With the Spring Combine Season past the half-way point, and to celebrate Justin Boren's commitment to Michigan, here is the Friday the 13th (of May) edition of GoBlueWolverine's Best Guess 06 Football Recruiting Class List.
First Up: Offense
Rankings are by Jim S, and are his National Rankings by position. It is also assumed that the 05-06 U-M class will be from 12 to 15 in size.
The need: one, hopefully a top one.
1 Tim Tebow QB 6'3 225 4.61 Jacksonville Nease Florida. Tebow has solidified his position as the top-ranked quarterback in the country, doing an astounding 38 bench press reps of 185 lbs. at the Tallahassee Nike Combine. Coach Carr visited his school on May 9. 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 the most impressive quarterback in attendance and displayed the best arm. He grew up a fan of Florida, the school where both his parents attended and his brother is currently attending. He may (or may not) list a top four of Florida, Michigan, Alabama and USC. He is Michigan's top target at the position – whether he ccnsiders leaving his home state could well depend on the '05 season of Floridas freshman QB (who committed to Utah and then came over to Florida with new head coach Urban Meyer) Josh Portis … and Fla. getting a May commitment from Tex. QB Jevan Snead can only help as well.
3 Neil Caudle (U-M's QB Recruit 2-A) QB 6'3 192 4.60 Hoover Spain Park Alabama. As a junior he completed 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 Michigan, LSU, Louisville and Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Georgia. He has said he'll camp at Michigan (and LSU and Louisville), but he grew up an Auburn fan and will be tough for the Wolverines to get him away from the Tigers.
5 Mitch Mustain (U-M's QB Recruit 2-B) QB 6'3 200 4.72 Springdale Arkansas. Mustain completed 139 of his 222 attempts (62.6 per- cent) for 2,000+ 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. Texas (leader?) and Michigan are in it, as are Oklahoma and others. He visited U-M for a spring practice.
10 Jeremy Ricker QB 6'2 210 4.62 (PSU Nike, electronic) Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt Pennsylvania. We include him here only to point out that even after his top PSU Nike performance U-M has not offered him.
11 Josh Freeman QB 6'6 218 4.90 Grandview Missouri. Freeman was a First Team Class 4A All-State selection as a junior. He attended the U-M Elite 11 Tryout and Nike Camp but did not throw with great accuracy or consistency. As a junior, he threw for 2,400 yards and 26 touchdowns with a 67 percent completion rate and only six interceptions; he also had three rushing touchdowns, and one receiving. Nebraska (offer) is his favorite and Oklahoma has now offered as well … if U-M offers it may be as an ‘athlete'.
28 Adam Weber QB 6'3 205 4.88 Shoreview Mounds View Minnesota. Adam has an early offer from Minnesota, his leader. Very strong-armed, he thows in the upper 80's as a pitcher in baseball. As a junior he completed 71 of 135 passes (52.6%) for 1241 yards, 12 TDs and only 2 interceptions. He attended the U-M Elite 11 Tryout and Nike Camp and was the top performer. He could be U-M's top choice if #1 and #2-A-B-C above fall through.
- Isiah Williams QB 6-2 210 Chicago Vocational Illinois. The athletic QB/Ath.. attended the U-M Elite 11 Tryout and Nike Camp and was one of the top 3 performers, with Adam Weber and Brian Hartline. Has offers from Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Iowa State. After the U-M Nike he told GBW, "U-M has just started to recruit me with the hand written letters and stuff like that. I guess when I learn more about the school they'll be at the top of my list because I grew up watching Michigan all of the time."
The need: not great.
4 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 (either CB or S) at the next level – which could help U-M's cause with him. Michigan was his childhood favorite, because his midget league team was the Wolverines. He lists an early top 6: Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Florida State and Texas A&M. Of that group, he has only visited Oklahoma and Florida. He plans to visit U-M over the summer.
6 Stafon Johnson RB 6'0 200 4.40 Los Angeles Dorsey California. As a junior he led the Dons to the City Championship final by rushing for an average of 8.6 yards in amassing 1,839 yards and 17 touchdowns. We list him because U-M offered him in April and there are Big Ten connections on the Dorsey coaching staff. Still, USC is his stated favorite we aren't and not holding our breath.
14 Brandon Minor RB 6'2 208 4.75 Richmond Varina Virginia. As a junior he carried the ball 196 times for 2091 yards and 30 touchdowns. Very powerful with deceptive speed. He lists a top 5 of Miami, Florida, Michigan, Georgia and Oklahoma.
22 Javeare White RB/DB 5'9 185 4.50 Louisville Manual Kentucky. White may be U-M's best bet for a RB in '06. Michigan is his favorite and he is a cousin of James McKinney. He visited for the Nov. '04 Northwestern game and also the Feb. '05 Junior Day Plus, he could also play CB. And he can play: he's a strong, compact and quick back. In fact, he reportedly has an offer from LSU and he claims one from Michigan as well. Solid student with a 3.5 GPA.
One other listed at another position by Jim S:
6 (listed as a LB) Dorin Dickerson LB/RB/WR 6'2 200 4.50 Imperial West Allegheny Pennsylvania. He was the top overall performer at the PSU Nike Copmbine, with a 4.5 sec. 40, a 4.1 sec. shuttle, a 36 inch vertical jump, and 21 bench press reps of 185 lbs. As he showed at the combine, he is the consummate all-around player – he excelled at both RB and WR there. 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 fine LB and he played QB at times. After the combine he said his preferred college position was WR, and that his top five are U-M (recruiting the hardest), Florida, Pitt, then PSU and OSU. He also has offers from LSU, Wisconsin, Purdue, West Virginia, North Carolina, Rutgers and Boston College.
The need: one or two top game breakers would be nice.
2 (listed as a DB) Jamar Hornsby DB/WR 6'4 195 4.45 Jacksonville Sandalwood Florida. A big, fast and exceptionally talented and rangy safety/wide receiver prospect from the talent-rich Jacksonville area. Hornsby is ranked by many as the top overall prospect in the state of Florida. Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida and many others have offered. Lists a top 5 of Florida and Michigan (has been offered the #1 jersey), plus Georgia Tech, Georgia and USC. He will enroll in college in January.
4 Chris Bell WR/DB 6'4 205 4.50 Norfolk Granby Virginia. Lists Michigan, Miami and USC. He has offers from Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida, LSU, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan. As a junior Bell had five kick and interception returns for touchdowns to go along with his 10 as a wide receiver.
6 (listed as a LB) Dorin Dickerson LB/RB/WR 6'2 200 4.50 Imperial West Allegheny Pennsylvania. He was the top overall performer at the PSU Nike Copmbine, with a 4.5 sec. 40, a 4.1 sec. shuttle, a 36 inch vertical jump, and 21 bench press reps of 185 lbs. As he showed at the combine, he is the consummate all-around player – he excelled at both RB and WR there. 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. After the combine he said his preferred college position was WR, and that his top five are U-M (recruiting the hardest), Florida, Pitt, then PSU and OSU. He also has offers from LSU, Wisconsin, Purdue, West Virginia, North Carolina, Rutgers and Boston College.
7 Andrey Baskin WR 6'4 205 4.50 Camden Woodrow Wilson New Jersey. As a junior Baskin had 31 receptions and 8 touchdowns His top four are Michigan, Iowa, USC and Penn State … U-M and USC may lead. Teammate of DB Antwine Perez, who also has a U-M offer.
10 David Ausberry WR 6'5 215 4.50 Lemore California. Underrated at #10, he has a great combination of size and speed, together with a 37 inch vertical. Had 35 receptions for about 800 yards as a junior. Favors USC, Ohio State and Nebraska (offer), U-M (offer). Remember him as a U-M recruit – there are some U-M connections there.
13 (listed as a DB) 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 junior Maddox caught 24 passes for 504 yards and eight touchdowns. Maddox also intercepted nine passes. He has offers from the likes of U-M, Penn State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Miami and Michigan State. He has no top list, but will be a U-M Camper in June.
25 Robby Parris WR 6'4 185 Cleveland St. Ignatius Ohio. Can arobatic playmaker who reminds some as a slightly shorter version of Joe Jurevicius. Excellent all-around athlete and probably the top receiver in the state. Has great hands, is tall and can run. Also has a 3.7 GPA. Has early offers from Boston College, Iowa and Miami (Ohio). Visited Michigan for junior day and he would likely commit on the spot if offered.
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.
70 (listed as a DB) 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 (think 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. He has offers from Syracuse, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Purdue.
91 Greg Matthews WR 6'4 185 Orlando Edgewater Florida. Ranked by the Orlando Sentienl as the 8th best prospect in Central Florida. Has nice size and a great set of hands. A real playmaker. Reports a U-M offer.
The need: one (Epps? Or Schmidt?)
7 Luke Schmidt TE/RB 6'4 230 4.70 Jasper Indiana. His junior year in 12 games he carried 328 times for 2,628 yards (8.0) and 41 touchdowns. He has early offers from Notre Dame Purdue and Louisville. He attended the Michigan Junior Day. Watch for him at the U-M Camp – unless Notre Dame gets his commitment first.
33 (listed as a LB) 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. He has been offered by Michigan, Penn State and Miami. Plans on camping at Michigan, where he is likely to commit.
The need: One interrio guy (Boren?), one or two tackles.
2 Sam Young OL 6'7 295 5.00 Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas Florida. He has emerged as a tremendous, top ten national prospect. A hard-nosed, threeyear starter, 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 and was a consensus First Team selection in talent-rich Broward County. Favors Michigan, Miami, Stanford.
6 Connor Smith OL 6'6 290 5.10 Cincinnati Colerain Ohio. He's from the same school as Michigan signee Mister Simpson. OSU (offer) is considered the leader over U-M and Tennessee. He also has offers from Boston College, Miami (Ohio), LSU, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Oregon, and Tennessee (not U-M yet). Smith and Justin Boren are friends.
8 Justin Boren OL 6'3 319 5.20 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. One of the nation's elite OLs. After OSU got an early lead for him, U-M closed the gap starting with the Feb. 20 Junior Day – and Justin committed to U-M on May 13.
11 Steve Schilling OL 6'5 290 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 in the winter. Michigan has offered, as well as such schools as UCLA, Washington, Washington State and Oregon. Will visit Michigan in May or June.
Other OL-iners To Keep An Eye On For Now:
30 Bartley Webb OL 6'6 285 5.40 Springdale Arkansas. Bartley is a powerful offensive tackle and has emerged as one of the elite line prospects in the South. He has early offers from 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 at the 2004 U.S. Army Combine (one year ago) put up 22 reps in the 185 pound bench press as a sophomore. He is quite impressive on film 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.
GBW Best Guess Recruiting Class List: Offense
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