Michigan Football Preview 2015

2015 Michigan Football Preview

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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156 ■ THE WOLVERINE 2015 FOOTBALL PREVIEW MIDWEST TOP 30 how to get open and gain yards. He is rated as a four-star talent, the No. 1 prospect in Indiana and the No. 208 overall player in the land by Rivals.com. Mack made his decision in early June, picking Ohio State over Michigan and Notre Dame. 16. Sean Foster, OL Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel Catholic High School If there's one thing Foster has, it's size. The 6-8, 285-pounder is one of the tallest prospects in the Midwest, and he's building the rest of his physique to match that imposing height. He's athletic enough to also be a basketball prospect, but his tools are a bit rawer for an offensive lineman. Once he works his technique, he can be a special player. Foster — a four-star recruit, the No. 3 player in Illinois and the No. 212 overall recruit na- tionally according to Rivals.com — commit- ted to Minnesota in February over offers from Maryland, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Vir- ginia Tech and several others. 17. Auston Robertson, DE Fort Wayne (Ind.) Wayne High School Robertson is already physically ready for college football at 6-5 and a rock-solid 250 pounds. He's a terror off the edge, and is more comfortable playing the run than the av- erage high school defensive end. He has the pure ath- leticism to earn scholarship interest from some schools as a tight end, and his best football is ahead of him. Rivals.com rates him as a four-star player, the No. 2 recruit in Indiana and the No. 111 overall prospect in the country. Robertson made his college commitment in early June, picking Michigan State over Michi- gan and Notre Dame. 18. Kentrail Moran, RB O'Fallon (Ill.) Community High School Moran isn't on the bigger side for high school running backs — standing just 5-9 and 186 pounds — but he runs with more power than you'd expect in a smaller frame. He is a one-cut style of runner who is a good fit for a zone scheme, and he has a quick jump-step that sees him leave defenders in his dust. If he can't get around them, he's more than willing to try to go through. He is rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 4 player in Illinois. Moran considered Michigan his favorite school early in the process, but when the coach- ing staff changed so did his offer status with the Wolverines, and he no longer had an opportu- nity there. He committed to Illinois in March over Iowa, Louisville, Syracuse and others. 19. Brandon Peters, QB Avon (Ind.) High School The 6-4, 195-pound Peters has a natural knack for playmaking and moving the ball by any means necessary — including a willingness to scramble — that reminds some of Jim Harbaugh. He is a "gamer" who is at his best when the lights come on, and sometimes makes the unconventional seem commonplace. Rivals.com lists him as a four-star recruit, the No. 3 prospect in Indiana and the No. 229 overall player nationally. Peters committed to Michigan on the eve of the Wolverines' annual spring game April 4, becoming the third pledge in the class. 20. Messiah deWeaver, QB Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne High School The 6-4, 215-pound deWeaver is a true pro-style quarterback with limited mobility, but he doesn't need to be able to run to make plays for his team. He is a very accurate passer with above-average arm strength, and he's been a starter for a powerful team in Ohio (Trotwood Madi- son, before transferring across town to Huber Heights Wayne) since the first game of his freshman year. He is rated as a four-star talent, the No. 8 recruit in Ohio and the No. 198 over- all player in the land by Rivals.com. A one-time Michigan commit, deWeaver opted to pull back his pledge from the Maize and Blue when he didn't immediately mesh with Jim Harbaugh's coaching staff. He then committed to Michigan State in April. 21. Michael Jordan, OL Canton (Mich.) Plymouth High School Jordan is a big-bodied natural athlete who has exceptional potential when he becomes more comfortable with the techniques of the position. The 6-6, 275-pounder started his high school career primarily as a defensive tackle, but his pure athletic ability makes him an out- standing offensive tackle prospect. He's a three-sport athlete who also par- ticipates in wrestling and track. Rivals.com ranks him as a four-star recruit and the No. 4 prospect in Michigan. Jordan, in something of a surprise move, com- mitted to Ohio State over Michigan, Michigan State and others in early May. Though he had visited Michigan several times, he felt a better vibe with the Buckeyes. 22. Khalid Kareem, DE Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison High School Kareem emerged from relative obscurity in his junior year. After previously playing at West Bloomfield (Mich.) High School, he transferred to state power Farmington Hills Harrison and showed that he can compete against the best competition. He's a 6-4, 257-pound power rusher from the end spot, and he has the frame to get even bigger and hold up against the run very well in college. His burst off the ball separates him from other larger defensive ends. Kareem, a four-star talent and the No. 5 player in Michigan according to Rivals.com, has one of the most impressive offer lists in the state of Michigan, with Alabama, Miami (Fla.) Ohio State — and even some Ivy League schools — challenging the in-state Big Ten programs. He plans to enroll early at his school of choice. 23. Lavert Hill, CB Detroit Martin Luther King Collegiate Hill is a very natural, fluid athlete in the de- fensive backfield, with ex- cellent feet and hips that al- low him to stick with even the shiftiest wide receivers. The 5-11, 174-pounder has seen some struggles when it comes to handling adversity in games. If he gets beaten once, he has to have a short memory and not let the same play beat him twice. He'll try to hone that ability in a new environment this year, transferring from Detroit Cass Tech to rival King. Rivals. com lists him as a four-star prospect, the No. 5 recruit in Michigan and the No. 167 overall player nationally. Hill made a commitment to Penn State in January, but has continued visiting other schools, including Michigan State and Michi- gan. He is the younger brother of U-M ju- nior safety Delano Hill, a family connection which could help the Maize and Blue steal him away.

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