Breaking Down Michigan's 22 Recruits on Signing Day
After a tough year in 2008, Rich Rod and his staff were back on the recruiting trail.
They have landed a top ten class this year, featuring a star-studded cast. Michigan picked up some late commitments from highly touted prospects Je'Ron Stokes and Denard Robinson.
Could these playmakers be the difference between Bowling or not Bowling?
QB: Tate Forcier
Tate Forcier is a four star QB out of San Diego, Calif. In his junior season, he threw for 2,387 yards and ran for 733. He also had a completion rate of 77 percent.
He will be competing against Steven Threet and Denard Robinson.
Tate Forcier is will most likely be the quarterback against Western Michigan on Sept. 5. Tate is already enrolled at the school and is taking part in winter conditioning.
QB: Denard Robinson
Denard is a four star ATH out of Dearfield Beach, Fla. He played QB and CB for his high school but, was recruited as a QB for Michigan.
He passed for 1800 yards and ran for 460 yards. Some people have gone so far as to compare him to Pat White.
During the 2009 season, I see him as a guy who comes in and runs trick plays. He will also run direct snaps, and to fool some people, he will pass the ball also. I could see Rich using him as a change-of-pace guy.
RB: Fitzgerald Toussaint
Fitzgerald is a four-star RB out of Jim Tressel's hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. As a senior, he ran for 2,240 yards and 28 TDs.
He is a all-purpose back who can be used in the option and two-back formations.
I see him being redshirted the first year, so he will play all four years, instead of sharing time with Brandon Minor.
RB: Teric Jones
Teric Jones is a three star running back out of Detroit. As a senior, he ran for 1,660 yards and 17 TDs. He also runs a 4.29 40 yard dash.
I believe he is a smaller version of Sam McGuffie with more power.
RB: Vincent Smith
Vincent is a three-star running back out of Pahokee, Fla. As a senior, he ran for over 2,000 yards and scored 30 TDS.
Vincent Smith is a perfect back for the option. He is very similar to Noel Devine from West Virginia.
ATH: Jeremy Gallon
Jeremy Gallon is a four-star athlete out of Apopka, Fla. As a senior, he ran for 1,600 yards and 23 TDs. He also played QB, Safety, and WR.
I see him being the next Martavious Odom in the return game and as a WR.
ATH: Thomas Gordon
Thomas Gordon is a three-star ATH from Detroit. He threw for 1,340 yards and 12 TDs. He ran for 1,128 yards and 11 TDs.
He also had 53 tackles and three interceptions, all as a senior.
I see Thomas playing both sides of the ball, but eventually moving to safety.
WR: Cameron Gordon
Cameron Gordon is a four-star WR out of Inkster, Mich. As a senior, he caught 49 passes for 863 yards and eight TDs.
He will be a big part of our receiving corps in the upcoming years with his 6-foot-2, 211-pound frame.
WR: Je'Ron Stokes
Je'Ron Stokes was a last minute steal from Philadelphia. He is a four-star recruit. During his senior season, he caught 45 passes for 555 yards and five TDs.
He will be our No. 1 receiver in two years. This year they will red-shirt their WR signees because of the depth at that position.
OL: Taylor Lewan
Taylor Lewan is a four-star recruit out of Scottsdale, Ariz.
I believe he will be red-shirted, considering nobody is leaving the line from last year and Michigan has a bunch of redshirted OL.
OL: Michael Schofield
Michael Schofield is a four-star recruit out of Orland Park, Ill. He did not allow a sack as a senior.
I believe he will join Taylor Lewan as a redshirt
OL: Quinton Washington
Quinton Washington is a four-star recruit out of St. Stephen, S.C.
I believe he has enough speed and is big enough to play as a freshman.
K: Brendan Gibbons
Brendan Gibbons is a two-star kicker out of West Palm Beach, Fla.
He will play as a freshman and will not be terrible like K.C. Lopata.
DE: Anthony LaLota
Anthony LaLota is a four-star recruit out of Princeton, N.J. As a senior, he had 52 tackles and 11.5 sacks.
I think he will play as a freshman and have a big impact.
DE: Craig Roh
Craig Roh is a four-star recruit out of Scottsdale, Ariz. He had 129 tackles, 14.5 sacks, one interception, and two fumble recoveries as a senior.
I definitely think he will start and be a star player at Michigan.
DE: William Campbell
William Campbell is a five-star recruit out of Detroit. He had 55 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered, and one touchdown as a senior.
He plays both sides of the ball, and I could see him starting at both in the future. Maybe he could even return kicks like he did in his early years of high school.
LB: Brandin Hawthorne
Brandin Hawthorne is a three star recruit out of Pahokee, Fla. He had 113 tackles, 48 tackles for loss, 27 sacks, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries as a senior.
I think Brandin will be red-shirted.
DB: Isaiah Bell
Isaiah Bell is a three-star recruit out of Youngstown, Ohio. He had 40 tackles and four interceptions as a senior.
I believe he will play at safety as a freshman. He will fill the shoes of Stevie Brown.
DB: Vladimir Emilien
Vladimir Emilien is a four-star recruit out of Lauderhill, Fla. He did not play his senior year to a torn ACL but had three INTs as a Junior.
I believe Vladimir Emilien will be red-shirted.
DB: Mike Jones
Mike Jones is a three-star DB from Orlando, Fla. He had 60 tackles, four sacks, and two blocked kicks during his senior year.
He will be red-shirted.
DB: Adrian Witty
Adrian Witty is a two-star DB from Deerfield Beach, Fla. He had 50 tackles and one interception as a senior.
I believe he will play a lot of CB and safety as a freshman.
DB: Justin Turner
Justin Turner is a four-star DB from Massillon, Ohio. He racked up 24.5 tackles and three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns as a senior.
Justin Turner will start in the secondary anywhere they need him.