WR Wesley Lyons (far left), Darrin Walls (facing camera), Michigan coach Ron English, and Myron Rolle (far right) at PSU Nike Combine
The need: two to four: 1 or 2 safeties, 1 or 2 CB's
Note: rankings are by Jim S. Also, this time we focused on almost more of a "Best Wish List" -- here are the kids U-M evidently really wants.
First, the group of kids U-M is likely in the top 2-3 for:
1 Myron Rolle DB 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 heavily involved - may be a U-M/Oklahoma/Miami battle, but he has also added PSU, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Florida State. He will visit U-M in the summer. He plans to make a summer decision and enroll in college in January.
2 Jamar Hornsby WR/S 6'4 195 4.45 Jacksonville Sandalwood Florida. Hornsby is ranked by many as the top overall prospect in the state of Florida. Final JR (9-3) stats: 720 yds rec/9 TDs; 135 tackles/5 INTs. A future NFL player. Florida and Michigan lead, plus USC. He plans to make a summer decision and enroll in college in January. Note: with U-M's Soup Campbell (the U-M WR coach) taking the lead in Hornsby's recruitment, U-M is going after him primarily as a WR/two-way player, and has offered him the #1 jersey.
5 Taylor Mays S 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 and has been looking most at Michigan, USC, Notre Dame and Washington. He will visit U-M in the summer. He plans a summer decision.
8 A.J. Wallace CB 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 U-M, Florida, Miami (in his top group) plus many others. Will attend the U-M Camp -- possible his only camp .. he has family in Michigan. Final JR (8-3) stats: On 169 carries, Wallace rushed for 1,367 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also added 12 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Wallace picked off three passes and deflected 17 others, while also racking up 65 tackles. He also had three punt return scores.
15 Darrin Walls CB 6'1 180 4.37 Pittsburgh Woodland Hills Pennsylvania (the alma mater of Steve Breaston and Ryan Mundy). He had an excellent performance in the PSU Nike QB-DB-WR drills in front of several U-M coaches. U-M and Notre Dame are his co-leaders, and he has been a U-M fan. He is a likely U-M Camp attendee.
37 Steve Brown DB 6'1 200 4.39 Columbus East Indiana. The underrated Brown blew up the U-M Nike Camp with a 4.39 sec. 40, a 35 inch vertical jump and 24 bench press reps, and as a result received early offers from Purdue, Michigan and Notre Dame, his top three, plus OSU as well. 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.
Steve Brown with the interception
Other DB's U-M is working hard on in the early summer: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. Has a ton of offers, including Michigan, and Michigan is in 'the mix'. Tennessee was his early fav. Teammate of WR Andrew Baskin, who also has a U-M offer.
-14 Cornerback Asher Allen (5-10, 187, 4.5, 10.8 100m) from Tucker, Georgia. He has a ton of offers, including from U-M. As a junior He played all skill positions and kick/punt returner, totaling 850 yards of total offense and scoring nine touchdowns for his 12-1 team, including two punt returns for scores.
- 20 Safety Jonas Mouton (6-2, 212, 4.6), from Venice, Calif. U-M has offered and is recruiting hardest, but weather may be a problem.
- 91 Safety Rashad Jones (6-1, 190, 4.5) from Atlanta, Ga., Booker T. Washington. He ran a 4.1 sec. 40 at the Georgia Nike Camp. He has a U-M offer.