GBW '06 Best Guess List: Runningbacks Updated

GoBlueWolverine's April 1 "Best Guess" recruiting list for 06-07: Running Backs

Michigan starts off once again with less than 20 scholarships available for 2007 -- of course, the number grew from 12 to 20 in 2005-06.

(Note: This "First Guess" list is inclusive, not exclulsive. Names will be added, especially through the spring and through camp. We don't want to put a person on the list who doesn't belong there, but visa versa is certainly the case -- there wil be more.)

Running Backs:
The need: not critical, but one great one is good in each class.

Ill. RB Robert Hughes (5-11, 227) from Chicago Hubbard. At the recent U.S. Army Junior Combine, he ran a 4.1 sec. shuttle, and had 24 bench press reps. As a junior he ran for 1,900 yards (15+ yards per carry, believe it or not) and scored 19 touchdowns in 2005. Hughes also made 61 tackles, had 10 solo tackles and 6 sacks. He was a US Army Combine attendee and a U-M Junior day attendee as well. He plans to attend the U-M Spring Game. He is considered a definite Top 100 Junior, ad may be the top RB in the Midwest. *He has a U-M offer*, and also has offers from Illinois, Virginia (he camped there as a frosh and knows QB Pete Lalich well), Purdue, Michigan, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Minnesota, and Oklahoma State. His favs: Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Illinois, Purdue, Miami, Virginia and Iowa.

N.C. DE/RB Ryan Houston (6-2, 240) from Matthews, NC, Butler (Wolverine Jamar Adams' high school). As a junior RB he ran for 1,910 yards and 34 TD's, and an additional 236 receiving yards. He reportedly has a *U-M offer*, plus offers from Clemson, Florida, N.C. State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech ... a dozen in all. He was an '05 U-M Camper.

Calif. RB Marc Tyler (6-0, 215) from Westlake Village. He reports a *U-M offer*, and has a top five (all have offered) of USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Michigan. His dad is former UCLA great Wendell Tyler. As a junior he rushed for 2,193 yards and 39 touchdowns.

Ohio RB Brandon Saine (6-0, 200, 4.35) from Piqua. U-M is his early fav. He has 11 offers now, including Ohio State. Northwestern, *Michigan*, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Nebraska, Maryland, Oregon, Stanford, Miami (OH) and Bowling Green. He is the state's 100m (10.78), 400m and indoor 55m champ. He accounted for over 1,900 all-purpose yards as a junior, rushing for 1,300 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. He was an '05 U-M Camper.

Ohio RB Daniel Herron (5-10, 190, 4.5) from Warren Harding (Prescott Burgess' alma mater). He may receive a U-M offer soon (as of Apr. 1) -- he has offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Indiana and Boston College, and lists a top three of Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan.

Ind. RB Darren Evans (6-0, 205, 4.6, 33-inch vertical jump) from Indianapolis Warren Central. As a junior he he rushed for 2,148 yards and scored 39 touchdowns. He was a 2005 U-M Camper and a U-M Junior day attendee, and attended two U-M games last fall. He has one offer, from Louisville, and has been led to expect offers down the road from Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, West Virginia. U-M, OSU and Notre Dame are the schools he likes most. He is considered a possible Top 100 Junior.

Ill. RB Dan Dierking from Wheaton. He attended one U-M game this past fall. He was a U-M Junior day attendee.

Ill. RB Dale Martin (5-11, 195) from Bolingbrook. He was a U-M Junior Day attendee. He is considered a potential Top 100 Junior.

Ohio RB/CB Devon Torrence (6-1, 190) from Canton, Ohio, South. He attended the PSU game last fall. He is a top 5 Ohio junior, as well as a top MLB baseball prospect. He has offers from Clemson, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, and lists as his early favs Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. He is considered a potential Top 100 Junior.

Wis. RB John Clay (6-2, 220) from Racine, Wisconsin, Racine Park. His offers so far: Nebraska and Iowa, OSU, Nebraska ... U-M may offer as well. As a junior he rushed for 2,032 yards (23+ yards per carry) rushing and 30 touchdowns.

Michigan commitment #1: FB Vince Helmuth (6-2, 260) from Saline, Mich. He ran an excellent 4.34 shuttle at the U.S. Army Combine.

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