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November 29, 2013

Updated Visitors List: Ohio State 2013

The end-of-week update to the expected visitors list sees a few more confirmations, and the U-M coaches will see several top 2014-17 prospects in the Big House Saturday afternoon. See the latest here.

2014 Prospects

Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice safety Jason Alessi - preferred walkon offer
The 6-1, 170-pound Alessi is relatively new to the game of football - his junior season last year was his first on the gridiron in high school - but has already made a big impact. He was offered a preferred walkon position by U-M running backs coach Fred Jackson just a couple weeks ago. Although he's currently committed to the U-M lacrosse team, he's going to explore his football options.

Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville offensive lineman Marcelys Jones - Ohio State commit
Although he's a pledge to the Buckeyes, Jones has had a wandering eye seemingly since the day he committed. While Michigan has not offered him, he took an official visit to Alabama last week, so this trip isn't necessarily just to see his future squad in action.

Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville defensive back/athlete Marshon Lattimore - Offered
One of the top-ranked remaining prospects on Michigan's list, the 6-0, 185-pound Lattimore is a versatile athlete who could be a defensive back or offensive player at the next level. He is the No. 54 player in the nation.

Southfield (Mich.) defensive lineman Malik McDowell - Offered
McDowell could be the most important prospect left on Michigan's board. The 6-6, 292-pounder is the No. 40 player in the nation, and a versatile lineman who could play end or tackle in college. He tentatively plans to take some official visits before coming to a decision Jan. 4, but that timeline is not set in stone.

Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Giovanni Rescigno
A friend and teammate of U-M linebacker pledge Jared Wangler, Rescigno replaced Michigan freshman Shane Morris as the starting quarterback at De La Sale. At 6-3, 230 pounds, he's a threat passing or running the ball, and could be a walkon candidate for the Wolverines. He is waiting on his first Division I scholarship offer.

Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville safety Erick Smith - Offered
Smith, the third member of the Glenville contingent (alphabetically, at least), is an option for U-M, particularly if the Wolverines are still interested in landing both the 6-2, 180-pounder as part of a package deal with teammate Lattimore. He is the No. 195 player in the nation.

2015 Prospects

Grand Blanc (Mich.) quarterback/athlete Trevon Avery
Avery is the younger brother of Michigan senior defensive back Courtney Avery. He doesn't hold any scholarship offers, but has been a game visitor for nearly every game in the past three years.

Grand Rapids (Mich.) Ottawa Hills wode recever/athlete Sam Beal
Beal is a speedster who is receiving college attention from various sources, but is still looking for his first offer. The 6-1, 170-pounder took his first college visit of the process to Ann Arbor a few weeks ago to see the Wolverines play Nebraska.

Kei Beckham
Beckham visited for The Game last time it was in Ann Arbor, and had a good trip. Although he hasn't been a hot name for Michigan, he is a teammate of top 2016 quarterback target Messiah DeWeaver, and the Trotwood program has been very kind to the Wolverines in recent years.

Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage wide receiver/athlete Brian Cole - Offered
Cole has an argument for being the top prospect in Michigan for the 2015 class. He's a versatile defensive back and wideout for Heritage, though most schools are looking at the 6-2, 200-pounder as an offensive prospect at this point. He has visited Michigan multiple times this season already.

Dublin (Ohio) Scioto linebacker Nick Conner
Conner has impressive size at 6-3, 215 pounds, and was a playmaker as a junior for his Dublin Scioto team. He holds Illinois and Kentucky offers and could be a candidate for one from U-M.

La Grange (Ohio) Keystone tight end C.J. Conrad
Conrad has tentatively planned other trips to Ann Arbor this fall, but hasn't made it yet. However, this weekend is the big one for the early four-star, a 6-5, 220-pound prospect. He has a dozen other offers, and could be a Michigan prospect.

St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall defensive end Jashon Cornell - Maybe
Cornell is a 6-3, 235-pounder and one of the Midwest's top 2015 prospects. In fact, one outlet has named him the top prospect in the country - though that's a mantle he'll have to earn from Rivals.com. He has visited Ann Arbor multiple times already, and hopes to make the trip this weekend.

Champaign (Ill.) Centennial quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald
A 6-2, 215-pounder, Fitzgerald is a true pro-style quarterback and already holds offers from a couple Ivy schools along with Akron and Illinois. This will be his first trip to Ann Arbor.

Cincinnati St. Xavier linebacker Justin Hilliard
If Baker isn't the top linebaker in Ohio next year, Hilliard is. The 6-2, 225-pounder already has the size to play bigtime college football, and a couple dozen offers to support that. Older brother C.J. is an Iowa commit, but the four-star is not guaranteed to follow in those footsteps.

Auburn Hills (Mich.) Avondale running back Joshuwa Holloman
Holloman is not the biggest back in the world - just about 5-11 and 185 pounds - but he's one of the fastest in the 2015 class. Although he's still looking for his first offer, a reported sub-4.3 40-yard dash at Alabama's camp over the summer turned some heads. This is his first trip to Ann Arbor.

Pittsburgh (Pa.) Baldwin offensive lineman Sterling Jenkins - Offered
Jenkins could be the most important visitor of the weekend for Michigan. The 6-9, 310-pound four-star held Michigan in high early esteem, and his friendship with U-M commits Chase Winovich and Michael Ferns helps. However, he's visited several other campuses this fall without seeing Michigan, so the Wolverines will have to make a strong first (game atmosphere) impression.

Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr.
Kirkland visited Ann Arbor for the Nebraska loss a couple weeks ago, and will take another trip up North to see U-M play Ohio State. The 6-2, 215-pounder comes from a talented team in the Indianapolis area, and he already holds a few Division I offers.

Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone
Malzone is a lifelong Michigan fan who has been to several games over the years as a fan - and the most recent couple as a recruit. The 6-2, 190-pounder is hopeful that he can be in the next wave of Michigan offers at the position. He will try to lead his Brother Rice team to its third straight state title on the eve of the Michigan visit.

Millburn (N.J.) tight end/athlete Jake Pickard
Pickard is a multi-positional threat: he was all-state as a punter this fall, in addition to his duties as an offensive and defensive tackle. The 6-6, 225-pounder has a U-M connection - his dad, Andrew, played with Brady Hoke at Michigan - and a Wolverine offer could make a huge impact on him.

Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's defensive back Tyson Smith - maybe
Smith started at quarterback and cornerback for an Eaglets program that had an unexpectedly poor season this fall, missing the state playoffs. The 5-10, 170-pounder has already picked up offers from Michigan State and others, and is hopeful that he can make it to Ann Arbor this weekend.

Jackson (Ohio) linebacker Reagan Williams
Williams is a huge - 6-2, 235-pound - high school linebacker with the mobility to be a difference-maker in college, as well. He is an early four-star prospect with offers from Kent State and Ohio University.

2016 Prospects

Clinton Township (Mich.) Chippewa Valley safety Stefan Claiborne
Claiborne is a 6-1, 180-pounder who is still adapting to life as a football player - though he's an accomplished athlete on the track. He's forgoing basketball this winter to build mass for football. He visited Michigan for the Nebraska game two weeks ago.

Trotwood (Ohio) Madison quarterback Messiah DeWeaver
The 6-2, 184-pound DeWeaver has plenty of early attention from Michigan. He has already visited several times, including a multi-day camp appearance and the 2016 Barbecue at the Big House.

St. Clairsville (Ohio) linebacker Brendan Ferns
Ferns is the younger brother of 2014 U-M commit Michael, who will enroll in Ann Arbor just a few weeks after this game. He's already taller than big bro, standing 6-4, 225 pounds, and could develop into just as high-caliber a prospect.

Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill defensive end Lawrence Gordon
Gordon is a 6-5, 235-pounder who is developing his game to match his impressive physique. He attended the 2016 Barbecue at the Big House earlier this summer. He is a friend of 2015 wideout Brian Cole.

Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academiy linebacker Dele' Harding - maybe
Harding is a teammate of 2014 Michigan commits Freddy Canteen and Brandon Watson. He impressed at Michigan's camp this summer, and though he didn't pick up an offer, he earned plenty of attention from Michigan coaches. He attended the Barbecue at the Big House with his older teammates, and should be an offer candidate down the road.

Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's linebacker/athlete Daelin Hayes
Hayes is a local product - and a cousin of U-M junior running back/wideout Justice Hayes - and should develop into one of the top 2016 players in the state of Michigan. The St. Mary's program has sent several players - including linebacker James Ross - to Michigan in recent years. The 6-2, 200-pound Hayes could be next.

Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Lavert Hill
Hill is the younger brother of U-M freshman safety Delano Hill, and though he's smaller than his older bro at just 5-10, 165 pounds, he's also a natural cover corner who made an impact as a sophomore starter for the Technicians this fall. He has visited for multiple games already this fall, but had playoff contests of his own during the two most recent games in Michigan Stadium.

Saline (Mich.) quarterback Joshua Jackson
A recent transfer from Ann Arbor Huron High School, Jackson is the younger brother of U-M senior wideout Jeremy Jackson (and son of Michigan running backs coach Fred Jackson). The 6-4, 185-pounder has visited U-M for every home game in recent memory.

O'Fallon (Ill.) running back Kentrail Moran
Moran is a 5-9, 185-pound back that will probably be much bigger by the time he reaches college. He is a Michigan fan, and impressed at the Rivals Camp Series in St. Louis over the summer.

Detroit Cass Tech defensive/offensive lineman Michael Onwenu
Onwenu played mostly offensive tackle this season, but his body type indicates that the interior of the offensive or defensive line could be his best position going forward. The 6-2, 330-pounder is built like a fireplug, and could be a dominating defensive tackle if he gets the chance next year.

Farmington (Mich.) linebacker David Reese
Reese is already a two-year starter for Farmington, and made a big impact on the field as a sophomore this fall. At 6-1, 230 pounds, he may still be growing and could end up on the defensive line depending on how tall he gets. His father played at Michigan State.

Detroit Cass Tech wide receiver Demetric Vance
Vance is breaking the mold of mighty-mites athletes at Cass Tech, and the 6-2, 180-pound wideout worked his way into the lineup as a sophomore this fall. He has tried to work out a visit to Ann Arbor all fall, and will finally have the opportunity - albeit because his team has been eliminated from the playoffs.

2017 Prospects

St. Joseph (Mich.) defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher
Malone-Hatcher visited for the Nebraska game a couple weeks ago, and at the time, his father, Orlando, was unsure whether he would return for the season finale. The 6-3, 210-pounder has plenty of potential, and looks to step up his game this offseason.

Detroit Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones
Peoples-Jones, one of the stars of Cass Tech's talented freshman class, hopes to make the trip, though nothing is set in stone yet. The 6-2, 180-pounder missed the first half of the season with injury, but displayed his talent during Cass Tech's playoff run, which was cut short in the state semifinals.

Detroit Cass Tech defensive back Jaylen Powell
Powell was a standout on offense as a youth player, but Cass Tech's reputation of great defensive backs prompted the 6-0, 170-pounder to flip to the other side of the ball. That move already seems to be paying dividends, and he was the first freshman to earn playing time in the secondary for the Technicians in several years.

Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's linebacker Joshua Ross
Ross is the younger brother of U-M sophomore linebacker James Ross III, and could end up just as highly touted a recruit. He's already taller at 6-2, and started for the Eaglet's varsity as a freshman - something James never did.

2014 Commits

Hinsdale (Ill.) Central tight end Ian Bunting
Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy wide receiver Freddy Canteen
Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake offensive lineman Mason Cole
St. Clairsville (Ohio) linebacker Michael Ferns
Kenton (Ohio) linebacker Noah Furbush
Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian wide receiver Drake Harris
Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier defensive tackle Brady Pallante
Richmond (Va.) Collegiate School quarterback Wilton Speight
Warren (Mich.) De La Salle linebacker Jared Wangler
Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy defensive back Brandon Watson
Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day wide receiver Maurice Ways
Jefferson Hills (Mich.) Thomas Jefferson linebacker Chase Winovich

2015 Commits

Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake wide receiver George Campbell
Massillon (Ohio) Washington kicker Andrew David
Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern running back Damien Harris

2016 Commits

Downers Grove (Ill.) South offensive lineman Erik Swenson

Stay tuned in the next couple days for further updates to the list, and return Saturday to see which recruits are actually spotted in town the day of The Game.


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