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October 4, 2013Two commits who had been considering an official will no longer be in the house, but a handful of additions to the ranks of the uncommitted makes for an interesting list for U-M's homecoming game.
CommitmentsGrand Rapids (Mich.) Christian wide receiver Drake Harris
Harris is a four-star prospect, the No. 8 wide receiver and No. 62 overall player nationally, and the third-best player in the state of Michigan. The 6-4, 180-pounder has already visited for the Central Michigan and Notre Dame games.
Warren (Mich.) De La Salle linebacker Jared Wangler
Wangler is a two-star prospect, unranked at his position or in the state. The son of former Wolverine John Wangler and younger brother of current U-M wideout Jack weighs in at 6-1, 215 pounds. He previously visited for the Notre Dame game.
Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day wide receiver Maurice Ways
Ways is a three-star prospect, ranked the No. 64 wide receiver nationally and No. 7 overall senior in the state of Michigan. The 6-3, 190-pounder visited for the Akron game.
2015 Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne defensive back Tyree Kinnel
Kinnel is an early four-star prospect in the 2015 class. He hails from the same high school as former Wolverines Terry and Terrance Talbott. He previously visited for the Notre Dame game.
2015 ProspectsGrand Blanc (Mich.) quarterback/athlete Trevon Avery
Avery is a 6-0, 170-pound high school quarterback who is having an excellent junior season at Grand Blanc. Like his older brother Courtney (a senior at Michigan), he is likely to play in the defensive backfield at the next level.
Clarkston (Mich.) tight end Cole Chewins - new addition
Chewins camped at Michigan in the summer, and although he's very thin at about 200 pounds, he has the 6-7 height that could make him a weapon in the pass game and as a blocker in college. Clarkston has been one of Michigan's strongest high school programs in recent years, and Chewins is a prominent underclassman prospect.
Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone
Malzone is an intriguing prospect for Michigan fans. The 6-2, 185-pounder is the starter for a power program in the state of Michigan, and although he is not yet ranked, it is due more to his previous love for baseball (limiting his offseason reps on the gridiron) than a lack of talent. He grew up rooting for Michigan and took in the Notre Dame game as a fan.
Maitland (Fla.) Orangewood Christian linebacker Jimmy Martin
Martin is a 6-0, 215-pound linebacker who could also line up as a fullback at the next level. He has a small handful of offers, but not one from Michigan yet. However, he has a sister who is a student-athlete at Michigan, and the Wolverines remain high on his list.
Underclassman Prospects2016 Clinton Township (Mich.) Chippewa Valley athlete Stefan Claiborne - possible new addition
Claiborne is one of the fastest recruits in the state - he placed in the 200-meter dash as a freshman last fall in Michigan's largest division - but hasn't found a settled position home on the gridiron. The 6-0, 170-pounder should develop over the next two seasons, and translate that athleticism to production.
2016 Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Lavert Hill
Hills is a 5-11, 165-pounder who could be next in line to carry Cass Tech's proud defensive back tradition. He is the younger brother of U-M freshman Delano Hill, and is already making an impact on the gridiron as a high school sophomore. He plans to visit - and see his brother in action - for all U-M home games this year.
2016 Saline (Mich.) quarterback Joshua Jackson
Jackson is a 6-2, 185-pounder who recently transferred from Ann Arbor Huron (alma mater of his older brother Jeremy, a senior wideout at Michigan) to Saline High School just down the road. His father is Michigan running backs coach Fred Jackson. He has attended nearly every home game for the past two-plus years as a recruit.
2016 Harper Woods (Mich.) Chandler Park Academy wide receiver Jalen Martin - new addition
Martin is a 6-3, 190-pound athlete who could play wide receiver or safety - or basketball - at the next level. His size and speed make him a versatile threat, and he is a former teammate of Michigan freshmen Csont'e York and Derrick Walton (basketball only) at Chandler Park. He previously visited this fall for the Central Michigan game.
2017 Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's linebacker Joshua Ross
Ross is a 6-1, 190-pounder who is already starting for a power program as a freshman - something his older brother, Michigan sophomore James, never did. Unfortunately, Ross' freshman year has been cut short by a broken ankle. However, he has the frame to be bigger than his brother, and has visited for the first three home games of the fall.
2016 Hartland (Mich.) tight end Nathan Skene - new addition
Skene is just 6-4, 195 pounds, but has the frame to grow into a tight end at the next level. He also has the bloodlines to develop devestating blocking ability: father Doug was an All-Big Ten lineman for the Wolverines in the early 90s. Skene has been informed that he's high on the radar for the Michigan coaching staff in the 2016 class - and he's already visited multiple times as a recruit.
No Longer AttendingParamus (N.J.) Catholic cornerback Jabrill Peppers and Paramus (N.J.) Catholic offensive lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty - possible official visit
As predicted Wednesday, the commitment duo from New Jersey altered official visit plans, because today is Peppers' birthday. Although it's Paramus Catholic's only bye weekend, the pair will try to make it to Ann Arbor for a game later in the fall.
Stay tuned to TheWolverine.com over the course of the week for updates to the visitors list. Check back Saturday afternoon for updates on those prospects that do make it to campus.