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Monday, June 17, 2013
ESPN 300 analysis: Michigan Wolverines

By Chantel Jennings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- On Monday, the ESPN 300 was released, as was an updated ESPN 150. The majority of Michigan’s class was largely unaffected, only experiencing minor moves throughout, though most of Michigan’s commits’ moves were down rather than up.

However, the Wolverines continue to have nine of their 11 commits in the ESPN 150, and many of their top targets remained in the top 100.

The Wolverines’ one big move in the class was wide receiver Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian), who jumped 25 spots from No. 96 to No. 71 overall.

Michigan’s top-ranked commit, cornerback Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic), stayed at No. 2 overall and still remains the No. 1 cornerback in the nation. But outside of Peppers and Harris, the rest of the commits moved down in the rankings, though none was too significant.

Defensive tackle Bryan Mone (Salt Lake City/Highland) dropped one spot to No. 73. Fellow defensive line commit Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) moved down three spots to No. 110.

Tight end commit Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) dropped two spots (No. 116), and offensive line commit Juwann Bushell-Beatty (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) dropped one to No. 121.

The biggest negative move for Michigan commits in the ESPN 150 came from linebacker Michael Ferns (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville), who moved 10 spots down to No. 122 overall. Quarterback commit Wilton Speight (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) sits five spots behind Ferns at No. 127 after dropping two spots in the rankings. And offensive lineman Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) rounds out the commits in the ESPN 150 rankings at No. 146, a one-spot drop.

Outside of the commits, Michigan’s top targets also remained pretty consistent in the ESPN 150, none moving more than four positions. Top defensive line target Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) still sits at No. 4 overall, and top in-state target Malik McDowell (Detroit/Loyola) moved up one spot to No. 68. Michigan targets making debuts in the ESPN 300 were defensive end Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy) at No. 163 and defensive back Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) at No. 248.