Team 137 Best Guess Recruiting Class: August 18th

As the Michigan football program goes into their submarine, the staffs recruiting efforts have dropped off as well (which is very normal around camp). Because of that, information has been tough to come by over the last week but luckily they held one of their biggest recruiting events on August 2nd in The BBQ at the Big House which brought the latest commitment in CB Sir Patrick Scott as well as pushed them to the front for several other targets.

But how much will it help in 2016? It’s more of a wait and see because of the ratio of 2016 commitments vs targets that were in attendance but it has definitely given them a better shot at two of the top in-state targets in the class in WR Donnie Corley and CB Lavert Hill.

Enough talking, here is my latest edition of the Team 137 Best Guess Recruiting Class:

1. QB: Brandon Peters, 6’5” 205lbs. Avon, IN (Avon)

(via Avon High School/Freep.com)

– After a fantastic visit for the Spring Game, Peters pulled the trigger and became Harbaugh’s first commitment for 2016. He has the size, smarts and arm to be a very good player under Harbaugh, and when you watch his tape, he reminds me a ton of Harbaugh’s #1 pupil, Andrew Luck, in terms of athleticism, accuracy, release and ability to make plays under pressure. And I wasn’t alone in that comparison, as Harbaugh told him the same. Expect him to come in and compete right away for the starting job.

  • Commitment Date: April 4th, 2015
  • Story
  • First on List: March 2015
  • Highlights

2. RB: Kingston Davis, 6’1” 225lbs. Prattville, AL (Prattville) 

(via Albert Cesare/ Montgomery Advertiser)

– Davis isn’t highly rated and only held offers from three other Power 5 conference teams so once Michigan offered him and landed his teammate and good friend Keith Washington (2015 CB signee), the Wolverines looked like the favorite. Add in a wonderful visit for the spring game and Michigan has it’s 1st running back of the 2016 class. And yes, he will be a running back in college.

  • Commitment Date: April 6th, 2015
  • Story
  • First on List: April 2015
  • Highlights

3. RB: Matt Falcon, 6’1″ 215lbs. Southfield, MI (Southfield)

(via Brian Quintos/The D Zone)

– Falcon is the top running back in the state and, until Harbaugh came calling, looked like he was going to leave the state. But with the Michigan offer in hand and the relationship built, he didn’t waste too much time and committed to the Wolverines after his spring game visit. Look for him to become the leader of the in-state recruiting moving forward.

  • Commitment Date: April 8th, 2015
  • Story
  • First on List: September 2014
  • Highlights

4. WR: Brad Hawkins, 6’2” 200lbs. Camden, NJ (Camden) 

(via NJ.com)

– Hawkins is one of the premier receivers in the country and has the size and athleticism they’re looking for, and reminds me a bit of former Wolverine WR Marquise Walker. He decided to pull the trigger and join the Michigan class just a week after his teammate, DE Ron Johnson, joined the class.

5. WR: Ahmir Mitchell, 6’3” 206lbs. Egg Harbor City, NJ (Cedar Creek)

(via Sharon Stabley/pressofatlanticcity.com)

(via Sharon Stabley/pressofatlanticcity.com)

– Out of all of the uncommitted names on the list, Mitchell is the most likely to drop next. He has visited Ann Arbor multiple times over the past couple months and has been feeling the love from the Michigan coaching staff. Though he continues to go back and forth between UofM and Ohio State, there are several reports out there, including one from Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz ($), that OSU’s offer is not committable at the moment because of other WR targets. Though even if it were, it still looks like Michigan is the team to beat and the school he’ll choose when he makes his decision in the not-so-distant future.

  • Offer: Yes 
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Excellent
  • Decision Date: Soon
  • First on List: September 2014
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Donnie Corley, Jack Jones, Donald Stewart, Dylan Crawford

6. TE: Sean McKeon, 6’5” 227lbs. Dudley, MA (Shepard Hill) 

hudl.com/athlete/2167128/sean-mckeon

– McKeon is an old school tight end that can make plays as both a pass catcher and run blocker. He is underrated at the moment but thanks to his commitment to Michigan, most analysts have given his tape a closer look and it looks like he should be rising up the rankings this fall.

7. TE: Naseir Upshur, 6’3” 235lbs. Philadelphia, PA (Imhotep Institute)

(via Rick O'Brien/Philly.com)

(via Rick O’Brien/Philly.com)

– The Philly product went from a near lock to be in the class to a toss up after Florida State turned all of their attention to him once Isaac Nauta decommitted. While things are starting to sway towards the Seminoles at the moment, the safe bet still looks to be Michigan. Upshur is very close with the coaching staff, very close with several of the commitments/top targets and was very close to committing this summer. If the Wolverines get off to a hot start with Jake Butt showing what he can do, that just may seal the deal.

  • Offer: Yes 
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • Decision Date: TBD
  • First on List: March 2014
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Isaac Nauta, Jacob Mathis, Chris Ellington 

8. OT: Erik Swenson, 6’7” 285lbs. Downers Grove, IL (Downers Grove South)

(via 247sports.com)

– The first commitment of the class is a life long Michigan fan and will have the chance to not only don the Maize and Blue, but become a star on the offensive line. Swenson has all of the characteristics of the elite offensive tackles Michigan has produced over the last 20+ years.

  • Commitment Date: 11/25/2013
  • Story
  • First on List: January 2014
  • Highlights

9. OT: Devery Hamilton, 6’7” 290lbs. Baltimore, MD (Gilman) 

(via scout.com)

– Hamilton is a big time get for the staff. Though he’s a big raw (thanks to playing both defensive end and tackle in high school), he has that size and athleticism combo that gives him the look of a future standout. As for his exact position, he could play either side of the line but I like him at left tackle.

10. OL: Ben Bredeson, 6’5” 275lbs. Hartland, WI (Arrowhead HS)

(via Russ Pulvermacher/waukeshanow)

– Bredeson is the top offensive line target on several team’s boards, including Michigan’s. He has the elite skill and size to be a star at just about any spot on the line. With the familiarity he has with the program thanks to the previous staff, as well as his brother joining the 2015 Michigan baseball recruiting class, he decided to join the Wolverines recruiting class as, arguably, their biggest offensive addition.

11. OG: Michael Onwenu, 6’4” 370lbs. Detroit, MI (Cass Tech)

(via Canesight.com)

– Onwenu is a monster lineman that has the size and athleticism to be a dominant player on either side of the ball. However, Michigan sold him on being an offensive guard and the opportunity he’ll have to be a pillar in the teams future power running offense.

  • Commitment Date: June 3rd, 2015
  • Story
  • First on List: March 2014
  • Highlights

12. OG: Terrance Davis, 6’4” 315lbs. Hyattsville, MD (DeMatha)

(via hudl.com)

(via hudl.com)

– Davis was another top target that looked destined to be apart of the 2016 class earlier this summer, with several people thinking that he was silently committed to the Wolverines. However, after taking some trips down to SEC country and his in-state Terps coming on strong, his recruitment has slowed down. Though with Michigan looking to have his final official visit, if the spot is still available, it may not be too long after his visit to see the Wolverines take on the Buckeyes when he decides to pull the trigger on a commitment.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • First on List: April 2015 
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Jean Delance, JohnCarlo Valentin, Landon Dickerson

13. DT: Rashan Gary, 6’4” 280lbs. Scott Plains, NJ (Paramus Catholic)

(via Steve Hockstein | For NJ Advance Media)

(via Steve Hockstein | For NJ Advance Media)

– For the first time in a long time, adding Gary to the list is a bit of a toss up for me. After his multiple visits to SEC country, the chances of him ending up at Michigan have dropped off a bit thanks to a big push from Auburn. Several analysts are starting to believe he’s likely to go elsewhere but with so much time left in his recruitment, Harbaugh yet to coach a game this season, plenty of familiarity with the commitments/top targets on the board, and the educational differences, I still believe he ends up in the Maize and Blue on National Signing Day.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • Decision Date: TBD
  • First on List: August 2014
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Chris Daniels, Jordan Elliott, Michael Dwumfour, Keyshawn Camp 

14. DLRashad Weaver, 6’5” 245lbs. Cooper City, FL (Cooper City)

(via freep.com/per Rashad Weaver)

Rashad Weaver. (via freep.com/per Rashad Weaver)

– Weaver is a big, athletic end that has the size and ability to play either tight end or defensive end at the next level. And while most analysts believed he was being targeted for the offensive side of the ball, he let me know that the staff likes him purely as an athlete but I believe he’ll end up on the defensive line as an end/tackle, similar to former Oregon Duck DL Arik Armstead.

15. DE: Ron Johnson, 6’4” 240lbs. Camden, NJ (Camden) 

(via 247Sports.com)

– Johnson is a big, physical lineman that has the size and power to play the strong side or even on the inside during passing plays and the athleticism to play the weakside. That versatility was a question mark for awhile but it’s why he is a nice fit in Michigan’s defense as Durkin can move him all over to create matchup problems.

16. DE/OLB: Carlo Kemp, 6’3” 255lbs. Boulder, CO (Fairview)

(via Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)

(via Karl Gehring, The Denver Post)

– The newest name to this month’s BGRC looks to be one of the most sure bets to land in the class (out of the non-committed names on the list). Kemp was not a very followed name from fans up until his visit at the start of the month but after speaking with a source very close to the situation, I believe it’s just a matter of time before he joins the class.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Excellent
  • Decision Date: TBD
  • First on List: Now
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Caleb Kelly, Connor Murphy, Xavier Kelly 

17. LB: Devin Bush Jr, 6’1” 220lbs. Hollywood, FL (Flanagan) 

(Devin Bush Jr/Oregon Live)

(Devin Bush Jr/Oregon Live)

– Bush Jr is one of the top players on the board and it just looks like a matter of time before his pulls the trigger for Michigan. I’ve been hearing and reading rumblings of his commitment/silent commitment for awhile now so I would actually be shocked if he chose FSU or anyone else when he makes his decision in mid-August (per 247Sports’ Josh Newberg).

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • Decision Date: Mid-August
  • First on List: June 2015
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Dele Harding, Jonathan Jones, Caleb Kelly, Dontavious Jackson 

18. LB: David Reese, 6’2” 235lbs. Farmington, MI (Farmington) 

(via Hudl.com)

(via Hudl.com)

– Reese is a physical, aggressive player that will play with a chip on his shoulder. And that will likely be what makes him a very good player at Michigan after so many questions surrounding him having to move to full back once he gets to college. Those rumors were the reason many believed a decommitment was possible. But give credit to the staff for reassuring the Farmington star that he will play linebacker when he (likely) enrolls early this winter.

19. LB: Dytarious Johnson, 6’1” 215lbs. Prattville, AL (Prattville)

(via hudl.com/athlete/3344048/dytarious-johnson)

– Johnson is a hard nosed linebacker that has the athleticism and speed to make plays from sideline to sideline. While he may not be the highest rated player in the class, he has all the makings of a very good college player thanks to his instincts and athleticism.

20. CB: Antwaine Richardson, 6’0” 170lbs. Delray Beach, FL (Atlantic) 

http://prepbuilders.com/

-Richardson is a long, athletic, play making corner that has the ability to match up with top receivers on opposing teams and win the jump ball. That is a big reason why the staff felt like he was needed in this class, as well as the fact that he participated and earned his offer at the satellite camp while playing with a torn ACL. That toughness is exactly what Harbaugh wants on this roster.

21. CB: Sir Patrick Scott, 6’1” 175lbs. Upper Marlboro, MD (Riverdale Baptist) 

(via Scout.com)

– Scott not only has, arguably the best name in the class and in program history, but also happens to be a great fit in Durkin’s defense. He is a big, long corner that has the perfect build, length and ability to jam at the line to be a play the press, and it’s what the staff saw when he made his way to Ann Arbor for the BBQ. Once they got to know him even better and see him up close, his recruitment was over.

22. CB: Lavert Hill, 5’10” 170lbs. Detroit, MI (King) 

(via @LemmingReport/Twitter)

(via @LemmingReport/Twitter)

– Hill is a very familiar name for Michigan recruiting fans as one of the top players in the state and brothers of current Wolverines player Delano Hill. And after a nice hiatus of staying off the list thanks to his commitment to Penn State, all signs are pointing to him flipping and joining his big bro in Ann Arbor even though he continues to say he’s “100% committed” to the Nittany Lions. It’s not known exactly when a decision could happen (if it does), so stay tuned.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Committed to Penn State (Very Good)
  • Decision Date: TBD
  • First on List: January 2014
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Lamar Jackson, Tony Butler, Chris Brown, David Long 

23. S: Josh Metellus, 6’0” 185lbs. Hollywood, FL (Flanagan) 

@SleeperAthletes

– Metellus is a hardhitting safety out of Flanagan HS that landed his offer from the staff after a standout performance at the Miami satellite camp. Thanks to that offer, he quickly joined his teammates on a visit to Ann Arbor and had such a great time that he decommitted from Georgia Southern while on the trip and joined the Wolverines’ class just days later.

24. S: Devin Gil, 6’1” 205lbs. Hollywood, FL (Flanagan) 

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3537545/devin-gil

– Gil had been committed to Miami since January but within the first 12 hours of being on Michigan’s campus, he decided to decommit. After that decision, everyone saw the next move coming as he committed to Harbaugh and the Wolverines right after teammate and DB partner Josh Metellus jumped on board.

25. ATH: Kiante Enis, 6’1” 200lbs. Winchester, IN (Winchester)

(via Joshua Smith Richmond Palladium-Item)

– Enis is one of the latest offers from the staff and looks to be a very realistic 3rd running back/athlete for the class. He has the size and athleticism to contribute right away at multiple positions. And quickly after his performance at the Indianapolis satellite camp, he decided to pull the trigger and join Harbaugh’s first full class.

26. ATH: Chris Evans, 5’11” 186lbs. Indianapolis, IN (Ben Davis)

Doug McSchooler Associated Press

– Evans is that home run hitting threat that the offense and special teams has been missing. However, he may end up at cornerback. It remains to be seen where exactly the staff sees his future but I imagine him seeing time in all three facets of the game while in the Maize and Blue.

27. ATH: Victor Viramontes, 6’2” 220lbs. Norco, CA (Norco) 

via Press Enterprise

Viramontes is a tough, duel-threat quarterback that has the “it” factor you look for in recruits, and showed off that fire and skill in front of the staff during the satellite camp tour. He’s a star quarterback in high school and could stick to QB in college but if he wants to see the field faster, it’ll likely be at halfback, linebacker or safety.

28. ATH: Keyshawn Young, 5’11” 175lbs. Miami, FL (Senior) 

(via Fansided/Miami Herald)

(via Fansided/Miami Herald)

– Michigan is looking to add dynamic players to the roster and Young is one of the more underrated athletes in the country. He has the ability to be a game changer at both wide receiver and cornerback, which is perfect since the staff needs playmakers at both positions. And it looks like they have a real shot at landing the South Florida star. The offer from the Wolverines was huge for “Pie” as he is close friends with the Flanagan trio (Gil, Metellus & Bush Jr) and as already been talking to them about playing together in college. Look out for a decision to be made when he officially visits Ann Arbor this fall though he plans to wait until after taking all of his OVs.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: No
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good to Excellent
  • Decision Date: After Official Visits
  • First on List: July 2015
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Donnie Corley, Jack Jones, LaMar Jackson, Dylan Crawford, Donald Stewart 

*29. CB: Benjamin St-Juste, 6’3” 170lbs. Montreal, Quebec (Cegep du Vieux) 

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1385857/benjamin-st-juste

– Benj Juste, as he’s called, is a long, raw, athletic cornerback that uses his length and strength to bully receivers and blockers in the Great White North. And he put that skill on display at the ExposureU camp in Ann Arbor, which caught the staff’s eye. Quickly after landing his offer, he committed but to which class? After speaking with him, he didn’t know when he’d be joining the Wolverines but all signs point to him reclassifying to the 2017 class.

Projected Class Ranking: 277.37 (per 247Sports)

– With this score, Michigan would have landed the #9 class in the 2015 class. That should get them into the top 10 in 2016, especially after some strong seasons from their top targets and commitments which should see some risers in the rankings.

Just Missed the List:

  1. LB Dele Harding
    • Committed but looking less likely to sign with Michigan.
  2. CB Lamar Jackson
    • If Hill doesn’t flip, Jackson is the #1 candidate to take that spot.
  3. DE Connor Murphy
    • He’ll officially visit this fall and wouldn’t shock me to see a commitment, if a spot is available.
  4. OT Jean Delance
    • According to Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, he’s the #1 OL target.
  5. TE Isaac Nauta
    • Had him in the list with a gut feeling but just couldn’t pull the trigger.
  6. LB Jonathan Jones
    • The longer he holds out, the less likely a spot is available.
  7. WR Donnie Corley
    • Michigan is really helping themselves but I still think he ends up elsewhere.
  8. DT Chris Daniels
    • Recently visited but I don’t believe they’ll take more than one DT.
  9. OL Landon Dickerson
    • The forgotten top OL target, Dickerson will officially visit on Sep 12th and it could sway him.
  10. WR Dylan Crawford
    • Don’t sleep on Crawford. He’s loved Michigan since last summer and could leave the West Coast.