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Butt, Morris jump in new rankings

7/12/2012

Now that prospects have had the opportunity to show off their skills at camps, combines and the king of them all, The Opening, ESPN scouts have deemed it necessary to update the rankings.

Michigan already had 11 commitments in the ESPN 150 and four more within the ESPN 300, and those numbers remain the same with the new update. Just as importantly, Michigan hangs onto the top spot in the class rankings.

There was some movement within those lists, though, both up and down for the future Wolverines.

Still leading the way is quarterback commit Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle), but with stellar performances at the Columbus NFTC and The Opening Morris jumped from No. 32 overall to the No. 26 overall prospect in the country. While Morris is still ranked as the No. 4 quarterback, he was the only signal-caller in the top four who didn’t move down in the rankings.

Morris moving up was a positive for Michigan fans, but the biggest mover was tight end commit Jake Butt (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North), who went from No. 234 to No. 171.

The jump can most definitely be attributed to his decision to attend the NFTC in Illinois, which got him an invite to The Opening in Oregon. Butt impressed everyone in 7-on-7 play at The Opening, and measured in at a well-built 6-foot-6.

While Dymonte Thomas (Alliance, Ohio/Marlington) hasn’t been as active as some of the other commits during the off-season, Thomas found himself moving up four spots to No. 94 overall. He was also moved up two spots within the athlete category up to No. 8.

Gareon Conley (Massilon, Ohio/Washington) moved up one spot overall to No. 63, but moved down two spots at his position as he’s now the No. 9 cornerback in the country.

There was some downward movement for a few Michigan commits, but it wasn’t necessarily because of anything negative that they did.

For instance, offensive lineman Ira Denson shot up the board from No. 140 all the way to 99 overall. That move and a few others pushed the likes of Logan Tuley-Tillman (Peoria, Ill./Manual), Chris Fox (Parker, Col./Ponderosa), Patrick Kugler (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny Sr.) and Kyle Bosch (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) down a few notches. David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) was the only offensive line commit who stayed put.

Michigan’s class stays put as the No. 1 class in the country as well, and the commitments will have more opportunities to move up in the rankings. The true test will be where each prospect ranks out at the end on national signing day.