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2009 Recruiting Update 11-13-08

The Board.

Moved to Committed:
TX K Brendan Gibbons.

Added:
SC S DJ Swearinger. Michigan has called the onetime target and former Tennessee commit.
Other Tennessee commits may start dominating this category sometime soon.

New Information:
FL RB commit Vincent Smith. Scouting report from SoFlaFootball.
LA DT commit DeQuinta Jones. Still looking at Oklahoma State (Alabama is the other school he's still considering, for the record).
MI DT ex-commit William Campbell. Here's his recruiting schedule for the rest of the fall. Sam Webb thinks OL might be his best fit (audio).
SC DE Sam Montgomery. He's definitely still planning to come on an official.
MD LB Jelani Jenkins. Committed to the awesomely-named Maryland Crab Bowl. Michigan is expected to be in his next cut (audio) - but it's getting into the top 5 that's important.
OH S/LB Isaiah Bell. Taking his official visit this weekend (info in header). I'd assume Fitzgerald Toussaint comes along with him.

Removed:
FL QB Eugene Smith. Committed to West Virginia.
SC DE Chris Bonds. Eliminates Michigan from consideration. In case you didn't believe me the first time.
FL LB Jon Bostic. Uh, not quite sure why he's still on the board anyway. Michigan is out of it.
AL CB Dre Kirkpatrick. I don't know how he managed to go this long without an article explicitly trimming his list, but now there's assurance he can be removed.

Etc.:
Still elsewhere-committed, GA WR Jamal Patterson is hearing from Michigan regardless. Might they be able to convince him to take a visit?
MD RB Tavon Austin is supposed to announced sometime very soon, but I predict his choice will be between WVU and UNC.

Analysis:
QBs on the board committing elsewhere should be something we get used to: Michigan is unlikely to grab another one, but none on the board have technically eliminated the Wolverines, so on the board they stay. The Wolverines will probably start looking for more DB prospects, so keep an eye out. The outside WR position is also yet to be filled, and it's looking like a prospect who is or has been committed to another school may end up filling the role.

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“2009 Recruiting Update 11-13-08”

  1. Anonymous jacques auef Says:

    Per Sam Webb, Jelani announcing that UM will get an official visit is what is key as part of his top 5. I don't believe he will come to UM, but that's my gut feeling.

    As for another QB. Don't count that out if there's a really good ATH/QB out there who can come in and learn the offense at QB while still projecting as a WR or slot.