Best Guess Recruiting Class: Team 136

Starting off with:

1. QB: 5* Josh Rosen, 6\’4\’\’ 205lbs. Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco)

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– The #1 QB in the class, according to ESPN, Rosen was the first QB offered by Michigan and is their #1 target. He has one of the best arms I\’ve ever seen on a high school quarterback and is already built like a college player. He is smart, both on and off the field (parents are Ivy league alums), which gives the Wolverines a great chance. There is mutual interest. The only thing working against Michigan is the cold weather.

ESPN 300 Ranking: 16th Overall, #1 QB

Offer: Yes

Visit: In The Works

Michigan\’s Chances: Decent, will likely improve after a visit

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Other options: Jarrett Stidham, Kyle Kearns, Alex Malzone, 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 is the only running back in this class.

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/ATH: 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. We\’ll see how big of a difference Nussmeier makes.

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

5. TE: 3* Chris Clark, 6\’6\’\’ 247lbs. Avon, CT (Avon HS)

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Chris Clark #8, TE

– A sleeper of a recruit early on, Clark is starting to get a ton of attention and will likely get a bump up in rating across the board. After watching his tapes, he reminds me a lot of Greg Olsen. When he received his Michigan, he was pumped and admitted that the Wolverines were one of his dream schools.

Offer: Yes

Visit: No

Michigan\’s Chances: Very good

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

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

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Tyrone Wheatley Jr. #9, TE/DE

-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

7. OT: 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, BBQ

Michigan\’s Chances: Good

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Other options: Jake Fruhmorgen, Chuma Edoga, Matthew Burrell

9. 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 an offer may be on the horizon. If so, Michigan could jump to the top of his 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

10. DT/NT: 4* Elijah Taylor, 6\’3\’\’ 275lbs. Cincinnati, OH (Archbishop Moeller)

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– One of the best interior defensive lineman in the Midwest, Taylor would be a perfect fit in the Michigan defense. He has the size and explosion of similar impact Wolverine DTs. It may be a tough pull since they have yet to offer and he likes ND, but I think Michigan would be in the top tier if they were to offer.

Offer: No

Visit: No

Michigan\’s Chances: Good, if offered

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Other Options: Joshua Alabi, Tim Settle, Anthony Rush, Hjalte Froholdt

11. SSDE: 3* Charles Omenihu, 6\’5\’\’ 220lbs. Rowlett, TX (Rowlett HS)

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– The only defensive end that Michigan is recruiting in Texas, Omenihu has great length and athleticism, but very raw. He is listed as a weak side defensive end but I think he has the frame to add weight and become dominant on the strong side. The coaches have shown a lot of interest and if they offer, the Wolverines could be at the top of the list.

Offer: No

Visit: No

Michigan\’s Chances: Very good, if offered

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12. OLB: 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: Cameron Smith, Darrin Kirkland, Joshua McMillan, Jerome Baker, Cassius Peat

13. WILL: 5* Justin Hillard, 6\’2\’\’ 225lbs. Cincinnati, OH (St. Xavier HS)

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Justin Hilliard #47, LB

– Seen as one of the best players in Ohio and the Midwest, Hilliard is a physically gifted, smart linebacker that can cover with the best of them. He was offered after his showing at the 2013 summer camp and could be a great get for Michigan.

ESPN 300 Ranking: #34 Overall, #2 OLB

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes, Camper

Michigan\’s Chances: Good

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Other Options: Cameron Smith, Darrin Kirkland, Joshua McMillan, Jerome Baker, Cassius Peat

14. SAM: 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: Cameron Smith, Darrin Kirkland, Joshua McMillan, Jerome Baker, Cassius Peat

15. CB: 4* Shaun Crawford, 5\’9\’\’ 165lbs. 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: #73 Overall, #7 CB

Offer: Yes

Visit: Yes

Michigan\’s Chances: COMMITTED

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16. CB: 5* Minkah Fitzpatrick, 6\’0\’\’ 180lbs. Jersey City, NJ (St. Peters Prep)

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Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB

– One of the best players and athletes in the 2015 class, Fitzpatrick is a long DB that can cover with the best of them. He reminds me of top 2014 CB Jalen Tabor. As for Michigan, they just offered him and look to stand a good chance thanks to his close relationship with Jabrill Peppers. The two have mentioned playing together in college. Hopefully he visits while Jabrill is on campus.

ESPN 300 Ranking: 29th Overall, #3 CB

Offer: Yes

Visit: Not Yet

Michigan\’s Chances: Good

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Other Options: Iman Marshall, Stanley Norman, John Reid, Kei Beckham, Jordan Whitehead 

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