2010 Michigan Recruiting Predictions: Quarterbacks
With Michigan's 2009 recruting class completed, it's time to work on the 2010 additions.
With that in mind, here is an early projection of what could make up Michigan's 2010 class.
As it stands right now, Michigan is expected to have 19 possible scholarship openings. That is three more than originally expected. The loss of Steve Threet and Tony Clemons to transfers, and Andre Criswell to injury, really hurt the Wolverines.
By the time fall comes around, it wouldn't be a surprise to see more players defect from the program, nor would it be a surprise to see some fifth year seniors not asked back.
Come National Signing Day in 2010, Michigan should once again be looking to sign 20+ kids in its next class. A rough estimate would be anywhere between 20-23 scholarship openings.
Everyone is aware of Michigan's struggles at quarterback last year. This year Michigan returns just one quarterback with game experience, in red-shirt junior Nick Sheridan, a walk-on.
This year, it seems all of Michigan's hopes are pinned on true freshman signal callers Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson.
Depth is still an issue for the Wolverines and adding Tate and Denard in the '09 class isn't enough to satisfy coach Rich Rodriguez.
So expect Rich and company to pick up a few more quarterbacks for the 2010 class.
Now, without further ado, here are the 2010 Quarterback projections...
Devin Gardner (Inkster HS; Inkster, MI)
The 6'5", 200 lb signal caller from Inkster, MI is the top prospect on Michigan's board.
Early speculation has him leaving high school as the top player in the state of Michigan and possibly the top dual-threat in the nation. He is still a very raw passer, and according to his coach he will not change his mechanics until he gets to college.
Gardner's rare size, mobility, and running ability has drawn a lot of comparisons to Vince Young. Gardner is a Rivals.com 250 player and made a commitment to the Wolverines a week ago.
Christian Green (Tampa Catholic HS; Tampa, FL)
The 6'2", 185 lb, Christian Green out of Tampa, FL, is one of the top athletes in the nation.
Michigan offensive coordinator Calvin McGee is a former head coach at Green's high school. Green is a highly talented QB with a strong arm and great accuracy.
Between him and Gardner, he has the better arm but is inferior to Gardner in mobility.
Green's connections are strong to FSU however, making him a tough pull. Wants to play WR in college but will play QB if that is what he is asked to do.
Jeffrey Godfrey (Miami Central HS; Miami, FL)
Godfrey comes out of probably the most talent rich region in the United States—Miami. At 6'0", 180 lbs, Godfrey's a talented kid with a powerful arm, who passed for 2,998 yards as a junior.
He may be the best all around quarterback of the guys listed in this section.
Originally, Miami was the leader, but he recently moved Michigan up and now has them at No. 1. The commitment of Gardner may have hurt this one, but there is still a lot of time left until National Signing Day.
Cornelius Jones (Spartanburg HS; Spartanburg, SC)
In the fall of 09' Jones will be starting just his second year as a QB. He has a lot of talent but is very raw, yet he has still caught many schools' attention.
Standing at 6'3" and 185 lbs, Jones caught the attention of schools everywhere despite playing on a poor team under a first year head coach. Jones still managed to find success in just his first year, even as his team struggled.
Claiming Michigan as his top choice, it appears a commitment from him may be imminent as soon as he and his coach make it on a visit this spring.
Other Quarterback Prospects
Stephen Morris (Monsignor Pace GS; Miami, FL)
Robert Bolden (St. Mary Preparatory School; Orchard Lake, MI)
Malik Stokes (Northeast HS; Philadelphia, PA—little brother of '09 signee, WR Je'Ron Stokes)
Expect two commitments at the QB position.
One will be from elite prospect Devin Gardner, who is already committed and will stay that way, and the other from Cornelius Jones.
At worst, both should be four star kids, Gardner will most likely finish as a five star. If Rich and staff pull a miracle, then Jeffrey Godfrey may be a future Wolverine as well, but only if UM lands one QB before his commitment.
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