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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Final 150/300 mixed bag for U-M commits

By Chantel Jennings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The final ESPN150/300 rankings and class rankings were released on Thursday. A Michigan class that started out the 2013 teams rankings at No. 1 slipped again, mostly do to a precipitous drop for one prospect.

But the news wasn’t all bad, as one of the five offensive line commits in the class made a nice move up the charts.

Michigan, which has the No. 7 recruiting class in the nation, finished with 14 commits in the ESPN 300, including nine in the ESPN 150. The most notable move also was a negative one -- 2013 quarterback commit Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) dropped 73 spots to No. 127. He also dropped four spots in the position rankings to the No. 8 QB.

Morris’ struggles during last week’s run-up to the Under Armour All-America Game and in the game itself added to concerns about his accuracy.

Morris’ move means that cornerback Jourdan Lewis (Detroit/Cass Tech) is the top-rated commit in the class. He moved up four spots and now sits at No. 88 overall and the No. 13 cornerback.

Not far behind him is high school teammate and fellow commit David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech), at No. 91. He dropped on spot in the offensive guard national rankings as Alabama commit Grant Hill (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville) took over the No. 1 guard spot, placing Dawson at No. 2.

Rounding out the rest of the Wolverines’ commits in the ESPN 150 are: defensive back Dymonte Thomas (93), offensive lineman Patrick Kugler (101), offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman (104), defensive end Taco Charlton (116), Morris (127) and offensive lineman Chris Fox (134).

Kugler jumped 14 spots nationally and two spots to the No. 3 offensive guard. Charlton moved up and is now the No. 9 defensive end in the nation.

Kyle Bosch dropped 30 spots nationally and one spot at his position, narrowly missing the ESPN 150, at No. 157. Four other commits join Bosch in the ESPN 300: Jake Butt (182), Jaron Dukes (232), Henry Poggi (254) and Ben Gedeon (280).

Poggi was the only U-M commit in the ESPN 300 making a major move, climbing 34 spots nationally and four spots at the defensive tackle position.

The Wolverines hope to add one more highly rated recruit to their 2013 class. Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage), the No. 5 RB in the country and No. 38 overall, remains the top target. If he committed, he would be the highest commit by 50 spots.