Recruiting Needs: met and unmet:
Michigan has 20 commitments now, from:
-- One quarterback: David Cone.
-- Two RB's: One RB/Ath. (Enrolled in Jan.): Carlos Brown; and one RB/FB Brandon Minor.
-- One wideout: Greg Mathews.
-- One FB/LB: Obi Ezeh.
-- One Interior O-Lineman: (Enrolled in Jan.) Justin Boren (Scout.com #28).
-- Two Offensive Tackles: Steve Schilling (Scout.com's #12 prospect), Perry Dorrestein.
-- One OL/DT: John Ferrara.
-- Two Defensive Tackles: Marques Slocum, Jason Kates.
-- One DT/DE: Adam Patterson
-- Two Defensive Ends: Greg Banks, Quintin Woods.
-- Three Linebackers: Brandon Graham (Scout.com #12), Cobrani Mixon, Quintin Patilla.
-- Two Safeties: Steve Brown (Scout.com #92), Jonas Mouton (Scout.com's #48 prospect).
-- One Place Kicker: Bryan Wright.
The need: With one commitment, David Cone, the need is met, altho one more would've been nice.
-- Michigan commitment #4: David Cone QB 6'6 215 Statesboro Georgia. One of the two "Sleepers of the U-M Camp," the Elvis Grbac clone plays for a school that passes less than 10 times a game. But he performed excellently at camp (observers called his performance the 2nd best QB performance of the camp, after rising junior Ryan Mallett and ahead of two Elite 11 QB's) and earned a U-M scholarship offer. He committed six days later, on June 29. He'd also had early offers from Mississippi State, Louisville, Georgia Tech.
The need: one (Carlos Brown) is a good addition ... with Max Martin having left, two (Brandon Minor) is better!
-- Michigan Commitment #17 (Dec. 9 official visit): RB/FB Brandon Minor 6'2 210 4.5 Richmond Varina Virginia, Scout.com's #38 East prospect, announced his decision, picking Michigan over Tennessee on Jan. 20. Minor visited Michigan on the Dec. 9 weekend, and he visited Tennessee in October. He also visited Miami, and dropped a scheduled Jan. 20 visit to Virginia Tech. Michigan had been in a strong position here for several weeks, and Minor actually made his decision about 10 days ago; GBW had been optimistic about his decision. As a junior Minor ran for for 2,091 yards and 30 touchdowns as Varina went 10-1. A torn hip flexor interrupted his senior season in the first game, but he returned for the final two games of the season. In three games he ran for 500 yards and 10 touchdowns for the 9-1 Blue Devils. He also has a 350 pound bench press, a 38-inch vertical jump, and a 4.2 second shuttle. Minor, a member of USA Today's Top 100, maintained all along that, "Michigan was my favorite team growing up."
-- Michigan Commitment #14: (Nov. 18 official visit) Carlos Brown RB/Ath. 6'0 195 4.55 Franklin Heard Georgia.
Brown was very impressed with his Nov. 18 Michigan official visit. He has also made an official to FSU (Nov. 4) but said the U-M visit was better. He also visited South Carolina (Dec. 2) and Georgia (Dec. 9, another great visit) -- and, after turning U-M DOWN, picked the Wolverines on Dec. 19th! He graduates in December and will enroll in college in Jan. As a senior, playing QB, he rushed for 1,512 yards, threw for 541 yards and accounted for 29 touchdowns. He is underrated as Scout.com's #39 South prospect, and is a member of USA Today's Top 100.
-- Michigan commitment #12: (Dec. 9 official visitor) -- FB/LB Obi Ezeh (6-1, 220, 4.6) from Grand Rapids, Mich., Catholic Central.
Ezeh made his U-M official visit Dec. 9 – and committed. His commitment was no surprise – he grew up a U-M fan, and was a 3-time U-M Camper. He made an unofficial visit for the PSU game. He is Scout.com's #56 Midwest prospect.
The need: with a commitment from Greg Mathews, this need is fulfilled.
(Nov. 18 official visit) -- Michigan commitment #8: Greg Mathews WR 6'4 185 Orlando Edgewater Florida. Despite his mother being the daughter of a retired OSU professor, Mathews, with his mom present, committed to U-M at his Nov. 18 official visit. He is a pure tough-guy, over-the-middle receiver with good size. He was a four-day U-M Camper this summer. He visited OSU on Jan. 7, and also will visit FSU on Jan. 21 ... GBW is not worried however.
The need: a scholarship tight would have been nice, but U-M managed a preferred walk-on, sone of a former U-M wideout.
-- Walkon TE/LB Cooper Stevenson 6'2 215 San Diego Torrey Pines. He is the son of 70's Wolverine wideout Kurt Stevenson.
And don't forget possible TE: Michigan Commitment #16 (Jan. 13 official visit): Quintin Woods DE 6'4 225 4.6 Flint Southwestern Academy. He made an official to U-M on January 13, and he committed and cancelled his Iowa and Missouri visits. He didn't play football his junior season. As a senior he recorded over 100 tackles and 18 tackles for loss.
The need: With one interior guy Justin (Boren) and two OT's (Steve Schilling and Perry Dorrestein) in the class, this position group's needs are filled.
-- Michigan Commitment #2: Justin Boren OL 6'3 319 5.20 Pickerington North Ohio. Scout.com's #28 prospect. He had a great Army All-American Bowl game. Dec. 2 U-M official visit. Justin's father, Mike, was a starting linebacker at Michigan in the 1980's. Justin is much bigger than his dad. One of the nation's elite OL's. 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. He enrolled at U-M in January '06.
-- Michigan commitment #18 (Dec. 2 official visit): Steve Schilling OL 6'4 290 Bellevue Washington. Scout.com's #12 prospect. He picked U-M on January 26 over Washington, Cal and USC. He and Justin Boren became buddies at their official visit, and at the US Army Game week. He visited Michigan May 22-23, 2005, and Lloyd Carr had visited the school in the winter of 2004/05.
-- (Dec. 2 official visit) Michigan commitment #11: Perry Dorrestein OT 6'7 280 5.30 (Scout Combine stats) Plainfield Central Illinois. Scout.com's #63 Midwest prospect committed to U-M at his Dec. 2 official visit. He was an unofficial visitor to the PSU game where he was offered a scholarship. His also made an official visit to Nebraska. He was an '05 U-M Camper.
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