Linebacker and defensive tackle are our biggest needs for the remainder of the 2013 class. This could be a good week (and month!) for Michigan.
Reminder: this last may change. I’ll update as soon as I hear anything else.
1. 4* CB Tim Harris out of Richmond, VA (visit has been changed to March 10th)
Harris is an excellent 4* cornerback with surprisingly few offers. Rivals ranks him 161st in the nation and he has excellent height and weight for a cornerback. He stands 6’2” and 173 pounds and he also runs a 4.48 second 40. He holds 6 offers, Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. It’s very interesting to me that his only two Big Ten offers come from Michigan and Ohio State. Harris, however, has said multiple times that the school to beat is Virginia. It was his first offer and he is intrigued by the idea of staying close to home. He does not plan on deciding any time soon. We’ll see if that changes if he does indeed visit this weekend.
2. 4* LB Ben Gedeon out of Hudson, OH
Gedeon is a favorite LB prospect of mine but I hadn’t really considered him an option since he’s from Ohio. Not that Hoke hasn’t been recruiting the hell out of Ohio, but Gedeon has Michigan and Ohio State in his top group. Ugh. That shouldn’t take away from his excellent ball skills though. Rivals ranks Gedeon 224th overall in the nation. He stands 6’3” and 215 pounds and has lots of offers. Offers include Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford, and Tennessee. Gedeon is actually an excellent athlete, but is mainly being offered as a linebacker. He wasn’t planning on taking any more visits until after his basketball season, but the coaches have been trying to convince him otherwise. They know as well as we do how fast this class is filling up. To get Gedeon on campus (other than for a game) would be huge, because it’s basically a forgone conclusion that he would be blown away. To steal another one from under Urban’s nose? Would be oh, so nice...
3. 4* DT Darius Latham out of Indianapolis, IN (visit date has been changed)
We all know DT is a position of need for the 2013 class. Latham is an excellent 4* DT out of Indiana. He stands 6’5” and 275 pounds. He has an impressive offer list, including offers from Michigan, Auburn, Florida, and Tennessee. Latham has the size and athleticism to play on both sides of the ball, which is something the coaches are interested in. There’s not much news out on Latham other than he’s pretty awesome. Good enough for me.
4. 4* LB Mike McCray out of (Tuesday visit)
McCray is a 4* outside linebacker who Rivals ranks 44th overall in the nation. He has more than 20 offers including ones from Michigan, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. I’m surprised he does not have more big-time offers, although I’m also kind of relieved. Hopefully he is impressed with how early on Michigan realized his talent. This kid is a beast. He stands 6’4” and 230 pounds and runs a 4.61 40. McCray came from the same high school as Roy Roundtree, Michael Shaw, and Brandon Moore. His 2013 teammate Cameron Burrows, however, is already committed to Ohio State. Even though McCray doesn’t have an OSU offer yet, I can promise you he will eventually. Luckily for us, I don’t think that will matter. McCray has a large interest in Michigan right now. He is good friends with Michigan commits from Ohio, Taco Charlton and Jaron Dukes. He has said that he could see himself at Michigan. The good news is McCray plans on visiting on March 6th and has just decided that he will announce his college choice on March 8th, which of course bodes well for Wolverine Nation. It would have been an easy and educated guess to assume Ohio State would land McCray but like I said, they haven’t offered him yet. Not to mention he has said they aren’t recruiting him right now, unlike Michigan who is going after him hard. Rivals came out with an early list of the top Ohio prospects yesterday and McCray was #5. Ridiculous considering the talent coming out of Ohio this year. Hopefully we hear good news on the 8th. McCray's top-6 include Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona, Tennessee, Illinois, and South Carolina.
Side note: Sounds like 4* LB Dorian O’Daniel has Michigan atop his list. As does 4* LB E.J. Levenberry. Do we have room for more than 2 LBs? As I said, I think Gedeon is a long-shot despite him saying he’s high on Michigan. We’ll see...
As I also said before, I favor O’Daniel and Levenberry over any other LBs. According to Rivals, O’Daniel is 37th in the nation and Levenberry is 15th (potential 5* alert). Not to mention the potential effect of O’Daniel’s commitment on friend and teammate 5* CB Kendall Fuller. I’m getting myself excited!