Michigan Recruiting Weekend Roundup

Written November 27th, 2012 by Joe Laing

The weekend was just another building block for Urban Meyer.  There were 50+ recruits in town that got to see a great environment, the coaches and players at an all time high in terms of excitement, and how close knit the team is.  In addition all the coaches and players showing respect for the seniors that will be leaving and the field littered with underclassmen making impacts all over the field.  So lets just say that all recruits were excited, they had a great time, enjoyed the game atmosphere, got to see Urban Meyer’s championship rings, and loved how everyone felt like it was a family atmosphere.

Now that we got that out of the way way we can talk about the information that really matters:

  • The Glenville 3 (’13 Chris Worley, ’14 Marshon Lattimore and Marcelys Jones) were in town and will all be Bucks when the time is right
  • WR and LB recruiting are clearly the two biggest positions that Urban Meyer and staff after after. At the WR position OH WR Shelton Gibson was in town and as we have said for the past couple months if all is in order in the classroom Shelton will be a Buckeye.  KY WR James Quick has said all the right things after his visit and I have penciled him in the class.  Urban Meyer is personally handling his recruitment and he doesn’t miss very often.  Juco WR Corey Smith was in town and the staff reaffirmed his OFFER, and encouraged him to revisit for an official in January and it sounds like Brown will take them up on that offer.  At this point I think that the staff would take all three and add to Jalin Marshall, Zeke Elliott, and Taivon Jacobs and be very happy with their offensive playmakers for the ’13 class. Read More

Bye Week Recruiting Special Part 2: 2014 Class

Written November 9th, 2012 by Joe Laing

In the second half of our bye week recruiting special we will be taking a look into next year’s recruiting, which the coaching staff has already said is their primary focus for this week’s recruiting trips.

Unfortunately, we will still be dealing with the 82 scholarship restrictions next year; combined with this year still in the balance and it’s anyone’s best guess with attrition, so for this review we’ll talk more about this class without numbers involved.

At this point the Ohio class of to be seniors doesn’t look to be littered with highly ranked 4 and 5 star talent.  But with Meyer and staff having almost a year under their belt we are starting to see national recruits mentioning us on their early short lists.

Jalen Hurd

In the 2014 class, QB will be a position of need as Kenny Guiton will  graduate and Braxton will be a senior leaving us with just 2 others on the roster- Cardale Jones and ’13 commit J.T. Barrett.  The ’14 class will bring us 1 or 2 depending on talent and probably what they see in Jones and Barrett.  At this point the QB position is very tough to get a feel on. As such, I am going to hold off on naming names because there are lot of QBs on the board and not many with offers; the coaching staff has said several times that they want recruits to come to camp next summer to earn their offers.

Looking at the RB position the depth chart appears stocked with talent, and adding Elliott this year only adds to the mix.  Lots of early highly talented names on the board. I think 1 would be just alright and we might pass on talent much like this year with when we grabbed Elliott and passed on highly ranked Derrick Green.

At this point there are 4 guys that are at the top of the list and posses early offers.

  • NC RB Darell Scott is very exiting on film and could be top on the board right now, but we are currently behind South Carolina fighting for his services.
  • Jonathan Haden, the brother of Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden, who Meyer coached at Florida has also named the Bucks his early leader and with all the talent on the board will be one to watch but he has the genes for sure.
  • Early 5 star TN Jalen Hurd who once looked like a ‘Bama lean has recently named us his early leader.  He is a kid that could turn into a RB/TE/WR.  Plans to be in town for The Game at the end of this month.
  • In what will seem like a theme as we go through the 2014 recruits a top GA recruit Myles Autry has the Bucks on top. He has some big offers, he fits into the scat back / slot receiver that far too many have called the Percy Harvin role.  He grew up a Buckeye fan but has family ties to Georgia Tech where his brother currently plays.

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