Updated Linebackers/Running Backs Best Guess List

GoBlueWolverine has been all around the country to scout almost every one of Michigan's top linebacker and running back recruits (as well as their top underclass targets for that matter). And there have been developments in the past few days as well. So here is another updated, more accurate Linebacker and Running Back Best Guess U-M Recruiting Class List.

Note: rankings are Jim S' spring rankings (which will be updated soon)

The need: probably 3

3 U-M Commitment #1 Brandon Graham LB 6'2 1/2 235 4.40 Detroit Crockett Michigan. From the same program as Penn State's´Edward Johnson and Michigan's John Thompson, Graham is at another level. He was one of the top two performers at the U-M Nike Camp, where he looked a little out of shape at 250 pounds and worked out in tennis shoes, but he ran an excellent 4.63 sec. 40 yard dash and had very good measurements of a 28 inch vertical jump and 29 bench press repetitions. And most importantly, he was dominant in the LB-RB drills. As a junior he had 91 tackles, including 20 for losses. He 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.

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 will be tough to beat, but Michigan is seriously 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. Has favored Michigan over Alabama, Florida and West Virginia, but recently has gotten more open. Michigan has offered him, and he will camp at U-M with his team.


Running Backs
The need: not great.

4 DeMarco Murray RB/DB 6'0 185 4.5 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 or camp at U-M over the summer.

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 5'9 205 4.45 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. He plans to camp at U-M as well. And he can play: he's a strong, compact and quick back who ran a 4.45 sec. 40 at the U-M Nike Combine. Solid student with a 3.5 GPA.

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