Tuesday, June 4, 2013
By Michael Rothstein
The summer is here, which means speculation and recruiting really starts to pick up. Michigan held its one-day elite basketball camp Saturday, and the football team has its camp later this month.
So recruiting rules this week's Mailbag, comprised of your questions. Have questions for the mailbag? Send them to @chanteljennings on Twitter or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now on to this week's questions:
KobeFan45 from The Den: With the basketball team reaching the national title game last season, what are the chances Michigan signs a five-star recruit?
ESPN 60 SG Devin Booker is one of a handful of top 2014 recruits with Michigan offers.
Michigan has done well here the past two seasons, as Glenn Robinson III and Zak Irvin both have ended up as “five-star” recruits by the time the final rankings came out. Tough to truly say what will happen this season, but Michigan is in on some highly-touted players, including Devin Booker (Moss Point, Miss./Moss Point) and Trevon Bluiett (Indianapolis/Park Tudor), the Nos. 19 and 45 players in the country. Add to that the No. 49 player, Kameron Chatman (Long Beach, Calif./Poly), who visited last weekend, and there has been interest from Kevon Looney (Milwaukee, Wis./Hamilton), the No. 7 player nationally, and Justise Winslow (Houston/Saint John's), the No. 10 player in the country. In other words, there's a shot.
email@example.com from The Den: Looking at the 2013 and 2014 classes, Michigan seems pretty balanced in talent for offense/defense. Each has a headliner with Derrick Green/Jabrill Peppers. Michigan could finish strong on the defensive side for this class with the talent left that has Michigan in [their] top group. Peppers could also play some offense. On NSD which side of the ball will be better off with depth and talent when combining the two classes?
This is a really good question. I'd lean toward the defense, because the offense never pulled in a recruit the caliber of Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) last season. I'd almost say the 2013 class was somewhat close in skill between offense and defense last season. Thus far, though, the defense has the biggest breakthrough recruit. So I'd go with the defense, both from a depth and skill standpoint, but it would be close.
The biggest swing in that is that I am getting questions about one of last year's top defensive recruits, Jourdan Lewis, potentially moving to offense. That's how much depth some defensive spots have.
Soowede from The Den: Michael, I read on another site that Dymonte Thomas most likely will start at nickel. Do you agree? And if this is true, do you think this likely will be Jabrill Peppers possible starting position next year?
We've said that over here for a bit, too, Soowede, so yes, I agree it is a definite possibility. You might see a situation, too, where different guys play nickel depending on the scenario, since there is nickel depth with Thomas, Courtney Avery and even safety Thomas Gordon.
As far as Peppers starting out there, it depends. There's a long way to go between now and when he arrives on campus for the 2014 season. Nickel seems like a possibility if the roster stays the same, but as we all know, rosters hardly ever do.