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Thursday, February 21, 2013
2014 Michigan TE targets

By Chantel Jennings

The 2012 and 2013 classes account for all four of the scholarship tight ends on Michigan’s roster. Moving to a more pro-style offense, the Wolverines will look to pick up more tight ends and will target the best in the 2014 class who can fit into their group, bringing depth and the possibility of early playing time.

Here’s a look at some of those targets for the 2014 class:

Offered targets:

Nic Weishar
Chicago Marist
6-foot-5, 210 pounds
Weishar put his recruitment on hold a bit near the end of his season and earlier this winter, but the Watch List tight end has scheduled a visit to Michigan on March 10 for the Michigan-Indiana basketball game. A former offensive lineman and basketball player, Weishar has the abilities to be a pass-catching and blocking tight end. Daniel Helm
Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood
6-4, 215
Helm visited Ann Arbor on Sunday and Monday this week with his mother, sister and grandfather. He said the visit was very informative as he was able to speak with everyone from offensive coordinator Al Borges to tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno to 2013 TE signee Khalid Hill. However, it’s still early in the process. Helm, who holds eight offers, hasn’t been able to see many campuses yet.

Tyler Luatua
La Mirada (Calif.) La Mirada
6-4, 230
Ferrigno stopped in twice to see Luatua when he was on California school visits a few weeks ago. Luatua could be one of the highest-ranked tight ends when 2014 rankings come out and because of that Michigan, as well as Alabama, Oklahoma, Miami, Ole Miss and USC, have extended offers.

Other offers: Garrett Dickerson, Kevin Crosby, Jeb Blazevich

Targets without offers:

Ethan Wolf
Minster (Ohio) Minster
6-6, 232
Wolf hasn’t picked up too many major offers yet but has interest from schools such as Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. He sits in Brady Hoke’s 3- to 5-hour Ann Arbor radius, and the Wolverines would gladly pull a talented tight end out of Urban Meyer’s reach in Ohio.

Chance Sorrell
Middletown (Ohio) Middletown
6-5, 220
Sorrell offers only from Bowling Green and Kent State, but he showed Michigan interest early last summer when he made the trek to Ann Arbor for camp. That interest has led him to name Michigan and Florida State as his top schools.

Ian Bunting
Hinsdale (Ill.) Hinsdale Central
6-6, 200 pounds
Bunting has interest in Michigan and attended a game this fall in the Big House. He’s a member of Core 6 Athlete’s 7-on-7 team, which means he’ll probably pick up quite a few offers throughout this offseason as he travels around the country. He’s lanky right now but has the frame to add weight.

Other targets: Jacob Betschel (Jackson, Ohio/Jackson), Darryl Long (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville), Kyle Rachwal (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer East).