Best Guess Football Recruiting Class List

Dec. 23 Update: Tom Beaver's "Best Guess Football Recruiting Class List"

December 23, 2002 Update

THE OFFENSE

QUARTERBACK

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. 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. He has been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game in San Antonio in January.

RUNNING BACK

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 Two

- 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. 20 he told us, "My parents want me to take my last two visits in January. So I'm going to do that. My San Diego State visit is January 10, and Alabama A&M is January 17. My dad wanted to go there when HE was in high school. Michigan is where he wanted to go. He went to Utah State and played ball there." Lynell 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). His best rating is as Tom Lemming's #124 prospect.

- 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 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. He plans to decide on Dec. 26. On Dec. 22 he told us, "Michigan has a great chance. I like my Michigan recruiter, Coach Malone, and I liked my Michigan visit. I'm going to make a decision in the next week and a half, by New Years." 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 prospectand has been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game in San Antonio in January.

- 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. On Dec. 17 he told us, "Jason Avant was my host. The best part of the visit was hanging out with players ... we hung out with Obi (Oluigbo), and with quite a few of the other guys on the team. I met with Coach Carr -- he told me I had a scholarship offer. I'm going to take the rest of my visits ... to UVA, Penn State, and Maryland. Maryland Dec. 20, Penn State Jan. 17, UVA, Jan. 24. So I'll be deciding late." 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.

WIDE RECEIVER

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

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 Florida (Jan. 17), Miami (Jan. 24), and home-town FSU (Jan. 31) looms large. He has been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game in San Antonio in January.

- All-American wide receiver/athlete Steve Smith (tentative Jan visit, 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.

TIGHT END

Note: with Tyler Ecker coming back from his Mormon mission and Adam Kraus (who could be moved to OT) in the fold, Michigan is probably done here.

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.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

Note: With Jake Long, Pat Sharrow and Jeff Zuttah in the class, Michigan is finished with OL's.

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. Mr. Sharrow: "They also talked to him this weekend about being a long-snapper too."

- All-American offensive lineman Jeff Zuttah (Dec. 13 official visit, 6-4, 280 lbs., 4.95 in the 40, 410 lb. bench press, 3.2 GPA, 1160 SAT) from The Hun School, Princeton, New Jersey. He committed to Michigan Dec. 18. 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.

THE DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

Note: Michigan would probably like one more defensive line recruit, especially a defensive end. Also note that Crable is listed below by us as a linebacker but could end up at D-end.

Michigan Verbal Commitment

- Michigan commitment All-American defensive end Will Paul (Dec. 13 official visit, 2002 Michigan camp visitor, MSU Nike stats: 6-4, 255 lbs., 4.59 in the 40, 3.0 GPA/18 ACT) from St. Louis Parkway West, Missou. He attended the Sept. 28 U-M?Illinois game - at Illinois - and committed to Michigan the next day. He is TheInsiders' #36 prospect, and has been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game in San Antonio in January.

Michigan May Be in the Top Two

- Defensive end Michael Brown (Dec. 13 official visit, 6-3 1/2, 220 lbs., 4.8 in the 40) from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. There is a report that he considers U-M too far away, although on Dec. 17 his coach told us, "I'd say it's Michigan and Virginia Tech for him right now. He and his parents are weighing the options. The in-home visits are very important to his parents. Right now he has two visits set in January, to Boston College (Jan. 24) and Central Florida (Jan 17). He may or may not take those visits, depending on when Michigan coaches make their in-home visit and what things look like at that point to him and his family (note: Virginia Tech has already made their in-home visit). He might decide by New Years or he might take his January visits -- it just depends on how work out. Michael is a true defensive end, and that's what he will play in college. This season Brown made 112 tackles for his 6-3 team. He already visited Virginia Tech (his leader) on Nov. 29, and he will also visit NC State.

Michigan in Top Five

- All-American outside linebacker/defensive end Kirston Pittman (Dec. 6 visit, 6-4, 235 lbs., 4.5 in the 40) from Reserve, Louisiana, East St. John High (just west of New Orleans). On Dec. 8 he told us regarding his visit, "It went great man, lovely. My host was Tim Massaquoi ... everyone pretty much hung around together really. That was the first time I'd seen snow -- there was snow on the ground, and it snowed some during the weekend. It was cold, but it was not bad at all. The most impressive thing about the visit? The Business Management school." He also visits Texas midweek December 17-19, then in January Florida State January 10, Miami January 24, and LSU Jan. 31. His older brother attended Florida. Pittman is TheInsiders #56 prospect.

LINEBACKER

Note: Presley is a great early pick up, but Michigan would really like one more, even two.

Michigan Verbal Commitment

- Michigan commitment All-American Linebacker Jim Presley (Dec. 13 official visit, 2002 Michigan camper, MSU Nike stats: 6-2 1/2, 215 lbs., 4.56 in the 40, 4.06 in the shuttle; 30.3 inch vertical jump, 18 bench press reps of 185 lbs. ... 10.8 100 meters, 375-lb. bench press, 2.9 GPA/19 ACT) from , Highland, Mich., Milford High. For the season for 8-2 Milford, Presley had 88 tackles, 16 sacks and 10 tackles for loss; on offense he had 1,264 yards rushing (7.5 yards per carry) and 16 touchdowns He is TheInsiders.com's #92 prospect.

Michigan Reportedly the Co-Leader

- All-American linebacker Lamarr Woodley (Dec. 6 official visit, MSU Nike stats: 6-1 1/2, 250 lbs., 4.0 in the shuttle; 4.72 in the 40, 4.0 in the shuttle, 29-inch vertical jump, 315-lb. bench press, 2.9 GPA/16 ACT) from Saginaw, Mich. He is The Insiders' #2 prospect. On Dec. 21 he sat with the new MSU football coach at at an MSU basketball game. On Dec. 9 he told us, "The visit was good. My host was Braylon Edwards. I'd met him a few times before and already knew him pretty well. We hung around with Marlin Jackson and Pierre Woods. And Jerome (Jackson, Woodley's Saginaw teammate) was there with us of course, and Roy Manning. You know I don't have any more visits set up. So I'm just going to think about things. All my visits were nice, but the environments were all different. I just have to think over everything. I'll see Coach Carr again in the next week or so. He's going to come to one of our basketball games. I've got practice tonight." USC and U-M are his leaders, and since MSU has hired a coach, they are in it too. For the season, Woodley had 90 tackles and 10 sacks.

- All-American linebacker Shawn Crable (Dec. 13 official visit, 2002 Michigan camper, 6-6, 225 lbs., 4.74 in the 40, 10.8 100 meters, 2.8 GPA/15 ACT) from Massillon, Ohio, Washington. On Dec. 16 he told us, "It was a real good visit. My host was Pierre Woods, and we just hung around with a lot of the players, Marlin (Jackson), Jeremy LeSueur a lot of them. The best part of the visit was the players, their attitudes -- we just kicked it if you know what I mean. That and the academic part - I liked that too. I hope to major in business." He attended the Michigan/Washington game. His other visits are: USC Dec. 6, and Miami December 20. Then in January it will be Pitt (where friend and former teammate Andy Allman plays, Nov. 29 unofficial visit) and Ohio State. He is Tom Lemming's #59 prospect, and has been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game in San Antonio in January.

- Linebacker Fred Sparkman (Dec. 13 official visit, 6-1, 216 lbs., 4.6 in the 40, 3.6 GPA/19 ACT) from Columbia, Tenn., Central. On Dec. 15 he told us," I talked to Coach Carr [at his visit]. He said I had a scholarship waiting, and that since this was my first visit it was fine for me to visit other schools and compare them. It'll be between North Carolina (Jan. 10) and Michigan." He has relatives in Flint. This season Sparkman recorded 122 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and six sacks; at fullback, Sparkman rushed for 1,210 yards with 12 touchdowns; he also had three kickoff returns for touchdowns. He is Tom Lemming/Prep Football Reports' #78 prospect.

Michigan May Get an Official Visit

- All-American linebacker/defensive end Claude Turk McBride (possible January visit, 6-4, 235 lbs., 4.6 in the 40, 3.2 GPA/780 SAT) from Camden, New Jersey, Woodrow Wilson. He is TheInsiders' #34 prospect. His Dec. 13 Michigan visit was cancelled, reportedly due to illness; he may reschedule for January. He has visited Tennessee (Oct. 26) and Ohio State (Nov. 23 for the U-M game) -- and Miami (Jan. 17) may be his favorite.

DEFENSIVE BACK

Note: Michigan has commitments from CB Leon Hall and safety Ryan Mundy. A 'super safety' in addition would be optimal.

Michigan Verbal Commitment

- All-American Cornerback Leon Hall (Jan. 10 official visit may be moved up, USC Nike Stats: 5-11, 175 lbs., 4.42 in the 40, 4.19shuttle, 33 inch vertical jump) from Vista, Calif. On Dec. 11 his head coach emailed us that Hall told Michigan assistant coach Brady Hoke that he is picking Michigan. For the season (going into the Dec. 14 Div. 1 SoCal championship game for 10-2 Vista) Hall has 22 catches as a receiver, and 46 tackles and two interceptions as a cornerback. He is The Insiders' #78 prospect. He has been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game in San Antonio in January.

- All-American defensive back/‘athlete' Ryan Mundy (Nov. 2 official visit, PSU Nike stats: 6-2, 200 lbs., 16 reps of 185 lbs.; 4.45 in the 40, 10.7 100 meters, 290-lb. bench press, 2.7 GPA/830 SAT in 2001) from Pittsburgh, Penn., Woodland Hills (former teammate of Steve Breaston). He committed on Dec. 16. For the year he recorded 30 receptions for 750 yards and 12 touchdowns, ran the ball 12 times for 200 yards; as a defensive back he made 50 tackles with six interceptions. He is Tom Lemming's #29 prospect, and has been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game in San Antonio in January.

Michigan Reportedly the Co-Leader

- All-American ‘athlete' Prescott Burgess (Dec. 13 official visit, 2002 Michigan camper, 6-3, 220 lbs., 4.59 in the 40 at the OSU Camp, 3.0 GPA/15 ACT) from Warren, Ohio, Harding. This will be a Thurs.-Sat. visit because he has a basketball game. On Dec. 15 he told us, "My host for the visit was Marlin Jackson. The best part of the visit was going out with the players, learning more about them, what they are like. I hung around with Carl Diggs (a Warren Harding alumnus) too. He's on crutches -- he had surgery on his broken leg but it went well. He says he'll be back playing next year for sure." As far as comparing U-M and OSU: "Ummm ... I can't say right now ... I'm not going to say anything about that." He also visited OSU Dec. 6. This one still looks like a Michigan OSU battle. He made an unofficial visit to Michigan for the Washington game. Burgess had 45 tackles and five interceptions in an injury-marred senior season (hand and shoulder). He is The Insiders' #13 prospect, and has been selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game in San Antonio in January

KICKER

Michigan Verbal Commitment

- All-American Place kicker Garrett Rivas (Sept. 31 visit, 2002 Michigan camper, 5-9, 180 lbs.) from Tampa, Fla., Jesuit. He committed during the visit. In Jesuit's 12-1 season Rivas made 12 field goals (with only three misses), and was five for five in Tampa Jesuit's four playoff games -- including two from 36 yards, the 40-yarder mentioned, and a 47 yarder. He has been named the East team kicker in the US Army All-Star game in January.

SUMMARY

Let's add it up. Michigan would still like: a running back, a defensive end, a linebacker. That's three kids. And a Super anythere! If The Wolverines get the kids they want, they may very well sign six more; othrwise they may stop at as little as three more.

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