Best Guess Recruiting Class Team 135: July 17th

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1. QB: 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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Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

2. 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 finally received his offer and didn\’t take too long to commit. He has the ability to be a big time threat in Ann Arbor, and some scouts have compared him to a young Braylon Edwards.

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Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

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

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Drake Harris #1, WR (via MLive.com)

-The best offensive player in Michigan and one of the best WRs in the country, Harris is the latest and, possibly, most important commit. He is the big, fast, athletic receiver that can stretch the field and be a go-to target that Michigan coaches and fans have been craving for years. Stealing him from MSU and O$U makes it even sweeter.

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Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

4. WR: 4* Freddy Canteen, 6\’1\’\’ 170lbs. Elkton, MD (Eastern Christian Academy)

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Freddy Canteen #19, WR

– After competing at the 2013 Michigan summer camp, the electric slot receiver landed the offer has been waiting for when Brady Hoke gave him the chance to play for the Wolverines. After a week of thinking about it, Canteen knew Michigan was the place for him.

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Visit: Yes, Camped

Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

Other options: KJ WilliamsCorey Holmes

5. 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. He will be a Devin Funchess/miss-match type for his entire career.

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Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

6. 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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Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

7. 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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Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

8. NT: 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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Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

9. DT/SSDE: 4* Malik McDowell, 6\’6\’\’ 300lbs. Detroit, MI (Loyola HS)

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Malik McDowell #67, DE

-The best defensive 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. He has visited many times and it seems like Michigan is in front with Notre Dame.

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Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: 65%

Other option: Andrew WilliamsGarrett DickersonMyles GarrettGelen Robinson

10. 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. He released his top 3 of Michigan, Alabama, and Florida. With former favorite Virginia Tech out, it looks to just about everyone that the Wolverines are the odds on favorite to land the top prospect.

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Visit: Fall Official and Possible BBQ at the Big House

Michigan\’s Chances: 80%

Other option: Andrew WilliamsGarrett DickersonMyles GarrettGelen Robinson

11. 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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Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

12. MLB: 4* 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. He is already one of the main leaders of the 2014 class, trying to bring in the top talent in the country.

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Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

13. 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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Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

14. OLB: 4* 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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Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

15. LB: 4* Dwight Williams, 6\’1\’\’ Gardener, CA (Junipero Serra HS)

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Dwight Williams #7, LB (via MaxPreps.com)

– A physical, instinctive athlete that reminds me of a young Ray Lewis but with more speed (4.6 forty), which defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will be able to use during his recruiting pitch. If Mattison sells him, the chances of him choosing Michigan will jump significally. He is also teammates with top target CB Adoree Jackson. The two would be an amazing get for this class.

The Opening

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Visit: Big House BBQ and ND Game

Michigan\’s Chances: 20%

Other options: Drew TranquillJimmie SwainRichard Yeargin IIIDarrion Owens

16. 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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Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

17. 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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Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

18. CB: 5* Adoree Jackson, 5\’10\’\’ 172lbs. Gardena, CA (Junipero Serra HS)

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Adoree Jackson #21, CB (LoveOTheGame.com)

– The #2 corner in the country and top 10 player has become a focal point for the Michigan commitments. He is a superstar talent that could become an All-American pairing with Jabrill Peppers. He now has Michigan near the top of his list and is planning on visiting this summer for the BBQ and this fall for the ND game. If they land him, it will be because of the coaching staff and Track team/coaches.

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Visit: Not yet, Summer or Fall

Michigan\’s Chances: 25%

Other options: Parrker Westphal

19. S: 4* Montae Nicholson, 6\’3\’\’ 200lbs. Monroeville, PA (Gateway HS)

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Montae Nicholson #6

-One of the first offers in the 2014 class, Nicholson camped at Michigan and really proved himself to the Michigan coaches. News around him has been pretty quite as of late but I think the Wolverines want to bring in multiple safeties and he is a top target. However, he might look elsewhere if another safety commits before him.

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Visit: Yes, BBQ at the Big House

Michigan\’s Chances: 35%

Other Options: Juju Smith, Erick Smith