The Wolverine

October 2011

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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������ football recruiting ous fullback at the next level as well. Michigan is near the top of his list, along with Notre Dame and Michigan State. Ty Isaac Joliet Catholic Academy/Joliet, Ill. Like Shallman, Isaac is a taller, bigger running back at 6-3, 215. He is less likely to add the necessary bulk to end up at fullback, so he���s a true tailback prospect. Isaac, who was recently offered by the Wolverines, has pretty good speed despite his height, which would allow him to remain at the position. Although he has former teammates at Northwestern and Illinois, Isaac was impressed by Michigan���s early offer, and that could help them land the runner. Kamani Thomas East Paulding High School/Dallas, Ga. Though he���s from Georgia, Thomas grew up a Michigan fan, and he has family in the state. He visited U-M for the game against San Diego State and enjoyed himself. He is a smaller back, standing about 5-9, 170, but he has excellent speed and quickness. Michigan���s coaches seem to be concentrating on bigger tailbacks, but if Thomas���s speed is enough to overcome his lack of size, he���s a good bet to end up in the class. ��� Wide Receiver Wide receiver is one of the few positions that is still active in 2012 recruiting, so it���s difficult to say exactly how strong the need will be in the 2013 class. Even if Brady Hoke and company can land two 2012 prospects (as expected), they���ll still have a need for at least one wideout in the 2013 class. Six wide receivers and slot receivers currently on the roster will graduate by the time the 2013 class enrolls. Laquon Treadwell Monee High School/Crete, Ill. Treadwell is the younger teammate of 2012 defensive back commitment Anthony Standifer. He has prototypical wide receiver size at 6-3 190, and has great speed as well. The height allows him to be a jump-ball threat in the red zone, and Treadwell has shown early in his junior season of high school that he has the speed to make plays after the catch. Treadwell has hinted that a Michi- gan offer could end his recruitment, so he���s one to watch should the Wolverines offer. Other Prospects Southfield (Mich.) High School wide receiver Brandon Bean is the son of former Michigan pass catcher Vince Bean. ��� Tight End The switch to a pro-style offense has Michigan���s staff in heavy pursuit of tight ends. There are only four on the roster right now, and three of them will be out the door by the time the 2013 class enrolls. The coaching staff has two prospects committed in the class of 2012, but would probably be best served taking at least one in the 2013 class. Adam Breneman Cedar Cliff High School/Camp Hill, Pa. Breneman got early interest from Michigan, among many other top schools, including Notre Dame and Alabama. He is a pass-catching tight end who can move the chains with his consistency. Breneman is considering a Michigan visit this fall, but does not have a date set up yet. ��� Offensive Lineman Michigan is slated to pull in an enormous offensive line class in 2012. There are five linemen currently committed, and a couple more prospects are still being actively recruited. The current class will be the first step toward getting the scholarship numbers along the front line up to reasonable levels, and the 2013 class should be a sizeable one as well. By the time they enroll, only three linemen currently on the roster ��� plus the 2012 commits ��� will still be around. At least two guards and one tackle will probably end up in the 2013 crop, and possibly even more. Wyatt Shallman, a 6-3, 250-pound ball carrier from Novi, Mich., has Michigan near the top of his list, along with Notre Dame and Michigan State. photo by lon horwedel Jake Raulerson Celina High School/Celina, Texas Raulerson is hearing from a who���s who of top programs, including just about every school in Texas and most of the SEC. He���s a versatile, 6-5, 280-pound prospect, with the ability to project to a number of positions on offense or defense. October 2011��� ������ the wolverine��� 69

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