Jim S' March Update: Michigan Recruits - Defense

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


2 Micah Johnson DL/LB 6'2 277 4.70 Fort Campbell, 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 has many early offers from the likes of Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Louisville, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Michigan and USC are his two definite visits and U-M has a great chance with Micah. ****

5 Jamie Cumbie DL/TE 6'7 255 4.70 Morris, 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. He has early offers from Clemson, Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Iowa. Michigan is in his top three along with Clemson and Notre Dame. ***

18 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 is related to the late Korey Stringer. Started at both TE and DL as a junior. Word is that Michigan and Virginia are in a battle for his services. ****

24 Corey Peters DL 6'2 275 4.90 Louisville Central, Kentucky. Corey was a teammate of Michigan signee James Mckinney and a talented prospect in his own right. He was an Honorable Mention All-Stater as a junior. He reportedly has early offers from Michigan, Kentucky, Nebraska, Louisville and Marshall. Michigan and Kentucky are proably his co-leaders. ****

27 McKenzie Matthews DL 6'2 240 4.80 Syracuse Christian Brothers Academy, New York. 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. He has early offers from Alabama and Rutgers. As a junior Mathews recorded 50 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 12 1/2 sacks. ***

36 David Boyce DL 6'6 211 4.80 Covington St.Paul, Louisiana. Lists Michigan as his favorite. Has the frame and athleticism to really excel at the next level. Keep an eye on him. He could be Michigan's find in Louisiana this year. ****

43 Jason Jankowski DL 6'3 238 Arrowhead, Wisconsin. Jason plays for one of the stronger programs in Wisconsin, has a good skill set and always has his motor running. He projects as a DE at the next level, sort of in the Chris Rogers mold. He is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's number 2 rated junior in the state. **

72 Aundre Henderson DL 6'5 280 4.90 Louisville Manual, Kentucky. As a junior, he registered 45 tackles, seven tackles for loss and five sacks. Michigan is his favorite and he was quite impressive at the Michigan summer camp last year and will be returning this summer. Kentucky has offered. Also likes Louisville. ****

76Chris Arthurs DL/RB 6'2 265 Warrenville Wheaton South, Illinois.This all-area performer has the athleticism to play some RB on offense. Solid student and his favorite is Michigan. He attended the recent U-M Junior day; also likes Notre Dame and Iowa. ***


3 Brandon Graham LB 6'1 235 4.40 Detroit Crockett, Michigan. Brandon was a consensus First Team Class B All-State selection. From the same program as Penn State's´Edward Johnson and Michigan's John Thompson, Graham is at another level. Graham ahad 91 tackles, including 20 for losses. Graham has a 3.8 grade-point average. The top prospect in Michigan and one of the naton's elite linebackers. Committed to Michigan in February. ****

6 Dorin Dickerson LB/RB/WR 6'1 195 4.50 Imperial West Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He is the consummate all-around player. He was the Indians' top rusher with 1,036 yards on 141 carries; 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. Has early offers from Michigan, Purdue, Penn State, Pitt, North Carolina and Boston College. This could be a Michigan-Pittsburgh battle. ****

7 Jeremiha Hunter LB/RB 6'1 199 4.40 Manheim Central, 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 versatilty as a 'backer. A First Team AP Class 3A All-State selection. 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 over West Virginia. ****

12 Mike Gee LB 6'2 235 4.60 Bergenfield Queen of Peace, New Jersey. As a rare sophomroe 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 a decent chance here if they go after him. ***

14 A.J. Edds LB/TE 6'3 210 4.70 Greenwood, Indiana. Junior stats: 4 interceptions, 3 sacks, 10 tackles for loss. He was offered by Indiana and Illinois at summer camps last year and visited Michigan for the Minnesota game and recent junior day. Purdue has also offered. Plans on camping at Michigan. ***

16 Jarrell Herring LB 6'1 245 4.80 Detroit Martin Luther King, Michigan. 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. Michigan leads Ohio State and West Virginia. ****

30 Cobrani Mixon LB 6'2 220 4.60 Cincinnati Colerain, Ohio. Human projectile who played for one of the nation's top teams as a junior. Missed a few games with an ACL injury but returned late in the season. Had postseason surgery. Runs very well and is tough and aggressive. Favors Michigan big over Alabama, Florida and West Virginia. There are conflicting reports as to wehther Michigan has offered him. My guess is that he would commit immediately if offered. ****

31 Lance Kendricks LB/TE/WR 6'4 205 4.60 Milwaukee King, Wisconsin. Last season, Kendricks caught 23 passes for 538 yards, a 23.4 average. He also rushed 12 times for 97 yards, an 8.1 average. On defense, he intercepted five passes and returned three for touchdowns, including one for 99 yards. A year ago, he placed fourth in the national Punt, Pass & Kick competition. Wisconsin has offered and Michigan is in his top four. Could grow into a TE. ***

33 Dedrick Epps LB/TE 6'4 227 Richmond Huguenot, Virginia. From the same program that sent David Terrell to Michigan. As a junior he posted 73 tackles, 25 assists, four fumble recoveries and three interceptions. On offense, he had 15 catches for 233 yards and three touchdowns. Plans on camping at Michigan. ***

35 Greg Webster LB 6'3 225 4.50 Pittsburgh Woodland Hills, Pennsylvania. He comes from the same program as Ryan Mundy and Steve Breaston. 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. Pittsburgh has offered and Michigan is involved. ***

38 Mike Morrissey LB 6'3 205 Lincolnshire Stevenson, Illinois. Mike is the son of former MSU star and Chicago Bear Jim Morrissey, and his bloodlines are reflected on the field. Mike has a similar skill set as his father and has a chance to follow in his footsteps. Visited Michigan for Junior Day and has an early offer from Illinois. **

58 Anthony Quinn LB/TE 6'4 215 East Kentwood, Michigan. Anthony is a versatile and athletic OLB/TE prospect who also excels in hoops. 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 and recent Junior Day. Could project at TE. ***


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. Won't waste my time with all his honors, lets just say All-Everything. Projects as a safety. Quality student and individual. Had over 35 offers as of early January from all of the nation's elite. Will enroll in college in January, 2006. Michigan VERY heavily involved. ****

5 Taylor Mays DB 6'3 210 4.40 Seattle O'Dea, Washington. As a junior safety, he intercepted five passes. On offense, the defending 100- and 200-meter state champion had 25 catches for 514 yards and seven touchdowns. Mays also returned three punts for touchdowns. He has early offers from the likes of Michigan, USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, LSU, Washington, Washington State, Stanford, Duke and Arizona State. Michigan is in his top three and very heavily involved. ****

8 A.J. Wallace DB/RB 6'1 195 4.37 Pomfret McDonough, Maryland. A Second Team Maryland All-Big School selection as a junior, A.J. is one of the top skill kids on the Atlantic Coast. His speed and hips make him a tremendous cover corner prospect. He was so impressive at Nebraska's summer camp last year that he was offered a scholarship. Also has been offered by Maryland, Michigan, Penn State and a few others. Michigan is in his top five. ***

9 Antwine Perez DB 6'2 195 4.53 Camden Woodrow Wilson, New Jersey. As a junior playing QB 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 touchdowns. On defense, he racked up 56 tackles and 4 interceptions. He lists Tennessee as his favorite over Michigan and a couple of other schools. He has early offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio State, USC, Wisconsin, Virginia, N.C. State, Iowa and several others. ***

11 James Aldridge DB/RB 6'1 215 4.50 Merrillville, Indiana. In his first 12 gamse as a junior 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 was offered by Missouri at their summer camp last year and has since received offers from Kansas State, Iowa, Purdue, Oklahoma State and Ohio State. Michigan was his childhood fave but may be holding back on offering since he suffered an ACL at the end of the season. Oklahoma State and Ohio State have now emerged as his leaders. ****

13 John Maddox DB/WR 6'2 165 4.50 Philadelphia West Catholic, Pennsylvania. From the same school that sent Marques Slocum to Michigan. 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 the likes of Penn State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Miami and Michigan State. Michigan is in contact. **

15 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. He has fine athleticism, hips, agility and coverage ability. He has early offers from Pittsburgh, Louisville and Michigan -- his early favorite. ****

29 Kim Royston DB/WR 5'11 180 4.50 St. Paul Cretin-Derham Hall, Minnesota. A First Team All-State selection, Royston already possesses offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. He is being recruited as a cover CB. He visited Michigan for Junior Day but didn't get a good feel for the school due to the weather-related travel delays. ***

38 Pha' Terrell Washington DB/RB 6'0 190 Waldorf Westlake, Maryland. Pha'Terrell is one of the most impressive DBs in the Atlantic Coast region. He already has early offers from the likes of Virginia, Syracuse, Maryland and Illinois. Michigan is in his top 6. ***

43 Derek Brighton DB 6'0 175 4.50 Allen Park, Michigan. Derek 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 reportedly likes Notre Dame and Michigan State and has an early offer from Eastern Michigan. He attended Michigan's Junior Day. **

70 Brandon Caleb DB/WR 6'1 192 4.50 Fork Union Military Academy, Virginia. Brandon plays for one of the more talent-laden prep schools in the nation (Chris Perry and Eddie George). He is being recruited as both a WR and DB. As a junior he caught 15 passes for 485 yards and six touchdowns. He camped at Michigan last summer and plans on returning this year. Michigan is in his top 2 but he has no offers yet. ***

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