Michigan Football Recruiting Update: Signing Day Edition

Ryan JelleyAnalyst IJanuary 28, 2009

It's only seven days away now, National Signing Day. The first day that high school recruits from across the nation can sign their letters of intent and solidify which school that they will play for the next three or four years.

And just like every other year Michigan is still in it for some of the nation's top players who will make their announcements next Wednesday. Michigan also finished up their final visiting weekend with a couple surprise visitors.

The Final Weekend

This past weekend Michigan played host to three official visitors: QB Austin Dantin, DT Dequinta Jones, and WR/TE Terrell Mitchell. Dantin of Florida came in knowing there was a chance he could be offered, he left without one.

Mitchell has held an offer from the Wolverines since early spring but was never heavily recruited due to academic issues. It now looks like he will qualify for NCAA standards, but not Michigan standards.

Jones committed very early in the recruiting process. He has began to waver in the past month visiting other campuses, but it looks like this visit solidified his commitment.

Besides the official visitors there were quite a few unofficial visitors in town too. Michigan commits DE Craig Roh and CB Justin Turner both stopped in on Saturday to meet new DC Greg Robinson and meet the official visitors at the basketball game. Both were very impressed and Roh was more excited than ever to join the Maize and Blue.

The two top juniors in Michigan also stopped in for the game. QB Devin Gardner was supposed to come for the Ohio State game earlier that week but was snowed in. So instead stopped in for the game on his way down to the Ohio State junior day.

This is good news because Gardner grew up an Ohio State fan because he loved the color red and is considered a heavy Buckeye lean. The more Michigan can get him on campus the better shot they have at landing him.

DE William Gholston was also at the game. Gholston is a very big surprise as he has already named OSU and MSU his leaders, but has showed up on Michigan's campus numerous times before this, could they be catching up?


What can we expect from Signing Day?

There are always some surprises on signing day, like Michigan stealing Roy Roundtree and Michael Shaw from Purdue and Penn State, but there are also those players that are certain to sign. Here is what it looks like now:

Players That Are Likely To Sign                       Likely To Sign Elsewhere

DB Justin Turner                                                   DT Pearlie Graves

ATH Jeremy Gallon                                                WR Travante Stallworth

DE Craig Roh                                                        OT Marcus Hall

WR Cameron Gordon                                              TE Terrell Mitchell

OT Taylor Lewan                                                  WR Willie Haulstead

OT Michael Schofield

RB Fitzgerald Touissant

LB Isiah Bell

RB Teric Jones

ATH Thomas Gordon

K Brendan Gibbons

WR Je'ron Stokes (Tennessee commit)

QB Denard Robinson (uncommitted)

DB Adrian Witty (uncommited)

Those are the players the analysts are fairly certain will either sign with U of M or go elsewhere, but what about those U of M targets that are have been very quiet about there recruitment or are still uncertain?

DE Sam Montgomery- Montgomery recruitment has been very up-and-down for the Wolverines. When he named his final five Michigan was included but in last place. After his visit to Ann Arbor he then named Michigan his leader. He recently visited UNC and then named everyone even again.

He visited LSU this past weekend and loved it but LSU has just replaced some on their defensive staff and could impact his choice. Tuesday he canceled his visit to Oregon, but has one final official to Tennessee this upcoming weekend.

Despite a good visit to LSU, and being his early favorite, it looks like it could be a Tennessee-Michigan battle. A surprise pick would be for him to sign with in-state programs Clemson or South Carolina.

OL Quinton Washington- Washington has been one of the quietest and slowest with the recruiting process. Washington made a visit to Michigan back in September and since then has visited Clemson and South Carolina and will visit Miami this upcoming weekend. When Washington speaks about his recruitment, which isn't often, has spoke very highly of U of M but it will be very difficult to pull him out of the South.

DT Dequinta Jones- Jones, like I mentioned before, has been wavering from his commitment. Jones commited to Michigan after watching the ESPN title town program for Ann Arbor. He had never been on Michigan's campus and had only spoken to the coaches by phone. Now that he has made some visits and been to Ann Arbor he looks a little more solid but no one can be sure when it comes to NSD. This is a situation where Multiple SEC schools and Michigan will fax him letters to sign and we will have to see which he sends back.


Looking forward to 2010 Michigan Recruiting

DE Derrick Bryant is fairly certain he would like to end the recruiting process early and this bodes well for Michigan. Though from Columbus, OH, Bryant grew up a big Michigan fan and it looks like he could become the newest member of their class. Michigan also just offered QB Robert Bolden, Bolden a Michigan-native also holds offers from MSU, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, and Colorado.

Now that recruiting will be picking up I will begin to write one of these each week, thanks for reading.



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