Class of 2014: Final Evaluations
Wolverine247 takes a final look into the game of each 2014 Michigan commit.
Jabrill Peppers – DB/ATH (Paramus, NJ/ Catholic) 6-1, 210
The crown of the class, Peppers is the highest ranked recruit in a long time and was a huge win for the Michigan staff over the nations top heavyweights. Pepper’s is like a stick of dynamite with the ball in his hands and can virtually play any skill position on the field. Pepper’s has the character and confidence that raises the play of his teammates and he was also a great recruiter for the class. No question that Peppers has the talent and ability to be one of the Michigan greats. It would be tough for me as a head coach to not give Peppers some touches on offense to go with his duties as a defensive back/return man.
Bryan Mone - DT (Salt Lake City, UT/ Highland) 6-4, 338
Big-time defensive tackle prospect with elite size and strength in the trenches. A brawler in the interior, Mone dominated against high school competition with pure strength and a great swim-move in his arsenal. Mone has the size to play early at 6-4, 338-pounds, and can really clog up the middle in the run game. The four-star prospect with a 96 overall grade, had offers from Stanford, UCLA, Oregon State, and Ole Miss before choosing Michigan. Mone finished his career as a Under Armour All-American.
Mason Cole - OG (Tarpon Springs, FL/ East Lake) 6-4, 285
Cole is Michigan’s top offensive line recruit, and he is a great win on the recruiting trail for Michigan, who pulled him away from several elite programs closer to home. Cole had a very impressive week at the Army All-American bowl and garnered high praise from the coaches at the event. The early enrollee, Cole has a nice blend of power and quickness, and shows great toughness in the run game. Should raise the level of competition right away on the offensive line.
Drake Harris - WR (Grand Rapids, MI/ Christian) 6-4, 185
One of my personal favorites in this class, Harris brings a deep play threat to the Michigan receiver core, and he has to be accounted for by opposing defenses every pass play. Harris has the speed and agility to take any pass to the house, with a Randy Moss-like vertical leap on deep balls. Harris can stretch the defense and blow by defensive backs while making it look easy. Harris was a must-have instate recruit won over Michigan State, where Harris was committed. Harris is already enrolled.
Lawrence Marshall - DE (Southfield, MI/ Southfield) 6-3, 230
Marshall is an athletic, well-built edge rusher with a quick ball get off. The 9th ranked defensive end in the country, Lawrence closes on the quarterback in a hurry and plays with excellent physicality as a slightly undersized defensive end, but has the athletic ability to stand up and play linebacker at the next level if need be. Similar to 2012 recruit Mario Ojemudio, Marshall has the pass-rushing talent that will be hard to keep off the field early in his career.
Michael Ferns - LB (St. Clairsville, OH/ St. Clairsville) 6-3, 238
A machine at the linebacker position, Ferns is a physical specimen that brings great effort, toughness, and smarts to the field. Great diagnosis skills and the straight-line speed and power to blow up a play. Ferns had a big part in recruiting the other commits in this class, as the first 2014 commit on board. Ferns enrolled early and won’t have a problem picking up the playbook and adapting so expect to see him on the field early at Michigan. Held offers from the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Stanford, and Oklahoma before committing to Michigan.
Ian Bunting - TE (Hinsdale, IL/ Central) 6-6, 220
Bunting has rare height and length to go with receiver-like ball skills in the passing game. The four-star prospect is a dangerous receiving threat, with a huge catching radius and the ability to pick up yards after the catch. Has excellent speed and can pick up yards after the catch. Bunting isn’t afraid to block and could develop into more of a traditional tight end that can be attached to line and help out in protection if need be. Ranked as the sixth best tight end in the country.
Juwann Bushell-Beatty - OT (Paramus, NJ/ Catholic) 6-7, 310
NFL sized offensive tackle with great range and physicality in the run game, Bushell-Beatty has raw talent with a high level of potential. Bushell-Beatty is a high motor, hard working player that loves the dogfight. Bushell-Beatty excels against the run and uses his size and raw strength to overpower defensive lineman. Has long arms and uses him to his advantage and does a good job of keeping his hands inside. Has a great foundation for the Michigan staff to work with.
Freddy Canteen - WR (Elkton, MD/ Eastern Christian) 6-1, 175
A technician at the receiver position, Canteen understands how to get open and has slick moves after the catch. Canteen can play inside at the slot, and has enough long speed to go get a deep ball on the outside. Runs very precise routes and can stick his foot in the ground and get separation from a defensive back. Tremendous hands and shows a great feel for the game. Not afraid to go over the middle. Canteen is an early enrollee for Michigan.
Brandon Watson - DB (Elkton, MD/ Eastern Christian) 6-0, 185
Watson has excellent fundamentals at cornerback and tends to gamble correctly, always being around the ball. Watson is solid in all areas of the game and plays with confidence and can be a good tackler. He reads receiver tendencies well and knows when to jump a route. Has good physicality at the line of scrimmage and ball skills when a pass is in the air. Always looking to make a turnover.
Noah Furbush - LB (Kenton, OH/ Kenton) 6-4, 240
Very instinctual linebacker, Furbush has great size and is violent upon contact. Furbush plays with great passion and intensity. Uses his hands well to avoid blockers and is the hammer not the nail when he makes a tackle. Furbush has everything you look for at the position. Underrated prospect that blew up after his junior year, coming from an under-recruited area of Ohio. Has the versatility to drop back into coverage or rush off the edge at the next level.
Maurice Ways - LB (Franklin, MI/ Country Day) 6-4, 200
Big, strong receiver that can make catches in traffic. Ways has strong hands and showed a huge difference in his yards after the catch in his senior highlights. Ways has great strength and can break tackles, also possessing good top-end-speed. Really improved in his weaker areas, showing a great work effort and is a relentless blocker downfield. Ways has the size and ball skills that could be very tough for smaller defensive backs in college.
Chase Winovich - LB (Clairton, PA/ Thomas Jefferson) 6-4, 215
Part of a big linebacker group for Michigan, Winovich has a long frame with a huge wingspan. Winovich has excellent pursuit speed and angles, as well as being able to drop into coverage and get in passing lanes. Winovich runs through ball-carriers instead of catching or meeting them. A high intensity player that can be used in different ways as an outside linebacker. Long arms make him tough to block.
Jared Wangler - LB (Warren, MI/ De LaSalle) 6-1, 220
Wangler is a smart and instinctive player that lined up mostly at the safety position in high school. Excellent coverage skills and good athleticism making a play on the ball or an open field tackle. A sure-tackler that competes on every play, Wangler has a nose for the ball and does his job every play. Has the toughness to play linebacker in college and has gotten a lot bigger since he committed to Michigan. Wangler was committed to Penn State before switching to the Wolverines when he picked up the offer.
Brady Pallante - DT (Naples, FL/ Barron Collier) 6-1, 260
Strong interior lineman that will outwork his opponent, Pallante was an underrated recruit that Michigan took their grey-shirt off of. Highly productive player that made 60 tackles and nine for a loss, with three sacks his senior year. Pallante is able to get underneath offensive lineman to gain leverage and create a good push in his pass rush and is quick enough to get off blocks and get to his gap in the run game. Pallante was recruited by Michigan coach Jeff Hecklinski.
Wilton Speight - QB (Richmond, VA/ Collegiate) 6-6, 220
Speight has all the tools you need at the quarterback position, with exceptional size and mobility at 6-foot-6, and 220-pounds. Speight has good pocket presence and throws extremely well outside the pocket or on the run. He has nice poise and command of the offense and makes throws in an anticipatory fashion. Can get the ball out of his hand quick, with a shortened/unorthodox motion. Has the arm strength to throw the deep post or comeback route and nice touch on a quick fade pattern. Won't have a problem picking up the Michigan offense as an early enrollee and adding much needed depth to the position.