Best Guess List Ebbs, Flows

As usual in January, the list keeps changing! Here is GBW's "Prescott Edition" of Tom Beaver's (The Original) "Best Guess Football Recruiting Class List" With Comments.<br><br> WED. AFTERNOON REVISED.

Jan.8, 2008 Update

With thirteen verbal commitments in its football recruiting class, Michigan can sign two more recruits -- or up to five more if they decide to 'oversign'.



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 was a participant in the US Army All-Star Game, and winner of one of the National Academic Awards given out there.


Note: Michigan has one very good running back commitment; it is looking more and more like Jerome Jackson may be a second; and they would still like a third great one.

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 was a participant in the US Army All-Star Game (West team co-captain, and team leader in tackles).

Michigan Reportedly the Favorite

- 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 Jan. 6 he told us, "I don't want to give a leader right now -- just that I'm deciding between three schools, Michigan, Purdue, and Minnesota. I should have a decision in a week or so." But on Dec. 30 he told us, "I think I will decide not too long after the new year. It's Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue. I've talked to the new MSU coach on the phone, but I haven't met him in person. Michigan is my leader." He has also made official visits to Purdue and Minnesota (for the U-M game), and to Oklahoma Nov. 22 with Lamarr Woodley.

Michigan in the Top 2

- 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. It's U-M and Oregon for him, with Oregon perhaps the leader. 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 to Michigan 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.

Michigan in the Top 4-5

- All-American running back Tyrone Moss (possible Jan. 10 visit, 5-10, 210 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, academically qualified) from Pompano Beach, Fla., Ely. On Dec. 1 he told us, "Yes, definitely, Michigan will be my 5th visit. I've been talking to Coach Campbell all along, and lately we've talked about when I will visit." Before Christmas he visited North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Michigan State and Miami -- where he committed. However, his statement to me that he would visit U-M for his last visit was said emphatically -- I called him twice in three days and he reiterated it ... emphatically (at the time this flew in the face of other reports, so I just let it lie). So we'll see if he comes in this Jan. 10 weekend. He is The Insiders' #41 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. 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.


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

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 TheInsiders's #28 prospect. On Jan. 4 he told us, I go to Michigan January 10th. Then in the next three weeks I go to Florida (Jan. 17), Miami (Jan. 24) and Florida State (Jan. 31, the fav?). I'm really open at this point. I like Michigan's football tradition."


Note: with Tyler Ecker coming back from his Mormon mission and Adam Kraus (who could get 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.


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'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. He was selected to the final roster of the US Army All-Star Game, but had to drop in order to enroll at Michigan for January.



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 some day.

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 was a participant in the US Army All-Star Game, where he had to play MLB (he was a starter at that position).

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. Coach Carr visits his home around Jan. 12. Virginia Tech may lead, but On Dec. 17 his coach told us, "I'd say it's Michigan and Virginia Tech (considered his leader) 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 defensive lineman Carnell Stewart (Jan. 31 official visit, 6-5, 290 lbs., 4.8 in the 40, 415-lb. bench press, 2.8 GPA) from River Ridge, Louisiana, John Curtis Christian. On Jan. 5 he told us, "I'm visiting Florida, LSU and Miami the next three weeks, then Michigan. I'm not going to decide until I see them all. My coach is okay with (me possible going North). I have family in Minnesota. I've been in winter weather before." Note: he has already visited Colorado. He is The Insiders' #74 prospect, and was the West's starting DT in the US Army All-Star Game (and the biggest guy there!).

- All-American outside linebacker/defensive end Kirston Pittman (Dec. 6 oficial 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 Jan. 10, Miami Jan. 24, and LSU Jan. 31. His older brother attended Florida. Pittman is TheInsiders #56 prospect.


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'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. In mid-Dec. 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, along with MSU (Jan. 10 visit). 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. At the US Army All-American festivities, he was telling people that Michigan is his favorite school, but his brother told us Jan. 7, "Shawn isn't saying he's about to decide, no. He is taking a visit this weekend and next, to Pitt and Ohio State. He's not going to decide until he takes all his visits -- that's what he tells us." On Dec. 16 Shawn 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 was a participant in the US Army All-Star Game as an OLB.

- 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.


Note: Michigan has commitments from CB Leon Hall and safety Ryan Mundy. A 'super safety' in addition was optimal -- and delivered in Prescott Burgess!

Michigan Verbal Commitment

- All-American Cornerback Leon Hall (Jan. 10 official visit, 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 was a participant in the US Army All-Star Game.

- 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 was a participant in the US Army All-Star Game (he and Prescott Burgess were stars as co-safeties).

- 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. He committed to Michigan at the US Army All-American game - live on ESPN2. He is The Insiders' #13 prospect, and was a participant in the US Army All-Star Game (he and Mundy were stars as co-safeties).


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 was a participant in the US Army All-Star Game, and winner of one of the National Academic Awards given out there.


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

Note: this list will get moved down to the "Spotlight" section at the bottom of the main page.

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