Jan. 27, 2003 Update
With thirteen verbal commitments in its football recruiting class (fourteen counting Quinton McCoy), Michigan can sign approx. two or three more recruits -- unless they decide to 'oversign'. Also, all in-home visits by Coach Carr with top recruits are finished.
With Clayton Richard and Sam Keller (assuming he 'sticks') in the class now, Michigan is finished recruiting quarterbacks.
Michigan has one very good running back commitment in Anton Campbell; Jerome Jackson may be a second; and Tony Hunt a third.
Michigan Reportedly Favoring Michigan
Finished visiting: 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. 24 he told us,"I haven't made my final decision, I'm still thinking about it. I'lll announce it on Signing Day. But right now Michigan is my leader. Lamarr? You'll have to ask him. I hope Michigan leads for him too, but I don't really know." Jackson has also made official visits to Purdue and Minnesota (for the U-M game), and to Oklahoma Nov. 22 with Lamarr Woodley. As a senior (sharing time with junior RB Demarcus Laury) he gained 1200 yards and made 22 touchdowns.
Michigan Reportedly in the Top Two
Jan. 24 visit, finished visiting now: 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. His final official visit was to PSU the Jan. 24 weekend. He had his Michigan in-home visit Jan. 21, and his other in-homes are finished too. Tony does not like talking to the press, but on Jan. 15 his uncle told us, "My gut ... it's Michigan and PSU." Others have it as U-M and Maryland. On Dec. 17 Tony 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 Penn State, and Maryland. So I'll be deciding late." Hunt visited USC Nov. 29 with his coach (a Trojan alum) and made a 'soft' commitment, but it now looks like USC is out of it. He has a PSU connection -- the TC Williams AD is the brother of PSU coach Larry Johnson. For the season he rushed for 1200 yards (on 200 carries) and 12 touchdowns.
The recruiting need is less at this position than some others, so Michigan would probably ONLY take a 'super'. And a 'super', Antonio Cromartie, visited in January.
Michigan in the Top Four
Jan. 24 visit, one more visit Jan. 31: 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 visited Alabama the Jan. 24 weekend, and still has a FSU visit Jan. 31. He will decide on Signing Day. He has also visited Florida and Auburn. He had his Michigan in-home visit Jan. 21. On Jan. 25 he told TheInsiders.com, "I am still considering everyone and I am open." On Jan. 10 Cromartie told us, "I'd never seen snow before, it was cool! I liked it. It felt good. The best part (of his visit) was the basketball game. I sat with the coaches. But the best part was the students ... they had a sign with my name on it, and the whole crowd was cheering my name! I'd say Michigan was the better visit (over Auburn). I've seen Florida ... I want to get out." His visit host was Braylon Edwards. He has relatives in Michigan. He is TheInsiders's #28 prospect, and was named USA Today's Player of the Year. As a senior he made 20 receptions for 322 yards; and as a CB he made 68 tackles and six interceptions.
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.
With Jake Long, Pat Sharrow and Jeff Zuttah in the class, Michigan is finished with OL's.
With Will Paul committed, Michigan would probably like one more defensive line recruit, especially a defensive end. Also note that Shawn Crable is listed below by us as a linebacker but could end up at D-end some day.
Michigan in Top Five
Jan. 24 visit, one more visit Jan. 31: All-American outside linebacker/defensive end Kirston Pittman (Dec. 6 oficial visit, 6-4, 235 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 2.6 GPA/16 ACT) from Reserve, Louisiana, East St. John High (just west of New Orleans). He visited Miami the Jan. 24 weekend, and still has an LSU visit Jan. 31. His other visits were to Texas and Florida State. Michigan made their in-home visit Jan. 15. Afterward he told us, "Yes, the Michigan coaches were in last night, Coach Carr and Coach Jackson. All the schools so far are so good, they are all tied. It's going to be hard to pick one. I have two visits to go, Miami and LSU." Shontee Orr leaving for the NFL may help here. 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." As a senior he made 42 tackles and blocked seven kicks. Pittman is TheInsiders #56 prospect.
Note: Jim Presley is a great early pick up, but Michigan would really like one more (guess who!), even two (guess who else!).
Michigan Reportedly the Co-Leader
Finished visiting: 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. It is down to U-M, MSU and USC for Lamarr, and he and teammate Jerome Jackson will announce in Signing Day. He had his 'in-school' visit with Coach Carr on Jan. 24, after which Lamarr's mom told us, I do not know where Lamarr is going. He's listening to what people are saying, but he keeps his thoughts to himself. But I think he knows where he's going ... I think he's been knowing for a while now. Whatever decision he makes I'm behind it. But myself, I like Michigan. I like the program, I like the way the people are there. I like how they are academic-wise, they show interest, and they keep the parents involved. They show care for their kids, on and off the field. Thats what I like. They say that no matter what that they want Lamarr to get that degree, so he has two things going for him, not just football. As far as Michigan State getting back in it. I worry about what's been going on up there. We went on visit to MSU a couple weeks back. It was all right, but that is not one of my favorite places right now." Lamarr told us, "Coach Carr and Coach Jackson spent the earlier part of the day meeting with my parents. My mom got all her questions answered. And they met my father and talked with him. They really didn't talk with me too much until we sat down after my basketball game." As far as whether he's made up his mind: "Ummm ... no. I'm still a little undecided." Carr had also come to Lamarr's basketball game Jan. 17. In mid-Dec. Woodley 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." He also visited OKlahoma. He is The Insiders' #2 prospect. For the season, Woodley had 90 tackles and 10 sacks.
Finished visiting: 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, 3.0 GPA/16 ACT) from Massillon, Ohio, Washington. He is down to those three schools: U-M, OSU and Pitt, and will announce on Signing Day. Coach Herrmann was at his school Jan. 16, and Coach Carr made his in-home visit in December. At the US Army All-American festivities, he was telling people that Michigan is his favorite school. 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 were: USC and Miami. His friend and former teammate Andy Allman plays for Pitt. He missed four games due to a winter '03 foot injury, but recorded 75 tackles and 17 sacks. Crable is Tom Lemming's #59 prospect.
Michigan has commitments from CB Leon Hall and safety Ryan Mundy. A 'super safety' in addition was optimal -- and delivered in Prescott Burgess! And Michigan is still hanging on with CB Paul Oliver.
Michigan Reportedly in the Top Two
Finished visiting: All-American defensive back Paul Oliver (6-0, 180 lbs., 4.42 in the 40, 2.4 GPA/860 SAT) from Kennesaw, Georgia, Harrison is committed to Georgia, but received an in-home visit from Coach Carr Jan. 15. Afterward TheInsiders' #23 prospect told us, "Well ... I am still committed to Georgia. I make my official visit there this weekend. [But he added] Michigan isn't out of it, I wouldn't say that. You know, I love Michigan, and I loved my Michigan visit." If he switches to Michigan it'll be a 'Signing Day Surprise'.
All-American Place kicker Garrett Rivas fills the need here.
There are reports that Michigan will be trying to bring in visitors for the Jan. 31 weekend, including defensive back Brandent Englemon (6-0, 180 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 4.0 GPA) from Covington, Kentucky, Holmes. Holes committed to Kentucky in November, but had strong interest in Michigan and Northwestern at the time. He has played quarterback in high school.
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