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January 10, 2013
Recruiting News Recap: Closing the All-America week
In this edition of the Recruiting News Recap, there is plenty of information to digest from a host of All-America events. The junior class starts to take shape, and much, much more.
The most recent Weekly Recruiting Wrap put together a top-25 list of in-state talent.
A Michigan guide to the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl,†the Under Armour All-America Game, and the Semper Fidelis All-America Game. Pictures from Wednesday's practice at the Under Armour All-America Game, and a report as well. Thursday practice photos. Photos from the Under Armour junior combine.
New Year's Resolutions for Michigan offensive coaches and those on the defensive side of the ball.
An update on Michigan's recruiting process. A recruiting notebook. Michael Spath explores Michigan's ability to seal the deal with five-star prospects.
Expected visitors for this weekend.
Chris Balas and Josh Helmholdt talk about the latest in Michigan football recruiting, including plenty from the Army Junior Combine.
Shane Morris talks about shaking off the rust from a mostly missed season of high school football for his week at the Under Armour All-America Game. Morris' form was a topic to watch going into the week. He fell into the "expected more" category at the game itself.
Wheaton (Ill.) St. Francis offensive lineman Kyle Bosch was named to the Chicago Tribune All-State first team.
Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson speaks on what it was about Michigan that led him back to Ann Arbor after a decommitment.
Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny offensive lineman Patrick Kugler is excited to make it to campus for his official visit.
Dawson and Kugler are both excited for the opportunity to play a year alongside Taylor Lewan.
Parker (Colo.) Ponderosa offensive lineman Chris Fox missed the Army game with injury.
The Baltimore Sun discussed Gilman defensive tackle Henry Poggi's appearance in the Under Armour All-America Game. Poggi was rumored to be visiting another school, but his father cleared it up. He talks about his commitment to Michigan. Poggi impressed his position coach at the event. On Wednesday, he was a Team Nitro top performer.
Pickerington (Ohio) Central defensive end Taco Charlton discussed his excitement to arrive at Michigan, where he has since enrolled.
Trotwood (Ohio) Madison linebacker Mike McCray talks about his recovery from labrum surgery and his excitement to head up to Michigan. He enjoyed the Under Armour All-America Game experience, despite being unable to participate.
Alliance (Ohio) Marlington safety Dymonte Thomas talks about his Michigan commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Thomas learned plenty from his experience at the Army All-American Bowl week. He received recognition for his multi-position ability in San Antonio. He worked his magic as a recruiter on top RB Derrick Green. He was an East top performer Tuesday.
Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Jourdan Lewis was a West top performer on Tuesday at the Army Bowl.
On the West Coast, Avon (Ohio) cornerback Ross Douglas impressed at the Semper Fidelis game, taking in top performer honors on his squad.
Ottawa (Ill.) Marquette long-snapper Scott Sypniewski is excited to head to Michigan.
2014 Chicago Hales Franciscan offensive lineman Denzel Ward may be looking at all his options in the recruiting process. He explains his position in a video interview. He also took a recent visit to Florida, but remains committed to Michigan.
Richmond (Va.) Hermitage running back Derrick Green maintains that Michigan is on top in the race for his services. Green live-chatted with fans from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Green thinks he knows the school he'll be attending to play his college football. He talked his way through the recruiting process. Green was one of the East team's top performers on Monday, was No. 1 overall on Tuesday. He was duking it out with other running backs to maintain his standing as the top RB nationally. He received a "game ball" as one of the game's top players.
After decommitting from USC, Santa Monica (Calif.) wide receiver Sebastian Larue would be interested in Michigan if they were to reciprocate.
Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Cameron Hunt discusses the visits he'll be taking soon, and goes into more depth on Michigan in particular.
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas safety James Crawford has the ability to make big plays in the secondary.
Jones (Okla.) quarterback David Cornwell was the most impressive passer at the Army Junior Combine.
Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep running back Jonathan Hilliman would like to visit Michigan in February. Hilliman shows an all-around game in his junior film.
Oakley (Calif.) Freedom running back Joe Mixon would like to visit Michigan some time this summer.
Michigan is showing interest in Lynnwood (Wash.) Mountlake Terrace big back Devante Downs.
Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp wide receiver Josh Malone is very interested in Michigan as a recruiting option.
Paramus (N.J.) Catholic wide receiver Tyrone Washington is hearing from Michigan on a regular basis.
Michigan's coaches will be stopping by†to see Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic wide receiver Jamil Kamara soon.
Chicago Marist tight end Nic Weishar was named to the Chicago Tribune All-State first team.
Olathe (Kan.) South offensive lineman Braden Smith hopes to visit Michigan this spring or summer.
Duluth (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge offensive lineman Orlando Brown includes Michigan in his top eight.
Yale (Mich.) offensive lineman Derek Brown, who visited Ann Arbor earlier this fall, has a junior highlight reel that impresses with his power.
Alma (Mich.) offensive lineman Curtis Doyle is also standing out on the basketball court this winter.
Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy offensive lineman JB Butler is already drawing big college interest, but he's still looking for his first scholarship offer. He recaps his Under Armour Underclassman Combine experience.
Saluda (S.C.) defensive tackle Dexter Wideman talks about his interest in Michigan.
Surprise, surprise. St. John (Ind.) Lake Central defensive end Gelen Robinson is putting together yet another impressive season on the wrestling mat.
Michigan makes the top five for Woodbridge (Va.) defensive end Da'Shawn Hand. He hasn't yet visited Ann Arbor, but U-M is in strong position for the country's No. 1 prospect in the 2014 class.
Baltimore Gilman defensive end Melvin Keihn, a teammate and close friend of 2013 Michigan commit Henry Poggi, hopes to visit Ann Arbor.
Chicago Mount Carmel defensive lineman Enoch Smith Jr. was named to the Chicago Tribune's All-State second team.
Indianapolis Lawrence Central linebacker Brandon Lee is speeding up the recruiting process to enroll early at the school of his choosing.
Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern running back Damien Harris talks about his favorites at the Army Combine.
Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake wide receiver George Campbell put together a strong performance at the Under Armour Underclassmen combine.
Off the Board
Crete (Ill.) Monee wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who once considered Michigan a heavy favorite, will announce in a week, and Michigan is not among his finalists.
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood safety Leon McQuay III neared a decision, and ultimately made it for USC.
Though he hadn't been a realistic U-M prospect for some time, Upland (Calif.) defensive end Joe Mathis picked Washington.
As always, thanks for making TheWolverine.com your stop for Michigan football recruiting news. Stay tuned as the U-M coaches continue to work their magic on the recruiting trail.