I put this post off for a while, thought I should finally do it now, seen as not much else has happened today. This is the last in the "Who's left" for Michigan series. Linebacker play has been alright this season, or maybe it just hasn't had much focus put on it due to the play of the secondary, and the lack of depth on the d-line? Either way Michigan could use some new talent here, especially at OLB to maximize the blitz packages that is meant to be the foundation of the Greg Robinson defense? Michigan isn't really in the mix for any middle LB's, at least not after Troy Gloster and Khairi Fortt committed to other schools, but here's who's left on the board.
- OLB Aramide Olaniyan (Woodberry Forest, VA), Michigan is most likely leading for the former Duke commit, although I don't think there has been any official confirmation of this. The four star OLB is rated #9 at the position by scout.com. He visited UM for the ND game and loved it, he will be back in December for an official visit. If all goes well there, he'll be a Michigan player in 2010.
Chances of signing with UM: 60%
- OLB Christian Jones (Winter Park, FL), once thought to be a Florida State lean, he expressed this week that its wide open, with as many as eight schools still in it. However he did say he wants to go to the Michigan-Ohio State match, and generally he seems very interested in Michigan. He's the #6 OLB on scout.com, securing either him or Olaniyan would be great for UM. Still a long way to go in this one, but Michigan could hang in there until the end.
Chances of signing with UM: 20%
That's pretty much it for Michigan in this class, you could argue that Josh Furman should be classed as a linebacker as well, and let's not also forget that UM already has commitments from Antonio Kinard and Ken Wilkins.