Feb. 7 The '07 Recruiting Class

No more best-guessing is necessary! Here is the 2006-07 Michigan Recruiting Class of 20 members. Michigan could possibly have gone to 24-25 schollies for the '07 class, but ends up with a class of 20 ... all the better for the small 2007-08 class, which can now go over 15 it seems.

Michigan could possibly have gone to 24-25 schollies for the '07 class, but ends up with a class of 20.

The need: critical - and the Wolverines got their man.

Michigan commitment #4. Texas QB Ryan Mallett (6-7, 245, 4.8) from Texarkana. Scout.com's #5 prospect, 5-star. He is safely enrolled at U-M now. Army All-American who absolutely wowed people at the game. He also had a killer game vs. Finley Ohio in the Herbstreit Challenge, going 16-28 for 312 yards and 4 TD's. He made his official visit for the Oct. 7 MSU game, when WR's Toney Clemons and Zion Babb, and Jr Jonathon Baldwin, were in attendance ... Babb committed at the visit, and Clemons soon after. The top ten prospect announced his commitment to the Wolverines on Tuesday, April 26. He was a 2005 camper, and camped again in 2006. He was the unacknowledged star of the 2006 Elite 11 Camp, showing the best arm ever there, and also recording the highest one-day accuracy score ever recorded there, in the drop-back competition.

Running Backs:
The need: not critical, and U-M now has Avery Horn in the fold.

Michigan commitment #13 (now #11) Calif. RB Avery Horn (5-10, 180, 4.5) from Hanford. Jan. 12 official visit. The 3-star Scout.com prospect committed to the Wolverines on Aug. 24, over Washington and WSU, Oregon and OSU, Nebraska and Fresno State. Horn is a blazing running back with back-to-back 10.5 second 100 meter dashes to his credit during the spring 2006 track season. His senior season Horn rushed for 933 yards and 10 touchdowns on 117 attempts in seven games (he missed three with a hamstring injury). He concluded his career with a number of Hanford records, including its yards per carry average (9.36-yard average)

Michigan commitment #1: FB Vince Helmuth (6-2, 240 ... he has lost weight to get to FB size) from Saline, Mich. Four-star, Scout.com's #44 Midwest prospect. He is enrolled at U-M now. Dec. 8 official visit.. He has attended all U-M home games this season. He ran an excellent 4.34 shuttle at the Jan. '06 U.S. Army Combine. As a senior he ran for 1,536 yards and 22 touchdowns as Saline went 9-3 and won two playoff games.

Wide Receivers:
The need: strong, and U-M got their men: J.R. Hemingway, Toney Clemons. Zion Babb and James Rogers are also commitments as a WR/DB 'athletes'.

Michigan commitment #12 (now #10) : S.C. WR J.R. Hemingway (6-2, 200, 4.58 at U-M Camp) from Conway, S.C. Four-star, Scout.com's #25 Southeast prospect. Jan. 12 official visit.. He committed to Michigan on Aug, 24, with Florida and Miami finishing 2nd. He visited U-M on June 23. He was a 2005 U-M camper and also camped at South Carolina. He claims a 37-inch vertical jump. As a senior Hemingway recorded 83 receptions for 1,135 yards (13.7 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns. Conway went 13-2 and lost in the state finals.

Michigan Commitment #15 (now #13). Pa. WR Toney Clemons (6-2+, 190-pounds) from New Kensington, Pa., Valley. Scout.com's #68 Prospect, 4-star. He played well in the East Meets West All Star Game ... showing people what the excitement is all about. He made an official visit set to Michigan on October 6th, for the MSU game ... and commited to the Wolverines when he announced on Oct. 26th. He visited U-M for a day during the U-M Camp and got to meet Ryan Mallett. He was impressed with the Big House and said he "hopes to see it when they're done" expanding it. He won the state championship in the 110m high hurdles with a 14.66 sec. run. The top player at the Pitt Scout.com combine and, in GBW's view, a 5-star prospect. U-M is his dream school, and he is a couson of Steve Breaston. 2.4 core GPA and 900/1600 SAT.

Michigan commitment #14 (now #12). NoCal DB/WR Zion Babb (6-2, 180) from Alhambra. Scout.com's #47 West prospect, 4-star. See "Safeties."

Michigan commitment #7 (now #6): James Rogers (6-2, 190) from Madison Heights Lampheer. See "Safety."

Tight Ends:
The need: strong, and U-M has the two they wanted.

Michigan Commitment #5: Mich. TE/WR Martell Webb (6-5, 215, 4.7) from Pontiac Northern. Scout.com's #17 Midwest Prospect, 4-star. He considered a Miami visit the Feb. 2 weekend, but decided against it. He is a TE/WR hybrid. He will be allowed do play hoops at U-M as well. Dec. 8 official visit.. He made a MSU game unofficial visit. He committed to the Wolverines on May 2nd. Webb attended the U-M Junior Day in Jan. 06. For his senior season he recorded 31 receptions for 1026 yards (33+ yards per catch!) and 12 touchdowns

Michigan commitment #9 (now #8): Col. TE Steve Watson (604, 240) from Denver Mullen. Scout.com's #66 West prospect, 4-star. He visited Minnesota Jan. 29-31, but is still firmly committed to U-M. Sept. 23 Wisconsin game official visit. The son of the former Denver Broncos WR (and current WR coach) of the same name, Watson had a list of 10 favorites who had offered, including Michigan -- but he visited U-M the July 8th weekend, loved it, and committed two days later.

Offensive line:
The need: strong at OT, moderate elsewhere. U-M will have to look to its OT need again in the '08 class.

Michigan Commitment #10 (now #9): Ill. OL Dave Molk (6-2, 270) from Lemont Township. Scoutcom's #14 Midwest prospect, 4-star, and Scout.com's #91 prospect. He played very well in the East Meets West All Star Game, and some said he was the best O-lineman on the East team. Dec. 8 official visit. MSU game unofficial visit. Molk attended the July 29 U-M Junior Day -- and committed to the Wolverines on August 2nd. He was a one day U-M camper on June 19, where he was a standout and earned a U-M offer. The whole Big Ten except OSU and PSU offered him.

Michigan commitment #16 (now #14): Instate OT Mark Huyge (6-5, 280) from Grand Rapids Catholic Central. He was offfered a U-M scholarship on Nov. 27, and accepted. Dec. 8 official visit. GRCC is the alma mater of U-M frosh Obi Ezeh. He attended three Michigan games this fall -- the Vandy game, the Michigan State game, and the Northwestern game. He has had a growth spurt in the past year, and is a quick, athletic big man. Huyge was first team All State in 2005 and a member of the '05 Catholic State championship team. 4.0+ GPA and a 28 ACT.

Defensive end:
Defensive tackle:
The need: moderate - and U-M got a late edition sleeper in Renaldo Sagesse.

Michigan commitment #20. Renaldo Sagesse (6-4, 300) from Montreal Vieux. Vieux is the alma mater of Alaim Kashama, Emmaneul Casseus (a coach at Vieux) and Dietan Dubuc. Sagesse was originally committed to Illinois, but when u-M came after him big-time in January, he visited U-M the Jan. 19 weekend, and switched to U-M on Jan.31.

Defensive end:
The need: moderate - and U-M got a potentially great one in Ryan Van Bergen.

Wolverine commitment #3: Mich. DE Ryan Van Bergen from Whitehall. Scout.com's #51 prospect, 4-star. Dec. 8 official visit. GBW's Camp MVP -- fast and mean as a DE. 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. As a junior he recorded had 32 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

The need: significant, and U-M got three.

Michigan commitment #17 (now #15): Kan. Juco LB Austin Panter (6-3, 225, 4.5) from El Dorado, Kan., Butler CC. He is enrolled at U-M now. He committed to U-M at his Dec. 1 official visit. He was named NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year after a season he which he made 97 tackles, including 13 TFL's. He will be a MIKE LB at U-M, with 'three years to play two' -- but should see the field in '07.

Michigan commitment #18 (now #16): Tex. LB Brandon Herron (6-2, 200) from from Fort Bend Dullas (Houston area). Troy Woolfolk's teammate. Three-star, Scout.com's #38 Texas prospect. He had a great senior season, and made a Dec. 1 U-M official visit. He was not offered at the visit, but was on Dec. 6 -- and committed. He's a speed backer, with Nike Combine stats of: 4.55 sec. 50, 4.25 sec. shuttle, 21 bench press reps, 37.4 inch vertical jump.

Michigan commitment #19 (now #17): Va. OLB Marell Evans from Richmond Varina (Brandon Minor's school). Evans is a two-star safety in the Scout.com database, but he has grown to a 6-3, 215 lb. He has a Dec. 8 U-M official visit, got offered, and committed at the visit. Virginia Tech, Clemson and South Carolina had jumped in hard as well. He's a college OLB with a 4.6 sec. 40. His senior stats: 90-some tackles, 6 sacks, and he aIso made 5 interceptions.

The need: strong -- two or three, and Donovan Warren and Troy Woolfolk fit the bill (with5-star Jr. Boubacar Cissoko, the army COmbine MVP, already onboard for '08).

Michigan commitment #8 (now #7): Texas CB Troy Woolfolk (5-10, 170) from Fort Bend Dullas (Houston area). Four-star, Scout.com's #65 Texas prospect. Dec. 1 official visit. The son of Butch Woolfolk earned a U-M Camp offer -- and committed on June 21st. He did well at camp and shows promise with his blazing speed and quickness (4.5 40 electronic on slow Oosterbaan surface). He attended a U-M spring practice.

Calif. CB Donovan Warren (6-0, 185, 4.4) from Long Beach Poly. Five-star, Scout.com's #22 prospect. He shocked the world on Jan. 30 by picking U-M over USC. He shined in the Army All-American Game as one fo rthe top 2 CB's in the game. He took official visits to U-M (Oct. 6, MSU game) and Cal (Nov. 4) and Arizona (Sept. 30), but came down to a final 4 of U-M, USC (Dec. 15), Cal, and UCLA (Jan. 12). He has also made an official visit to Arizona (Sept. 30). As a junior he recorded 51 tackles and one interception.

The need: strong -- 2-3? And U-M has one commitment in Artis Chamber, another in S/CB Michael Williams, and two 'hybrid' S/WR's in James Rogers and Zion Babb.

Michigan Commitment #20 (now #18): Calif. CB Michael Williams (5-10, 175, 4.45) from Ventura St. Bonaventure. Scout.com's #52 prospect, 4-star Army All-American. He announced his decision at the Army All American game, where he played safety and returned punts. He made his official visit for the Nov. 4 Ball State game,. He did not make it to the U-M Camp. He visited U-M and Notre Dame the April 22nd weekend, as well as Northwestern. As a junior he recorded 98 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions. 3.5 GPA/1650 SAT.

Michigan commitment #14 (now #12). NoCal DB/WR Zion Babb (6-2, 180) from Alhambra. Scout.com's #47 West prospect, 4-star. He committed during his Oct. 6-8 official visit. Two of his coaches and two teammates attended the U-M Camp. His offers: Michigan, Cal, Nebraska, Arizona, UNLV, Oregon, and Washington. His dad is a USC alum. U-M and Cal recruited him as a CB, others as a WR. As a junior wideout he caught 54 passes for 919 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is one of the top three high hurdlers in Californoa.

Michigan commitment #7 (now #6): DB/WR James Rogers (6-2, 190) from Madison Heights Lampheer. Three-star, Scout.com's #20 State of Michigan prospect. Jan. 12 official visit. A possible/probable college safety. He attended all the U-M homes games this season. He had a strong camp week -- fast, caught everything, even Ryan Mallett's bullets (more shredded gloves to show for it!) -- and received an offer and accepted it on June 22nd.

Michigan commitment #2. Ind. Safety Artis Chambers (6-0, 180) from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Snyder. Scoutcom's #58 Midwest prospect, 3-star. He is enrolled at U-M now. Dec. 1 official visit. He camped at U-M for a day on Tuesday. He attended the January 28th Michigan Junior Day and was offered a scholarship -- and he committed to U-M around Feb. 12.

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