Thursday, July 2, 2015

2015 Season Countdown: #59 Da'Mario Jones

Da'Mario Jones
Name: Da'Mario Jones
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 199 lbs.
High school: Westland (MI) John Glenn
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Junior
Jersey number: #10
Last year: I ranked Jones #61 and said he would be a backup wide receiver with 2 catches for 29 yards. He caught 1 pass for 11 yards.

The deployment of Jones was a little confusing last year, to be honest. He was the type of player who Brady Hoke liked to use in the slot, but when few receivers were effective, Jones never seemed to get much of a shot to play. The coaching staff stuck with the same guys over and over, guys who couldn't get the job done. He made his 1 catch for 11 yards in the Miami-OH game early in the season, and that was it.

Jones looks like a slot guy and maybe a player who could help with returns, but there have been questions about his hands. He did not create any buzz during the spring, and that does not bode well for his future. Still, I have hopes for him as an athlete and I think he can help the team in a few ways. I have heard rumors about him as a transfer candidate, and Michigan gave incoming freshman quarterback Zach Gentry the #10 jersey also. Since two players can't be on the field with the same number - and I've heard that the coaches do plan to use Gentry this year - then something might have to give. Regardless, I'm putting Jones here at #59 because I think he has the talent to be a contributor in multiple phases of the game.

Prediction: Backup wide receiver, special teamer

Recruiting Update: July 2, 2015

Camden (NJ) Camden center Cesar Ruiz
(image via 247Sports.com)
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ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017

Camden (NJ) Camden center Cesar Ruiz was offered by Michigan. He's a 6'4", 290 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Penn State, and Rutgers, among others. He's a 247 Sports 4-star, the #1 center, and #257 overall. Ruiz is a powerful blocker who actually struggles a bit with snapping, but he could play some guard if the snapping thing becomes an issue long-term. Camden is also the home of 2016 defensive end Ron Johnson, Jr. and wide receiver Brad Hawkins, the former of whom is committed to Michigan and the latter of whom will quite possibly be a Wolverine by Friday. Michigan is the early leader.

Fort Lauderdale (FL) American Heritage cornerback Marco Wilson was offered by Michigan. He's a 5'10", 163 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Ohio State, and South Carolina, among others. He's a 247 Sports 4-star, the #12 cornerback, and #185 overall. He's a quick, hard-nosed kid with good instincts. The early leader appears to be the Gamecocks.

Hit the jump for several guys who committed elsewhere, plus some random bits.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Detroit News: Harbaugh reiterates belief Pipkins should not play football

Jim Harbaugh told the press that he believes Ondre Pipkins should not continue to play football (LINK).

Hit the jump for some beautiful women, including a gif of Melanie Iglesias.

Maize 'n' Brew: Jim Harbaugh's awkward interview with Colin Cowherd

Maize 'n' Brew has video, a transcript, and some follow-up info on the awkward radio interview between Colin Cowherd and Jim Harbaugh (LINK).

Hit the jump for some pictures of beautiful ladies.

Scout 300 for 2017 released

Detroit (MI) King cornerback Ambry Thomas is the
nation's #116 player overall, according to Scout
Yesterday, Scout released its top 100 prospects for 2017, and I pulled out the ones relevant to Michigan (LINK). Here are the top 300 prospects for 2017 (LINK). Below are the players offered by Michigan:

102. Osiris St. Brown - WR - CA
103. Brian Polendey - TE - CA
105. Breyon Gaddy - OT - VA
113. Tarik Black - WR - CT
116. Ambry Thomas - CB - MI
122. Fred Hansard - DT - NJ
126. Josh Ross - LB - MI
131. Darnell Ewell - OG - VA
133. Jamyest Williams - CB - GA
137. Nathan Tilford - ATH - CA
144. Sione Heimuli-Lund - ATH - UT
148. Jaylen Harris - WR - OH
150. Maleik Gray - S - TN
153. Jaylon Redd - CB - CA
154. Paris Ford - S - PA
156. Kyshaun Bryan - RB - FL
162. Robert Hainsey - OT - PA
166. Bruce Jordan-Swilling - ATH - LA
179. Jacoby Stevens - WR - TN
193. LeAnthony Williams - CB - GA
194. Ja'Raymond Hall - OT - MI
197. Andrew Thomas - OT - GA
203. Daquon Green - WR - FL
207. Jordan McNair - OT - MD
210. William Poole III - CB - GA
216. K.J. Hamler - WR - MI
218. Leonard Warner - LB - GA
229. Todd Sibley - RB - OH (Ohio State)
237. Charles Reeves - TE - OH
238. Marco Wilson - CB - FL
239. Allen Stritzinger - RB - MI
241. Jimmy Jaggers - TE - CA
245. Cesar Ruiz - C - NJ
262. Taariq Johnson - TE - CA
263. Drew Singleton - LB - NJ
266. Corey Malone-Hatcher - DE - MI
268. J'Marick Woods - S - AL
272. M.J. Webb - DE - GA
291. J.T. Cauthen - WR - NC

2015 Season Countdown: #60 Allen Gant

Allen Gant
Name: Allen Gant
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225 lbs.
High school: Sylvania (OH) Southview
Position: Linebacker
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #12
Last year: I ranked Gant #56 and said he would be a backup linebacker and special teamer. He made 5 tackles.

The Wolverines have been rather deep at the linebacker positions for the past couple years, which can perhaps explain why it has been difficult for Gant to see the field much. Last season he was behind a couple other players at SAM linebacker, and when Michigan used its nickel package - which happened quite a bit - the SAM linebacker was taken off the field altogether. So for a second year in a row, Gant was essentially limited to special teams, where he made 5 tackles.

Nothing much should change in 2015. Michigan lost middle linebacker Jake Ryan to graduation and the NFL, but everyone else returns at the position group, except Michael Ferns (who transferred after his freshman year) and Chase Winovich (who transitioned to offense). Those two freshmen were behind Gant, anyway, so the struggle for playing time remains. On the plus side for Gant, four senior linebackers will graduate after the upcoming season and he looks to have put on some of the weight he has been lacking the last few years. On the negative side, the coaching staff is recruiting a ton of linebackers in the 2016 class, and if they don't think he can be a major contributor next season, this could be his final campaign in the Maize and Blue.

Prediction: Backup linebacker, special teamer

Video: Jim Harbaugh press conference at Detroit Tigers game