GBW '06 Best Guess List: D-Backs. *Updated*

GoBlueWolverine's "First Guess" recruiting list for 06-07 is developing enough to become a "Best Guess." Here are the defensive backs ... who has offers, who doesn't?

The need: strong (three or four?

Mich. DB Ronald Johnson (6-0, 200) from Muskegon, Michigan. A 2005 U-M Camper, he has a U-M offer. He ran a 4.0 sec. shuttle at the '05 U-M Nike Camp. He attended three U-M games this past fall. He missed his junior season with an ACL. He was a U-M Junior day attendee. He is considered the top junior in the state of Michigan, and is a definite Top 100 Junior. *He has a U-M offer*, and he also lists Texas, Tennessee, Florida State, Notre Dame, Miami, and USC.

Mich. DB Dionte Allen (5-10, 180) from Orchard Lake St. Mary's. A 2005 U-M Campe for once day. He attended two games last fall (OLSM played on Saturday afternoons). He was a U-M Junior day attendee. Other junior days: Notre Dame, Michigan State, Florida State (his childhood fav). He is a top five Michigan junior. *He has a U-M offer*, with other offers from Michigan State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa, Purdue, FSU, USC and Texas. As a junior he recorded 56 tackles and five interceptions.

Calif CB Michael Williams (5-10, 175, 4.45) from Ventura St. Bonaventure. He has a U-M offer*, as well as offers from ASU, Ole Miss, Arizona and Oregon State. As a junior he recorded 98 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions. He may attend the U-M camp this summer.

S.C. CB Gary Gray (5-11, 170 ) from Columbia, S.C., Richland Northeast. The Top 100 junior is another teammate of U-M signee Adam Patterson ... see S Mark Barnes below as well. *He reportedly has a U-M offer*, and also reports offers from South Carolina (leader?), Clemson, Notre Dame, Auburn, Tennessee and Texas. Junior stats: over 1,500 yards of total offense with 11 touchdowns, 60 tackles, 14 pass break-ups, and four interceptions. He is considered a potential Top 100 Junior. He plans to graduate in December and enroll in college in January '07.

Ohio DB Jordan Mabin (5-9, 180) from Nordania. At the March Pitt Combine he ran a 4.42 40 and a 4.1 shuttle; at the U.S. Army Junior Combine he ran a 4.1 sec. shuttle and had the 4th fastest 40 at 4.5 (into a stiff wind). He attended two U-M games last fall. He was a U-M Junior day attendee.

Mich. CB Cedric Everson (5-11, 170) from Detroit Mumford. His early offers: Indiana, Iowa, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, Michigan State, and others -- not U-M yet however. He attended the U-M Junior Day, and plans to camp at Notre Dame.

Calif. CB Courtney Viney (5-10, 165) from Fresno, Calif., Edison. He is from the same school as Johnny Sears. At the U.S. Army Combine, he was FAST, and possibly the top CB there. He ran a 4.2 sec. shuttle and had a 32 inch vertical -- but he was lightening in WR/DB drills.

Ohio CB Marcus English (6-2, 180) from Dayton, Ohio, Trotwood-Madison. U-M is his favorite. Will he get a U-M offer?

The need: average (two?)

Michigan commitment #2. Ind. Safety Artis Chambers (6-2, 185) from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Snyder. He attended the January 28th Michigan Junior Day and was offered a scholarship -- and he committed to U-M around Feb. 12.

Ohio S Eugene Clifford (6-4, 210) from Cincinnati Colerain. He was a 2005 U-M camper and was *offered a scholarship*, and he attended two U-M games last fall. He planned to attend the U-M Junior Day but was taking the ACT. He also has a Cincinnati offer. As a junior he made 147 tackles and 6 ints. He is a potential Top 100 Junior.

Ind. Safety Jeremy Finch (6-3, 215) from Indianapolis Warren Central. He was a U-M Junior day attendee and was *offered a U-M scholarship*, and he also has offers from Iowa, Louisville, Kentucky, and Indiana. He recorded 11 interceptions (along with 98 tackles) as a junior and 7 as a soph. Underrated, and a stud. He plans to attend the U-M camp this coming summer.

SoCal S. Marshall Jones Marshall Jones (6-1, 190, 4.5, 10.6 100m) from Westlake Village Oaks Christian (the school of QB Jimmy Clausen and RB Marc Tyler). He lists Tennessee, Michigan and USC, and also Arizona and Ole Miss; all but USC have offered. He lived in Chicago for 12 years and ws a U-M fan; his grandparents both went to U-M. As a junior Jones recorded 71 tackles and five interceptions; on offense he caught 23 passes for 407 yards and three TD's and he also carried the ball 47 times for 486 yards (10.3 yards per carry) and ten TD's.

Va. S Davon Morgan (6-0, 185, 4.6) from Richmond Varina. He is the teammate of U-M signee Brandon Minor. *U-M has reportedly offered him*, as has Virginia Tech. As a junior QB he threw for 1,402 yards, with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. He had 505 yards rushing and eight TD's. On defense he reports 30 tackles and nine interceptions - three of which he returned for TD's.

Fla. S/LB Lorenzo Edwards (6-2, 220, 4.51) from Orlando Edgewater. The teammate of U-M signee Greg Mathews had a strong US Army Combine, and reports an *offer from Michigan*, plus Miami, Florida, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Nebraska, Georgia Tech - among others. As a junior safety he recorded 92 tackles, including 21 for loss, and made 5 ints. He will likely visit U-M in the spring/summer.

Pa. WR/DB Nick Sukay (6-3, 200) from Greensburg, Pa., Central Catholic. He played WR at the Pitt Combine and was excellent, but his college future may be at DB. He has early offers from Pitt, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia Tech, Kentucky. He attended the Notre Dame game last fall. He had 10 interceptions as a sophomore, and 6 and 60 tackles as a junior (he also caught 29 passes for 7 TD's).

S.C. S/Ath Mark Barnes (6-3, 190 from Columbia, S.C., Richland Northeast. He is the teammate of Adam Patterson. *He reportedly has a U-M offer*. Other offers: South Carolina (leader?), Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, NC State, Auburn, LSU, and Louisville. He is considered a top 100 Junior.

Ohio S/WR David Arnold (6-0, 185) from Copley, Ohio. He attended the U-M Junior Day. He is the son of mid-80's Wolverine DB David Arnold. As a junior WR he had 23 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns; on defense he had over 75 tackles and seven interceptions.

Ohio S Diauntae Morrow (6-0, 185, 4.55) from Lakewood St. Ed's. As a junior he made 75 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He grew up a U-M fan.

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