NCF On The Trail: Jon Runyan Jr

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten 

December, 2, 2014
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The regular season has come to an end and there was plenty of recruiting action around the Big Ten. Here is a look at the latest in recruiting news within the conference.

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten 

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It was an interesting weekend in the Big Ten with commitments, decommitments, offers and overtime thrillers. Here is a look at all that happened on the recruiting trail within the conference.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten 

October, 7, 2014
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We are in the thick of the college football season and recruiting has started to heat up. With commits taking visits, offers going out and prospects committing, there is plenty to talk about within the Big Ten.


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Michigan continued its recruiting hot streak by adding defensive back Shaun Crawford (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) to the 2015 class on Friday. Crawford is the third ESPN Junior 300 commit for the Wolverines and will help bolster the depth chart almost immediately.

He is the sixth cornerback commitment for Michigan over the past three classes, which shows just how big of a need it was. The Wolverines have landed four ESPN 300 cornerbacks since 2012, including the No. 2 overall prospect in 2014, Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic).

Michigan has five commitments for the 2015 class, not including grayshirt commit Brady Pallante, who committed in the 2014 class but counts towards 2015 numbers.

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RecruitingNation released its first ever ESPN junior 300 in mid-July, and a slew of already committed prospects have put six programs off to an electric start in the 2015 recruiting cycle. With the college season just days away, here are the fast starters with future commitments on the horizon.


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Summer recruit wrap: Michigan 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The summer camp season proved to be exciting, as it always is. Here are 10 things we learned through this summer.

1. Camp will always be a proving ground

The 2014 class will only have about 18 members, so when Michigan headed into this summer’s camp with 10 commitments, it was unsure how many camp offers would really exist (especially considering how many highly-ranked guys had, and still have, interest in Michigan). But for guys like Brandon Watson (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) and Freddy Canteen (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy), camp was all they needed. Their performances there were enough to garner offers. Sooner rather than later, those two turned those offers into commitments. And it wasn’t just true in the 2014 class. Offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. (Philadelphia/St. Joseph’s Prep) became the Wolverines' third commitment in the 2015 class after he proved himself at camp and picked up and offer.

2. The barbecue in the Big House is still … big


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan’s summer football camp has always been a place for under-the-radar talent to be seen by the Wolverine coaching staff. Last summer, the camp produced an offer and commitment from 2013 cornerback Channing Stribling.

Last week, 2015 offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. (Philadelphia/St. Joseph’s) turned his camp offer into a verbal commitment. And on Saturday, two more camp offers turned into commitments.

The Wolverines picked up commitments from high school teammates Brandon Watson (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) and Freddy Canteen (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy), Eastern Christian Academy coach Dwayne Thomas confirmed to ESPN.com via phone.

“When you put together the combination of athletics and academics together, for them, Michigan was a no-brainer,” Thomas said.

Canteen and Watson are the Wolverines 12th and 13th commitments in the 2014 class.

Watson will play exclusively as a cornerback for Michigan, so he’ll join Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic), the No. 1 CB in the nation, in Michigan’s secondary. Canteen is Michigan’s third wide receiver commitment, joining two in-state commitments -- Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) and Moe Ways (Beverly Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day).

Eastern Christian Academy is not the typical high school. It has produced several top recruits, including 2015 USC quarterback commit David Sills (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy), but it doesn’t have a typical high school foundation.

It lacks “any traditional school components, such as a building or full-time faculty” and is “partnered with National Connections, a nationally accredited online institution, to design and administer courses for the students,” according to a September 2012 Washington Post article.

So while the headquarters for Eastern Christian Academy is in Maryland, the two boys are actually from Delaware, which has been a reason why the two prospects haven’t had a ton of attention, according to their coach.

“Being that we’re from Delaware, a lot of coaches don’t get a chance to see them in the spring because there is no spring football,” Thomas said. “So as they get out and get to camps, schools get a chance to see what their talent is.”

Canteen chose Michigan over offers from Hawaii, Maryland and Rutgers, while Watson picked the Wolverines over Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers and Temple.

However, Thomas believes the two were under-recruited and will excel at Michigan under the tutelage of secondary coach Curt Mallory and wide receiver coach Jeff Hecklinski.

“Freddy Canteen is, in my opinion, the best route-runner in the country. I think every camp that he goes to, people get a chance to find that out,” Thomas said. “And Brandon has this unique combination of speed, strength and hip flexibility that will allow him to be physical with the big receivers, and he’s agile enough to run and defend the smaller receivers as well.”

U-M picks up second 2015 commit 

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Two 2015 commits in just over 12 hours.

It sounds as if Brady Hoke and Michigan are up to their old ways again, picking up multiple commitments in a short period of time. The first came Monday as kicker Andrew David (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) committed. This time, the commitment comes from a more familiar name at a familiar position for most Michigan fans.

Tuesday, the Wolverines picked up a commitment from 2015 offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. (Philadelphia/St. Joseph's Prep). He confirmed his commitment via phone. He’s the son of former All-Big Ten offensive tackle Jon Runyan, who played for 14 seasons in the NFL and is now a U.S. congressman.


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