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June-July 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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MICHIGAN RECRUITING — Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quar- terback Shane Morris is the nation's No. 16 prospect, and Trotwood (Ohio) Madison linebacker Mike McCray and Parker (Colo.) Pon- derosa offensive lineman Chris Fox are also top-50 players according to — it's possible that the Wolverines could add even more top-end talent. Murietta (Calif.) Vista Murietta lthough Michigan's recruiting class is not short on star power Five-Stars Plan Visits A ready impressive. It's likely that Mor- ris will be rated a five-star, and the Wolverines have seven top-100 commitments heading into mid-May. Adding more star power at the top, however, would make Michi- gan's coaches very happy. athlete Su'a Cravens is a five-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 5 overall player in the nation. The Los Angeles-area native plans to an- nounce his college commitment on June 6, his mother's birthday. Prior to that announcement, however, he intends to make a late-May visit to Ann Arbor. Although landing Cra- vens is a long shot for the Wolverines (USC is considered a heavy favorite for the talented youngster), his trip to Michigan gives U-M a chance to land his services. He is a 6-1, 205-pounder who could line up at many positions in college, but is mostly likely to play safety should he pick Michigan. Olney (Md.) Good Counsel cor- nerback Kendall Fuller is a 6-0, 180-pounder ranked one spot ahead of Cravens at No. 4 nationally. He visited Ann Arbor once this spring, taking in the Wolverines' spring Kyle Bosch Jake Butt Olney (Md.) Good Counsel cornerback Kendall Fuller, the nation's No. 4 overall player accord- ing to, took in U-M's spring game April 14 and is planning to return to Ann Arbor this summer. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM game April 14. He built a bond with several Michigan coaches and 2013 commitments, and plans to head back to the Great Lakes State this summer. He'll be tough to land — three older brothers have played at Virginia Tech — but the presence of former teammate Blake Countess on the Michigan roster is a boost to the Wolverines' chances. Class Of 2013 Football Commitments Name Taco Charlton Gareon Conley David Dawson Jaron Dukes Chris Fox Patrick Kugler Jourdan Lewis Mike McCray Shane Morris Ben Gedeon Khalid Hill Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School) OL TE DE ATH 6-2 165 Massillon, Ohio (Washington) OL 6-5 285 Wheaton, Ill. (St. Francis) 6-6 230 6-6 240 WR 6-4 197 Columbus, Ohio (Marion Franklin) OL LB TE OL 6-5 305 Detroit (Cass Tech) 6-6 297 6-3 215 Logan Tuley-Thomas OL Csont'e York Dymonte Thomas Wyatt Shallman Deveon Smith ATH 6-3 255 Novi, Mich. (Detroit Central Catholic) RB 5-11 195 Warren, Ohio (Howland) DB 6-1 175 Alliance, Ohio (Marlington) 6-7 280 QB 6-3 183 Warren, Mich. (De La Salle) DB 5-11 170 Detroit (Cass Tech) LB WR 6-3 185 52 THE WOLVERINE JUNE/JULY 2012 Peoria, Ill. (Manual) 6-5 280 Wexford, Pa. (North Allegheny) 6-4 230 6-2 230 Detroit (Crockett) Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa) Hudson, Ohio (Hudson) Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison) close, Michigan's 2013 commitments and targets are heading into the summer camp season. The Colum- bus (Ohio) Nike Football Training Camp was an opportunity for many future Wolverines to display their abilities. Six players committed in the 2013 class participated May 5: War- ren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris, Trotwood (Ohio) Mad- ison linebacker Mike McCray, Peo- ria (Ill.) Manual offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman, Pickerington (Ohio) Central defensive end Taco Charlton, Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson and Detroit Crockett tight end Khalid Hill. Nobody impressed more than With the school year coming to a CAMPS IN SESSION Michigan's recruiting class is al- Dawson and McCray, who were each named the MVP of their respective positions. "It feels great," Dawson said. "The hard work that I've put in over the years is really paying off now. I got the MVP. It was just a good competi- tion, and it felt great." Dawson's stock is on the rise this Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North) Pickerington, Ohio (Central) spring. According to Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt, it is likely that the four- star moves up in the next edition of's prospect rankings. Dawson is currently considered the No. 199 prospect in the country. Like Dawson, McCray said he was happy to prove critics wrong. "I know a lot of people think I'm kind of slow and can't cover well," he said, "but I think that some of my top strengths are coverage and speed at my size. I'm just trying to prove people wrong." In addition to their MVP honors, Harper Woods, Mich. (Chandler Park) both players earned invitations to Nike's The Opening camp this July in Beaverton, Ore. Charlton and Morris were also invited to the event. Mor- ris also participated in the Columbus Elite 11 tryout the previous day, earn- ing MVP honors there, along with an invitation to the Elite 11 finals in Los Angeles this July.

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