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November 10, 2012

Saturday expected visitors list for Northwestern

Michigan's smaller list of recruits in attendance for the Northwestern game has grown over the course of the week. A 2013 prospect is already in town, and a key 2014 player has been added.

2013 Prospects

Seffner (Fla.) Armwood defensive back Leon McQuay III
The five-star McQuay is Michigan's only expected official visitor. He is ranked the No. 18 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 2 safety - even though the Wolverines have said they plan to give him opportunities at all the positions in the defensive backfield. At 6-2, 185 pounds, he would be a tall, lengthy corner, but he also has the hitting power to be a bigtime safety, as well. McQuay has USC and Vanderbilt near the top of his list, so he'll need a strong visit to Ann Arbor if Michigan wants a good shot at landing him. One factor in U-M's favor? He's an aspiring music producer, and has taken note of JDK and Rey, a music duo composed of walkons Jack Kennedy and Joe Reynolds.

Underclassman Prospects

Camp Hill (Pa.) Cedar Cliff quarterback Andrew Ford
Although he's not yet as well known as his older teammate, 2013 Penn State tight end commit Adam Breneman, it's only a matter of time before Ford blows up. The 6-3, 190-pound pocket passer completed more than two-thirds of his passes as a sophomore, and has thrown for nearly 2,600 yards so far during his junior campaign. He doesn't hold any scholarship offers yet, but is one of many in the mix for a Michigan offer down the road.

Galion (Ohio) athlete Dareian Watkins
At 6-2, 195 pounds, Watkins played primarily quarterback for his high school team this fall, but his 4.53-second speed in the 40-yard dash also gives him the potential to play other positions in college. Wide receiver is most likely if he ends up at Michigan. Watkins already has double-digit offers, including from Big Ten programs Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, and Purdue.

Sylvania (Ohio) Southview wide receiver Nate Hall
Hall has already visited once this fall, and the 6-3, 190-pound receiver is an imposing target. The former teammate of U-M freshman Allen Gant is not well-known at this time, however.

Warren (Mich.) De La Salle wide receiver Brent Morris
It may take a while for Morris to shake his label of "Shane's brother," but the junior is a Division I prospect in his own right. Miami (Ohio) and a handful of other MAC schools are already showing serious interest in the 6-3, 180-pounder. Although scholarship offers haven't come yet, a strong offseason could certainly change that.

Cincinnati La Salle wide receiver Derek Kief
Michigan is looking for tall, fast wide receivers, and Kief fits that bill. He's a 6-5, 185-pounder who holds most of his school's single-season receiving records - and should capture the career marks just a couple games into his senior season next fall. Although Kief doesn't yet have a Michigan offer, his hands and physical potential make him a candidate down the road.

Hinsdale (Ill.) Central tight end Ian Bunting
A teammate of fellow 2014 prospect Brian Allen, Bunting will see Ann Arbor a week before his friend. At 6-7, 215 pounds, he's a high school wide receiver who most likely has a future putting on some weight to become a better blocker in college. Purdue is his only offer thus far, but the late-riser will see more schools come calling soon.

Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic tight end Garrett Dickerson
Dickerson doesn't have a Michigan offer yet, but he might not have to wait long after making it to campus. Boston College, Ohio State, Stanford, and Vanderbilt are among the schools that have already pulled the trigger. That list speaks not only to his talent on the field as a 6-4, 240-pound multi-purpose threat, but also his academic interest, which could be a boost to Michigan's chances at landing him should they pull the trigger.

Cincinnati Winton Woods defensive tackle Daniel Cage
Cage camped at Michigan over the summer, and started building a relationship with Wolverines defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. The 6-3, 265-pounder is slightly undersized for the defensive tackle position at the next level, but he has a good motor and a desire to learn technique - two things close to the hearts of the Michigan coaching staff.

Delaware (Ohio) Buckeye Valley defensive tackle Logan Dziak
At 6-2, 275 pounds, Dziak was an impressive performer at the Rivals Underclassman Challenge over the summer. He will be making his first unofficial visit to Ann Arbor even though he camped there this summer. Although most of his interest has come from MAC schools so far, he says Michigan is one of his favorites.

East Kentwood (Mich.) defensive end [/db]Zachary Evans
Evans had a strong junior campaign in the Grand Rapids area this fall. The 6-2, 235-pounder has already visited Michigan this fall, so the interest is there He does not yet hold any scholarship offers.

Bolingbrook (Ill.) defensive back Parrker Westphal
Among juniors, Westpohal could be the headliner. He's the only player who comes in with a U-M offer, and he has also visited Ann Arbor multiple times since receiving that offer in the late spring. His father and brother are both expecting to accompany him to town, and they will be key factors in his recruitment. The 6-1, 180-pound Westphal is being recruited as a cornerback, but he could fit at a number of positions on the defensive side of the ball.

2015 Galion (Ohio) safety Cario Davison
Just a sophomore, Davison is already 6-1 and 190 pounds, and has been timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He is extremely close with teammate Dareian Watkins, and should develop into a top recruit down the road as well. He doesn't yet have any scholarship offers.

Michigan Commits

Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris
Morris has already visited for several games this fall. He attended Gridiron Kings and Nike's The Opening with McQuay, and could get in the ear of the top recruit.

Westland (Mich.) John Glenn wide receiver Da'Mario Jones
Michigan's newest commit doesn't have to make up for lost time in observing games at the Big House - he's attended all but one already this season.

Harper Woods (Mich.) Chandler Park Academy wide receiver Csont'e York
York has made it to two Michigan games this fall. The local product is trying to make it to as many games as possible.

Peoria (Ill.) Manual offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman
Tuley-Tillman had high school games during the first two contests at Michigan Stadium, but expects to attend the final four home events.

Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Jourdan Lewis (maybe)
Lewis has visited Ann Arbor for two games already this fall. He might make it to the Big House this afternoon.

Ottawa (Ill.) Marquette long-snapper Scott Sypniewski
Sypniewski has made it to all of Michigan's home games except the opener against Air Force.

As always, prospects we aren't expecting inevitably show up to Michigan Stadium, so stay tuned Saturday to see who else makes the trip.


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