Rivals 250 is out! Michigan debuts at #1 in the team rankings for the 2013 recruiting class. But where do the "experts" have our commits at? Well I'll tell you and then I'll let you know what I think about it.
At the tops of the list for Michigan commits is QB Shane Morris at #22. He actually moved down, which confused me. Max Browne is the only QB commit ranked ahead of him. I've seen highlight tape from Browne and Morris and I gotta be honest, Shane has a better arm and is more athletic. Now, some could say I'm biased because Shane is commited to Michigan and Browne to USC, but there is a clear difference in the tape. If you watched it, you would feel the same way. Shane is ranked as a 4 star right now and close to a 5 star (according to Rivals) but in my eyes say he's a 5 star. This is a recruit that fans should be familiar with and if not, they need to get familiar with him before he arrives on campus.
Next on the list is LB Mike McCray coming in at #55. Mike is one of many commits that Coach Hoke and co. have "poched" out of ohio haha. At 6'4" and 230 pounds he will be a beast at LB, and him coming in along with 2012 LB commits he goes along way towards improving a much improved defense from 2011. Mike was recently in the news when he received an offer from rival "Ohio." As many of us know, Mike is very close with fellow commit Logan Tulley-Tillman. We all know about LTT haha. Some speculated that the Buckeyes were trying to break them up but Mike reassured us all that he is firmly commited to Michigan. He is ranked as a 4 star as well. He won MVP honors at the NFTC camp earlier this summer and I believe is very close to a 5 star talent. Let's see if the experts agree with me as the year goes on.
Chris Fox. Right behind McCray coming in at #57. Big time Offensive Tackle out of Colorado coming in at 6'6" 297 pounds. Brady Hoke is a defensive line coach and we all know how much he believes in winning in the trenches. Well, Mr. Fox is one of many commits between 2012 and 2013 that is going towards rebuilding the dominance that we are all accustom to Michigan having on the offensive line. Chris is also a 4 star according to Rivals and is one of many reasons I am excited to see Michigan moving towards what used to be a smashmouth run it down your throat style of offense. I'm sure touted QB commit Shane Morris has no problem with the great talent coming in at offensive line.
#73 is Patrick Kugler. Monster offensive tackle and son of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler he defintely knows what he's doing playing offensive line. Patrick is a 4 star according to Rivals and comes in at 6'5" 280 pounds. The experts all say he has a mean streak but also is very technically sound. Well why wouldn't he be his father is the line coach for the Steelers and let's face it for many years they have been the blueprint for how to play line in the NFL. The amazing technique would be enough for me but when you throw in the fact that he has a mean streak oh man just makes it that much better. I love the offensive line haul and Kugler just makes it that much better.
Kyle Bosch comes in at #77. You guessed it he's another awesome offensive line commit for Michigan. He adds to the plethera of linemen commits for Brady Hoke at 6'5" 285 pounds he's another big guy on this line. I'm not saying the offensive line has been horrible but definitely been a bit undersized and Kyle helps add to the bulking up of the line and getting back to Michigan football. Kyle is a 4-star according to Rivals and is another reason why Michigan debuts with the #1 recruiting class for 2013. I love me some smashmouth in your face football and I am excited to see Kyle in maize and blue.
Dymonte Thomas at #95. Now he is also a 4-star and he along with Shane Morris is really the foundation for this amazing class. He and Shane are the first two commits and don't get me wrong I love Morris but Dymonte is my favorite commit in this class. Personally I love a badass ball hawking safety that makes plays and will flat lay you out. Dymonte has put in pretty decent work at RB but he really excels at safety. At 6'1" 175 pounds he's got good size and with the improvement of the secondary from a year go Dymonte will fight right in when he arrives on campus. He's ranked 9th at the position but to me he is underrated. He along with many other Michigan commits will show why.
TE Jake Butt is ranked #118. I was real excited when Jaked pledged his commitment. With Kevin Koger leaving we could definitely use another great TE. These guys are safety blankets for QB's and are great weapons in the red zone. Jakie is a 4-star and at 6'6" 230 pounds he will be exactly what I said he is going to be and that's a weapon in the red zone. He can go up and get the ball, also has great speed and hands. He is incredibly tough to matchup with for defenders because let's face it at 6'6" he's too tall for corners or safeties and he's too quick for linebackers. I love this kid's game and he is going to prosper very well being on the opposite end of Shane Morris' passes.
CB Jourdan Lewis comes in at #147. Jourdan has been blowing up lately with his performances at summer camps. One of many reasons is his speed. This kid can flat out fly and I love it. Jourdan is out of Michigan pipeline Detroit Cass Tech and we all know the type of talent that comes out of there. He's 5'11" and 170 pounds also rated at a 4-star. He's rated 10th at his position and I believe he could be a Blake Countess type of talent. Let's face it he's still got his senior year to develop before he even steps on campus. I'm very excited for another cornberback with good size and speed to arrive in Ann Arbor.
Monster Guard David Dawson is rated at #171. As David's twitter name is at MrUnderrated, it definitely fits because let's face it...171? That's insane in my opinion. He has dominated every camp that he has been to this summer. He's rated as a 4-star and is another great product of Detroit Cass Tech. At 6'5" and 305 pounds he's a beast on the line and literally manhandles defensive linemen. At the NFTC he won MVP honors and dominated everyone he went up against including touted Ohio commit Billy Price. Mr. Dawson has made quite the commotion on twitter but let's face it this kid has been through alot and I believe has handled himself very well. Some people have had him on "decommit watch" but I certainly was not one of them. He has said on many occasions that he is a Michigan man and I believe him. Great kid and great talent and another amazing addition to a great offensive line.
Taco Charlton is ranked #175. Along with Mr. Dawson I believe Taco is underrated. He has been camping alot this summer and everyone raves about his superior speed off the edge and for good reason. He has been unblockable in one-on-one drills. He's another ohio guy and at 6'6" 240 pounds, rated as a 4-star he's a speedy defensive end and has amazing speed off the edge. Guys seem to have a lot of trouble with his speed. It's been a while since Michigan has had an "elite" pass rusher and I believe Taco may be it. Rivals has him rated 8th at his position but let's face it, Taco is a great player and will only continue to improve this summer and in his senior year of high school before coming to Ann Arbor.
#182 is versatile player Wyatt Shallman. Playing DE and RB for Detroit Catholic Central this kid is a monster. He's rated 8th at his position but at 6'3" 255 pounds have fun tackling him. Wyatt is a 4-star and is a freakish athlete. Being able to play both sides of the ball is very important to me. For one, it shows that he has great endurance and durability, but also has great football smarts having to be knowledgeable in two positions. Playing RB and DE I believe helps him at both positions. I'm excited for Wyatt's arrival at Michigan and as good as he is now, he will only be better next year.
#235 Logan Tuley-Tillman and at 6'7" 321 pounds we don't really need to talk about Logan's physical attributes. I think he's gotten a low rating because of not so good performances at camps this summer, but he has had a bum left shoulder, which has definitely taken its toll on him. However, I like the fact that he still goes out there and competes and still does a pretty good job, even if he's not 100%. He's a 4-star and ranked 24th at his position according to Rivals. If you don't know about Logan on the field, I'm sure many of you do off the field. There has been a lot of media uproar over his picture on twitter of lighting the Ohio recruiting letter on fire. Personally, I love what he did, being a Michigan fan myself. This is the greatest rivalry in sports and he's just adding to it. He didn't do anything wrong and I think the way many Ohio fans are reacting to him and the things they are saying to him are way inappropriate and uncalled for. Keep doing your thing Logan. When he gets back to being 100% I belive he will dominate camps and improve on his low ranking.
At #237 is Ben Gedeon. 4-star LB out of you guessed it, Ohio. Another amazing pick up for Brady Hoke Ben is 6'3" 215 pounds and is another two way player. Is a pretty darn good RB but Michigan has definitely brought him in for his great skills at LB. Along with Mike McCray Ben is a great prospect at linebacker and will do wonders for revamping this always improving Michigan defense.
Alright so there's all the Michigan commits in the newly updated Rivals 250. In my "expert" opinion haha, Michigan has a lot of underrated recruits. Outsiders looking in could say, oh you're just biased because you love Michigan. You're right I do love Michigan, but I'm not biased. Check the tape people. Michigan has the #1 recruiting class in the nation for a reason. I definitely think there are people missing such as Deveon Smith the #1 rated running back in Ohio...where is he at? I would take Morris over Max Browne any day of the week and he even qualified for the Elite 11 finals before Browne did, yet Morris is still rated lower. C'mon man! Michigan commits have always received low rankings especially on the expert sites. David Dawson holds offers from every major program in the country yet he's rated #171. Something is up. I'm not questioning the knowledge of the guys at Rivals, but I definitely think the Michigan commits' standings will be changing over the summer and the following year. Even with the disrespect they are still the #1 class in the country right now and should be for a long time.