2014 Football Commits

1. LB: 4* LB Michael Ferns, 6\’3\’\’ 235lbs. St. Clairsville, OH (St. Clairsville HS)

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Michael Ferns #10

– The first commit of the 2014 class, Ferns is a stud linebacker that could be an All-American in the Mattison/Hoke defense. Look for him to be a top 100 player and top 10 LB in the class.

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Commit Date: 8/8/12

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2. QB: NR/4* Wilton Speight, 6\’6\’\’ 225lbs. Richmond, VA (Collegiate School)

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Wilton Speight #19, QB

-One of the best pocket passers in the 2014 class, Speight was the only QB to land an offer in this class and accepted it immediately on National Signing Day. He is a strong armed, mobile quarterback that has a uncanny delivery and can make all the throws. Scouts and coaches compare him favorably to 2013\’s #1 QB and VA native, Christian Hackenberg.

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Commit Date: 2/6/2013

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3. DT: 4* Bryan Mone, 6\’4\’\’ 316lbs. Salt Lake City, UT (Highland HS)

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Bryan Mone #52, DT

-Teammate of 2012 signee and FB, Sione Houma. Mone has been hearing about and from Michigan for awhile now and finally decided to pull the trigger in February, making him the 3rd commit for the class.

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Commit Date: 2/12/2013

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4. OT/OG: 4* Mason Cole, 6\’4\’\’ 260lbs. Tarpon Springs, FL (East Lake HS)

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Mason Cole #61, OG

-Said that Michigan \”felt like home\” when he visited for the MSU game. Cole is one of the best offensive lineman in the country and has decided to become the 4th commit of Team 135. He is teammates and great friends with high profile WR\’s Artavis Scott and 2015 WR George Campbell.

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Commit Date: 2/25/2013

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5. WR: 4* Drake Harris, 6\’3\’\’ 175lbs. Grand Rapids, MI (GR Christian HS)

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Drake Harris #1, WR

– One of, if not, the #1 target on the recruiting board, Drake Harris is everything Michigan wants and needs in a top receiver. He has the size, speed, and skills to be the next man to sport the #1 jersey. He has a very familiar build and skill set as a young AJ Green. His commitment is bittersweet too since he was once committed to Michigan State.

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Commit Date: 4/14/2013

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6. TE: 4* Ian Bunting, 6\’6\’\’ 210lbs. Hinsdale, IL (Hinsdale Central HS)

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Ian Bunting, TE

– In a bit of a surprise, Michigan landed it\’s 6th commitment of the 2014 class, when Hinsdale 4* TE Ian Bunting chose the Wolverines over offers from some of the biggest programs in the country.

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Commit Date: 4/23/2013

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7. WR: 3* Maurice Ways, 6\’4\’\’ 190lbs. Beverly Hills, MI (Country Day HS)

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Maurice Ways #9, WR

– One of the hottest recruits in Michigan and a big time talent, Ways is a big, physical receiver that can stretch the field and make the big catch. He has been getting a ton of attention from Michigan coaches and has visited several times lately. If offered, he could be a possibly commit on the spot.

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Commit Date: 4/25/2013

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8. OT/OG: 4* Juwann Bushell-Beatty, 6\’5\’\’ 295lbs. Paramus, NJ (Paramus Catholic)

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JBB #73, OT (via Rivals.com)

– Teammates with 5* DB Jabrill Peppers, JBB is a big offensive lineman that could play anywhere on the line but projects to be a guard. This monster lineman visited with Peppers recently and had a phenomenal time. So good that he ended up committing to Michigan in late April.

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Commit Date: 4/29/2013

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9. WSDE: 4* Lawrence Marshall, 6\’3\’\’ 215lbs. Southfield, MI (Southfield HS)

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– The local product is one of the best players in the state and region. Marshall has had a wild ride so far in recruiting. He committed and de-committed from Ohio $tate, and has been a regular at both Michigan and Michigan State. Rumor has it that he was favoring the Spartans but recently Michigan has made up a ton of ground, and now he has committed to the Wolverines on a mid-May visit.

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Commit Date: 5/11/2013

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10. CB: 5* Jabrill Peppers, 6\’1\’\’ 210lbs. Paramus, NJ (Paramus Catholic)

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Jabrill Peppers #5, CB (via Scout.com)

– The #2 player in the country, according to Rivals and ESPN, Peppers grew up a Michigan fan and partially lived out his childhood dream of doning the maize and blue, and getting onto the field at the Big House when he recently visited. After the visit, which he said was \”mind blowing\”, and on May 26th, he chose Michigan on ESPNU. He is the biggest recruiting get in Michigan football history.

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Commit Date: 5/26/2013

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11. SSLB: 4* Chase Winovich, 6\’4\’\’ 218lbs. Clairton, PA (Thomas Jefferson HS)

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Chase Winovich #15, OLB

 

– The Keystone State linebacker is the top linebacker target for the Wolverines. Winovich is a long, athletic, and instinctive linebacker that would fit in great at the SAM in Mattison\’s defense. He was seen as an O$U lean but that didn\’t stop Michigan from landing his pledge.

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Commit Date: 6/1/2013

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12. CB: 3* Brandon Watson, 6\’1\’\’ 190lbs. Elkton, MD (Tri-State Christian Academy)

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– After a great showing at the Michigan camp, Watson landed himself an offer. It only took him a week to decide with his teammate (Freddy Canteen) that Michigan was the place to be. Mattison and Hoke loved his physicality, size and athleticism. Expect his rankings to go up as the year goes on.

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Commit Date: 6/30/2013

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13. WR: 4* Freddy Canteen, 6\’1\’\’ 180lbs. Elkton, MD (Tri-State Christian Academy)

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– Another player that showed out at the Michigan camp on the way to earning himself an offer, Canteen is a very quick twitch, big play threat receiver that can play inside and out. He is very underrated and a perfect fit for the Wolverines, especially if Artavis Scott goes elsewhere.

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Commit Date: 6/30/2013

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14. SSLB: 3* Noah Furbush, 6\’4\’\’ 235lbs. Kenton, OH (Kenton HS)

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– One of the most underrated prospects in the Midwest and country, Furbush is a very physical, athletic linebacker that is a perfect fit at strong side linebacker. He grew up a Buckeye fan but Michigan showed him the right place was in Ann Arbor.

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Commit Date: 7/1/2013

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15. WSLB: 3* Jared Wangler, 6\’2\’\’ 215lbs. Warren, MI (De La Salle HS)

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Jared Wangler, OLB (via Rivals.com)

– The son of Wolverine alum, John, and brother of 2013 Wolverine walk-on, Jack, Jared is an athletic linebacker that is committed to Penn State at the moment, but just recently received his Michigan offer and could very well make the switch. I definitely see him as a weak side linebacker in college.

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Commit Date: 8/9/2013

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16. DT: 2* Brady Pallante, 6\’1\’\’ 280lbs. Naples, FL (Barron Collier HS)

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Brady Pallante #52, DT

– The \”Mike Martin\” clone is a wrestling star who has quick hands and a nice burst. He was originally expected to come in as a grey shirt, but Hoke extended him a full 2014 scholarship. Expect him to redshirt and add weight before making an impact.

Commit Date: 4/5/2013

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