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September 6, 2013The visitors list continues to grow for this weekend's game against Notre Dame. The Wolverines will be hosting four- and five-star prospects across two classes (and some younger players who will likely earn that distinction in time).
2014 ProspectsWoodbridge (Va.) defensive end Da'Shawn Hand - offered, official visit.
Hand is the headliner of the entire visit weekend (which is saying something, given the level of talent that will be in town). The No. 1 prospect in the nation is a 6-4, 250-pound defensive end with the quickness and strength to play practically anywhere along the line of scrimmage in college. Michigan is hoping to stave off Florida (OV: Oct. 5 against Arkansas) and Alabama (OV: Nov. 9 against LSU) to secure Hand's commitment when he pledges at his high school Nov. 14.
Southfield (Mich.) defensive end Malik McDowell - offered
McDowell is below Hand in the rankings, but he's ranked highly enough that he'd be the headliner most other weeks. The 6-6, 285-pound local product is a four-star ranked No. 40 overall in the nation, and No. 4 among strongside defensive ends. Although Michigan has been his favorite, he will use his five official visits to see schools such as Florida, Alabama, LSU, USC, and Florida State before making his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 4.
2015 ProspectsDetroit Cass Tech offensive/defensive lineman Joshua Alabi - offered
Alabi earned an early offer from Michigan, but with the Wolverines already looking good for several players at both of his positions, the 6-4, 255-pounder has started to look elsewhere. Getting him back on campus could change that, and allow U-Mto hold off programs like Michigan State and Tennessee.
Southfield (Mich.) defensive back/wide receiver Ray Buford II - new addition
The 6-0, 170-pound Buford played mostly wide receiver as a sophomore, but is making the transition to full-time two-way player as a junior. College coaches have told him that the defensive side of the ball may be his best bet at the next level. Although he doesn't hold any BCS-level offers yet, continuing to impress this season could change that.
Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton offensive/defensive lineman Matthew Burrell Jr.
The 6-3, 285-pound Burrell is an early four-star according to Rivals.com. Although he holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Wisconsin, Michigan has yet to enter the fray. He'll be heading to campus with his friend Da'Shawn Hand, though, and making it to Ann Arbor could see things heat up in a hurry when it comes to a potential offer.
Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage athelte/wide receiver Brian Cole - new addition - offered
Cole is one of the state's top prospects in the 2015 class regardless of which position he ultimately decides to play. The 6-2, 190-pounder has shown signs of excellence at both wide receiver and defensive back, though his current preference seems to be trending toward safety in college. Michigan was his first offer, but the Wolverines may have slipped behind Michigan State thanks in part to the Spartans hiring his former Max Ex 7-on-7 coach, Curtis Blackwell, as a recruiting assistant. This will be a big opportunity for U-M to reverse that trend.
St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall defensive end Jashon Cornell - offered
Cornell has been to Michigan's campus before, but only briefly during the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp (held in nearby Southfield, Mich.) back in June. The 6-3, 240-pounder was one of the early prospects offered by U-M, and his combination of size and athleticism could see him play weakside defensive end or even SAM linebacker. Notre Dame and Iowa are among the other strong contenders, but Michigan is in good position.
Westerville (Ohio) South offensive lineman Rob Dowdy
Although he has visited campus multiple times the 6-5, 275-pound Dowdy has yet to pick up a Michigan offer. His most recent trip was for the Wolverines' 2013 summer camp, where he showed off his physical potential - but also some rough edges. Schools from the ACC, SEC, Big 12, and Big Ten have already offered, so it may only be a matter of time if Dowdy's junior film is impressive.
Downers Grove (Ill.) North quarterback/athlete David Edwards
Edwards plays quarterback for his high school team, but the 6-6, 215-pounder is athletic enough that schools are looking to play him at a variety of positions, including tight end and defensive end. Michigan hasn't made that determination yet - nor have the Wolverines offered - but Edwards is high on the radar after attending the Barbecue at the Big House in July.
Detroit Cass Tech safety/athlete KeShawn Gilmore - new addition
Gilmore is a member of Cass Tech's traditionally loaded squad, and has already visited Ann Arbor once this season. The 6-3, 205-pounder has been injured early in the year for Cass, and was caught behind several Division I prospects as an underclassman. His development is one to watch.
Cincinnati St. Xavier linebacker Justin Hilliard - offered
Hilliard picked up a Michigan offer at the 2013 summer camp, when he showed that there's plenty of athleticism in his 6-2, 225-pound frame. The early four-star prospect has dozens of offers, including from Iowa (where older brother C.J. is a 2014 commit) and Ohio State. He attended the Barbecue at the Big House back in July.
DeWitt (Mich.) quarterback Jake Johnson
Although he's grown up practically in the shadows of Spartan Stadium, Johnson is a lifelong Michigan fan who visited for several games over the past two years. The 6-3, 190-pounder plans to be back Saturday night. The Michigan coaching staff is definitely looking for signal-callers in the 2015 class, and Johnson is one player they'll certainly be evaluating.
Shreveport (La.) Calvary Academy defensive tackle T.D. Moton - new addition - maybe
Moton's quarterback, Shea Patterson, will be visiting U-M for the game, and the talented 2015 tackle is planning to tag along. While the visit is not set in stone - especially thanks to Moton's fear of flying - it's highly likely that the teammates make the trip together for the big game. Moton, at 6-2, 315-pounds, is an early four-star prospect.
Northville (Mich.) offensive lineman David Moorman - new addition
The 6-5, 285-pound Moorman flew under the radar early in his recruiting process, but sophomore film is impressive, and if he follows up on that with a good junior year, he could blossom into one of the state's best juniors. He currently holds a couple MAC offers, including from dad's alma mater Eastern Michigan, but should see larger interest down the road.
Yorktown (Ind.) quarterback Riley Neal - new addition
The 6-5, 200-pound Neal has flown under the radar so far, but did manage to make it to the Barbecue at the Big House in July without drawing too much attention. His sophomore film is impressive, and if he follows that up with a good 2013 campaign, attention should ramp up.
Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol defensive end/athlete Cassius Peat
Peat is the younger brother of former Nebraska offensive lineman Todd, and current Stanford lineman Andrus. Dad, Todd Sr., is a Northern Illinois alum who had a seven-year NFL career himself. The bloodlines are certainly there, and although Cassius isn't the biggest member of the family, the 6-4, 235-pounder could find a fit at linebacker or defensive end in college.
Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle
The 6-2, 305-pound Settle is an early four-star, and has the offer sheet to back that up. Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, USC, and Virginia Tech are among those already on the table - but Michigan is not. Settle is visiting this weekend with close friend Da'Shawn Hand, so it's possible that the talented defensive tackle hears good news from U-M on the trip.
Detroit King linebacker/safety Tyriq Thompson
Thompson is the son of former Michigan defensive back Clarence Thompson, and plays for dad's alma mater in Detroit King. Tyriq is a little bit bigger than dad, already tipping the scales at 6-1 and 210 pounds. He's a hybrid safety/linebacker for King, and could fill the same role - or bulk up to be a true linebacker - at the college level.
Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber - offered
The 5-11, 210-pound Weber was one of the first running backs offered by Michigan in the 2015 class, and his offer is still on the table despite the pledge from five-star tailback Damien Harris. Weber comes from a U-M pipeline school and grew up a big Michigan fan. He rushed for 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, and could form a 1-2 punch with Harris should he opt to become a Wolverine.
Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius Prep tight end/defensive end Tyrone Wheatley Jr. - new addition
Wheatley is the son of a Michigan legend, but much bigger than his running back father. He is 6-6, 240 pounds, and skilled on either the defensive line or as a pass-catching tight end. Michigan was one of the first to offer the younger Wheatley, and the family connection could pay off. He has football practice Saturday morning, but will hop a flight in time for the game.
Underclassman Prospects2016 Trotwood (Ohio) Madison quarterback Messiah DeWeaver
DeWeaver's high school is familiar to Michigan fans - several Trotwood players have donned the Maize and Blue in recent years, including current freshmen Mike McCray and Reon Dawson. The 6-2, 185-pound DeWeaver is a pro-style quarterback who impressed when thrust into action as a freshman last fall, and has only improved since then. He took multiple off-season visits to Ann Arbor.
2016 Farmington (Mich.) wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick could be one of the best young prospects in the state of Michigan. The 5-11, 170-pounder has already started to translate camp hype into performances in pads, and is hopeful that a U-M offer might be on the way. He already holds Illinois, Ohio University, and Toledo offers.
2016 Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill defensive end Lawrence Gordon - new addition
The 6-5, 245-pound Gordon has the right physical makeup to be a bigtime defensive end down the road, but with only a few varsity games under his belt, is still very much a work in progress. Still, he has made multiple trips to Ann Arbor in the past (most recently for the Barbecue at the Big House), so he's building a comfort on campus.
2016 Detroit Cass Tech defensive back LaVert Hill - new addition
Hill's older brother is Michigan freshman safety Delano Hill, but the 5-9, 165-pound little bro is more likely to end up at corner in college, barring a growth spurt. That's possible, but it's just as likely his coverage skills are more than enough to draw bigtime interest at his current size.
2016 Traverse City (Mich.) West offensive lineman Thiyo Lukusa
Lukusa visited Michigan for the 2013 summer camp and again for the 2016 Barbecue at the Big House in July. He already holds a Michigan State offer, and could be one of the best young linemen in the state. A Michigan offer could arrive if his sophomore film is as impressive as expected. He certainly has the size at 6-5, 300 pounds.
2016 Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman Ostell Martin - new addition
Although he doesn't yet start for the Technicians, Martin has good size - standing 6-6 and over 300 pounds, and has plenty of time to develop his skills into Division I potential.
2016 Detroit Cass Tech defensive/offensive lineman Michael Onwenu
Onwenu starts at right tackle for a traditionally loaded Cass Tech team as just a sophomore. That bodes good things for his future, and although he has more the stout build of a defensive tackle than an offensive lineman, he could be a great prospect on either side of the ball. The 6-2, 350-pounder is relatively new to football, and will only continue to get better.
2016 Shreveport (La.) Calvary Academy quarterback Shea Patterson - Arizona commit
Patterson is originally from Toledo, so he has ties to the area. The family is a longtime supporter of Michigan, and so when the Wolverines showed interest, it was a no-brainer to make the unofficial trip. Although he is committed to Arizona at this time - and doesn't expect to make much drama out of his recruiting process - the door could be open a crack if U-M ultimately chooses to offer the 6-0, 180-pounder.
2016 Traverse City (Mich.) West offensive lineman Tommy Roush
Roush is another talented lineman at Traverse City West, manning the front line with Lukusa (and 2014 Pittsburgh commitment Connor Hayes). Like Lukusa, he has visited Ann Arbor multiple times in the offseason. Although he doesn't quite have Lukusa's frame, he's already 6-3, 270, and could still be growing.
2016 Downers Grove (Ill.) South offensive lineman Erik Swenson - offered
Swenson grew up a bigtime Michigan fan, and the Wolverines currently occupy a spot in his top two, along with hometown Northwestern. Michigan was one of the first programs to offer Swenson, and could be tough to beat in the end. The 6-5, 290-pounder started as a freshman last season, and already holds offers from Notre Dame and Ohio State.
2017 Detroit Cass Tech safety Jaylen Powell - new addition
Powell visited Ann Arbor last weekend with 2015 teammate Mike Weber, and could be a prospect of serious interest in the future. He is already 5-10, 185 pounds as a freshman in high school, though he needs to earn his playing time (as is the norm at Cass Tech). Powell is already growing comfortable in Ann Arbor with visits to the first two home games in 2013.
2017 Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's linebacker Joshua Ross
Ross' older brother James will hit the field as starting weakside linebacker Saturday evening, and the younger Ross could ultimately be the better prospect. He's already taller than his brother at about 6-2, but his 190-pound frame will need to add plenty of weight to play in college. Joshua Ross should see several U-M games in person this fall, and could be in line for an offer in the future.
CommitsHinsdale (Ill.) Central tight end Ian Bunting
Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake offensive lineman Mason Cole
Kenton (Ohio) linebacker Noah Furbush
Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian wide receiver Drake Harris
Southfield (Mich.) defensive end Lawrence Marshall
Salt Lake City Highland defensive tackle Bryan Mone - official visit
Richmond (Va.) Collegiate School quarterback Wilton Speight
Warren (Mich.) De La Salle linebacker Jared Wangler
Jefferson Hills (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson linebacker Chase Winovich
Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier defensive tackle Brady Pallante
2015 Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake wide receiver George Campbell
2015 Massillon (Ohio) Washington kicker Andrew David
2015 Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern running back Damien Harris
2015 Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne safety Tyree Kinnel
RemovalsPittsburgh Baldwin offensive lineman Sterling Jenkins - offered
Jenkins initially planned to visit Ann Arbor for the Notre Dame game, but he will re-schedule for the Ohio State game in late November.
Stay tuned this afternoon for updates on which visitors we actually spot in Ann Arbor, and after the game for updates on many of the recruits.