Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Unranked commits still have a shot at 150
By Tom VanHaaren
Michigan currently has 17 total commitments, and 11 of those are within the ESPN 150. That obviously means that six of the commitments have yet to be ranked, but are not necessarily out of the running for making the final ESPN 150 list.
This release was the initial list, and there will be another updated release sometime in June. There are various reasons why some prospects haven't made the list, but all are not created equal.
That being said, there is a chance that a few of Michigan's commitments could ultimately make the list down the road. Tight end Jake Butt (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North), linebacker Ben Gedeon (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) and running backs Wyatt Shallman (Novi, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) and Deveon Smith (Warren, Ohio/Howland) were all among the ESPN 150 watch list prior to the actual list coming out.
That doesn't ensure them a spot in the eventual list, but those prospects may have a chance at being further evaluated at camps, combines and through new film that is sent in.
Of that group, it seems as though Gedeon would have a good shot at being the first in. He has good size at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and by all accounts is a tremendous linebacker prospect. With offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Stanford, Penn State and Tennessee, among others, Gedeon was one of the more sought after linebackers in the Midwest.
He is one of those prospects that hasn't been out to many camps or combines so far this season, which ultimately makes it tough to compare him to the other prospects in his class.
There already seven other tight ends ranked in the ESPN 150, so it might be tough for Butt to make it in the final list, but there is still a chance. He's another prospect that really hasn't been out to camps or combines, and if he were to decide to attend some major camps, he could help his stock. If he doesn't, then he'll need to get an updated version of his film out to Scouts inc. for evaluation.
As Michigan continues to grab commitments they will have the opportunity to land more prospects within the ESPN 150. As more and more prospects are evaluated the numbers will change come June, so it will be interesting to see then who is ranked where, and if Michigan is still on top.