Position X Position, Class X Class: Wideouts

Where will the new Michigan Wolverine recruits fit into the overall team-scheme of the 2007 Michigan football season? Also what about next year's 2008 Michigan recruits as well? How is the Wolverine football team lining up for the future? The Wide Receivers for Michigan in 2007, and a 2008 recruiting class first sneak peek.

2007 Wide Receiver Roster, Outlook and 2008 Recruiting:

86 Mario Manningham, WR, Junior, 2005 recruiting class, probable starter.

16 Adrian Arrington, WR, Red-shirt Junior, 2004 recruiting class.

13 Greg Mathews, WR, Sophomore, 2006 recruiting class.

82 LaTerryal Savoy, WR, Red-shirt Sophomore, 2005 recruiting class.

81 Doug Dutch, WR, Red-shirt Junior, 2004 recruiting class.

18 Antonio Bass, WR, Red-shirt Sophomore, 2005 recruiting class.

Toney Clemons, WR, Freshman, 2007 recruiting class.

J.R. Hemingway, WR, Freshman, 2007 recruiting class.

Zion Babb, WR, Freshman, 2007 recruiting class.

There is plenty of depth at the wide receiver position, but lack of quality depth might be the big question. How many of the freshman will see playing time? Possible two could well see some action.

Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington should be the obvious starters at wide receiver (assuming both mature beyond past off-field stumbles), but as far as who comes in for the three and four wide receiver sets and gives the starters a breather .. it will be a battle. Greg Mathews is in position to really take over the third spot, while the fourth is up for grabs between LaTerryal Savoy and Doug Dutch, plus the three freshmen Toney Clemons, Junior Hemingway and Zion Babb. Antonio Bass is more than likely going to be a medical situation, although this has not been settled for certain yet.

The biggest thing going into spring ball will be whether wideout coach Erik Campbell can find the depth with veterans.

2008 Wide Receiver Recruiting:

Michigan loses nobody to graduation, but you have to think if Mario Manningham had a good season he might look to leave and also the possibility of losing two others for various reasons.

Possible losing Manningham should help bring in the "elite" prospects once again with the tradition of Michigan wide receivers to the NFL. Getting an "elite" wide receiver isn't a huge need with the three freshman Michigan just got, but depth issues with next years (2008) team could be a problem. GBW's list of 2007-08 U-M wideout recruits is just getting put together with players being added during this early time.

2008 Wide Receiver early possibilities:

Pa. WR/TE Jonathan Baldwin (6-6, 215, 4.5) from Aliquippa. He attended the MSU game last fall, when Ryan Mallett and Toney Clemons (and Zion Babb) made their official visits. The Top 100 Junior has a U-M offer (he talked to Coach Carr on Signing Day). He is a top hoopster as well (averaging 22+ ppg), but if he decides to play college football U-M may well have the early edge. Cousin of Ty Law.

Tex. WR Daryl Stonum (6-1, 185, 4.4) from Fort Bend Dulles (teammate of Troy Woolfolk and Brandon Herron). A Top 100 Junior who is running the 200m and 400m in the Junior Olympics in the Czech Republic. U-M has offered and spoke to him on Signing Day and is in a strong position, especially since Texas decided not to offer him early. His top 5: Michigan, Florida, Alabama, Texas Tech and OSU are my top five schools in no specific order. As a junior, Stonum hauled in 49 catches for 1,053 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had seven punt returns for 234 yards and two touchdowns.

Instate WR Fred Smith (6-3, 190) from Detroit Southeastern. He attended the U-M Junior Day, where he was offered a U-M scholarship. MSU has also offered. His favorite schools: Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State.

Ind. WR John Goodman (6-2, 175) from Ft. Wayne Dwenger. Thin but fast, Goodman put on a good performance at the Army Junior Combine. He got a U-M Signing Day offer, and attended the U-M Junior Day. Purdue and Bowling Green have also offered. He plans to go to the Michigan and Notre Dame camps this summer.

Missou. WR/TE Wes Kemp (6-4, 215) from St. Louis DeSmet. He grew up a U-M fan and will visit U-M in the spring or summer. His early offers: Ole Miss, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, and Wisconsin. 3.3 GPA/19 ACT.

N.J. Ath. Brandon Smith (6-3, 185) from New Brunswick. He got offered on Feb. 22nd, and U-M is his childhood fav. He also has offers from Rutgers, Syracuse and Colorado at this point. He wanted to to go U-M's Junior Day, but definitely plans to camp at U-M this summer.

Md. WR Kenny Tate (6-3, 190) from Hyattsville, MD. He's a Top 100 junior. HIs offers: Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Syracuse, Maryland and more.

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