Team 137 Best Guess Recruiting Class: June 15th

Commitments are rolling in at a bit of a ridiculous rate and, though it seems like it would make it easier, it has been very difficult putting together this list. There are a lot of top recruits that are very high on Michigan but there are only so many spots available. And though it’s called the #Fab25, it looks like the staff is planning on bringing in even more. So, I went over by a little bit thanks to “no matter what” takes.

Quick note: There are a lot of linebackers included because the depth chart will be run dry after 2015.

Check out my latest 2016 Best Guess Recruiting Class:

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

– 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) 

– 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)

– 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: Donald Stewart, 6’4” 180lbs. West Orange, NJ (Paramus Catholic)

– Stewart quickly became one of the top targets on the wide receiver board and the most likely addition to the class after receiving his offer from the Michigan staff back in mid-April. Though he did not pull the trigger on his visit at the beginning of the summer, it looks like it’s just a matter of time until he chooses the Wolverines.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Excellent
  • First on List: May 2015
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Dez Fitzpatrick, Simi Fehoko, Tre Nixon, Tren’Davion Dickson, Dyland Crawford, Jack Jones

5. WR: Brad Hawkins, 6’2” 190lbs. Camden, NJ (Camden) 

– Hawkins is one of the premier receivers in the country and looks to be one of the top receivers on the staff’s board. He has the size and athleticism they’re looking for, and they have a very good chance at landing him. He visited with the other top New Jersey targets at the end of March and, according to Go Blue Wolverine’s Sam Webb’s interview with DE Ron Johnson, Hawkins “really liked it” ($). A decision could come at any time, as spots are starting to fill up fast.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • First on List: April 2015
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Dez Fitzpatrick, Simi Fehoko, Tre Nixon, Tren’Davion Dickson, Dyland Crawford, Jack Jones

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

– Mitchell is another New Jersey product that the new staff made a priority. He has elite size and athleticism but is very raw as a receiver. And he has been showing Michigan a ton of love recently, with most believing they are the team to beat. If one of the Jersey WR targets pulls the trigger, all of them might jump.

  • Offer: Yes 
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good to Excellent
  • First on List: September 2014
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Dez Fitzpatrick, Simi Fehoko, Tre Nixon, Tren’Davion Dickson, Dyland Crawford, Jack Jones

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

– Upshur is the most likely tight end on the board to end up in the class thank to his relationship he’s built with Jay Harbaugh. The two have become very close and it looks like it’s paying off as most believe he is favoring the Wolverines. He’s expected to visit later this summer and I wouldn’t rule out a commitment.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • First on List: March 2014
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Isaac Nauta, Sean McKeon, Devin Asiasi, Jacob Mathis, Nick Eubanks

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

– 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: November 25th, 2013
  • Story
  • First on List: January 2014
  • Highlights

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

– 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, things are looking very good for Michigan here. A decision is expected at anytime this summer.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • First on List: April 2014
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Alex Akingbulu, Devery Hamilton, Jean Delance, Michael Eletise, Cole Van Lanen

10. OG: Michael Onwenu, 6’3” 365lbs. Detroit, MI (Cass Tech) 

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Tim Sullivan/TheWolverine

– 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

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

– Davis is one of the top offensive guards in the country and near the top of the board for the staff. He visited for the Spring Game with several members of his family and told me he had a great time. Thanks to the opportunities on and off the field in Ann Arbor, most believe that Michigan now leads for the talented East Coaster. As for a commitment, rumor has it he is the “silent” commit that TMI’s Sam Webb hinted about weeks ago. And it’s not like he’s hiding his love for the Maize and Blue.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Excellent
  • First on List: April 2015 
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Alex Akingbulu, Devery Hamilton, Jean Delance, Michael Eletise, Cole Van Lanen

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

– The #1 player in the country and #1 player on the Michigan recruiting board, Gary is a dominant defensive lineman that has the size and power to play on the inside but also the athleticism and speed to be a pass rusher. He has been targeted by the Wolverines for a long time but it looked like a pipe dream until Harbaugh came on board and hired his high school coach and good family friend, Chris Patridge. The two met back up when Gary visited at the end of March, and from reports, he really liked his visit and could lead for him (per Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz). This will likely be a long recruitment, but look out for him when he visits Ann Arbor again with his mom. It could be a game changer.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • First on List: August 2014
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Chris Daniels, Boss Tagaloa

13. DE: Khalid Kareem, 6’4” 252lbs. Farminton, MI (Harrison) 

– Kareem is one of the top players in the state and one of the most offered defensive ends in the country. While he holds offers from every B1G and was committed to Michigan State for a brief minute, he has become a mainstay in Ann Arbor since the coaching change. Mix that in with his desire to go to a school with great academics, the fact that he’s very good friends with fullback commit David Reese and the emergence of similar prospect Lawrence Marshall, and I believe he ends up in the Maize and Blue when he decides on June 24th.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • First on List: March 2015
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Ron Johnson Jr, Connor Murphy, Rahssan Thornton, Patrick Bethel, Carlo Kemp

14. DE/OLB: Xavier Kelly, 6’5” 255lbs. Wichita, KS (East) 

– Kelly quickly became a top target and a “take no matter what” recruit as he blows up on the recruiting trail. With his father from Detroit and still having family there and Michigan being a big reason in why he decommitted from Kansas State in the first place. His decision may not come for awhile, but like I said, I think he’s a take at any time for the staff.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • First on List: March 2015
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Ron Johnson Jr, Connor Murphy, Rahssan Thornton, Patrick Bethel, Carlo Kemp

15. DE/OLB: Terrell Lucas, 6’3” 225lbs. Miramar, FL (Miramar) 

via @SleeperAthletes

via @SleeperAthletes

– Lucas is an athletic pass rusher that has the ability to make plays in the backfield in both the running and passing game. He has the size and versatility to play at either defensive end or the BUCK linebacker position in Durkin’s defense, which has clearly become a main focus of this recruiting class. The sooner a decision is made, the better chance he has to end up in this class.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: No (Camp)
  • Michigan’s Chances: Excellent
  • First on List: Now
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Ron Johnson Jr, Connor Murphy, Rahssan Thornton, Patrick Bethel, Carlo Kemp

16. OLB: Caleb Kelly, 6’3” 215lbs. Fresno, CA (Clovis West) 

– Kelly is one of the best players in the country and is the #1 player in California, according to Scout. He has the size and athleticism to be a star off the edge and thanks to a great unofficial spring visit, it looks like Michigan has a real shot at landing him. According to Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, Kelly received the red carpet treatment, including an academic tour, hanging with Jabrill Peppers and speaking with John Harbaugh ($). Rumor has it that Michigan and Oklahoma are out front but after learning about a possible departure on the OU staff, I believe UM could quickly be his top team.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • First on List: January 2015
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Ron Johnson Jr, Connor Murphy, Rahssan Thornton, Patrick Bethel, Carlo Kemp

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

– Bush is one of the top targets on the linebacker board and he told 247’s Christopher Stock why Michigan is his leader over the nearby Hurricanes ($). And thanks to the staff making him a #1 target and getting in good with his teammates and family, Michigan looks to be the most likely landing spot (even over his father’s alma mater, Florida State.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • First on List: Now
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Dontavious Jackson, Camilo Eifler

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

– Johnson is a hard nosed linebacker that has the athleticism and speed to make plays from sideline to sideline. Along with LB commit Dele Harding, Michigan has two stout inside backers that have a chance to be vey good in Durkin’s defense. Though some fans are not very high on them at the moment, look out for both Johnson and Harding in the future.

19. LB: Jonathan Jones, 6’2” 220lbs. Orlando, FL (Oak Ridge)

– Jones is another recruit that should skyrocket up the recruiting rankings in the not-so-distant future. He has been dominating every camp he’s attended, including landing an invite to The Opening and being named the Linebacker MVP at both the Orlando Opening Regional camp and the Rivals Speed and Strength Challenge in Orlando. And at both events, he let it be known that Michigan is his leader and has already planned his official visit to Ann Arbor for October 25th and will also be on campus later this month for a visit. I believe a decision will be made during/quickly after.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: No
  • Michigan’s Chances: Excellent
  • First on List: March 2015
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: Dontavious Jackson, Camilo Eifler

20. LB: Dele’ Harding, 6’1” 218lbs. Elkton, MD (Eastern Christian)

– Harding pulled the trigger on his commitment to Michigan right after Coach Hoke was fired, which is very strange but let people know that he is committing to the University and program, not a coach. And he looks to be very solid to his commitment, though there are rumors out there of him looking to take visits.

  • Commitment Date: 10/31/2014
  • Story
  • First on List: January 2014
  • Highlights

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

-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. The cornerback depth chart will be in shambles after 2015, especially corners with enough size to match up with big, tall receivers.

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

– 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 decommitted from Georgia Southern while on the trip. And now it just looks like a matter of time until all three are committed.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Excellent
  • First on List: Now
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: CJ Pollard, Lamar Jackson, Andrew Pryts

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

– Gil had been committed to Miami since January but within the first 12 hours of being on Michigan’s campus, he decided to decommit. While he said he was just looking to open up his options, he told me his visit was going “Great”, so good that he didn’t want to leave. It looks like all 3 Flanagan stars will end up in this class, barring something drastic.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Excellent
  • First on List: Now
  • Highlights
  • Other Options: CJ Pollard, Lamar Jackson, Andrew Pryts

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

(Jesus Jimenez/USATodaySports)

(Jesus Jimenez/USATodaySports)

– 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.

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

– 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.

26. ATH: David Reese, 6’1” 235lbs. Farmington, MI (Farmington) 

– Reese is a physical, aggressive, hard nosed player that will actually be moving to the offensive side of the ball for good in Ann Arbor. According to multiple reports, he’ll start off at linebacker but will also see time at fullback, and that’s where I believe he’ll end up. He plays with great passion and I believe he could be a future team captain.

27. ATH: Rashad Weaver, 6’5” 245lbs. Cooper City, FL (Cooper City)

– 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.

Next to Join the List

  • DE Ron Johnson
  • LB Dontavious Jackson
  • CB Chris Brown
  • WR Dez Fitzpatrick
  • TE Chase Claypool
  • QB Victor Viramontes
  • TE Sean McKeon
  • K/P Quinn Nordin
  • OG JonCarlo Valentin