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Posted on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 12:02 p.m.

Shane Morris now a five-star QB per, Michigan keeps five '13 commits in Top 100

By Nick Baumgardner

Shane Morris has sat on the fringe of's five-star range for months now.

And Monday, the 2013 Michigan football commit finally earned his coveted fifth star. unveiled its updated Top 100 for 2013, giving the 6-foot-3, 183-pound Morris a five-star ranking and lifting him from No. 22 to No. 17 overall.


Shane Morris

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The Warren De La Salle senior is one of two five-star pro-style quarterbacks on's list, with USC pledge Max Browne (No. 10 overall) being the other.

Dubbed the player with the strongest arm in the 2013 class by Rivals' analyst Mike Farrell, Morris is one of just 22 players nationwide to receive five-star status from also lists Morris as a five-star, while labels him a four-star talent.

Morris is one of five Michigan commits in Rivals' new Top 100. But he's the only one that seems to be on the rise.

Four-star defensive tackle Henry Poggi dropped six spots to No. 58, four-star linebacker Mike McCray fell 26 spots to No. 81, four-star offensive lineman Patrick Kugler dropped 15 spots to No. 88 and four-star offensive lineman Kyle Bosch fell 15 spots to No. 92.

Four-star offensive lineman Chris Fox was not ranked in the new Top 100 after sitting at No. 57 previously. The same goes for four-star defensive back Dymonte Thomas, who fell out of the Top 100 after being ranked No. 95 in June.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.



Tue, Aug 21, 2012 : 9:33 p.m.

Shane is a 5 star "tool". He'll fit right in with the fan base in Ann Arbor! Just wondering. When is the Usain Bolt vs. DumRob 40 yard match race scheduled? Jeff Demps was a helluva football player in UF. He also ran a leg on the USA 4 x 100 relay team in the recent Olympics. Does DumRob think that he could out run Demps too? PS. Demps had 3 carries for 4 yards vs. Bama in 2011. Will DumRob top that performance?


Wed, Aug 22, 2012 : 9:18 a.m.

Tom, are you okay ? This is a time of year to get excited about college football not , attack, attack, attack just because you can. Substance counts for something and bad mouthing kids and schools is beneath you it's just a drag on college ball in general. Go ahead and be critical Tom but at least add a little constructive flavor to your negative views.


Tue, Aug 21, 2012 : 9:27 p.m.

This is hilarious! Shane Complain fell flat on his face in the Elite 11 competition while Browne shined. Shane managed to lock in on his primary target and not much else. He will be yet another in a long line of "dud" QBs coming to AA. The kid is ridiculously immature. Sparty will leave cleat marks on his chest on their way to Sackland! Where's the threat?


Wed, Aug 22, 2012 : 2:56 a.m.

Haven't you heard? Jesus is an Ohio State fan. Where's the threat?


Wed, Aug 22, 2012 : 2 a.m.

With all due respect, just because he's committed with a rival school, it doesn't give you or anyone else the right to condemn or judge this kid, or anyone else for the matter. "Judge not, and you shall not be judged." (matthew 7:1). The only one who has all authority, who has the right to judge is the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:22). So while we all may have different views, we need to be careful what we think, and what we say. Its not all about what we want. Its about loving one another, and doing what's right in the eyes of God. It doesn't matter if one is a Michigan fan, a Michigan State fan, a Alabama fan, a Ohio State fan, and so on. In the eyes of God, we are all the same. So let's refer from name calling (i.e., calling an opposing coach 'Dumbtonio' or 'Brady Joke') and treat one another with kindness, love and respect for God is love. Love you all my friends :). God bless :).


Tue, Aug 21, 2012 : 12:38 p.m.

Shane has a PR machine behind him. An interesting article would be who is the driving force behind it all and all the steps that have been taken to market Morris. It reminds me of Barkley at USC. He's got some high tech android/ipod application to "market" himself for the Heisman.


Tue, Aug 21, 2012 : 5:47 p.m.

Maybe his dad is the driving force originally. Some of these fathers get way into this game of advertising their kids. Nothing knew about Shane exploding on the scene and actually, a great scenario when you consider that there will be a huge void for a time when Denard leaves. I wonder if Shane is swift footed at all ? I doubt Shane will QB his first year probably get some playing time though. I'm sure Al is chomping at the bit to get Shane Morris suited up.


Tue, Aug 21, 2012 : 3:25 a.m.

is the success due to Hoke or to Tressel?


Tue, Aug 21, 2012 : 9:30 p.m.

Midwest families adore fat men?

Blue Marker

Tue, Aug 21, 2012 : 11:24 a.m.

I'll say it's the combo. Tressel leaving opened the door but you still have to close the deal. Hoke and this staff seems to have struck a cord with the traditional values of Midwest families. Some might go with the slicker style of Urban Meyer but I think most relate to Hoke's down-to-earth approach.


Tue, Aug 21, 2012 : 9:19 a.m.

I would say due to Hoke and his staff. Tressel was never more than a band aid. It is my opinion that Tressel was to paronoid about losing to ever sustain longevity kind of like the Pete Carrol of the mid west. These guys win because it's a win at all cost mentality which is usually just a short term band aid. Tressel was slick just like Pete Carrol and both those guys had good winning records with a loud fall from grace. Pete got out when he knew the gig was falling apart. Brady Hoke strikes me as more of a Bo type although Brady must be on guard because this is the me, me generation and these kids don't heed to traditional self control such as it was. Also, drunk driving or drunk in public is not swept under the carpet like it was 30-40 years ago.


Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 6:39 p.m.

The cycles in football are incredible with Mich. probably showing the most improved cycle shift in the country.


Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 6:12 p.m.

That answers a question I have had on this rating system, you can be rated higher. I suppose a bad season in the fall can make you lose them too, right?

Robert Granville

Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 10:21 p.m.

There are two more re-ranks left. November and January I believe. After that they'll move on to the 2014 class.


Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 6:28 p.m.

What makes these rankings change, even in the summer, is the various camps (plural) that these kids travel too. There are several of them. Shane did very well in the Elite 11 was among the best of the playing field but didn't do well in the seminars in a classroom setting from what I have heard. No doubt the actual HS football season will cause more flux. Yes, they all can go up or down as they play out their schedules.


Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 5:27 p.m.

Carr actually did fine there, but I would say Hoke HAS raised the bar down there.


Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 5:16 p.m.

Sugar Shane, how sweet it is!

Blue Marker

Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 4:13 p.m.

What's impressed me with regards to this coaching staff is their ability to recruit in Ohio. Neither Carr nor Rodriguez did very well there, taking what scraps Tressel left them. In the last two classes (and 1 in '14) Michigan has taking more than their share of Ohio's top players. I believe recruiting Ohio is one of the biggest keys to Michigan football success!


Tue, Aug 21, 2012 : 9:28 p.m.

So football in OHIO is superior?

Blue Marker

Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 7:29 p.m.

@ Mass, Carr did "okay" at best and after 2000 he rarely got a whiff of kids on Ohio's top 10. Now Michigan is taking 50% or more of that list with two time MNC Urban Meyer as coach. It's unbelievable to me this staff can do what they're doing. But you're spot on; the sanctions couldn't have come at a better time for Michigan. Take a kid like Tom Strobel who would have almost certainly been a Buckeye if Tressel was still there. P.S. Congrats to Shane. I'm sure there is a lot of work that goes into such a lofty ranking.


Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 6:13 p.m.

I was thinking just what Wally posted. OSU is risky as is Pennsylvania too now with Penn State on the wrong side of the ice.

Wally the Wolverine

Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 5:18 p.m.

Right MM, coaching turnover has helped as well.

Wally the Wolverine

Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 5:17 p.m.

I agree, but let's also acknowledge the NCAA sanctions have helped several schools make inroads in Ohio recently.


Mon, Aug 20, 2012 : 5:15 p.m.

Blue, Carr did very well in Ohio and even RR did okay in that region, but I do agree that success begins in recruiting in Ohio. Tressel's fall helped a bunch for our program under Hoke so I hope it keeps on going.