"Best Guess List" - The Offense

Conventional wisdom is that, with ten commitments now, Michigan has four to seven more scholarship spots open. Our Best Guess highlights the recruits most likely to fill those spots.<br><br> The Offense

December 14 Update



Note: With Clayton Richard and Sam Keller in the class now, Michigan is finished recruiting quarterbacks.

Michigan Verbal Commitment

- Michigan commitment Quarterback Sam Keller (Dec. 13 official visit, 2001 Michigan camper, 6-4, 205 lbs., 4.85 in the 40) from Danville, Calif., San Ramon Valley. This season for 10-3 SRV he was 210-333 (63%) for 3,282 yards, 38 touchdowns and five interceptions...he also ran for two touchdowns. For his career over 35 games, he was 485-828 (59%) for 7,357 yards, 79 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

- All-American quarterback Clayton Richard (Nov. 15 official visit, 6-5, 225 lbs., 4.7 in the 40, 4.0 GPA/1340 SAT) from Lafayette, Ind., McCutcheon. His best rating is as Tom Lemming's #27 prospect. He committed to Michigan at a press conference on Dec. 9; the Tuesday afternoon prior Coach Carr, Coach Moeller and maybe Coach Loeffler made their in-home visit with him, after which Mr Richard told yours truly, "Clayton has told Coach Carr -- it's Michigan! We are setting up a press conference for next Monday (2:30 PM local time)." This season Richard threw for 2,920 yards, and he finished his high school career with 10,764 yards and 92 touchdowns in four seasons.

Michigan Reportedly in the Top 2-3

Quarterback/athlete Pat Carter (Jan. 10 official visit, 2002 Michigan camper, 6-1, 175 lbs., 4.4 in the 40) from St. Petersburg, Florida, Lakewood. Carter would have to come to Michigan as an 'athlete'. He also visits Purdue (Dec. 6) and Georgia Tech (Dec. 13), and is also considering Florida, where his brother played. He has NOT, as has been erroneously reported, been offered a U-M scholarship -- but rather the Georgia Tech reporters correctly state that he has been told he would be offered at the visit (these two may sound the same, but are not). He is Tom Lemming's #183 prospect.


Note: Michigan has one very good running back commitment, but it is a high priority for them to get a second.

Michigan Verbal Commitment

- Michigan commitment running back/safety Anton Campbell (Dec. 6 official visit, 2002 Michigan camp visitor, 6-0, 185 lbs., 4.45 in the 40, 330-lb. bench press, 36-inch vertical jump, 2.8 GPA/18 ACT) from O'Fallon, Missou., Fort Zumwalt West. He made an unofficial visit for the PSU game. For the season for the 8-3 Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars Campbell rushed for 1,175 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns; on defense he recorded 82 tackles, six interceptions and eight pass breakups. He is Tom Lemming's #82 prospect, and has been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game in San Antonio in January.

Michigan Reportedly in the Top 3

- All-American running back Lynell Hamilton (Dec. 6 official visit, Stanford Nike stats: 6-0, 195 lbs., 4.25 shuttle, 28-inch vertical jump ... 4.4 in the 40, 3.0 GPA) from Stockton, Calif., Edison. On Dec. 8 he told us, "I've been to Oregon, Colorado and Michigan now. Trip-wise, I gotta say Michigan was the best ... then Oregon, then Colorado. School-wise, as far as choosing a college, I have to think about it. And I'm still looking at Oklahoma and Arizona for possible visits." Coach Carr will probably make an in-home visit in January. He was injured with a hip pointer this season and therefore had scheduled an official visit to U-M for the Oct. 26 Iowa game; but he returned to semi-health and stayed home to play in his own game. He finished the season with 1,042 yards in eight games (his team finished 9-1).

- Running back/safety Jerome Jackson (Dec. 6 official visit, MSU Nike stats: 5-11 1/2, 193 lbs. ... 4.45 in the 40, 3.5 GPA/16 ACT) from Saginaw, Mich. On Dec. 8 he told us, "I got all of my questions answered and then some! I'm real close (to a decision). I plan on thinking over, talking it over with my parents and my brother (Minnesota RB Terry Jackson), and then making my decision right after Christmas vacation." He has also made official visits to Purdue (his co-fav with U-M) and Minnesota (for the U-M game), and to Oklahoma Nov. 22 with Lamarr .

Michigan Reportedly in the Top 4-5

- All-American running back Lendale White (Dec. 6 official visit, 6-2, 230 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 2.7 GPA/18 ACT) from Littleton, Colorado, Chatfield. On Dec. 9 he told us, "I had a great visit, I really enjoyed myself. My host was Jason Avant. I got to watch their bowl practice Sunday. Practice was fast and intense! I have one visit remaining that I could take. But I'm done visiting. I like all four teams right now (Michigan, USC, Texas and Pitt) ... the USC visit was great, and Michigan's ... all of them really. If I feel comfortable with one school I could decide by Christmas. If I don't, then Coach Carr will come on for an in-home visit in January." He has already visited Texas (Oct 19), Pitt (Oct 26), and USC (Nov. 29). He rushed for 1,600 yards this season for 7-3 Littleton Chatfield. He also set a state career rushing record with 7,800 yards. He is Tom Lemming's #53 prospect.

Running back/linebacker Tony Hunt (Dec. 13 official visit, 6-2, 225 lbs., Maryland camp stats: 4.52 in the 40, 28 reps of 185 lbs., 33-inch vertical jump) from Alexandria, Vir., T. C. Williams, Hunt visited USC Nov. 29 with his coach (a Trojan alum) and made a 'soft' commitment. He is also considering PSU (the TC Williams AD is the brother of PSU coach Larry Johnson). For the season he rushed for 1100 yards (on 200 carries) and 12 touchdowns.

Possible Recruit

- Running back Ervin Battle-Baldwin (2002 Michigan camper, 6-2, 225 lbs., 2.8 GPA/850 SAT) from Richmond (Va.) Huguenot. He and his teammates also attended the PSU game, and Michigan is his favorite. He is considered a fullback prospect.


Note: the recruiting need is less at this position than some others, so Michigan would probably ONLY take a 'super'. Three 'supers' are visiting.

Michigan Reportedly in the Top 2

-American wide receiver Jayson Swain (Nov. 2 official visit, Alabama Nike stats: 6-2, 205 lbs., 4.45 in the 40, 34-inch vertical jump, 2.8 GPA/15 ACT) from Huntsville, Alabama, Grissom. He loved his Michigan visit, and he still lists the Wolverines and Tennessee (Dec. 6) ahead of Georgia (Jan. 10). Coach Carr made his in-home visit Dec. 4. In eight games this season he made 46 catches. He is The Insiders' #65 prospect.

Michigan to Get an Official Visit

- All-American wide receiver/cornerback Antonio Cromartie (Jan. 10 official visit, 6-4, 200 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 10.7 100 meters, 2.5 GPA) from Tallahassee, Fla., Lincoln. He is The Insiders' #28 prospect. He also has visits set to Oklahoma (Dec. 20), Florida (Jan. 17), Alabama (Jan. 24), and home-town FSU looms large.

- All-American wide receiver/athlete Steve Smith (tentative date may be Jan 17, 6-1, 185 lbs., 4.45 in the 40) from Woodland Hills, California, Taft. Taft is still playing the Dec. 13 weekend. His other visits are Texas (Oct. 4), USC, Tennessee (Nov. 9), and Notre Dame (Nov. 22, postponed) ... that said, USC is probably the fav, with Tennessee 2nd. For the season he recorded 65 catches for 1,100 yards and 9 touchdown's; on defense five interceptions. He is The Insiders' #46 prospect, and has been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game in San Antonio in January.


Note: with Tyler Ecker coming back from his Mormon mission and Adam Kraus (who could be moved to OT) in the fold, Michigan would probably only go for a 'super' here, which Olsen is.

Michigan Verbal Commitment

- Michigan commitment tight end/offensive lineman Adam Kraus (no official visit set, 2002 Michigan camper, 6-6, 275 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 300-lb. bench press, strong student) from New Orleans Brother Martin. Kraus has basketball now and does not know when he can set his official visit, but he made an unofficial visit for the Nov. 16 Wisconsin game. He is Tom Lemming's #204 prospect. New Orleans Brother Martin finished the season 5-5. Kraus played tight end for a wing-T (running) offense.

Michigan to Get an Official Visit

- All-American tight end Greg Olsen (Jan. 10 official visit, 6-6, 240 lbs., 4.7 in the 40) from Wayne Hills, New Jersey. He is The Insiders' #22 prospect. He has Tennessee (Nov. 29), Notre Dame (Dec. 13), and Miami (Dec. 20) visits scheduled for December. His brother Chris is a freshman QB at Notre Dame.


Note: With Jake Long and Pat Sharrow in the class, Michigan would probably take one more O-lineman if he was a 'super' -- which Jones and Zuttah both are.

Michigan Verbal Commitment

- All-American offensive lineman Jake Long (Dec. 6 official visit, 2002 Michigan camper, 6-7, 295 lbs., 5.0 in the 40, 340-lb. bench press, 2.7 GPA) from Lapeer, Mich., East. He is TheInsiders.com's #79 prospect.

- Offensive lineman Pat Sharrow (Dec. 6 official visit, 2002 Michigan camper, 6-3, 275 lbs., 4.9 in the 40, 390-lb. bench press, 3.6 GPA) from Monroe, Michigan. He committed during his visit: "I went ahead and committed to Coach Carr while we were talking this morning. He said they will train me at guard and center." Mr. Sharrow: "They also talked to him this weekend about being a long-snapper too." He made an unofficial visit for the Washington game and the Michigan spring game; in the fall of 2001 he visited for almost all of Michigan's home games.

Michigan to Get an Official Visit

- All-American offensive lineman Jeff Zuttah (Dec. 13 official visit, 6-4 1/2, 280 lbs., 4.95 in the 40, 390 lb. bench press) from The Hun School, Princeton, New Jersey. Michigan is his last visit -- he has also visited Florida State (Nov. 16), Penn State November 23, Boston College November 30, and Notre Dame December 6. And he tells us he will enroll in college in January. He is Tom Lemming's #73 prospect, and has been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game in San Antonio in January.

- All-American offensive lineman Mike Jones (tentative Jan. 24 official visit, 6-5, 305 lbs., 5.1 in the 40, 2.8 GPA/20 ACT) from Oak Lawn, Ill., Richards. He attended the Michigan-PSU game; he also attended a Michigan spring practice. His other visits are to Notre Dame (Dec. 6, his brother played for Notre Dame), Iowa Dec. 13, and Tennesee Jan. 10 or 17. He is The Insider's #29 prospect, and has been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game in San Antonio in January.

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