GBW Best Guess Recruiting Class List: Defense

With the Spring Combine Season past the half-way point, and to celebrate Justin Boren's commitment to Michigan, here is GoBlueWolverine's Best Guess '06 Recruiting Class: Offense

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.


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.

Defensive Linemen
The need: 1 or 2? … mainly DE types.

2 Micah Johnson DL/LB 6'2 277 4.70 Fort Campbell Kentucky. Micah is 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 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. 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. He has early offers from Clemson, Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Iowa. Michigan is in his top five.

18 Anthony Reed DL 6'2 275 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 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 and Virginia are in a battle for his services.

23 Lamar Houston DL/LB/RB 6'3 260 4.8 Colorado Springs Doherty Colorado. Lamar probably is the top overall prospect in Colorado. He was a First Team Class 5A selection as a linebacker, but with his size projects as a down lineman in college. A junior starter at fullback as well, when not clearing holes for all-american Shaun Dewitty, Houston racked up 798 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 72 carries this fall. He also led Doherty with 96 tackles, 16 for a loss. He already has early offers from Nebraska, Colorado, Azizona, and Arizona State.

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. 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 reportedly has early offers from Michigan, Kentucky, Nebraska, Louisville and Marshall. Michigan and Kentucky are proably his co-leaders.

32 Jason Pinkston DL/OL 6'5 270 4.90 Pittsburgh Baldwin Pennsylvania. A Pittsburgh Tribune Terrific 25 selection as a junior, Pinkston is one of the elite eprospects in western Pennsylvania and Bob Lichtenfel's number 6 ranked prospect in the state and he had the following to say about him: "Pinkston is being touted as the best defensive line prospect in Western Pennsylvania in the last 10 years. Pinkston is lightning quick off the ball, he is aggressive yet disciplined, he does not overpursue or penetrate too deep into the backfield. He's fast enough to rush the QB, yet strong enough to be an outstanding run-stopper." He led the Highlanders in tackles (98) and sacks (six) this fall, and was the leading vote-getter among defensive linemen for the All-Quad East team. He has early offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Iowa and West Virginia.

48 Jermaine Cunningham DL 6'4 220 Stone Mountain Stephenson Georgia. Although teammate Marcus Ball gets most of the ink, recruiters know all about Jermaine as well. As a junior he was named First Team Dekalb County and was an Honorable Mention AAAAA All-State selection. He had a dominant season with 136 tackles, 26 tackles for losses and 12 sacks for one of the state's top programs. A very talented DE prospect who is being heavily recruited by the SEC and ACC.

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. He was quite impressive at the Michigan summer camp last year and will be returning this summer. Kentucky and Louisville have offered.

The need: probably 3

3 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. 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. 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. The top prospect in Michigan and one of the naton's elite linebackers. Committed to Michigan in February.

4 Brandon Spikes LB 6'5 225 Shelby Crest North Carolina. The number 2 prospect in North Carolina after Carl Johnson. Posted 65 solo tackles (98 overall) and 3 interceptions in just 8 games as a junior. Michigan, LSU, Florida, and Florida State are recruiting him the hardest, and Oklahoma, Michigan, NC State, LSU, and Florida are his favorites. All have offered.

6 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 Jeremiha Hunter LB/RB 6'1 199 4.40 Manheim Central Pennsylvania. (may transfer to Bishop McDivett) 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. Jeremiha was so impressive at the Michigan camp last summer that he was offered a scholarship. He has 30 offers, including Ohio State, PSU, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida, but Michigan is his favorite.

8 Thaddeus Gibson LB/DL 6'3 207 4.40 Euclid Ohio. Thaddeus has that rare combination of frame and speed that gets recruitnicks excited. He claims he ran a 4.3 at the LSU camp last year. Once he fills out, watch out. A true sackmaster. Along with Chris Wells one of the top 2 juniors in the Cleveland area. Will need to watch it academically. Ohio State, whiuch has already offered, will be tough to beat. Michigan is involved.

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. He might commit immediately if offered.

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. His coach says that he has been offered by Michigan, Penn State and Miami,. Likes Miami, Florida State and Penn State. Also being looked at as a TE. Plans on camping at Michigan, where he may commit.

- Mark Johnson LB 6'2 230 4.5 Los Angeles Dorsey California. The underrated Johnson has offers from Tennessee, Florida, and Michigan, and a top five of Michigan, Oklahoma, USC, LSU and Nebraska. As a juinior he recorded over 150 tackles, along with 11 forced fumbles, eight sacks, one interception and one blocked field goal. He also plays centerfield on the Dorsey baseball team, and runs track.

Defensive Backs
The need: 3 or 4: 1 or 3 safeties, 1 or 2 CB's

1 Myron Rolle DB/LB 6'2 210 4.53 Princeton The Hun School New Jersey. He had an early rep as the nation's top junior, and he may well be. Projects more as a safety than a CB but has the speed and hips to also play the corner. Quality student and individual. Had over 35 offers as of early January from all of the nation's elite. Michigan VERY heavily involved – may be a U-M/Oklahoma/Miami battle.

2 Jamar Hornsby DB/WR 6'4 195 4.45 Jacksonville Sandalwood Florida. Hornsby is ranked by many as the top overall prospect in the state of Florida. He was also a member of the Street & Smith 50 juniors. A future NFL player. Florida and Michigan may lead, and he also lists . He plans to enroll in college in January.

5 Taylor Mays DB 6'3 210 4.40 Seattle O'Dea Washington. As a junior 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. He has double-digit 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 Nebraska, Florida, Miami (in his top group … U-M is as well) plus Maryland, LSU, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Penn State.

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 td's. On defense, he racked up 56 tackles and 4 interceptions. Tennessee may lead 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. Teammate of WR Andrew Baskin, who also has a U-M offer.

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 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.

15 Darrin Walls DB 6'1 185 4.37 Pittsburgh Woodland Hills Pennsylvania (the alma mater of Steve BReason and Ryan Mundy). U-M and Notre Dame are his co-leaders. He is a likely U-M Camp attendee.

20 Jonas Mouton DB 6'2 212 4.50 Venice California. Has a U-M offer and a top 5 of Michigan, Oklahoma, USC, LSU and Nebraska. He's friends with Keston Cheathem and Eugene Germany but is leery of the Michigan winters. As a junior he was named Second Team Junior All-State and First Team LA Times-South Bay/Westside area. He has a nice combination of size, speed and hitting ability.

37 Steven Brown DB 6'1 200 4.39 Columbus East Indiana. The underrated Brown blew up the U-M Nike Camp with a 4.39 40, and as a result has early offers from Purdue, Michigan and Notre Dame, his top three. As a junior he carried the ball 75 times for 604 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 26 passes for 520 yards and four TDs. He also returned 14 kickoffs for 399 yards and two touchdowns. His only punt return went 78 yards for a touchdown. He grew up a U-M fan, and the Wolverines just may lead.

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 (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.

- Brantwon Bowser DB 6'1 185 4.41 Phoenix Maryvale Arizona. ASU has offered him, and he and teammate DE Jermaine Williams plan on attending the U-M Summer Camp.

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