The Hoosier State was the Wolverine State Last Night

Each week throughout the football season, we will be posting the stat lines of current Michigan commits. 

This week the games were at a minimum as many schools do not begin their seasons until next week, but for the three headed trio from Indiana of Chris Evans, Kiante Enis, and Brandon Peters, the season began and boy did it start with a bang.

Brandon Peters

14 for 19, 234 yards, 5 TDs

Brandon Peters was invited to the U.S Army All American Game earlier today and it appears the momentum carried over to his first game of the season.

Peters seemed to thrive early and demonstrate an even better arm than last season per Jake Thompson of the Hendricks County Flyer.

Peters may be the top quarterback in state of Indiana and showed in week 1 just why the hype has been so real.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans may be the best athlete in the 2016 class for Michigan.

His speed has been clocked at a sub 4.45 level and in his first week of play, he showed just how dynamic he is.

With only 4 carries, he amassed 112 yards and 3 touchdowns while adding 12 yards on two receptions.

Evans is another contender for the Mr. Football award in the Hoosier state and could see early playing time when he gets to Ann Arbor thanks to his game changing abilities with the ball in his hands.

Evans projects as a Slot WR/CB at the next level.

Kiante Enis

23 carries for 341 yards, 4 TD’s, and a 69yard INT return for a TD

Enis is the smallest of the three, and is the main competition of Evans for the best athlete in the Michigan class as it stands.

Last season he amassed 49 TDs and really blew up on the scene.

He wasted no time tonight in starting up his senior campaign while going for 341!!! yards and 4 TD’s. He also added a pick six to end the first half.

Much like Evans, Enis could project on both sides of the ball but it is my belief that he could be primarily seen on the offensive side of the ball.

After the game, GoBlueWolverine staff writer Josh Newkirk caught up with Enis and Enis mentioned that Michigan wants him to come in as a RB.


It’s pretty easy to see why after the record setting performance..

His coach Mike Jones added, “Easy, Kiante makes our job easy.”
Michigan may have landed the top three prospects in the state of Indiana for 2016, and in Game 1, these three young men proved me, and the coaches to be correct.

Look out for the next weekly stat lines in 7 days.

Go Blue!


Tony Butler Down to 3

For quite a long time it was presumed that Michigan would eventually flip CB Tony Butler from Pittsburgh.

 After he decommitted from Pitt, he took a visit to Ann Arbor and loved it, but a month later he has trimmed his list down to three schools, one of which is not Michigan.

Butler announced today per Bill Greene that he is down to Clemson, West Virginia, and Arizona State with a decision set for September.

It had been a belief by some that Butler never held a commitable offer from JH and staff.

It now appears all sights at the CB position are set on Penn State commit and Detroit MLK CB Lavert Hill.

For those of you that may not know, Lavert Hill is the younger brother of current Michigan safety, Delano Hill. He also recently visited for the BBQ and had glowing remarks about Michigan per Scout. 

We wish Tony Butler all the best in his college endeavors.

KJ Costello: Michigan Man?

This piece is something I’ve been meaning to touch on for weeks now, and with some down time the duty calls.

KJ Costello, out of Santa Margarita, CA is by all accounts the top prospect for the Wolverines at quarterback for the 2016 cycle.  While offers have been going out for the last few weeks to other quarterbacks, Costello is the one person that has remained a constant target over the last calendar year.

With Brandon Peters high interest in Michigan, the timeline has changed for Costello in my mind, and I feel like this is why Costello will end up at Michigan and also I touch on the reasons and effect that he would have.


-Just as a I mentioned before, Costello had planned on taking a visit during the spring time.  That is, until Brandon Peters picked up a Michigan offer a mere 10 days ago and he immediately said that Michigan led for him.  This falls in direct correlation with the recruitment of Costello.  After Peters made that announcement, 247’s Steve Lorenz spoke with Costello and KJ said that he plans on taking a visit to Ann Arbor within the NEXT TWO WEEKS.  Add to that  the fact that KJ plans on bringing along his father, and you have a brewing commit watch ensuing.  KJ Costello nearly committed to Michigan last summer at the Michigan camp, but held off to not make a decision off purely emotion.  With Jim Harbaugh in the fold and a top rate coaching staff to boot, his interest has skyrocketed and Michigan fans, and other recruits have taken notice.

-The next reason is indeed, Jim Harbaugh himself.  KJ Costello grew up watching Jim and his dominance at both Stanford and in the NFL with the 49ers.  For those of you who don’t know, Jim Harbaugh brought upon a rockstar appeal in California while coaching these two entities.  He reversed their fortunes in months and created powerhouses at the two highest levels of football in the world today.  Costello took notice, and saw this growing up.  Harbaugh, is also one of the best at developing QB’s in all of football.  At Stanford, he took a gangly Andrew Luck and made him a number one pick and laid the groundwork for a player who would go on to now be one of the top 5 QB’s in the NFL.  At San Francisco, Jim developed Colin Kaepernick from a mid round pick into one of the elite playmakers in the league while inheriting one of the highest grossing contracts for a QB in recent league memory.  The fact isn’t that he is an elite coach, the fact is that he has a knack for developing quarterbacks unlike any other and KJ Costello knows that.


-KJ Costello would be the first person from the west coast to commit to Michigan under Harbaugh and would be the first of many, in a revived pipeline out of the west coast.  If KJ were to commit the Michigan brand would be revived on the west coast and with the host of players that Michigan is targeting on the west coast, you can be assured Michigan would be able to reinvigorate their roster with the elite speed and playmaking ability that you can find on the west coast, while building a connection to players that Michigan hasn’t recruited or even been in the neighborhoods of since the Lloyd Carr era.

-KJ Costello would follow the past roles of Shane Morris, Wilton Speight, and Alex Malzone in being the leader of the class.  KJ could and would have the ability to help Michigan land many of the top prospects they are targeting, including close friends and homegrown brethren, Theo Howard, David Long, and top WR target, Dylan Crawford.  If Michigan was able to land them, their roster would have a huge boost in terms of pure athleticism and bring a new era of playmakers to Ann Arbor that Michigan fans haven’t seen in years.

KJ Costello Is a natural born leader both on and off the field.  He has a great makeup as a QB and an even better makeup off the field in the classroom and in the community.  His name is one that Michigan fans that follow recruiting have known for nearly two years  and if all goes as planned on his upcoming visit, do not be surprised if he beats Brandon Peters to the punch  for the 2016 class QB spot while also building foundation for the best recruiting class in recent Michigan memory.


Day 1: Road to NSD– Visits

This is a short little piece where I will touch on every player Michigan makes contact with in the days after the dead period, leading up to NSD and beyond.  Source credit to 247 Sports and Scout, along with my own sources..


WR Ryan Davis (Offered) – Drevno

DE Keisean Lucier South

CB Chris Williamson – Zordich

WR Auden Tate – Drevno

CB Jarius Adams (Offered) – Durkin

RB Mike Weber – Wheatley

CB Iman Marshall

CB Nate Dalton – Mattison

DE Shelton Johnson (Offered)


DE Khalid Kareem (Offered)

LB Jeffrey McCullough (Offered)

CB Chad Clay

CB Deontay Anderson

WR Reggie Hemphill- Mapps

DT Ed Oliver


DB Jamyest Williams

QB Todd Centio

CB Deangelo Gibbs

LB Josh Ross

Three ’15 Recruits That Would Impact Michigan Football Going Forward

The year has changed in number, and the new era in Harbaugh has begun.

With a new era comes a new found vision, and with the change back to college, comes recruiting.  With a month to go before National Signing Day, Jim Harbaugh must act quick in filling this class right.

It has been made public the recruits that Harbaugh has already contacted, but there are three recruits who stand out in terms of importance above the rest.  These three recruits could very well, also be the most crucial in terms of impact both on the field and off. I took a deeper look at this and ranked the three recruits in terms of importance and impact, if they were to commit to Michigan.

1. Chris Clark

Chris Clark, a tight end from Connecticut, who is widely considered the top tight end available in the 2015 class is easily the top target for Michigan as it stands and also the one recruit who is most important for the team ON the field.

In a Jim Harbaugh offense, tight ends have thrived (Ertz, Fleener, Davis).  The Tight end is arguably the most important piece of the offense because Harbaugh tends to run a ton of 2 TE sets and needs playmakers in that position.  Clark has shown that he could be a playmaker and so much more.

At 6’5 245lbs, Clark has all the tools to make any play needed, while also moving inside to block when the duty calls.  Clark would give a new dimension to the Michigan offense, along with Jake Butt.  A landing of Clark would also show that the top players in the country want to go to Michigan and could help the recruitment of others.

2. Iman Marshall

This one may come as a surprise to many of you due to the fact that the major interest from Marshall has just truly begun with the hiring of Harbaugh.  Marshall is arguably the top CB available in 2015 and would prove to be an instant difference maker in a Michigan secondary that will feature budding star Jourdan Lewis and a healthy returning superstar in Jabrill Peppers.  Peppers, Lewis, and potentially Marshall could combine to form one of the best secondaries in college football and at times make any opposing offense one dimensional.

Play, and talent aside, perhaps the biggest impact of a potential Iman Marshall commitment would come in the recruiting game.  The addition of Iman Marshall could open pipelines for Michigan in the west coast that the Wolverines haven’t seen since the days of Lloyd Carr.  The commitment of Marshall could prove to be worthy in his own class with interest coming from fellow California prospects Cordell Broadus and Colin Samuel.

A verbal from Marshall would be the ultimate game changer and would have an effect on future classes for Michigan by drawing new found interest from California and its neighboring states.

I have mentioned recently that I believe our chances with Marshall are much better than major media outlets are reporting, especially with a stellar defensive staff being constructed.  I still believe that as it stands USC is ahead by a rather large margin, while saying we have a 20% chance of landing him.  One thing to keep your eye on is how well the visit goes.  If the visit goes exceptionally well, than our chances drastically increase.

3. Mike Weber

Mike Weber’s importance is pretty self explanatory.  Weber decommitted during the Wolverines past season and since has committed to Ohio State, and Urban Meyer, Michigan’s top rival going forward.  Not only would the landing of Weber mark the first victory of hopefully many against the Buckeyes going forward, the verbal from Weber could continue the Michigan Pipeline at Cass Tech and help add a supreme talent to an already solid backfield core.  Some may view the recruitment of Weber as a pride battle, but the kid can flat out run with the best of them and is an elite talent at his position for the 2015 class.

With the many uncertainties of recruiting today, there is one given and that is that this stretch run for Harbaugh and Michigan leading up to NSD could be one of the most fun to watch in recent memory and could also bring upon just a few surprises while potentially laying the groundwork for a very successful foundation for years to come.

In The Film Room: Grading 2015 Michigan Commit Alex Malzone

Name: Alex Malzone

Class: 2015

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6’1

Weight: 203

Malzone is a 24/7 composite four star, In-state commit from the great Birmingham Brother Rice program. Malzone won 39 straight games as a starter, including back to back state championships. He has been committed to the Wolverines since May of 2014. He had held offers from nine other schools, most of which were from the MAC. Malzone has been the glue of the Wolverines 15′ class since last may, holding steadfast during the firing of Brady Hoke saying he “Gave his word to a school, not to a coach”. I first saw Malzone play as a sophomore, and from his first snap he has impressed. During his senior season he threw for over 2,900 yards with thirty-eight touchdowns to only five interceptions. Malzone is an early enrollee and will room with Saginaw Heritage’s Brian Cole this winter.


Style of Passer: Pro

Body: B-

Even though we live in an era where the “small” quarterback can be successful you’d still be more comfortable having your guy be in the 6’3-6’6 range. Not everyone can be Drew Brees or Russell Wilson, so only time will tell if Malzone can be another in the line of recently successful smaller quarterbacks. While Malzone is not exactly lacking size,  The fact of the matter is, he could he taller and larger. You’d like to see him add some lower body muscle and reduce his risk of injury once he gets into the weight room in Ann Arbor this winter.

Arm Strength: B+

Malzone’s arm is slightly above average. He can drive the ball down the field with ease, thanks in part to his good footwork. He can put more than enough zip on the ball to complete the three step passes like slants or quick outs. Something Malzone is especially good at is timing routes like come backs or sidelines whether it’s down the field or just a few yards, he has the arm to get it there. Malzone always had a very talented supporting cast at Brother Rice, one that included Division one receivers Corey Laccanaria (Ball State) and Grant Perry (Northwestern) that at times helped him out when forcing the ball into coverage, but nonetheless he has the arm to get it in there.

Accuracy: A

This is Malzone’s strong suit, as he is a very efficient passer. He has a 66.8% career completion percentage over his three years seeing time under center, with only fourteen interceptions in over 600 career pass attempts. He has great touch on sideline throws as well as the back shoulder. Any actions/roll-outs/sprint-outs are money, as are his play fakes. But what impresses me the most is Malzone’s ability to find the open man and either hit him in stride or put the ball where no one else can get it. His touch is great, weather its a corner or flag route to the sideline or a deep slant down the field. He does have the tendency to force throws, but he had the talent at receiver to help him out in high school. At Michigan, he’ll have the talent at receiver, but the big difference will be the talent he will be going against on defense. Some of the throws he landed at Brother Rice will be going the other way at Michigan.

Mobility/Pocket Presence: B+

While Malzone will never be confused for a dual-threat quarterback, he can definitely move. He will always look to throw the ball first but when the play is completely broken down, Malzone will skirt off and has the ability to make one or two defenders miss. He is great throwing the ball when out of the pocket, weather by design of a play action or a roll out or extending the play. He keeps his eyes downfield and finds the open man with ease. Malzone’s athletic ability will also keep him out of the arms of defenders in the pocket. He is well trained, and will keep his shoulders square and eyes down the field while evading pressure.

Mechanics: B-

While Malzone’s delivery was sufficient in high school, it will need work at the next level. His delivery motion is somewhat long, and while the ball does not come out slow, he leaves  it extended away from his body for defenders to knock away. Malzone throws it like a baseball. To put it simply, his throwing motion needs to be shorter, and more compact. A few months with Michigan’s expected new offensive coordinator Tim Drevno and I expect Malzone will improve in this area by leaps and bounds. One thing Malzone does exceptionally well,  is I have yet to see him make a throw off his back foot, which is a huge no no for a quarterback and you tend to see often with younger QB’s. He steps into his throws with confidence, with square shoulders and great weight transfer. His throwing motion is the only thing bringing his grade down here, otherwise his mechanics are fantastic.

Decision Making/Football IQ: B

This is where Malzone is a little enigmatic. He will more often than not find the open receiver when extending the play out of the pocket, and he often makes the right reads of the defense in the short passing game. Where Malzone fails however is forcing the ball into not only double, but sometimes triple coverage. As I stated earlier he has been helped out his whole career by Division one caliber receivers. The more it worked for Malzone, the more he seemed to force the ball into coverage as his season went on. And while it may not seem like an issue, what with his 66.8 career completion percentage and only 14 career interceptions, a continuation of these decisions will cost him at the next level. It May just be a case of trusting his arm and receivers too much, but only time will tell.

Overall: B

This grade is a little harsh, but there are a few things Malzone will need to work on to be successful for the Wolverines. There is nothing he can do about his small stature, so he will simply have to prove that his height is not an issue at the next level. I do not think Malzone has an NFL type arm, but that does not mean he doesn’t have what it takes to succeed in college. His accuracy is everything you ask for in a quarterback, as his throws are on the money. Yes, he may force throws too often but when he does the ball is usually placed where only the receiver can get it. His mobility and athleticism for a pocket passer is a huge plus if your an offense that will run bootlegs and sprint outs, which all pro style offenses will feature. If the play breaks down and he has no throwing options, he is more than capable to take off and pick up a short first down but probably not much more. With improvements in his throwing motion and sometimes inconsistent decision making, Malzone will flourish into a starting caliber quarterback in Ann Arbor.


In The Film Room: 2015 ATH John Kelly

Name: John Kelly Jr

Class of 2015

Position: ATH

Height: 5’10

Weight: 195

Kelly is a local kid, coming out of Oak Park High School just north of Detroit. Kelly is a Three-Star Athlete according to 24/7 composite rankings. Kelly is very sought after, holding eleven offers. Five of those offers are B1G schools (Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Maryland and MSU). Other offers include MAC schools as well as Tennessee. Kelly is being pursued hard by Sparty, and up until the hire of Jim Harbaugh by Michigan, many presumed he would eventually end up there. Kelly’s interest in the wolverines has grown greatly since the hire of Harbaugh, with multiple 24/7 crystal ball flips from the Spartans to the Wolverines. A week ago, Kelly’s top three was Michigan, MSU and Minnesota. Kelly is still showing interest in those three schools and plans on taking an official visit to them as well as Tennessee before NSD in February.  it seems that Michigan is the clear leader going forward. I will cover Kelly as an offensive weapon, as he is a very versatile athlete with the potential to play more than one position. I’ve seen Kelly play in person his junior season and without even knowing who he was, he stood out to me. Kelly is being recruited by Roy Manning and Fred Jackson from Michigan. While Kelly is being recruited as an Athlete I  project him to stay on the offensive side of the ball, and that is why I will only grade him as I see him, and that is as an offensive weapon.


Type of back: Pure Speed

Body: A

At 5’10, 195 pounds Kelly is built very solid for a speed back. Lets put it this way: If you were to create an offensive play maker on a video game, he would look like Kelly. Solid enough to tote the rock between the tackles, tough enough to take a big hit and small enough to elude defenders. Kelly will not seek contact but is not afraid to lower his shoulder to finish a run.

Speed: A+

Kelly has been clocked at 4.38 in the 40, and I believe it. Kelly is exceptionally fast on film and in person. Playing against top tier competition in the Detroit area, Kelly routinely BURNS his opponents. Kelly is fast to the hole and even faster to the end zone. Once he breaks contain or get past the third level he is nearly impossible to catch, even if the defense has a great angle. Kelly has track speed to put it simply.

Vision/Patience: B-

Kelly’s vision is somewhat enigmatic. In the open field, his vision is superb. Weather its returning kicks or outside runs, Kelly will find a seam and turn on the jets. But as far as between the tackle runs go, Kelly struggles to find the hole, and instead of showing patience for something to develop, Kelly will often rely on his speed by changing direction and bouncing runs to the outside where they were never intended to go. Patience is not as key with speed guys as it is for the power backs, but between the tackles vision is certainly something Kelly will need to work on if he is going to play running back at the next level. Kelly is a very decisive runner and wastes no time or movements on the field.

Pass Protection: C

Very little sample size to work from, Kelly is a relatively physical back but if he was in the game for Oak Park, he is most likely getting the ball. Pass pro is often the most difficult thing for young backs to pick up at the next level, and i predict that will hold true for Kelly. There will be much work to do in order for him to be an every down back.

Athleticism: A

Kelly is everything you would want in an athlete. His runs look effortless, and his speed is phenomenal. His foot speed is great, both vertically and horizontally. Kelly does not spend much time running east/west, but he wastes no time when he does. Kelly had the footwork to play defensive back against some of the top receivers in the state, and while I believe he is too good of a play maker to keep the ball out of his hands, he absolutely has the athletic ability to develop into a shut down corner at the next level.

Hands: B

Kelly played in all three phases of the game for Oak Park. Starting at DB, tail back as well as returning kicks. His hands are soft to say the least, and his ball protections is well enough to trust him with that many touches per game. Weather Kelly has the hands to make a transition to slot receiver, that remains to be seen.

Overall: A-

Kelly is a very underrated recruit in my eyes, I see him as at least a four star prospect. He is a threat to score every time he touches the ball from anywhere on the field. His track like speed makes him an absolute weapon that you can line up at any position on the field and just get the ball in his hands. Although not the same size or build, I would project Kelly in a similar role of what Dennis Norfleet does for Michigan, at the very least. With a little bit of work, Kelly could make the move to receiver at the next level. Even though I project him to play on the offensive side of the ball,  His athleticism is well above average which will allow him to play where ever he and his coaches see fit. Kelly is a must get for the Maize and Blue for 2015, and I believe he could play as a freshman on any if not all special teams units, and could potentially see time on either side of the ball, assuming coach Harbaugh will open up all positions to competition. It is surprising to me that Kelly is considered only the ninth best player in the state. Kelly is a Detroit kid, and plays as such with a scrappy, tough, no quit attitude. He would be a great fit in Ann Arbor and I think we could see him putting on a Maize & Blue cap come signing day, when he plans on making his decision.


Getting to Know: 2016 LB Max Richardson III

As is the same with Coach Ferrigno, Coach Hecklinski has been making his nation wide recruiting trip, and yesterday one of his stops took place in Georgia at Woodward Academy to see 2016 LB prospect, and legacy recruit, Maximillian Richardson III.  For short, and from what Max said, we will stick with Max Richardson III.

HUDL profile and sophomore highlights are found here.

Before anything, it is important to note that his father, Max Richardson Jr. played at Michigan from 1974-1977 so he is indeed a legacy recruit.

Max comes in at 5’11 222lbs while being clocked at a 4.8 40 time, while he also noted that he is working to get the 40 time down.

Max is a smaller body at 5’11 but presents a rather strong frame while playing Middle Linebacker.

Max, among other things mentioned the following..

– Coach Hecklinski stopped by yesterday to extend an offer to camp this summer while also noting he was very interested in Max.

– Max has early intentions to visit Ann Arbor this summer with a group of his teammates.

– Max noted that he is highly intrigued by Michigan because of his father and LOVES Ann Arbor and the school itself.

– Max finished our conversation off by saying that if Michigan were to offer, they would instantly become his favorite.

From everything gathered, it seems as if Max is a fast rising prospect gaining more attention nationally each day.  He is a kid with a strong mind and one who has a high acumen level for football knowledge.  All things aside, Max is a talented prospect with all the room to grow and further groom himself as an elite prospect.  If an offer comes it could very well occur this summer before his junior season.  If Michigan does indeed offer Max, I would not feel as if I was venturing too far in saying that he could immediately commit to Michigan with hopes of following in his dad’s legacy and attending the school he loves.  Once he visits, Max is a name we all should keep our eyes on, especially due to the fact that he is a legacy recruit and a very hard hitting linebacker.

Michigan stops by to see 2016 CB Treyjohn Butler

Earlier today, Michigan stopped in to Etiwanda HS in Rancho Cucamonga, CA to see top 2016 CB Treyjohn Butler.


At 5’11 189 lbs, Treyjohn is a CB with an above average frame, that early on has been rated as a 4 star by all the top services.  Treyjohn also offers an intriguing amount of speed at a 4.4 forty time per himself, contrary to the stated 4.64 that 247 has him clocked at.

Treyjohn is one of the top prospects out of California early on in the 2016 class and has been in contact with Coach Ferrigno.

Here is a bit of what he had to say..

– Michigan made first contact today and asked for a copy of his film.

– Coach Ferrigno said that the game plan as of now is to watch his film and that he will be back with him next week after a talk with Treyjohn’s head coach, and Treyjohn also mentioned that he is really hoping he can earn the offer, with the word coming on the possibility next week after Coach Ferrigno calls his head coach.

-Treyjohn said Michigan intrigues him because of the great Engineering program.

– He also mentioned that if Michigan were to offer, they would definitely be in his top 3 schools along with Stanford and Notre Dame.  He added that he would hope to make a visit to Ann Arbor sometime this summer as well.

Treyjohn is a kid who has gained a ton more attention as of late, and is one of the fastest rising players in the 2016 class from the western part of the country.  For me, I truly believe that if an offer does come, and Michigan can get Butler on campus, that they will have a bit of an inside track for his services and that it would come down to the wire.  Treyjohn says that he will be in contact with me later next week after Ferrigno speaks with his head coach.

Michigan offers 2015 ATH Javarius Davis


This afternoon, Michigan offered a top athlete out of Florida in 2015 star Javarius Davis.

Javarius comes in at 5’10, 179 lbs with even more growth projected.

Javrarius offers elite speed with a 4.47 40 time per 247 and is primarily being recruited as a RB.  His brother, Bryan Evans was a former safety at the University of Georgia.

As of now, the Crystal Ball on 247 has three predictions, all locked in as Georgia Tech for him.  I was fortunate enough to speak with him after the offer and here is a few things he mentioned.

– Javarius says he was shocked by the offer, and that Coach Hecklinski mentioned he really excites the staff and sees him as a dynamic athlete in the 2015 class.

– Javarius also mentioned that he is eager to learn more about Michigan and that he is already well aware of the tradition and rich history at Michigan.

-Javarius has no visit date set as of yet, but hopes to make it to Ann Arbor for a visit sometime this summer.

The Michigan offer was a bit of a surprise to him so it is tough to gauge whether or not Michigan will be a true competitor for his services, but it is important to note he is very intrigued by Michigan and what they have to offer.  If Michigan can get him on campus for a visit anything is possible.