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July 27, 2012

2013 Football Recruiting Needs: Updated July 27

There have been a few additions, and a subtraction, since we last updated the recruiting needs and scholarship distribution chart for 2013. Here is a look at how this class is shaping up, with an eye on 2014 ...

2008 Scholi Chart
2013 Eligibility Distribution Chart

2013 Commitments
Rs-Freshman or Soph.
Sophomores
Juniors
Senior Eligibility
QB
Shane Morris

Russell Bellomy (26)
Alex Swieca (W)

Devin Gardner (46)
TB
Deveon Smith
Wyatt Shallman
Drake Johnson (1)
Dennis Norfleet (2)
Justice Hayes (27)

Thomas Rawls (32) Fitzgerald Toussaint (47)

FB

Sione Houma (3)
Joe Kerridge (W)

Stephen Hopkins (48)
WR
Jaron Dukes
Csont'e York
Amara Darboh (4)
Jehu Chesson (5)
Jonathan Keizer (W)
Devon Micou (W)



Jerald Robinson (33)
Baquer Sayed (W)


Jeremy Gallon (49)
Jeremy Jackson (50)
Drew Dileo (51)
Ricardo Miller (52)
Joe Reynolds (W)

TE
Khalid Hill
Jake Butt

Devin Funchess (6)
A.J. Williams (7)
David Mistropouls-Rundus (W)
Jordan Paskorz (34)
Nate Allspach (W)
Dylan Esterline (W)
Chris Eddins (W)


OL
Logan Tuley-Tillman
Chris Fox
Kyle Bosch
David Dawson
Patrick Kugler
Erik Magnuson (8)
Ben Braden (9)
Blake Bars (10)
Kyle Kalis (11)
Chris Bryant (28)
Jack Miller (29)
Graham Glasgow (W)
Kristian Mateus (W)
Joey Burzynski (W)


Taylor Lewan (53)
Michael Schofield (54)
Erik Gunderson (W)
CB
Jourdan Lewis
Gareon Conley
Channing Stribling
Ross Douglas
Terry Richardson (12)



Blake Countess (35)
Raymon Taylor (36)
Delonte Hollowell (37)
Courtney Avery (55)
Al Backey (W)
S
Dymonte Thomas
Allen Gant (13)
Jarrod Wilson (14)
Jeremy Clark (15)


Josh Furman (38)

Marvin Robinson (56)
Thomas Gordon (57)
Charlie Zeller (W)
LB
Mike McCray
Ben Gedeon
Royce Jenkins-Stone (16)
Joe Bolden (17)
James Ross (18)
Kaleb Ringer (19)
Antonio Poole (30)

Jake Ryan (39)
Desmond Morgan (40)

Cameron Gordon (58)
Mike Jones (59)

DE
Taco Charlton

Chris Wormley (20)
Mario Ojemudia (21)
Tom Strobel (22)
Matthew Godin (23)
Keith Heitzman (31)


Brennen Beyer (41)
Frank Clark (42)

Nathan Brink (W)
DT
Maurice Hurst Jr.
Henry Poggi

Ondre Pipkins (24)
Willie Henry (25)

Ken Wilkins (43)
Richard Ash (44)
Jibreel Black (60)
Quinton Washington (61)
K/P
Scott Sypniewski


Matt Wile (45) Brendan Gibbons (62)
Will Hagerup (63)


With cornerback Terrence Talbott's confirmed departure earlier this week, Michigan is committed to 64 returning players for the 2013 season while it has secured commitments from 23 recruits. That puts U-M two over the 85-scholarship limit, so while plenty are wondering if Talbott's absence means the Wolverines can go for two more prospects in this class, instead of the assumed one, there is still more attrition that must take place just to meet NCAA requirements. It's not impossible Michigan could take two, but remember that every player added from this point forward means someone else from the current team has to go.

So far, U-M has landed players at:

QB: 1
RB: 2
WR: 2
TE: 2
OL: 5
LB: 2
CB: 4
S: 1
DE: 1
DT: 2
LS: 1

For now, this is what the current state of the team looks like, and here is an updated comprehensive look at U-M's needs for 2013 with a peek into 2014 when 18 scholarships will come off the books (before attrition).

Quarterback

2013 Scholarship Quarterbacks: 2
Commitments: 1
Need on Feb. 2: 1
Need on May 7: 0
Need on June 4: 0
Need on July 27: 0
2014 Sneak Peek: 1

Brady Hoke admitted today (July 27) that Devin Gardner would see some time this fall at wide receiver in an effort to get Michigan's best players on the field all at once. That's good news for Denard Robinson, who needs another highly-skilled target to throw to, but raises questions about the future of Gardner at QB both in 2012 and 2013. Anytime spent away from reps under center will make it more difficult for him to be the best option as Robinson's backup this year or the frontrunner to start next year.

On the surface, Gardner may still be the top choice for 2013, but Russell Bellomy continues to impress and there is considerable talk that 2013 pledge Shane Morris will be a factor in the race to replace Robinson immediately, even as a true freshman. In other words, Gardner has his work cut out for him.

Looking forward to 2014, Michigan will need to sign at least one quarterback, and the Maize and Blue are already actively involved in a number of high-profile talents. It's unlikely U-M would take more than one (even though depth demands it) but instead will look to sign a single QB every year.

Running Back

2013 Scholarship Running Backs: 7
Commitments: 2
Need on Feb. 2: 1-2
Need on May 7: 0
Need on June 4: 1
Need on July 27: 0
2014 Sneak Peek: 1

All eyes remain on five-star Derrick Green, who will be in Ann Arbor this weekend for the Barbecue at The Big House, and certainly the Wolverines would find room for him or Ty Isaac if the USC commitment changed his mind, but at this point, running back is not the top priority among the remaining scholarship expected to be filled. U-M has two solid commitments for 2013 in Deveon Smith and Wyatt Shallman, the latter a bigger back that will be afforded every opportunity to carry the football 15-20 times per game before moving to a different position.

Michigan also signed two backs in the 2012 class, and with two tote-carrying capable fullbacks on the roster also, has seven options to shoulder the rushing load before Smith and Shallman even show up on campus. That's good news because competition breeds performance and the Maize and Blue will have plenty of tailbacks to push Fitzgerald Toussaint and Thomas Rawls.

By 2014, Toussaint and fullback Stephen Hopkins will be gone, but seven veterans will remain in place. Depending on what happens with Shallman, Michigan may or may not need a fullback in the class, but it will certainly need to go after a top-tiered tailback, landing the game-breaking back that has thus far eluded the Wolverines under Hoke.
Wide Receiver

2013 Scholarship Receivers: 7
Commitments: 2
Need on Feb. 2: 3
Need on May 7: 2
Need on June 4: 1-2
Need on July 27: 1
2014 Sneak Peek: 2-3

By its continued interest in Corey Holmes, Devon Allen and Laquon Treadwell, Michigan has made it clear it has every intention of landing at least one more receiver in the Class of 2013 to go along with Jaron Dukes and Csont'e York. Treadwell, who almost committed to U-M just a few short weeks ago, is long rumored to be the favorite to join this class but the longer he holds out, the greater the window he creates for Allen or Holmes to steal his scholarship spot (of course, Michigan might be willing to go with four wideouts in that case).

The state of the Wolverines' receiving corps will be greater revealed to us in just a few short weeks as we get a good long look at the Class of 2010's Ricardo Miller, Drew Dileo, Jerald Robinson and Jeremy Jackson. Michigan needs at least two of those four to step up in a big way this fall. The Maize and Blue like the two freshmen they're bringing in this season - Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh - but still need to add both bodies and difference-makers to the roster. That's why finishing strong in 2013 is critical and why this will again be a key position to be recruited in 2014.

Expect U-M to add at least two receivers in 2014; the Wolverines' 2014 roster will include seven receivers at present time (the 2013 recruits included) without any attrition.

Tight End

2013 Scholarship Tight Ends: 3
Commitments: 2
Need on Feb. 2: 2
Need on May 7: 0-1
Need on June 4: 0-1
Need on July 27: 0
2014 Sneak Peek: 2

Michigan's current tight end contingent may not have much of a role in this year's offense outside of serving the role of extra blocker simply because there aren't enough of the multi-faceted ends on the roster that coordinator Al Borges needs to include them heavily in the passing game. Still incoming freshman Devin Funchess should earn some opportunities as a receiver-type and classmate A.J. Williams, who will report to camp at 6-6, 282 pounds, could play a big role as a blocker and occasional receiver.

Borges is eager for 2013 commitments Jake Butt and Khalid Hill to show up on campus so he can begin utilizing the tight ends more, but even with those two in the fold, it might not be until 2014 that Michigan can expect production from its ends. In that vein, U-M needs at least two more versatile, combo tight ends in the 2014 class to complement Butt, Funchess and Williams.

Offensive Line

2013 Scholarship Offensive Linemen: 8
Commitments: 5
Need on Feb. 2: 5
Need on May 7: 0
Need on June 4: 0
Need on July 27: 0
2014 Sneak Peek: 4

With only seven scholarship veterans on the current roster, Michigan will need one or two of its true freshmen to vie for spots on the two-deep this fall. Five-star Kyle Kalis is the popular pick, but Ben Braden, Blake Bars and Erik Magnuson will all report to camp big enough to throw their hat in the ring. In 2013, those four will represent exactly half of the Wolverines' scholarship linemen, which is why it was critical Hoke and Co. went out and landed a deep and talented class. That they have, with all five of U-M's current commitments listed as four-star recruits ranked among the Rivals250.

In 2014, Michigan will finally have more than 10 scholarship linemen on its roster but even the 11 vouched for positions are not enough. Ideally, a team would have 15 offensive linemen on scholarship every year, good enough for a three-deep, so look for the Maize and Blue to go after four more studs.

Cornerbacks

2013 Scholarship Cornerbacks: 5
Commitments: 4
Need on Feb. 2: 2
Need on May 7: 0
Need on June 4: 0-1
Need on July 27: 0
2014 Sneak Peek: 1

There was considerable movement at cornerback this week with Talbott's departure and the commitment of four-star Ross Douglas, who became the fourth CB to pledge to the Wolverines for 2013. That means that in 2013, U-M will have nine scholarship cornerbacks on its roster, and while offensive demands put a premium on having more and more skilled covermen, nine is a lot for a position with two starters. Even with a nickel back in the game, that's a three-deep at a position where safeties can also slide in and out.

In 2014, Michigan can be extremely stingy, targeting simply the very best prospects out there or the kid they want the most. There is no need to add two or three prospects because U-M will have eight veterans on the roster.
Safety

2013 Scholarship Safeties: 7
Commitments: 1
Need on Feb. 2: 0
Need on May 7: 0
Need on June 4: 0
Need on July 27: 0
2014 Sneak Peek: 1

Michigan is done at safety, and has been for many months now. That's the luxury provided by signing three safeties in the 2012 class and by returning a core of veterans. And that safety U-M landed is no slouch -- four-star Dymonte Thomas ranks among the nation's top 100 players -- adding talent to a mix that also includes incoming freshmen Jarrod Wilson, Allen Gant and Jeremy Clark.

In 2014, the Wolverines will graduate Marvin Robinson and Thomas Gordon but will still feature six safeties (and eight cornerbacks), allowing the Maize and Blue to be selective. They don't have to add a safety, but they most likely will.

Linebacker

2013 Scholarship Linebackers: 9
Commitments: 2
Need on Feb. 2: 2
Need on May 7: 0
Need on June 4: 0
Need on July 27: 0
2014 Sneak Peek: 1-2

The framework for 2014 will probably be very similar to the 2013 class - with nine linebackers on the roster, Michigan went after just two in this class and came away very happy with Ohioans Ben Gedeon and Mike McCray. Next year, the Wolverines will again have nine veteran linebackers and will need to only sign two (which is still a lot but U-M will not ignore any single position any given year).

Of course, much can change at the position. Kaleb Ringer looks like he has the makeup to be a weakside defensive end, and other linebackers could also move depending on needs at other spots.
Defensive End

2013 Scholarship Defensive Ends: 7
Commitments: 1
Need on Feb. 2: 2
Need on May 7: 0-1
Need on June 4: 0-1
Need on July 27: 0-1
2014 Sneak Peek: 2

Frank Clark's legal troubles have thrown a wrench into the current plans for the 2012 team - he was supposed to compete with Brennen Beyer to start at weakside end - and may have an impact on 2013 recruiting. Michigan has landed a commitment from Taco Charlton, who is coming in as a WDE but has the frame to eventually get to strongside end. Could U-M be in the market for another weakside end in this class? Much of it will depend on how Clark's situation unfolds.

On the strongside, Michigan signed three ends in 2012 - Tom Strobel, Matt Godin and Chris Wormley - and also has Keith Heitzman and Nathan Brink in the fold for 2013, which means U-M didn't need to go out and get a SDE. In 2014, however, the Wolverines will probably go after one at each position.
Defensive Tackle

2013 Scholarship Defensive Tackles: 6
Commitments: 2
Need on Feb. 2: 2
Need on May 7: 1-2
Need on June 4: 0-1
Need on July 27: 0
2014 Sneak Peek: 2-3

With the commitments of four-star Henry Poggi and three-star Maurice Hurst Jr., U-M has added much needed depth to its interior along the defensive line, giving Michigan eight tackles in 2013. That's enough for two spots, especially when the five-technique defensive end and three-technique tackle position require many of the same physical attributes and could utilize many of the same players.

In 2014, Jibreel Black and Quinton Washington will be gone, and there could be additional attrition at tackle, putting an emphasis on the Maize and Blue securing commitments from two and, possibly, three targets.
Specialists

2013 Scholarship Specialists: 3
Commitments: 1
Need on Feb. 2: 0
Need on May 7: 0
Need on June 4: 0
Need on July 27: 1
2014 Sneak Peek: 1

Michigan added a long snapper to its recruiting class back on June 6, devoting a scholarship to Scott Sypniewski. They won't commit a second scholarship to a specialist and have no need to with two placekickers and a punter still on the roster. In 2014, punter Will Hagerup and kicker Brendan Gibbons will be gone, leaving Matt Wile to potentially handle both. The coaches may not be comfortable with that, though, so look for U-M to add either a punter or placekicker depending on Wile's greater weakness.



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