As February 1st, National Signing Day, fast approaches the Michigan Football coaches are zeroing in on the final few recruits who will round out their tremendous 2012 recruiting class. Michigan’s class is currently ranked 7th by ESPNU, 4th by rivals.com and 3rd by scout.com
There is a very real probability that Michigan will add another elite prospect to their already outstanding group of offensive linemen. Included in that crew are two US Army All-American’s, Kyle Kalis and Erik Magnuson. The class also features standouts in Blake Bars, Ben Braden, and Caleb Stacey. Now, Brady Hoke and his staff are on the verge of brining in Under Armor All-American and 4-star OT Joshua Garnett from Puyallup, WA. He is a 6-foot-5, 285 pound road grater and would be an outstanding addition to this recruiting class. He is good friends with Magnuson, who is doing his very best to convince Garnett to join him at Michigan.
Another player the Wolverines appear to be in good shape for is TE Sam Grant out of Lakewood, Ohio. He was a high school teammate of Kyle Kalis and could flip from Boston College to Michigan.
Michigan commit, Ondre Pipkins was dominant at the US Army All-American bowl week. The 4-star DT is a future star and should contribute as a true freshman. Pipkins also has a great personality and was voted captain of the West team. He was joined on the West team by linebackers James Ross and Royce Jenkins-Stone. Both LBs started for the west team and are a part of Michigan’s 2012 class. Another LB commit, Joe Bolden, starred at the Under Armor All-American game. Bolden was named the best tackler in the UA Game. Joining Bolden on the UA Black team was fellow Michigan commit, Terry Richardson (4-star DB out of Detroit, Michigan).
U-M remains a possibility for 4-star DB Armani Reeves.
Here is a look at Michigan’s current list of 2012 commits.
Blake BarsOLNashville, TN6-5/2754-starRated as the #34 OT by rivals.com
Joe BoldenLBCincinnati, OH6-3/2304-starOn the ESPNU 150 watch list
Ben BradenOLRockford, MI6-6/2853-starWill be entering his 3rd season as a starter at RT
Pharaoh BrownDELyndhurst, OH6-5/2203-starAlso was the starting QB for Hurst as a junior.
Jehu ChessonWRChesterfield, MO6-3/1823-starOne of the top prospects in the state of Missouri, Chesson hauled in 53 passes for 757 yards and 6 TDs in his senior campaign.
Jeremy ClarkDBMadisonville, KY6-4/2053-starSenior season stats: 70 tackles, 15 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, 3 interceptions
Amara DarbohWRDes Moines, IA6-2/1904-starHad his senior season cut short due to injury. Still managed to haul in 48 passes for 765 yards and 11 TDs in 7 games.
Devin FunchessTEFarmington Hills, MI6-5/2054-starRated as 6th best TE in 2012 class by scout.com
Allen GantDBSylvania, Ohio6-2/2103-starHis father, Tony Gant, played at U-M (1982-86).
Matthew GodinDTDetroit, MI6-5/2503-starRacked up 28 TFLs as a junior
Sione HoumaFBSalt Lake City, UT6-0/2113-starSenior season stats: 93 carries, 790 yards, 8 touchdowns
Royce Jenkins-StoneLBDetroit, MI6-2/2154-starRated as 3rd best MLB in 2012 class by scout.com
Drake JohnsonRBAnn Arbor, MI6-1/2003-starHuge senior stats: 343 carries, 2,805 yards, 37 touchdowns
Kyle KalisOTLakewood, OH6-5/3004-starUS Army All-American selection. Rated as the 4th best OT in the 2012 class by rivals.com
Erik MagnusonOTCarlsbad, CA6-6/2754-starRanked the #34 overall recruit by rivals.com
Mario OjemudiaDEFarmington Hills, MI6-2/2204-starTallied 127 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior. Rated as the #94 overall prospect by Tom Lemming.
Ondre PipkinsDTKansas City, MO6-3/3254-starUS Army All-American selection.
Terry RichardsonDBDetroit, MI5-9/1704-starRated by Tom Lemming as the #33 overall prospect in the country.
Kaleb RingerLBClayton, OH6-1/2254-starCousin of former Michigan State RB Javon Ringer
James RossLBOrchard Lake, MI6-1/2154-starRated as 2nd best MLB in 2012 class by scout.com
Caleb StaceyOLCincinnati, OH6-4/2803-star1st team All-Conference as a junior
Tom StrobelDEMentor, OH6-6/2454-starRanked as the #24 DE by scout.com
AJ WilliamsTECincinnati, OH6-6/2603-starRated as 15th best TE in 2012 class by scout.com
Jarrod WilsonSAkron, OH6-2/1904-starIntercepted 8 passes as a junior and returned 5 of them for TDs.
Chris WormleyDEToledo, OH6-7/2703-starAs a senior he recorded 85 tackles, including a team-high 24 TFLs
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