U-M Junior Day: 45 Top Kids Spotted/Listed

Despite the wintry weather the past week that especially kept some far away kids who'd planned to come away, the Michigan Junior Day was a success, with more than normal "Headliners" in attendance. GBW brings you 20 "Headliners" and 25 more "Top kids" who were in attendance.

Despite the wintry weather the past week that especially kept the Pa. kids away (many went to a much close Pitt Jr. Day instead), this was a U-M Junior Day that, compared to others, may have been a little smaller in overall number but higher in quality than normal ... maybe the U-M staff focused more on quality over quantity? At any rate, our 45 kids is far from the whole list, but the total group did not seem to not approach the 75+ of other years ... however not all kids came on the for the basketball game, the weather had some hitting the road while there was still daylight.

Overall, it is an impressive group of Junior U-M Recruiting Targets:

Out of State Headliners:
Several top out-ot-staters did make it in, including a linebacker all the way from New Jersey.
-- Ohio RB/ LB Devoe Torrence (6-2, 215) from Canton South. The younger brother of Devon Torrence, his presence was a pleasant surprise. He did not come in the for the basketball game.
-- Ohio DB/WR Dan McCarthy (6-1, 190) from Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. He got a U-M Signing Day offer, he's a Top 100 Junior. He had a basketball makeup game, so he came early and stayed for a short time.
-- Ohio LB/FB Michael Zordich (6-2, 220) from Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. Ditto McCarthy as far as leaving early
-- N.J. LB J.B. Fitzgerald (6-3, 215) from Princeton Junction. He has a U-M offer we believe. Will he be U-M's #1 LB recruit-priority? Sure looked like it today - he got heavy attention.
-- Ohio OT Zebrie Sanders (6-6, 285) from Clayton. He has a U-M offer.
-- Ohio OT Mike Adams (6-7, 300) from Dublin Coffman. He has a U-M offer.
-- Ohio WR/TE Jake Stoneburner (6-5, 220) came from Dublin Coffman, instead of going to Cinci Jr. Day. *Jake got a U-M offer during the day*.
-- Ind. WR John Goodman (6-2.5, 180) from Ft. Wayne Dwenger. He got a U-M Signing Day offer.
-- Ind. OL Braxton Cave (6-2, 280) from Mishawaka Penn. *He was offered during the day*.
-- Pa. LB Andrew Sweat (6-2, 230) from Washington, Pa. Trinity.

Instate Headliners:
-- Detroit Cass Tech's U-M Commit Boubacar Cissoko. He did not come in the for the basketball game.
-- Instate WR Fred Smith (6-3, 190) from Detroit Southeastern. *Smith got a U-M offer during the day.*
-- Instate LB Philepae Phillips (6-4, 200) from Detroit Central ... remember him, he's a Big Ten quality kid.
-- Instate QB Branden Kay (6-4, 200) from Marine City
-- Instate DB Troy Tidwell (6-0, 180) from Detroit Southwestern
-- Instate LM Donald Mathis (6-3, 290) from Detroit Crockett.
-- Instate DE Nick Perry (6-4, 220) from Detroit Mackenzie.
-- Instate Ath. Charles Burrell (6-1, 190) from Detroit Southeastern.
-- Instate RB Jonas Gray (5-11, 220) from Detroit Country Day ... no U-M offer yet (he has MSU and Col offers so far).
-- Instate rising Junior RB Hershey Jackson (6-1, 210)from Allendale ... probable top 100 kid a year from now.

More Top Out-of-Staters:
-- Ohio TE/DE Calvin Hargrove (6-6, 240) from Akron Buechtel.
-- Ohio OL Matt Grieser (6-3, 285) from Columbus Bishop Watterson.
-- Ohio OL Elliott Mealer (6-3, 280) from Wauseon.
-- Ohio Ath./CB Brandon Williams (5-10, 175) from Lakewood St. Edward.
-- Ind. DE Mitch Metzner (6-4, 260) from Ft. Wayne Dwenger, teammate of John Goodman.
-- Ill. S Tommy Thomas (6-2, 175) Oak Lawn Richards.
-- Ill. OL Neil Deiters (6-6, 300) from Elmhurst York.

More Top In-staters:
-- Instate TE/OL Rocco Khoury (6-5, 260) from Traverse City West.
-- Instate LB Edgar Pouncey (6-2, 220) from Detroit MacKenzie.
-- Instate QB Anthony Mifsud (6-3, 170) from Dearborn.
-- Instate QB Ronnie Lark (6-0, 180) from Flint Powers.
-- Instate RB Mario Crawford (5-8, 160) from Romulus.
-- Instate LM Chris Groth (6-3, 290) from South Lyon.
-- Instate OL Brent Kryder (6-3, 260) from Linden.
-- Instate DE/LB Chris McDonald (6-4, 225) from Sterling Heights Utica Ford.
-- Instate DE Shelton Gaines (6-2, 220) from Detroit Crockett.
-- Instate LM Matt Armstrong (6-3, 260) from Lansing Sexton.
-- Instate LB Zach Fortier (6-0, 210) from Spring Lake.
-- Instate LB/DE Chris McDonald (6-4, 220) Sterling Heights Utica Ford.
-- Instate LB Jarrell Noland (6-1, 230) from Detroit King.
-- Instate CB Dezmond Hart (5-10, 180) from Detroit Crockett.
-- Instate DB Floyd Simmons (5-10, 175) from Detroit Crockett.
-- Instate Ath. Donovan Dickerson from Detroit King.
-- Instate Ath. Darrin Williams (5-6, 150) from Detroit King.

Three headliners who did not make it in, and sent regrets:
-- Ohio TE Kyle Rudolph, a Top 100 kid with a U-M offer. The weather messed him and his parents up, he sent his regrets.
-- Pa. LB/RB Christian Wilson, who got a U-M Signing Day offer. Ditto Ruldolph as far as the weather. He also sent his regrets
-- Ohio LB Brandon Beachum from Youngstown Cardinal Mooney did not make it up because of a basketball conflict.

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