Best Guess Recruiting Class Team 136: February 25th

Updated: February 26th

1. QB: 3* Kyle Kearns, 6\’3\’\’ 195lbs. Pleasonton, CA (Foothills HS)

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Kyle Kearns #8, QB

– Michigan has plenty of targets in the 2015 class but none of the top targets seem to be biting. This is thanks to a bad 2013 season and two straight years of good QB recruiting. However, if there is one player that is interested and a true talent, it is Kearns. He is big, has a strong arm and is a leader. I think he will be the QB in this class.

Offer: No

Visit: No

Michigan\’s Chances: Extremely Good, if offered

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Other options: Jarrett Stidham, Blake Barnett, Brandon Wimbush, Kevin Dillman 

2. RB: 5* Damien Harris, 5\’11\’\’ 195lbs. Berea, KY (Madison Southern HS)

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Damien Harris #34, RB

-Possibly the #1 running back in the class and one of the top players in the country, Harris grew up a huge Michigan fan and now is living the dream of being committed there. He is just bigger, faster, and stronger than his competition and has an Arien Foster running style. There is a good chance he re-commits sooner or later.

ESPN 300 Rating: #17 Overall, #1 RB

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good, Top School (former commit)

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3. RB: 4* Mike Weber, 5\’10\’\’ 205lbs. Detroit, MI (Cass Tech HS)

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Mike Weber #25, RB

– One of the best players in Michigan and the Midwest, Weber is a powerful running back from Detroit\’s top high school program. He was very high on the Wolverines until they landed Harris and slowed down their pursuit. However, Coach Nuss has made Weber a priority again. It looks like they want two RBs in this class and Harris and Weber would be among the best duo\’s in the nation.

ESPN 300 Rating: 226th Overall, #20 RB

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

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4. WR: 4* Brian Cole, 6\’2\’\’ 190lbs. Saginaw, MI (Heritage HS)

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Brian Cole #1, WR

-One of the top players in Michigan, Cole is a big play receiver that can stretch the field and go across the middle. He is starting to receive a ton interest from Michigan and is a top recruit in the class. It looks like it could be a Michigan-Michigan State battle.

ESPN 300 Ranking: #105 overall, #9 WR 

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes, Camper

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

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Other options: Christian Kirk, CJ Sanders, David Dowell, Juval Mollette

6. TE: 4* Tyrone Wheatley Jr., 6\’6\’\’ 235lbs. Manlius, NY (Fayetteville-Manlius HS)

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Tyrone Wheatley Jr #9, TE

-Son of former Michigan star running back, Tyrone Wheatley, TJ (as he is referred too) is one of the most physically gifted players in the 2015 class. He can dominate at both tight end and defensive end, and Michigan sees him playing either side of the ball. With his Dad in his ear, the Wolverines have a great chance.

ESPN 300 Ranking: #188 overall, #6 TE 

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

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Other Options: Cole Chewins, CJ Conrad, Hale Hentges, Chris Clark 

7. OL: 3* Jon Runyan Jr., 6\’4\’\’ 250lbs. Philadelphia, PA (St Joseph HS)

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Jon Runyan Jr. #75, OT

-The son of former Wolverine great, Jon Runyan, Jr is a talented youngster that is still growing. He landed his offer after a very good showing at the 2013 summer camp and committed soon after. He could grow into an All-Big Ten talent like his father.

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes, Camper

Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

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8. OT: 4* Sterling Jenkins, 6\’8\’\’ 305lbs. Pittsburgh, PA (Baldwin HS)

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Sterling Jenkins, OT

– One of the best offensive tackles in the country, Jenkins is a monster of a man and has already been offered, and has real interest in Michigan. It also helps that the Wolverines are in need of tackles and have made a very good impression on him.

ESPN 300 Ranking: #71 Overall, #5 OT 

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

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Other options: Jake Fruhmorgen, Matthew Burrell, Garrett Thomas

9. OT: 4* Grant Newsome, 6\’7\’\’ 280lbs. Mclean, VA (The Lawrenceville School)

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Grant Newsome #72, OT

– After being offered by Michigan, Newsome has blown up in the recruiting world. Landing offers from most of the top programs in the country, including Alabama, LSU, Miami, and O$U. However, there is a good feeling that he is leaning heavily towards the Wolverines. With the staff looking to take three guys, his big, physical, nasty style would fit in perfectly.

Offer: Yes

Visit: No

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

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Other options: Jake Fruhmorgen, Matthew Burrell, Garrett Thomas

10. DE: 5* Keisean Lucier-Smith, 6\’4\’\’ 220lbs. Orange, CA (Lutheran HS)

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Keisean Lucier-Smith #16, DE

– One of the best players in the class, KLS is an explosive pass rusher that has admitted his admiration for the Maize and Blue. The coaches have been picking up their interest with him and have finally offered. He hasn\’t put out a top list but many believe Michigan is definitely in the top group.

ESPN 300 Ranking: 65th Overall, #9 DE 

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Very, Very Good

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Other Options: Jashon Cornell, Josh Sweat, Jalen Dalton

11. DT: 4* Hjalte Froholdt, 6\’5\’\’ 265lbs. Warren, OH (Warren G Harding HS)

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Hjalte Froholdt #87, DT

– After losing Froholdt to Arkansas, Michigan may have life again. Froholdt\’s main recruiter, defensive coordinator and defensive line coach have all left Arkansas, so it is thought that he may open things back up and the Wolverines were the thought favorite before his decision. So, it looks like he\’s a possibility when he comes back overseas.

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Extremely Good (if he de-commits)

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Other Options: Darian Roseboro, Joshua Alabi, Tim Settle, Anthony Rush, Elijah Daniel

12. LB: 4* Tyriq Thompson, 6\’1\’\’ 220lbs. Detroit, MI (King HS)

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Tyriq Thompson #17, LB

– As a legacy Wolverine, Thompson grew up watching the Wolverines. He has talked about how much he likes them but has said the fact that his dad played for the Maize and Blue would not factor into his decision. However, I think Thompson will end up in Ann Arbor when all things are said and done.

ESPN 300 Ranking:

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

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Other Options: Asmar Bilal, Darrin Kirkland, Joshua McMillan, Jerome Baker, Cassius Peat

13. OLB: 4* Osa Masina, 6\’4\’\’ 215lbs. Salt Lake City, UT (Brighton HS)

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Osa Masina #3, OLB

– Masina is a long, athletic strong side linebacker that has been getting a lot of love from the Michigan coaches and has shown the love back. He put Michigan in his top two with Utah and said that he \”loves Brady Hoke\”. I think after Jake Ryan was injured, the coaches will want to load up the SAM depth in every class. Masina reminds me of Kyle Van Noy of BYU.

ESPN 300 Ranking: #126 Overall, #13 OLB

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good, Top 2

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Other Options: Justin Hilliard, Darrin Kirkland, Joshua McMillan, Jerome Baker, Cassius Peat

14. ILB: 4* Darrin Kirkland Jr., 6\’2\’\’ 228lbs. Indianapolis, IN (Lawrence Central)

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Darrin Kirkland Jr. #34, MLB

– A prototypical middle linebacker, Kirkland is one of the best players in the Midwest and has taken a liking to Michigan. He visited for the MSU game and really enjoyed his time. An offer has yet to be extended but I believe it may come soon, especially with Josh Barajas looking like a lock for Notre Dame. If/when he\’s offered, he already said the Wolverines will be at/near the top.

Offer: No

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good, if offered

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Other Options: Josh Barajas, Joshua McMillan, Jerome Baker, Cassius Peat

15. CB: 4* Shaun Crawford, 5\’10\’\’ 170lbs. Lakewood, OH (St. Edward HS)

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Shaun Crawford #17, CB

-This speedster is one of the best playmakers in the country and happens to go to the same school as 2012 commit, Kyle Kalis. He is a tackling machine at the cornerback position and will fit into the Mattison defense perfectly.

ESPN 300 Ranking: #74 Overall, #7 ATH

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

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16. CB: 4* Garrett Taylor, 6\’1\’\’ 187lbs. Richmond, VA (St. Christophers)

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Garrett Taylor #11, CB

ESPN 300 Ranking: #73 Overall, #7 CB

Offer: Yes

Visit: Not Yet

Michigan\’s Chances: Good

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Other Options: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Iman Marshall, Stanley Norman, John Reid, Marcus Lewis

17. S: 4* Tyree Kinnel, 6\’0\’\’ 185lbs. Huber Heights, OH (Wayne HS)

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Tyree Kinnel #2, S

– Another camper at the 2013 summer camp, Kinnel is rising fast on the recruiting boards. He is a very instinctive and athletic ball hawk that Mattison seems to love. Look out for him now that he has an offer. Im a really big fan of this kid already. With weight training, he could be a star.

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes, Camper

Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

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18. K: 3* Andrew David, 5\’8\’\’ 170lbs. Massilon, OH (Washington HS)

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Andrew David, K

– The member of the Chris Sailer Kicking Academy is one of the top kickers in the country and landed an offer after his great showing in front of the coaching staff. He didn\’t wait long to become the first commitment of Team 136.

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED