GBW '06 Best Guess List: DT, DE Updated

A great defensive tackle and perhaps two defensive ends would fit the bill for the Wolverines. Here is the latest.

Defensive Tackle:
The need: one great one?

Mich. DL Joseph Barkesdale (6-5, 305) from Detroit Cass Tech. A 2005 U-M Camper, he has a *U-M offer*. His offers: Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Tennessee. At the U.S. Army Junior Combine, he ran a 4.6 sec. shuttle (exceptional for such a big man), and had a good 26 bench press reps of 185 lbs. ... his coach says he has done 21 reps of 225 lbs, and he reports a max bench press of 400 lbs. As a junior he recorded 83 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and two deflected passes. His head coach is former Wolverine Thomas Wilcher. He attended two fall 2005 U-M games and was a U-M Junior day attendee. He also attended the late Feb. Ill basketball game. He plans to attend the U-M 'spring game'. He has attended the past three U-M camps, and will camp at U-M, OSU and MSU this summer, and go to the ND 7-on-7. He is a top five Michigan junior. He is a strong student, with a 3.5 GPA and a 21 ACT.

Defensive end:
The need: moderate - two?

Wolverine commitment #3: Mich. DE Ryan VanBergen from Whitehall. He attended the U-M Junior Day, and several games in the fall of '05. He had offers from Indiana and Purdue before getting a U-M offer -- and committing on April 4th.

Ohio DE Ben Martin (6-5, 225) from Cinci DeLaSalle. Notre Dame leads U-M and OSU. He reportedly has a *U-M offer*, and lists Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, West Virginia and Florida (all have offered, plus 6-7 others).

Ill. DE Mike Garrity (6-3, 275) from Batavia, Illinois. One of the top juniors in Illinois. He attended two U-M games this past fall. He has an Illinois offer as of early Feb. He is a top 10 Illinois Junior.

Ohio DE Eric Thomas (6-4, 250, 4.7) from Cleveland Benedictine. He played DE and fullback as a junior. He attended the U-M Junior Day. He has no offers as of late Feb. His top 4: Ohio State, Michigan, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame and Illinois. Michigan is recruiting him the hardest. As a junior he had 72 tackles and 13 sacks. He is a top 10-15 Ohio junior. He plans to attend the U-M Camp.

Mich. TE/DE Cameron Joplin (6-4, 250) from Ann Arbor Pioneer. He has offers from Northwestern and Kentucky. He attended the U-M Junior Day, and a spring practice.

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