No-More-Guessing U-M Recruiting Class

Michigan has 24 on its 2008 Recruiting Class list ... with a chance to still get to 25. Here is the final version of the GBW Best Guess 2008 Recruiting Class, this time with "no guessing:" presenting the 2008 Wolverine Recruting Class.

Overview

-- 2 Run-pass QB's: Michigan has one in the fold now, Justin Feagin, and is still a-lookin for Terrelle Pryor ...

-- 2 TB's: Got 'em: Sam McGuffie, Mike Cox.

-- 3-4 WRs: Got 2 outside WR's, Daryl Stonum and Roy Roundtree, and 3 slot WR's Terrence Robinson, Tay Odoms, and Michael Shaw.

-- 2 TE's: Got 'em, Brandon Moore, Kevin Koger.

-- 3 OC/OG's: Got 'em: Elliott Mealer, Kurt Wermers, Ricky Barnum.

-- 2 OT's: Got 'em plus one: Dann O'Neill, Rocko Khoury, Patrick Omameh.

-- 1-2 DT's. Got 1 so far, Mike Martin.

-- no DE/OLB's.

-- 4 LB's. Got em: Marcus Witherspoon, J.B. Fitzgerald, Ken Demens and Taylor Hill.

-- 2 CB's. Got 1 in Boubacar Cissoko ... J.T. Floyd is a combo CB/S.

-- 2-3 Safeties. Brandon Smith, J.T. Floyd is a combo CB/S.

-- long-snapper. As a greyshort for now> George Morales (6-0, 265) from Las Vegas Mojave.



Position by Position:

Quarterbacks

Michigan, it was presumed, would like a QB or 2 in this class -- run-pass guys.

Pa. QB/Ath. Terrelle Pryor (6-6, 220, 4.4) from Jeannette. Scout.com's #1 prospect made his U-M visit Jan. 18th. Its OSU (Nov. 2 visit) and U-M, with PSU and Oregon in it now as well ... he postponed his decision past Signing Day. Coach Rod in-home on Feb. 2, and Tressel too. The Army All-American is The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA football player of the year. Pryor amassed 3,691 yards in total offense -- remarkably, split almost equally between running (1,901 yards) and passing (1,790 yards) -- in leading his team to a PIAA championship and a 16-0 season. He is Scout.com's #2 prospect.

Michigan commitment no. 19: Run-pass QB Justin Feagin (6-0, 195, 4.6) from Delray Beach Fla., American Heritage. Feb. 1 official visit, and he committed on Sunday, Feb. 3. Other visits Louisiana (Dec.), Syracuse (Ja. 11), Rutgers (Jan. 25). Delray Beach American Heritage High won the Florida Class 1A state championship. Feagin finished third in the state's Mr. Football voting. Feagin in his 14-0 season: Through the air he was 91-151 (10.8 passes per game, 60.3% comp. rate) for 1,420 yds, 19 TD's, 3 ints. ... On the ground, he carried the ball 160 times (11.4 carries per game) for 1,313 yards (8.2 ypc) and 25 TD's. In the state championship game he rushed for 206 yards on 28 carries (7.4 ypc) and 3 TD's on runs of of 76, 39 and 28 yards. He also passed for 70 yards.

Running Backs

One speed back and one big back would be perfect ... and U-M has landed both.

Commitment no. 12: Tex. RB Sam McGuffie (5-10.5, 195, 4.3) from Houston Cy-Fair. He gave fans a 'start' on Signing Day when he sent his LOI in S-Day evening - but he's in! Sept. 22 official visit for PSU game. With Fred Jackson rehired, Sam is firmly committed to U-M. He committed to U-M on July 29th. He made a Thu., June 28-Mon., July 2 visit. "White Lightning," as he is called, has a U-M offer (he talked to Coach Carr on Signing Day), and U-M offered him the ability to wear #2, his favorite number (as well as Charles Woodson's). His dad is from "the Thumb" and is a U-M fan (as is the younger brother) and the dad's side of the family is still in the area. Qualified with a 3.0 GPA/22 ACT. In an injury-plagued senior season the Army All-American rushed for 1,711 yards and 24 touchdowns despite missing four games due to a lingering ankle injury that he suffered in the first game. He is Scout.com's #63 prospect.

Commitment no. 13: Conn. RB Mike Cox (6-0, 205, 4.47) from Avon Old Farms. Still solidly committed - period - after a Jan. 29 Coach Rod in-home. Sept. 8 official visit. He received a U-M in late July, visited for the end-of-july Junior Day, and picked U-M on July 31 over BC, Duke and Maryland. Cox missed nearly his whole senior season due to a broken ankle suffered in his 2nd game. He is Scout.com's #263 prospect.

Wide Receivers

Michigan, it seems, wanted 3-4, incl. 2-3 slot-WRs ... and got 'em.

Michigan commitment no. 10. Tex. WR Daryl Stonum (6-2.5, 200, 4.4) from Fort Bend Dulles (teammate of Troy Woolfolk and Brandon Herron). He is safely enrolled at U-M. Sept. 15 official visit. He visited U-M June 8-10, and announced his decision on TV on Sun., July 1 -- for Michigan over USC and Florida. A Top 100 Junior who is running the 200m and 400m in the Junior Olympics in the Czech Republic. As a senior he made 39 catches for 591 yards (15.2 yards per carry) and 3 TD's. He is Scout.com's #73 prospect.

Michigan commitment no. 20. Texas Slot-WR Terrence Robinson (5-9, 175) from Spring (N. Houston suburbs) Klein Oak. He committed on Sunday, Feb. 3rd. The 4-star prospect visited U-M Jan. 25th, BC Jan. 18, and already visited Wake Forest -- those were his finalists, altho Bellotti of Oregon made an in-home and was trying for a visit as well. For his senior season Robinson totaled 1,672 rushing yards for an amazing 9.19 yards per carry average and 20 touchdowns. He also hauled in 14 passes for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving.

Michigan S-Day commitment (#24): Ohio Slot-WR Michael Shaw (6-0, 190) from Trottwood Madison. U-M TE commit Brandon Moore's teammate was a PSU commitment, but decommitted, and visited U-M Jan. 18 with Moore. The Shaws kept things upder wraps, but he announced for U-M at 1 PM on S-Day. For his senior season Shaw rushed 115 times for 652yards (72.4 ypg, 5.67 ypc). He also caught 16 passes for 316 yards (19.75 ypc). He averaged 107.6 all-purpose yards per game. He is Scout.com's #219 prospect.

Michigan commitment #25: Fla. Slot WR Tay Odoms (5-8, 170) from Pahokee. He picked U-M on Feb. 11th, 5 days after Signing Day. Visits: Aub in Nov., South Florida Jan. 11, Miami (he didn't make his Jan. 25 official visit, track offer).

Michigan S-Day commitment (#22) Ohio WR Roy Roundtree (6-2, 190, 4.5) from Trotwood-Madison. Feb. 2 visit. He didn't get a U-M offer at the visit ... but it happened the day before S-Day and he sent his LOI to U-M on S-Day morning. Teammate of Brandon Moore and Michael Shaw. An early Purdue commit. For the season Roundtree was the Rams' leading receiver with 52 catches (4.3 rpg) for 868 yards (16.7 ypc) and no TD's.

Tight Ends

Two in the fold - TE seems set.

Michigan Commitment no. 5: Ohio TE Brandon Moore (6-6, 220, 4.6) from Trotwood-Madison. Jan. 18 U-M official visit, with teammate Michael Shaw. He visited Miami, but stayed firmly committed to U-M. There were early-Oct. whispers that OSU was trying to get back in it for him, but a Purdue game visit re-solidified his commitment. He committed to U-M on May 18th. He attended the Apr. 3 U-M spring practice, and was at the fall '06 Vandy game as well. U-M offered him on Signing Day. He picked U-M over Georgia (first to offer), Miami, LSU and Clemson. Moore is an ESPN-AA-Game selectee.

Michigan commitment no. 11. Ohio TE/DE Kevin Koger (6-4+, 235) from Toledo Whitmer. His commitment is solid ... his dad is a big U-M fan. Altho ... he visited MSU the Jan. 11 weekend. Jan. 25 U-M official visit.He attended the U-M Camp on Wed., then went to the OSU camp for a day as well, then visited both one more time -- and picked U-M on July 18th. He attended a U-M spring practice on March 27, and Apr. 12. He grew up a U-M fan (his dad is also a fan) and is close friend is U-M commit Elliott Mealer. He is Scout.com's #115 prospect.

Offensive Linemen

With six in the fold now, evenly split between OG's and OT's, U-M is set.

Michigan commitment no. 2: Mich. OT Dann O'Neill (6-6, 285) from Grand Haven. Feb. 1 official visit. His commitment is absolutely firm. He was impressive at the ESPN/UnderArmour All Star game, and he was also impressive at the 2007 U-M Camp ... a classic RT prospect. He received a Signing Day U-M offer and, according to his dad at the time, "has a little Blue in him." He couldn't attend the U-M Junior day because of wrestling, but attended the first U-M spring practice on March 17 -- and committed. He is an ESPN-AA-game selectee. He is Scout.com's #147 prospect.

Michigan commitment no. 3: Ohio OT/OG Elliott Mealer (6-4, 280) from Wauseon. Feb. 1 official visit. Recovering from a tragic car accident. He is good friends with Kevin Koger. 2007 U-M Camper, where he showed excellent quickness. He committed on April 23. He had offers from Cincinnati, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana and Purdue. He had a 'grayshirt' OSU offer. He attended the Thurs, Apr. 12 U-M spring practice. He is Scout.com's #267 prospect.

Michigan Commitment no. 4: Ind. OG Kurt Wermers (6-5, 275) from Crown Point. Feb. 1 official visit. His commitment is firm - period. He committed to U-M on May 17th. He attended the U-M Jr. Day in Feb., and the Iowa game in fall '06. He had offers from U-M, Northwestern, Indiana, UCLA, Iowa and others. He helped Crown Point to a 12-1 season in Class 5A (largest class) football in 2006. He is Scout.com's #287 prospect.

Michigan Commitment no. 8: Instate OT Rocco Khoury (6-4, 280) from Traverse City West. Feb. 1 official visit. His commitment is firm. He attended the 2007 U-M Camp, was one of two O-linemen offered, and committed to U-M over MSU. A future OC(?) with a 30-inch vertical jump. He was also a U-M Junior Day attendee.

Michigan commitment no 21: Ohio OT Patrick Omomeh (6-5, 265) from Columbus DeSales. The Cincy commit got a U-M offer on his Jan. 25 weekend visit, then went on to MSU for Jan. 27-28 ... and decommitted to U-M the day before S-Day.

Michigan S-Day commitment (#23): Fla. OC/OG Ricky Barnum (6-3, 280) from Lakeland Lake Gibson High. He sent his LOI to U-M on S-Day morning. Feb. 1 U-M visit. He'd just committed to Fla. in mid-Jan. He played in the ESPN/Underarmour game. He came back from his visit considering U-M and Fla, and decommitted to U-M on S-Day. One thing of interest - he had been an old-WVA recruit. He's a late-bloomer - he was 248 pounds at the 2007 Army Combine.

Defensive Linemen

Admittedly the class is a little thin here ... you can bet DL will be a focus for the 08-09 class.

Michigan Commitment no. 7: Instate DT Mike Martin (6-1, 290) from Detroit (Novi) Catholic Central. Jan. 18 official visit, - and has decided not to visit ND. Wed., Jan. 16 R-Rod in-home. He visited U-M for a bowl practice the first week of December. He came to U-M on June 5th for an unofficial visit and committed. State shot put champ with a toss of 61 feet. He had an excellent PSU Nike Camp. He was the state heavyweight wresting champ this past winter. He is Scout.com's #196 prospect.

Linebackers

With four in the fold now, U-M did a great job of replenishing this spot.

Commitment no. 6: N.J. LB Marcus Witherspoon (6-2, 210) from Abescon Holy Spirit. At his S-Day presser Coach Rod said 'Spoon could learn all the LB spots. Tues, Jan. 15 R-Rod in-home strengthened U-M's position, and new LB coach Hopson continued to visit, -- and Spoon has recommitted to U-M. He took a Jan. 11 visit to Tennessee and a Jan. 25 visit to Rutgers. His dad still wants U-M and U-M still has an edge now. Sept. 22 official visit for the PSU game. He visited U-M June 1-2 -- and committed. He attended the April 7 U-M spring practice. He received a U-M Signing Day offer. He is considered one of the top 2 LB prospects in Jersey (with fellow U-M recruit J.B. Fitzgerald), and was named 1st Team All State as a junior depite playing with a separated shoulder which limited him to 90 tackles. He was injured his sophomore season as well. As a senior he recorded 102 solo tackles, 27 sacks and one interception. He is Scout.com's #228 prospect.

Commitment no. 14: N.J. LB J.B. Fitzgerald (6-3, 215) from Princeton Junction. At his S-Day presser Coach Rod called J.B. a MIKE guy. Tues, Jan. 15 R-Rod in-home went very well, and he re-visited U-M Jan. 30-Feb 2 for an unofficial visit. However ... Rutgers wasn't out of it until the night before S-Day. He visited MSU Jan. 11 and Rutgers Jan. 25. He made his official U-M visit for the Sept. 22 PSU game. He visited U-M for the 3rd time June 2-3, this time with his parents. He also visited Florida in June, and Rutgers ... those 2 were U-M's main competition. He attended the April 5 U-M practice. He got a U-M Signing Day offer, and attended the U-M Junior Day. He is Scout.com's #152 prospect. As a senior he recorded 125 tackles, three sacks, six forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Michigan commitment no. 15: Instate LB Kenny Demens (6-1, 215) from Detroit Country Day. Feb. 1 official visit. Probably a WILL LB for U-M. Wed., Jan. 16 R-Rod in-home. His commitment is solid. His uncles are U-M grads, which helps. He visited U-M for a bowl practice the first week of December. He announced his decision to be a Wolverine on Sept. 29. He made U-M unofficial visits for Sept. 8 Oregon and Sept. 15 ND games. Demens also looked at Nebraska and MSU. He was a U-M camper for a day, and if he'd come back for a second day he'd have worked out at FB as well. As a senior he made 151 tackles.

Michigan commitment #17: Ohio LB Taylor Hill (6-2, 205) from Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, Ohio. At his S-Day presser Coach Rod said "spoon could learn all the LB spots. A former WVA commit, he decommitted to U-M Jan. 14th, after visiting MSU Jan. 11th. Jan. 25 U-M official visit, He'd also been committed to Oklahoma earlier on.

Cornerbacks

With two in the fold, U-M added top-notch talent at this spot, but needs more depth in the '08-09 class.

Michigan Commitment no. 1: Mich. CB Boubacar Cissoko (5-9, 180) from Detroit Cass Tech. Thu., Jan. 17 R-Rod in-home. He is still firmly committed. U-M Jan. 18. official visit. 2008 Army All-American - captain of East Team. The MVP of the '07 Army Junior Combine has the fastest feet we've ever seen, and is tough as well. He committed to U-M Feb. 5, 2007. As a senior he made 67 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss and 2 interceptions. He is Scout.com's #48 prospect.

Michigan commitment #18: S.C. DB (cornerback and, possibly, safety) J.T. Floyd (6-0, 185) from Greenville J.L. Mann. At his S-Day presser Coach Rod called J.T one of the smartest DB's he's seen on film. Decommitted from Tenn. to U-M on Jan. 30th. He visited U-M Jan. 18 and Tennessee Jan. 25th. As a Tennessee soft-commitment, he'd visited U-M this summer. For his senior year he made 65 tackles and one interception; on offense as a WR he had 50 receptions for 875 yards and 9 TD's. 3.7 GPA/980 SAT.

Safeties

With two in the fold, U-M added top-notch talent at this spot, but needs more depth in the '08-09 class ... because J.T. Floyd can't play two positons at once!

Commitment #16: N.J. DB/Ath. Brandon Smith (6-3, 212) from New Brunswick. On the GBW/WTKA S-Day show, he said, over and over, he planned to beat OSU 4 times! He also said R-Rod said he'd be tried at QB and WR as well. Smith picked U-M at the Army All-American game over BC, South Carolina. Subsequently hurt his knee playing hoops, but it's not serious as first feared. Sept. 22 official visit for the PSU game. He got offered on Feb. 22nd, 2007, and U-M was his childhood fav. He is Scout.com's #70 prospect.

Michigan commitment #18: S.C. DB (cornerback or safety) J.T. Floyd (6-0, 185) from Greenville J.L. Mann. At his S-Day presser Coach Rod called J.T one of the smartest DB's he's seen on film. Decommitted from Tenn. to U-M on Jan. 30th. He visited U-M Jan. 18 and Tennessee Jan. 25th. As a Tennessee soft-commitment, he'd visited U-M this summer. For his senior year he made 65 tackles and one interception; on offense as a WR he had 50 receptions for 875 yards and 9 TD's. 3.7 GPA/980 SAT.


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