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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
2014 Michigan running back targets

By Tom VanHaaren

Michigan’s running back haul in the 2013 class was impressive. Winning honorable mention among ESPN scouts for top running back classes, Michigan is hoping to carry some of that momentum into the 2014 class as well.

Here is a look at some of Michigan’s targets at running back:

Offered

Elijah Hood

Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic

6-0, 209 pounds

Joe Mixon
2014 RB Joe Mixon projects to be a star, and he likes Michigan.
Hood has Michigan in his top group along with Notre Dame, North Carolina, Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia Tech. He is visiting Notre Dame and then Michigan on Feb. 24, so the coaching staff will soon have a chance to raise its ranking on his list.

Joe Mixon

Oakley, Calif./Freedom

6-1, 191 pounds

Mixon seems to rack up offers on a daily basis, and is looking to be one of the more sought after backs in this class. He has spoken highly of Michigan and his relationship with tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno, but it’s still early in his recruitment.

Shai McKenzie

Washington, Pa./Washington

5-11, 210 pounds

McKenzie was recently offered by Michigan and now seems to be gaining more and more attention as well. When offered, McKenzie said that he was excited about the offer and wanted to keep in touch with the coaches. It looks like it’s still early for him right now.

Jonathan Hilliman

Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep

6-1, 202 pounds

Hilliman has said that he wants to visit Michigan in the near future, but hasn’t set a date yet. He has started to see more and more schools in contact with him, so it will be a battle to land him in the end. He does like Michigan, but the Wolverines might be a little behind at this point.

Jalen Hurd

Hendersonville, Tenn./Beech Senior

6-3, 195 pounds

Hurd seems to have Ohio State and Florida out front for now. Michigan was in his top five, but it never seemed to really pick up steam in his recruitment. It looks like he will end up elsewhere as of now.

Other offers:

Leonard Fournette

Targets without offers:

Devante Downs

Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Mount Lake Terrace

6-2, 240 pounds

Downs has been in contact with the coaching staff, and despite living in Washington, he is very interested. He is a big back and even plays linebacker for his high school team. Michigan has expressed interest at running back and might be a guy that sees an offer come through.

Mikel Horton

West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West

6-1, 228 pounds

Horton does have interest in Michigan and has said he would like to visit soon, most likely near the spring. He is a bigger back from Ohio, but will likely see his offer list expand after the camp circuit.

L.J. Scott

Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding

5-10, 198 pounds

Scott camped over the summer at Michigan and is very interested in the Wolverines. His head coach has a good relationship with the Michigan staff, but there is no offer yet. Having already seen him in person the coaches already know what he looks like up close. He might eventually be a prospect with an offer.

Jamitreus Crockham

Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern

6-2, 198

Crockham is another prospect that has already vistited Michigan, but doesn’t yet hold an offer. He has good size, and has picked up a few offers from Louisville, Purdue and Toledo. He spoke glowingly of his trip to Michigan and seems to have genuine interest.

Other names to know: Nathan Starks, C.J. Hilliard, Greg Claytor.