Friday, April 18, 2014

MLive: Six position battles to watch, including Jabrill Peppers conundrum

It will be very interesting to see how the Jabrill Peppers situation plays itself out, but there are some other battles going on, too. Nick Baumgardner highlights some of them.

Hit the jump for Suelyn Medeiros and her backside.

Welcome to the Weekend

Start enjoying your weekend with a few pictures of some lookers.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MLive: Hoke says Michigan is near a championship level

Nick Baumgardner put together a piece that highlights Brady Hoke's confidence in his team. Do you agree?

Hit the jump for Kelly Karloff wearing at least a bit of clothing.

Top 247 for 2016 released


Downers Grove (IL) South offensive tackle Erik Swenson
247 Sports released its top 247 players for the class of 2016. Normally, I just list the offered players, but since this is so early for a class of 2016 list, I'll also be listing players with connections to Michigan and/or from the Big Ten imprint that Michigan normally recruits. Offered players are denoted by an asterisk, and the only Michigan offeree not on the list is Georgia offensive lineman E.J. Price.

Michigan commit Erik Swenson starts off at #233 on the list.

5-stars:
1. Greg Little - OT - Louisiana*
7. Liam Eichenberg - OT - Ohio*
10. Rashan Gary - DT - New Jersey*

4-stars:
12. Dexter Lawrence - DT - North Carolina*
16. Isaac Nauta - TE - Georgia*
17. Willie Allen - OT - Louisiana*
18. Kareem Walker - RB - New Jersey*
20. Ben Bredeson - OT - Wisconsin*
33. John Raridon - OG - Iowa
35. Tommy Kraemer - OT - Ohio
41. Rahshaud Smith - DE - Maryland
43. Trevon Diggs - ATH - Maryland
44. Michael Menet - OT - Pennsylvania
45. Josh King - DE - Illinois
47. Shaquille Quarterman - LB - Florida
49. Scott Bracey - WR - Virginia*
51. Brendan Ferns - LB - Ohio
55. Prince Sammons - DE - Ohio
56. Sam Bruce - WR - Florida*
62. Steven Smothers - WR - Maryland
83. Cameron Chambers - WR - New Jersey
89. Justin Layne - WR - Ohio
91. Ethan Tucky - LB - Ohio
93. Jarrett Guarantano - QB - New Jersey
99. Brandon McIlwain - QB - Pennsylvania
106. Martell Pettaway - RB - Michigan
109. Kaden Smith - TE - Texas*
111. Quayshon Alexander - DE - New Jersey
118. Jovanny Garcia - DT - Minnesota
126. Daelin Hayes - LB - Michigan*
129. Eric Burrell - S - Maryland
131. Cary Angeline - TE - Pennsylvania
135. Tuf Borland - LB - Illinois
138. Jonathon Cooper - DE - Ohio
147. Zack Sandwisch - LB - Ohio
149. Lawrence Gordon - DE - Michigan
152. Brad Hawkins - WR - New Jersey
153. Damar Hamlin - CB - Pennsylvania
157. Hasise Dubois - WR - New Jersey
158. Shane Simmons - DE - Maryland
164. Tyrece Speaight - CB - Ohio
165. Naseir Upshur - TE - Pennsylvania
171. Bryan Brokop - OT - Illinois
176. Sonny Abramson - QB - New Jersey
182. Seth Green - QB - Minnesota
183. Jake Hausmann - TE - Ohio
184. Ellison Jordan - DT - Maryland
197. Trent Maynard - OT - Indiana
200. Miles Sanders - RB - Pennsylvania*
213. J.P. Urquidez - OT - Maryland
216. Mike Waters - RB - Pennsylvania
224. Anthony Long - OT - Pennsylvania
225. Tino Ellis - WR - Maryland
227. Thiyo Lukusa - OT - Michigan*
230. Luke Farrell - TE - Ohio
233. Erik Swenson - OT - Illinois (Michigan)
239. Joseph Jackson - DE - Florida*
245. Messiah DeWeaver - QB - Ohio
247. Jalen Martin - WR - Michigan

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MLive: Athlon ranks Hoke #38 coach in country, #8 in Big Ten

Athlon got done with their rankings of all the coaches nationally, and Michigan's very own Brady Hoke came in at #38. Of course, a lot of this comes down to team performance, so it ignores outside factors. So take it with a grain of salt. One good season could vault him ahead of several of those coaches and put him back in the upper echelon.

Hit the jump for Katee Owen, including a GIF that will bring you joy.

ESPN 300 for 2015 updated

Richmond (VA) St. Christopher's cornerback Garrett Taylor
is Michigan's top-rated commit
ESPN released its updated top 300 players for the class of 2015. Here's what it looked like back in November.

Movement for Michigan commits:
- Garrett Taylor appears at #106. He did not have an offer in November, so I'm not sure where he was ranked.
- Shaun Crawford fell from #73 to #154
- Tyree Kinnel jumps into the top 300 at #182 overall

3. Kevin Toliver II - CB - Florida (LSU)
4. Josh Sweat - DE - Virginia
6. Terry Beckner, Jr. - DE - Illinois
7. Mitch Hyatt - OT - Georgia (Clemson)
10. Tim Settle - DT - Virginia
11. George Campbell - WR - Florida
12. Kendall Sheffield - CB - Texas
13. Justin Hilliard - LB - Ohio
16. Jashon Cornell - DE - Minnesota
17. Rasheem Green - DT - California
18. Keisean Lucier-South - DE - California
19. Josh Rosen - QB - California (UCLA)
20. Iman Marshall - CB - California
22. Shy Tuttle - DT - North Carolina
24. Jeff Holland - LB - Florida
26. Tyron Johnson - WR - Louisiana
27. Damien Harris - RB - Kentucky
31. Minkah Fitzpatrick - CB - New Jersey
37. Jarrett Stidham - QB - Texas (Texas Tech)
38. Malik Jefferson - LB - Texas
45. Christian Kirk - WR - Arizona
48. Jacques Patrick - RB - Florida
50. Ronald Jones II - RB - Texas (Oklahoma State)
54. Blake Barnett - QB - California (Notre Dame)
55. Adonis Thomas - LB - Georgia
56. Hale Hentges - TE - Missouri
58. Drew Richmond - OT - Tennessee
63. DaMarkus Lodge - WR - Texas
65. Sterling Jenkins - OT - Pennsylvania
66. Jerome Baker, Jr. - LB - Ohio
69. Devonaire Clarington - TE - Florida
70. Soso Jamabo - RB - Texas
76. Anthony Wheeler - LB - Texas
80. Johnny Frasier - RB - North Carolina
81. Hjalte Froholdt - DT - Ohio (Arkansas)
83. Jake Fruhmorgen - OT - Florida (Clemson)
90. Jalen Dalton - DE - North Carolina
93. Keenan Walker - OT - Arizona
95. Christian Pellage - OT - Florida
100. Ryan Bates - OT - Pennsylvania (Penn State)
101. Clelin Ferrell - DE - Virginia
104. Chris Clark - TE - Connecticut
106. Garrett Taylor - CB - Virginia (Michigan)
116. Devante Peete - WR - Florida
122. Osa Masina - LB - Utah
135. Ty'Son Williams - RB - South Carolina
136. Jordan Whitehead - CB - Pennsylvania
137. Brian Cole - ATH - Michigan
152. Michael Weber - RB - Michigan
154. Shaun Crawford - CB - Ohio (Michigan)
158. Joshua McMillon - LB - Tennessee
159. Darian Roseboro - DE - North Carolina
162. John Reid - CB - Pennsylvania
181. Juwan Johnson - WR - New Jersey (Penn State)
182. Tyree Kinnel - S - Ohio (Michigan)
219. Rashard Causey, Jr. - CB - Florida
235. Grant Newsome - OT - New Jersey
250. Cameron Townsend - LB - Texas
265. Darrin Kirkland, Jr. - LB - Indiana
283. Josh Barajas - LB - Indiana (Penn State)
300. Asmar Bilal - LB - Indiana

April 2014 Coach Visits

Today marked the beginning of the spring evaluation period, so it's open season on high school recruits once again. We should see some more offers going out soon, including to 2015 quarterbacks as Michigan tries to fill the most important position on the field for the upcoming class.

Players will be listed in order of being the most recent visit, so new additions will be placed at the top of each cycle's list. Offered players are noted with an asterisk.

2015
Alex Malzone - QB - Bloomfield Hills (MI) Brother Rice
Brian Lewerke - QB - Phoenix (AZ) Pinnacle
Zach Gentry - QB - Albuquerque (NM) Eldorado
Brian Cole - WR - Saginaw (MI) Heritage*
Michael Weber - RB - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech*
David Moorman - OT - Northville (MI) Northville
Miles Boykin - WR - New Lenox (IL) Providence Catholic

2016
David Reese - LB - Farmington (MI) Farmington
Desmond Fitzpatrick - WR - Farmington (MI) Farmington
Daelin Hayes - LB - Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary's*
Mikale Washington - QB - Detroit (MI) King

2017
Joshua Ross - LB - Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary's*