Updated November 8th: Michigan just picked up AA Pioneer RB Drake Johnson to make it 24 for the class of 2012. This makes some tough decisions on the rest of the class. Will be very interesting. Expect to see only elite prospects to fill out the final 4 spots available. Also, I think o-line prospects may be out of it with 5 already committed and AJ Williams having the size and skill to play on the line if necessary.
1.RB: 5* Brionte Dunn, 6\’1\’\’ 215lbs. Canton, OH. (GlenOak HS)
– Offered and is a O$U recruit. But with all their problems, there is a great chance that after they get hit with penalties, he will de-commit. Even better though, is that his cousin (2013 RB Dymonte Thomas) committed to Michigan after the ND game and has said that he expects Brionte to go Blue now. Dunn highlights.
2.RB/ATH: 2* Drake Johnson, 6\’1\’\’ 205lbs. Ann Arbor, MI (Ann Arbor Pioneer HS)
– COMMITTED. A speedy athlete that is great out of the backfield. He is so good at pass catching and in the open field that it is rumored that he could be moved to slot receiver/return man. DJ Highlights.
3.FB: 3* Sione Houma, 6\’1\’\’ 215lbs. Salt Lake City, UT (Highland HS)
– COMMITTED. Battering ram of a back, will run you over and take it to the house. Hoke is bringing back the power running, so a fullback was necessary. Houma Highlights
4.WR: 4* Jordan Payton, 6\’2\’\’ 205 lbs. Westlake Village, CA (Oaks Christian HS)
–Offered and Uncommitted. A one time USC commit, Payton is one of the premier wide receivers and play makers in the country. Loved his visit to Michigan and named the Wolverines his leader and could commit after he talks to his parents this week. Payton Highlights.
5.WR/ATH: 5* Stephon Diggs, 6\’0\’\’ 185lbs. Olney, MD (Our Lady Good Counsel HS)
– Offered and Uncommitted. Ex-teammate of current Michigan player and starter CB Blake Countess. He has recently put Michigan in his top 5 after they have shown him more love after he started improving his grades. Would be the headliner of the class and a automatic impact player at WR/KR/PR. Diggs Highlights.
6.TE: 4* Devin Funchess, 6\’4\’\’ 205lbs. Farmington Hills, MI (Harrison HS)
– COMMITTED. Big, Playmaking tight end who has the ability to be another superstar player in the Al Borges pro style offense. Funchess highlights.
7.TE 3* Pharaoh Brown, 6\’6\’\’ 220. Lyndhurst, Ohio (Brush HS)
– COMMITTED. Was first recruited as a defensive end, but because of his freakish athleticism he is now coming into Ann Arbor as a Tight End. He is gonna be a match up nightmare at every position. Brown highlights.
8.TE/OT: 3* AJ Williams, 6\’6\’\’ 260lbs. Cincinnati, OH. (Sycamore HS)
– COMMITTED. A huge blocking tight end who will be used more for running the ball or could be moved to offensive tackle if necessary which is now looking more and more likely that he could be doing that with the move of Pharoah Brown from DE to TE.
9.OT/OG: 5* Kyle Kalis, 6\’5\’\’ 305lbs. Lakewood, OH. (St. Edwards HS)
– COMMITTED. After he officially de-committed from the buckeyes and is visiting Michigan he was seen to be a Michigan lean, especially with his bestfriend DE Tom Strobel already in the class. This is an amazing pick up for this class, Kalis is a mauler and road grader that has a mean streak. AMAZING pick up. Kalis highlights.
10.OT/OG: 4* Blake Bars, 6\’5\’\’ 275lbs. Nashville, TN. (Montgomery Bell Academy)
– COMMITTED. This is a great pick up for Michigan, especially since he was offered by big name programs like LSU, Penn State, Florida and many more. Also this was big because his older brother plays at Penn State and his Dad is a former ND linebacker, so Michigan was behind from the start. Bars highlights.
11.OT: 4* Erik Magnuson, 6\’6\’\’ 275lbs. Encinitas, CA (La Costa Canyon HS)
– COMMITTED. This was a huge pickup, Mags is a great offensive tackle prospect and with his size and ability he has the chance to play either right or left tackle. Magnuson highlights.
12.OT: 3* Ben Braden, 6\’7\’\’ 300lbs. Rockford, MI (Rockford HS)
– COMMITTED. More of a project pick up, Braden has the size for Hoke and his staff to try and develop him into a good depth player.
13.OG/C: 3* Caleb Stacey, 6\’4\’\’ 280lbs. Cincinnati, Ohio (Oak Hills HS)
– COMMITTED. Another good pick up, and the only legitimate interior offensive lineman committed in this class.
14.NT/DT: 4* Ondre Pipkins, 6\’3\’\’ 320lbs. Kansas City, MO (Park Hill HS)
– COMMITTED. Finally landed the big man. Pipkins commitment was released and he will be a Wolverine. Expect BIG BIG things from this kid. Pipkins highlight.
15.DT/DE: 3* Matt Godin, 6\’6\’\’ 265. Novi, MI (Catholic Central HS)
– COMMITTED. Brought in to be a strongside defensive end, but he has the size and frame to put on the weight and muscle to become a disruptive DT/DE like Van Bergen. Godin highlights.
16.DE: 4* Chris Wormley, 6\’5\’\’ 250. Toledo, Ohio (Whitmer HS)
– COMMITTED. One of the top players in Ohio and easily one of the top prospects to both the Michigan coaching staff and Michigan fan base. Has that \”it\” factor be a another great Wolverine defensive lineman. Wormley highlights.
17.DE: 4* Tom Strobel, 6\’6\’\’ 245. Mentor, Ohio (Mentor HS)
– COMMITTED. An amazing pick up, and force to be reckoned with. Strobel will be a great player under Mattison and Hoke. Strobel highlights.
18.OLB/DE: 4* Mario Ojemudia, 6\’2\’\’ 220. Farmington Hills, MI (Harrison HS)
–COMMITTED. A perfect outside rush linebacker for Mattison to work with if he does in fact use a mix of the 34 defense along with the 43 defense. He reminds me of Baltimore LB Sergio Kindle. Ojemudia highlights.
19.OLB: 4* Kaleb Ringer, 6\’1\’\’ 225. Clayton, Ohio (Northmont HS)
–COMMITTED. Another great linebacker that has the size to be a tackling machine in college, especially with the coaching of Hoke and Company. Ringer highlights.
20.LB: 4* Joe Bolden, 6\’3\’\’ 230. Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain HS)
–COMMITTED. Bolden is a instinctive field general that could be the leader and coach on the field. Plus he has the tools to be a great linebacker. Bolden highlights.
21.LB: 4* James Ross, 6\’1\’\’ 215. Orchard Lake, MI (St. Marys HS)
–COMMITTED. One of the best linebackers in the country and top players in the state of Michigan, which was why he was an even bigger get for the Wolverines. Could be a absolute stud and superstar. Ross highlights.
22.LB: 4* Royce Jenkins-Stone, 6\’2\’\’ 215. Detroit, MI (Cass Tech HS)
–COMMITTED. Has that ability and instincts to be a first round NFL draftee, and really leave his legacy at Michigan as one of the best linebackers to wear the winged helmet. RJS highlights.
23.CB: 4* Yuri Wright, 6\’2\’\’ 180lbs Ramsey, NJ (Don Bosco HS)
–Uncommitted and Offered. One of the best corners in the nation. He would be a great pick up and listen up……Yuri is a HUGE Michigan fan! In a new video, he said how Michigan was his top team and how much he loves the school, the team and the coaching staff. Could Go Blue when he visits on Nov 25th! Wright Highlights.
24.CB: 4* Terry Richardson, 5\’10\’\’ 165lbs Detroit, MI (Cass Tech HS)
–COMMITTED. Another member of the fab freshmen class, T-Rich has the playmaking ability to change the outcome of any game. Richardson highlights.
25.CB: 3* Anthony Standifer, 6\’1\’\’ 180lbs Crete, IL (Crete-Monee HS)
–COMMITTED. Standifer has the chance to be a stud after most likely a red shirt year, especially with his size, play making ability and closing speed. Standifer highlights.
26.FS: 4* Jarrod Wilson, 6\’2\’\’ 190lbs Akron, Ohio (Buchtel HS)
– COMMITTED. Another play maker in the secondary, Wilson could have the chance to come in right away and compete for a starting job.This is a great pick up for Hoke and the Wolverines. Wilson highlights.
27.FS: 3* Jeremy Clark, 6\’4\’\’ 195lbs Madisonville, KY (Madisonville North Hopkins HS)
– COMMITTED. Now a scholarship player for this class after switching from his grayshirt. He is a play making free safety. Could be a impact player a couple years down the road after gaining experience and strength. Clark Highlights.
28.SS/WR. 3* Allen Gant, 6\’2\’\’ 205. Sylvania, Ohio (Southview HS)
–COMMITTED. A legacy Michigan player, his father was a defensive back for the maize and blue and now his son will have a chance to follow in his footsteps. Gant highlights.
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