view, one of the more likely QB prospects in the class to wind up at Michigan. ****

15 Mike Canfield QB/DB 6'1 216 Lansing Everett, Michigan. Canfield was a relative unknown nationally until he exploded at the U.S. Army combine with one of the strongest arms, but we knew all about this Detroit Free Press Division 2 First Team All-Stater. As a junior he threw for over 2100 yards and rushed for about 600 yards. Has a very early offer (last year ) from Central Michigan. Likes Michigan State and Michigan. Recently attended Michigan Junior Day and claims to be wide-open. ****

18 Mike Hartline QB 6'5 180 4.80 Canton GlenOak, Ohio. Hartline is another QB who looked good at San Antonio. Will battle with Rudy Kirbus and a couple of others for honors as the top QB in Ohio. Brother Brian signed with OSU, so the Buckeyes probably hold the lead over Michigan for this tall, lanky, strong-armed prospect. Attended Michigan's Junior Day. Only early offer is from Kent State. ****

24 Rudy Kirbus QB 6'4 205 4.70 Cleveland St. Ignatius, Ohio. Kirbus comes from a program that has been kind to U-M over the years. As a junior first-year starter 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 and he recently attended Michigan's junior day. Michigan and Ohio State are in the driver's seat. ****

31 Sean Hakes QB 6'3 190 4.67 Fort Worth Nolan Catholic, Texas. He has a good arm and great agility and mobility. He was only a part-time starter as a junior. He visited Michigan for the Minnesota and Miami games last fall and recently attended Michigan's junior day. Sean is originally from Ohio and lists Michigan as his leader. ****

32 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 and he already has an early offer from Iowa State. ****


22 Javeare White RB/DB 5'9 185 4.50 Louisville Manual, Kentucky. Javeare is a name to remember for Michigan fans. Michigan is his favorite (visited for the Northwestern game and Junior Day) and he is a cousin of James McKinney. And he can play. In fact, he reportedly has an offer from LSU and claims he has one from Michigan as well. Solid student with a 3.5 GPA and a very strong, compact and quick back. Could also play CB. ****


1 Percy Harvin WR/DB 5'11 182 4,34 Virginia Beach Landstown Virginia How good is Harvin? Good enough to be named Virginia's player of the year as a junior over talents such as Victor Harris? His junior campaign had opposing coaches going crazy trying to stop him. Harvin compiled more than 1,600 yards of offense and scored 32 touchdowns — either by catch, run or kick or interception return. He caught 56 passes for 985 yards and 17 touchdowns and was first-team all-state at wide receiver. He also rushed for 690 yards and nine TDs. In Landstown's 47-20 state championship game victory over Robinson, Harvin intercepted three passes and scored four touchdowns. He totaled 476 yards in rushing, receiving and returns. The most impressive skill player at the U.S. Army Combine, he reportedly got the better of Myron Rolle on a few occasions. Has jets. His 4.34 laser in San Antonio was the fastest time in the combine by far. Had over 20 offers as of December. Long-rumored to be headed to Floirda State, Harvin claims he is wide-open. Michigan has offered and was in an early top 5 listing. **

19 Carl Fisher WR 6'1 195 4.40 Bolingbrook, Illinois. Carl is possibly the top receiver in the Midwest. Had 23 catches for 429 yards and 5 TDs as a junior. Michigan is heavily involved along with Northwestern. Also looking at Notre Dame and Illinois. Michigan was his childhood fave. Has a very early offer from Utah. ****

26 Menelik Holt WR 6'4 205 4.65 San Diego St. Augustine, California. Menelik is from the same school as Jason Forcier. As a junior, Menelik Holt caught 44 passes for 780 yards and 12 touchdowns. 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." Menelik recently picked up an offer from Nebraska. One to really watch out for. ****

49 Zach Luckett WR/RB 6'3 192 Absecon Holy Spirit, New Jersey. Played RB as a junior and rushed for over 800 yards and averaged 8 yards per carry. Nice hands, size and speed. One of the state's top 25 prospects. Lists Michigan as his favorite and already has offers from Boston College and Virginia. ****

63 Tony McCants WR 6'4 195 4.40 Detroit Renaissance, Michigan. My super sleeper of the year in Michigan and perhaps the entire nation, A sleeper because he has not played football yet but has a huge reputation as perhgaps the best all-around ahlete in Detroit. Plays on the Renaissance hoops team. Great size, athletic and, as he puts it "I jog faster than Carson (Butler) runs." ****

64 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 will be one of the more heavily recruited receivers in the state. Grew up a fan of Michigan and Florida State. ****

77 Wesley Lyons WR 6'5 183 4.65 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. As a junior he posted 33 catches for about 600 yards and 7 TDs. ***

85 Mark Mitchell WR/DB/QB 5'10 177 Texarkana, Arkansas. A multi-purpose athlete, as a junior Mark completes 53 of 140 passes for 1,013 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also rushed for 268 yards and 6 touchdowns. He lists Michigan as his favorite. ****

88 Burnon Anderson WR 6'2 202 4.47 Plantation, Florida. Enjoyed a tremendous Miami Nike in February to move onto the radar screen. As a junior he caught 30 passes for 496 yards and seven touchdowns. Michigan is his leader over Miami and Georgia. ****


7 Luke Schmidt TE/RB 6'4 230 4.70 Jasper, Indiana. Luke was a consensus All-State selection at running back as a junior (year in 12 games he carried 328 times for 2,628 yards (8.0) and 41 touchdowns), but he probably projects at TE or even LB/DE at the next level. He is a cousion of libenacker A.J. Edds and has early offers from Purdue and Louisville. He attended the Michigan Junior Day. ****

21 Michael McNeill TE 6'4 215 4.65 St. Louis Kirkwood Missouri Michael was a First Team Class 6A All-State selection axs a junior. He has a nice frame and fine speed. One of the top prospects oin Missouri. Michigan is heavily involved and he attended junior day in February. ***


2 Sam Young OL 6'7 295 5.00 Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, Florida. A top ten national prospect, Young was a major reason for the Raiders' 3,040 yards in the regular season. A tremendous passblocker and extremely quick, he was the physical presence St. Thomas needed to advance to the state championship. He was named First Team Class 5A All-State. Favors Michigan and has an offer from the Wolverines in addition to other national programs. Miami is the Wolverines' biggest threat. ****

8 Justin Boren OL 6'3 275 5.00 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. Michigan tendered an offer just before U-M's junior day and is in a tight battle with Ohio State for him. However, OSU leads – and he will make a summer decision. ****

9 Charlie Deas OL/DL 6'4 230 4.88 Fort Lauderdale Dillard, Florida. Deas wasa consensus First Team All-Broward County pick as a junior and an Honorable Mention Class 5A All-State selection. He's a dominant, space-eating tackle with quick feet. He has early offers from Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Duke but look for that list to grow. Michigan is in his top 5. ***

11 Steve Schilling OL 6'5 290 Bellevue, Washington. Fast and agile, Schilling was a consensus all-state selection as a junior. Lloyd Carr has reportedly visited the school. Michigan is close to offering and he already has offers from such schools as UCLA, Washington, Washington State and Oregon. ***

17 Jared Odrick OL/DL 6'6 295 4.90 Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Nice combination of size and quickness. Jared is interested in Michigan and has early offers from Iowa, Virginia, Maryland, Penn State and Connecticut. He is the top OL in the state. ***

21 John Romero OL/DL 6'5 280 5.09 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. Playd primarily on defense this past season. Michigan is reportedly his favorite and he plans on camping in Ann Arbor this summer. ****

24 Jason Kates OL/DL 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 Rutgers, Pittsburgh and N.C. State. Has tremendous (400+ bench) strength. Michigan is reportedly one of his favorites. ***

26 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. Probably the top lineman in the state. Will camp at Michigan this summer. ***

27 Matt Carufel OL 6'5 280 5.30 St. Paul Cretin-Derham Hall, Minnesota. Carufel is rated by Minnesota Preps as the top prospect in the state. Cretim-Derham Hall has a long tradition of producing Division 1 talent. He reportedly has early offers from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Michigan is on his long list and is showing interest. **

30 Bartley Webb OL 6'6 285 5.40 Springdale, Arkansas. Bartley, the teammate of QB Mustain, is a powerful offensive tackle and has emerged as one of the elite line prospects in the South. He has early offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Clemson, Arkansas, Texas and a few others. Great size and athleticism. **

39 Chris Stewart OL 6'5 363 5.30 Klein, Texas. Chris is one of the top prospects in the Houston area and comes from the same program that sent Mark Ortmann to Michigan. He is a mauler and will be much more highly recruited than Ortmann. He reportedly favors Texas A&M and Notre Dame, but Michigan is in his top five. He has an early offer from Texas Tech. ***

40 John Purdy OL 6'6 295 Fort Wayne Snider, Indiana. John enjoyed an outstanding junior season and gained a reputation for his pancake blocks. He is considered by many to be the top OL in the state and visited Michigan for the Iowa game. ***

42 Jan Gewant OL 6'5 290 5.30 Stagg Palos Heights, Illinois. He's a prototype guard, the big body mauler sort in the mold of Leo Henige. He lists Michigan in his early top six. ***

67 D.J. Burris OL/DL 6'3 285 5.10 Kenton, Ohi.o Burris is a very powerful OG prospect who did 32 reps as a sophomore at a Nike camp last spring. He was a First Tream Division 3 All-Stater as a junior and visited Michigan for the Northwestern game. Michigan is in his top 7. ***

80 John Stipek OL/DL 6'5 245 4.90 Macomb Dakota, Michigan. Will be a three-year starter at guard and also played defensive end this season. He bench presses 325 pounds. Dakota Head Coach Giannoni: "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 can also really run." ***

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