Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Rivals Releases Updated Top 100 Recruits

Notables from this group of 27 five star and 63 four star from the Michigan perspective include:

Michigan recruit Ronald Johnson of Michigan. Moved all the way up to No. 5 overall and now listed as a WR/DB. Considered a must get for Michigan, is considering Michigan, OSU, USC, Texas and Florida, among others. Insiders remain confident, but do not expect this one to end until near/at signing day. USC and OSU thought to be main competition. *****

Michigan recruit DE Everson Griffen of Arizona. Somewhat surprisingly, the nation's top DE gave Michigan an official visit a few weeks back. It is widely thought that USC is the team to beat for this athletic freak, but when you get one of five allowed official visits, you have some sort of shot. *****

Michigan verbal commitment QB Ryan Mallet of Texas. Unquestionably the nation's top arm, Mallet moves up a few spots to No. 21 overall and No. 3 QB, behind No. 1 overall J.C. Superstar (Clausen) and John Brantley. The glove-shredding, 80-yard throwing legend continues to work the phones to bring in additional talent. *****

Michigan verbal commitment DB Jeremy Finch of Indiana. One of the biggest movers in the new top 100, Finch blows past fellow DB recruit and OSU verbal Eugene Clifford of Ohio, landing in the 30 spot overall, and just missing five star status. Finch is considered a heavy hitting and instinctual safety who could grow into an OLB. ****

Other top 100 prospects who are still interested in Michigan and vice versa, but who are way too long of long shots to spend much time on include:

RB Noel Devine *****
DE Martez Wilson *****
OL Matt Romine ****
DT Josh Brent ****
RB Robert Hughes ****

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