Team 135 Best Guess Recruiting Class: February 25th

The 2014 Class is already off to a great start with all 3 commits being top level commits. However, with only 16 spots as of right now, and the chances of the class only getting to 19-20 at a max, the staff will have to be very picky with their commitments. That is why I imagine elite prospects getting first shots at every position.

Check it:

1. QB: NR* 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. After summer camps, he should be a 4 star prospect.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

2. RB: 5* Elijah Hood, 6\’0\’\’ 215lbs. Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Catholic)

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Elijah Hood #34, RB

-One of the best running backs in the nation, Hood is an absolute beast that can run over a defender on his way to the house. He has just released his top 3 after a midwest visit trip, where Michigan came in at #2 behind ND and ahead of O$U. With more visits on tap and great recruiters already committed, he is a very good possibility.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Top 3

3. WR: 4* Corey Holmes, 6\’0\’\’ 180lbs. Ft Lauderdale, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)

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Corey Holmes,  WR

-Morris will need as many top flight, playmaking receivers as possible. Holmes fits that mold perfectly and really seems to be favoring Michigan. He could be that elusive #1 receiver needed.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

4. WR: 4* Drake Harris, 6\’4\’\’ 180lbs. Grand Rapids, MI (GR Christian HS)

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Drake Harris #1, WR

-The best offensive player in Michigan and one of the best WRs in the country, Harris is still technically committed to MSU but is no longer looking to play basketball in college so he is looking for bigger football programs. Now, Michigan is making frequent visits and have a great shot. Especially with his father being a die-hard Wolverine fan.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Good

5. WR. 4* Artavis Scott, 5\’11\’\’ 180lbs. Tarpon Springs, FL (East Lake)

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Artavis Scott #7, WR

-The quick twitch slot receiver would be a package deal with his teammate, 4* OT Mason Cole. They are both offered and looking to play together, and they both have shown big interest in Michigan.

Army All-American

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Good, even better with Cole committed.

6. TE: 4* Daniel Helm, 6\’5\’\’ 220lbs. Chatham, IL (Glenwood HS)

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Daniel Helm #1, TE

– Another top flight midwest prospect is showing big time interest in the Wolverines. After his February visit, Helm said Michigan was at the top of his list.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Top of the list 

7. TE: 4* Nic Weishar, 6\’5\’\’ 220lbs. Chicago, IL (Marist HS)

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Nic Weishar #89, TE

-A top tight end in the class of 2014, Weishar is a big, athletic tight end that can go up and make catches. He could even be a wide receiver with better speed. Michigan has been in contact a lot recently and he is visiting very soon.

Highlights

Visit: March 10th

Michigan\’s Chances: Good

8. OT/OG: 4* Jamarco Jones, 6\’5\’\’ 285lbs. Chicago, IL (De La Salle Institute)

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Jamarco Jones #52, OL

-Already seems to be loving Michigan, having already visited multiple times. Would be another great tackle pick up for Hoke and company.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: High

9. OG: 3* Tommy Doles, 6\’5\’\’ 260lbs. Grand Rapids, MI (GR Christian HS)

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Tommy Doles #59, OG

-A top recruit in Michigan, Doles is favoring the Wolverines after several visits. He is also teammates with top WR recruit, Drake Harris. So, pulling him in could be huge with the recruitment of Harris.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Very High

10. OT: 3* Alex Bars, 6\’6\’\’ 286 lbs. Nashville, TN (Montgomery Bell Academy)

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Alex Bars #70, OT

-Brother of 2012 commit, Blake Bars. Alex is another very good prospect that most scouts compare favorably to his older brother. He could very well be the 2nd Bars to wear the Winged helmet.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

11. 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.

Army All-American 

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

12. 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.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

13. SDE: 4* Malik McDowell, 6\’6\’\’ 300lbs. Detroit, MI (Loyola HS)

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Malik McDowell #67, DE

-Probably the #1 player in Michigan, #1 DE in the midwest and one of the top 50 prospects in the country, McDowell is a must get for Hoke.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Good

14. SSDE: 5* Da\’Shawn Hand, 6\’5\’\’ 250lbs. Woodbridge, VA (Woodbridge HS)

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Da\’Shawn Hand #54, SSDE

-The #1 overall player in the 2014 class according to just about every recruiting site, Hand is a freak athlete that is in the mold of the former #1 recruits, Jadaveon Clowney and Robert Nkemdiche. Michigan is in his top 5 and is really pushing to land a commitment.

Highlights

Visit: Planned Spring, Summer and Fall Official

Michigan\’s Chacnes: Top 5

15. WSDE: 3* Lawrence Marshall, 6\’3\’\’ 205lbs. Southfield, MI (Southfield HS)

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Lawrence Marshall #12,  DE

-One of the top players in Michigan, Marshall is a very good athlete who landed his Michigan offer recently. He committed to Ohio but then decommitted after visiting MSU and Michigan. Marshall is expected to make an announcement after his senior season.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Good

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

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Michael Ferns #10, LB

– 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.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

17. LB: 4* Kyle Berger, 6\’3\’\’ 210lbs. Cleveland, OH (St. Ignatius)

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Kyle Berger #39, OLB

-One of the best linebackers in the country and best players in the Midwest and Ohio, Berger is a perfect fit for Michigan. He is a big hitting, smart, technical linebacker that has the ability to be a star in Mattison\’s defense.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Really Good, Top 2 with Ohio

18. CB: 5* Adoree Jackson, 5\’11\’\’ 175lbs. Gardena, California (Junipero Serra)

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Adoree\’ Jackson #21, CB

-Easily one of the best players in the country in 2014, Jackson is a stud corner and true playmaker in all three parts of the game, similar to Charles Woodson. He was shocked when he picked up his Michigan offer and is very interested in the Wolverines. This will be one of the hardest pulls for Hoke, but he said Michigan is very high on his list. Anything is possible.

Highlights

Visit: No, probable visit this summer and official this fall

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Possible

19. CB: 4* Parrker Westphal, 6\’1\’\’ 175lbs. Bolingbrook, IL (Bolingbook HS)

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Parrker Westphal #21, CB

-Another player who the coaching staff seems to be targeting very heavily, Westphal has the perfect size and skill set to fit what Mattison wants in his corners. He has visited several times and seems like a sure fire get for the Wolverines.

Highlights

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Very High

20. S: 3* Montae Nicholson, 6\’3\’\’ 200lbs. Monroeville, PA (Gateway HS)

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Montae Nicholson, S

-Michigan has had him on campus multiple times and he really seems to be growing a bond with the coaches. Nicholson is a playmaking safety that the staff seems to love.

Highlights

Visit: Yes, camped in 2012

Michigan\’s Chances: Good

And that is another Top 5 class for Brady Hoke and staff.