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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
2015 ESPN 300 targets: Michigan

By Tom VanHaaren

The ESPN Junior 300 was released Tuesday for the 2015 class and it is littered with Michigan targets. The Wolverines don't have any commitments within the top list, but plenty of names that hold Michigan in high regard.

With roughly 65 targets already in the ESPN 300, Michigan should have a chance to land yet another top class for 2015. Here is a look at 10 of those prospects:

1. DE Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall)
6-foot-3, 235 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 1

With offers from Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, Wisconsin and many more, Cornell is the No. 1 ranked prospect in the country.

He attends a school with tremendous history and a tradition of producing great players. Cornell has expressed interest in the Wolverines, but there is going to be plenty of competition for the top-ranked prospect.

Michigan is still in the top group for the No. 1 ranked defensive end, Da'Shawn Hand, in the 2014 class and could very well be in the mix for Cornell as well. There is a chance he will be in Ann Arbor for Michigan's BBQ, but he isn't sure yet of his plans.

2. WR George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake)
6-4, 185
ESPN 300 rank: 3

George Campbell
Michigan would love it if George Campbell joined high school teammate Mason Cole in Ann Arbor.
Despite measuring in at 6-foot-4, Campbell still managed to win the fastest man competition at The Opening. He was one of a few 2015 prospects invited and the ESPN 300 receiver beat out 2014 prospects with a 4.37 forty time in the race.

Campbell has an offer from Michigan and also has a high school teammate, Mason Cole, committed to the Wolverines. He has been up to campus several times and is very familiar with the lay of the land. Michigan has a shot at landing this talented receiver.

3. DE Hjalte Froholdt (Warren, Ohio/Harding)
6-4, 285
ESPN 300 rank: 14

Froholdt might be the next Bjoern Werner, as they have similar stories. Both are foreign exchange students and both happen to be outstanding defensive linemen.

Froholdt hasn't been playing football for long and was studying in Ohio by way of Denmark. He was only in Ohio for his sophomore year and might not get the chance to come back for his junior year. The talented defensive lineman is trying to make it back for this season, but if not will push to be back in the states for his senior season to finish off what he started.

4. QB Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco)
6-4, 200
ESPN 300 rank: 17

Rosen is the only quarterback Michigan has offered in the 2015 class and also holds offers from Duke, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA and Vanderbilt.

It might be tough for Michigan to pull Rosen away from the West Coast. He is certain to pull in more offers in the near future, as he is one of the top quarterbacks in his class.

5. RB Damien Harris (Berea, Ky./Madison Southern)
5-11, 190
ESPN 300 rank: 20

Harris is one of the No. 3-ranked running back in the country for a reason. He holds offers from Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee, along with a few others.

The ESPN 300 back camped at Michigan in 2012 and earned an offer immediately following the camp based on his performance. Both he and his mother are Michigan fans, and the Wolverines are currently in his top two with Ohio State.

6. WR Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro)
5-10, 190
ESPN 300 rank: 37

Kirk was supposed to make a Midwest swing in the middle of July, but that got pushed back to August. He will likely make the trip to Ann Arbor to check out what Michigan has to offer.

The talented receiver already holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford and Texas A&M, among others.

7. DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep)
6-0, 183
ESPN 300 rank: No. 38

Fitzpatrick, much like Iman Marshall, has a 2014 teammate currently being recruited by the Michigan staff in running back Jonathan Hilliman.

Fitzpatrick has said he would like to make it up to Ann Arbor for a visit during the season, but doesn't know when that will take place.

8. DB Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
6-1, 195
ESPN 300 rank: 43

Marshall is another defensive back in this class that currently holds an offer from Michigan. The coaching staff also happens to be recruiting his 2014 teammate, John "JuJu" Smith.

Marshall said at The Opening that Michigan is a school he is definitely interested in and wants to learn more about what the Wolverines have to offer.

9. DB Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward)
5-9, 168
ESPN 300 rank: 49

Crawford is one of only a handful of defensive backs from the 2015 class with a Michigan offer. He grew up a fan of the Wolverines and said it was a dream came true when he received the offer.

The ESPN 300 defensive back says that Michigan and Miami (Fla.) are at the top of his list, but the Wolverines have the edge. He isn't the tallest guy on the field, but has sound technique and makes up for his size with his speed.

10. DE Joshua Alabi (Detroit/Cass Tech)
6-4, 248
ESPN 300 rank: 51

Alabi already holds an offer from the Wolverines along with offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The Cass Tech product has seen his offer list rise in recent months and should see it grow even more once his junior season starts.