Michigan football recruiting and the NFL Draft
Written by Matt Pargoff   

The recent NFL Draft saw two Wolverines selected, but featured dozens that were once sought after by the Maize and Blue. We take a trip down memory lane, recalling the recruitment of the soon-to-be NFL rookies as related to Michigan.

Round 1
Player Pos. School Recruiting Class Selected By
6. Barkevious Mingo DE LSU 2009 Browns
Recruited as a linebacker out of high school, Barkevious Mingo showed a strong interest in Michigan, using his first official visit to check out the Wolverines. Michigan finished in his top three, but he made a signing day announcement in favor of LSU.
8. Tavon Austin WR West Virginia 2009 Rams
Michigan offered Tavon Austin a scholarship and initially recruited him fairly hard, but late in the process, the Wolverines pulled back due to a combination of grade concerns and a preference for other players. He originally had a mid-January official visit set up to Michigan, but the trip never took place. Instead, he made a commitment to West Virginia.
23. Sharrif Floyd DT Florida 2010 Vikings
Widely regarded as the top defensive tackle in the nation out of high school, Sharif Floyd showed an interest in Michigan early in the process. As he began to set up official visits, the Wolverines remained as one of the schools he could possibly visit, but that trip was never set up. Instead, he selected Florida over Ohio State and a handful of other schools.
Round 2
Player Pos. School Recruiting Class Selected By
39. Geno Smith QB West Virginia 2009 Jets
Geno Smith camped at West Virginia when Rich Rodriguez was still coaching there, and the interest between the two was extended to Michigan. The Wolverines offered him early in the process and he showed some interest, but he was ultimately lost in the shuffle of Michigan’s chaotic recruitment of quarterbacks that year. The Maize and Blue started out with commitments from Kevin Newsome and Shavodrick Beaver, but ended up signing Denard Robinson and Tate Forcier.
40. Cornellius Carradine DE  Florida State 2009 49ers
Cornellius "Tank" Carradine originally committed to Illinois in the fall of 2008, but the talented defensive end was open to other schools and looked at visiting Michigan the following January, going so far as to set up the visit. That trip never took place as the Wolverines pulled back, worried that his grades were too poor for him to qualify. Those concerns were well founded. Carradine ended up going the junior college route, ultimately landing at Florida State.
48. Le’Veon Bell RB  Michigan State 2010 Steelers
One of those two-star success stories, Le’Veon Bell committed to Michigan State over a handful of offers from MAC schools. Michigan was never interested in him, but it is worth noting that he attended Michigan’s one-day summer camp prior to his senior year, where he worked out as both a running back and linebacker.
49. Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State 2010 Giants
Johnathan Hankins attended the same one-day camp as Bell, but showed up so out of shape that the Wolverines were reluctant to offer a scholarship. Waiting until late in his senior season, Michigan did jump back in the picture when they offered and received an official visit from him in early December. However, by that point, the damage had been done in his thinking toward the Maize and Blue and he ultimately selected Ohio State.
56. Arthur Brown LB Kansas State 2008 Ravens
The Wolverines were not a major player for Arthur Brown, but Michigan offered him and early in the process he listed the Maize and Blue as one of his many options. He ended up signing with Miami, but ultimately transferred to Kansas State.
Round 3
Player Pos. School Recruiting Class Selected By
63. Travis Kelce TE Cincinnati 2008 Chiefs
A high school quarterback, Kelce visited Michigan unofficially in the spring of his junior year of high school. As an athletic run-pass signal caller, he was not a major focus for Lloyd Carr’s staff and he was not offered a scholarship. At Cincinnati, he moved to tight end, where he had a strong career.
67. Bennie Logan DE LSU 2009 Eagles
A late bloomer in high school, Michigan and several other major programs took a run at Bennie Logan after seeing his senior year film. He visited Nebraska and Michigan, and was a rare southern prospect to rave about the cold weather experience. By mid-January of his senior year, it looked like Michigan might pull him in, but in the last two weeks of the process, LSU came through with a scholarship offer. As a Louisiana native, he did not take long to visit and pledge to the Tigers.
73. Mike Glennon QB N.C. State 2008 Buccaneers
As one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2008 class, Mike Glennon was a player that Lloyd Carr’s staff targeted early. He grew up a fan of the Maize and Blue and visited Ann Arbor during the summer, along with several other schools. However, with Ryan Mallett already on campus as a true freshman, the depth chart at Michigan looked a little crowded at the time. He selected N.C. State, which gave him the chance to stay closer to home.
89. Brennan Williams OT North Carolina 2009 Texans
Brennan Williams visited Michigan before his junior year of high school and continued to show a great deal of interest through the coaching change from Carr to Rodriguez. He had an offer from the Wolverines and through the summer months, he consistently listed Michigan in his top five. However, as the Wolverines’ first disastrous season under Rodriguez got started, his interest quickly dissipated. He ended up taking only four official visits.
95. Sam Montgomery DE LSU 2009 Texans
The Wolverines were a strong player for Sam Montgomery, who took all four of his official visits in the month of January. In addition to Michigan, he also checked out North Carolina, Tennessee and LSU. He announced in favor of the Tigers on signing day.
Round 4
Player Pos. School Recruiting Class Selected By
104. Jelani Jenkins LB Florida 2009 Dolphins
Jenkins visited Michigan late in the summer, prior to the start of his senior year of high school. He was widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the nation and consistently listed the Wolverines throughout the process, but had more interest in Penn State and Florida down the stretch. Those ended up being the only two schools he made official visits to, with the Gators winning out in the end.
106. Dion Sims TE Michigan State 2009 Dolphins
Michigan offered Dion Sims a scholarship shortly after Rodriguez’s staff had locked up its first recruiting class. His recruitment was always somewhat unusual, as he had an off-and-on preference to play basketball in college. Through the fall of his senior year, interest seemed to wane from both parties. He ended up picking Michigan State over Miami.
121. Khaled Holmes C Southern Cal 2008 Colts
The son of former Wolverine defensive end Mike Holmes, Khaled’s recruitment by Michigan drew less attention than his brother Alex, who selected Southern Cal as part of the recruiting collapse in 2000. The Maize and Blue played a strong role in Khaled’s recruitment early on, but never pulled the trigger on offering a scholarship. He ended up following his brother’s lead, signing with the Trojans.
126. William Gholston DE Michigan State 2010 Buccaneers
The top player in the state of Michigan for 2010, William Gholston was offered by the Wolverines during his junior season. He made several unofficial visits to Ann Arbor, including the Wolverines’ thrilling win over Duke in basketball and multiple spring practice sessions. However, Michigan State always held a strong position with him and he pledged to the Spartans during the summer, before the start of his senior year.
131. Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina 2010 49ers
Michigan offered Lattimore very early on and received some initial passing interest, being named among long lists of schools he was considering. As the process moved forward, however, the Wolverines were quickly trimmed as one of his options. He ended up staying in-state, signing with South Carolina.
Round 5
Player Pos. School Recruiting Class Selected By
135. Denard Robinson RB Michigan 2009 Jaguars
Michigan started out its recruitment of quarterbacks for 2009 with pledges from Kevin Newsome and Shavodrick Beaver. Newsome decommitted and Tate Forcier joined the class, then Beaver switched his pledge to Tulsa in late December. The Wolverines were always a player for Denard Robinson, but the change by Beaver allowed Michigan to make a strong push for him as a quarterback instead of just as an athlete. Robinson had nearly committed to Florida early in the process, but decided to join teammate Adrian Witty in declaring for the Wolverines on signing day. Witty ultimately failed to qualify academically. Robinson is slated to play running back for the Jaguars.
144. Kenny Stills WR Oklahoma 2010 Saints
Among the top wide receiver prospects in the nation, Kenny Still listed Michigan well into his senior year without holding an offer from the Maize and Blue. When that offer arrived, the interest intensified and he made an official visit for the Wolverines home game against rival Ohio State. He was joined on the visit by close friend Tony Jefferson, but both players ended up signing with Oklahoma.
149. Brandon McGee CB Miami 2009 Rams
Michigan recruited Lauderhill (Fla.) Plantation very hard in 2009, missing out on corner Josh Robinson late when he surprisingly picked Central Florida, but signing safety Vladimir Emilien. Brandon McGee though was actually the player the Wolverines coveted most from the school. He was offered very early on and Michigan even floated the idea of letting him play quarterback. He had an interest in Michigan for a short while after the offer came in, but quickly moved on to other schools.
167. Josh Boyd DL Miss State 2009 Packers
While the Wolverines didn’t end up playing a major role in Boyd’s recruitment down the stretch, they were strongly involved through the summer months. In fact, he attended the full week of the Michigan summer camp. The visit moved the Wolverines into his top three, but he committed to Mississippi State soon after. Boyd continued to look at other schools and take visits, but Michigan dropped out of the running after the initial pledge to the Bulldogs.
Round 6
Player Pos. School Recruiting Class Selected By
175. Jamoris Slaughter S Notre Dame 2008 Browns
Recruited by Lloyd Carr’s staff, the Wolverines received a strong mutual interest from Slaughter, who listed Michigan in his top three with Notre Dame and LSU. He had planned to make a visit to Ann Arbor late in the summer, but instead decided to commit to the Fighting Irish without seeing Michigan. The decision drew a bit of ire from fans of the Maize and Blue for the role that former Wolverine safety Corwin Brown played in his recruitment.
178. Will Campbell OL Michigan 2009 Jets
Will Campbell camped at Michigan following his sophomore year of high school and was offered by Lloyd Carr’s staff at that time. He promptly committed, then kept his pledge through the change in staff. However, by the start of his senior year, he was looking at other schools and decided it would be best to open up his recruitment. He recommitted to the Maize and Blue at the Army All-American Game over offers from Alabama, LSU, Miami and others. He spent most of his Michigan career at defensive tackle, but was drafted by the Jets as an offensive lineman.
181. Latavius Murray RB Central Florida 2008 Raiders
From the same high school as Mike Mart, Latavius Murray received a lot of early recruiting attention and had Michigan in his top two with Florida. However, as schools further evaluated him, his stock plummeted. Only a handful of BCS Conference schools offered him and he ended up selecting Central Florida. In true Onondaga Central fashion, he had a surprisingly strong career, finishing second in school history with 44 touchdowns.
200. Kapron Lewis-Moore DE Notre Dame 2008 Ravens
Initially committed to Texas A&M, several schools continued to pursue Kapron Lewis-Moore into the winter. With the change in staff at Michigan, the Wolverines became involved late, and he considered visiting for a time. In the end, that trip never materialized. Instead, he made a late visit to Notre Dame and switched his pledge in favor of the Fighting Irish.
Round 7
Player Pos. School Recruiting Class Selected By
214. Travis Bond OL North Carolina 2009 Vikings
Michigan was a very strong player in the recruitment of Travis Bond, receiving an official visit early in the fall, when the Wolverines played host to in-state rival Michigan State. Despite the outcome of the game, and the gap between that visit and his trips in January, he continued to list the Maize and Blue high on his list. However, when he visited North Carolina late in the process, he decided in favor of the Tarheels. 
237. B.J. Daniels QB South Florida 2008 49ers
While most of Michigan’s quarterback recruiting attention went to Terrelle Pryor when Rich Rodriguez first took over, the Wolverines also took a run B.J. Daniels. Michigan offered him a scholarship and he set up an official visit, but the trip never took place. Instead, the South Florida offer was one that Michigan could not match.
240. Reid Fragel OL Ohio State 2009 Bengals
A high school tight end, the Wolverines recruited Reid Fragel as an offensive tackle, but felt that he might be too skinny to ever bulk up into the position. As a result, he was never offered by Michigan. Ohio State recruited him for the tight end position and locked up his commitment before the end of his junior year. The Michigan native spent three years at tight end for the Buckeyes, but switched to the offensive line prior to his final season.
247. Marc Anthony CB Cal 2008 Ravens
Marc Anthony attended the Michigan summer camp prior to his senior year and earned a scholarship offer from the Wolverines at that time. He continued to list the Wolverines high on his list heading into the fall, but just as he started taking official visits, he made a surprisingly quick decision in favor of Cal. Washington and Nebraska were the other schools in the mix.
253. Michael Cox RB UMass 2008 Giants
Attending the Michigan summer camp in 2007, Michael Cox earned a scholarship offer from the Wolverines for his performance. He made a return trip late in the summer and committed to the Maize and Blue at that time. Despite the change in coaching staff, Cox stuck with the Wolverines, but his career in Ann Arbor never panned out as he hoped. He transferred to UMass for his final season, where he rushed for 715 yards.

 

 
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