By Jake Lourim, Daily Sports Writer
Published November 4, 2013
The Michigan Daily’s Recruiting Rundown returns this week to check in on Michigan’s top football recruits as they battle in the playoffs. As a couple of future Wolverines continue to deal with injuries, we give you an update on the 2014 commits:
Jabrill Peppers, defensive back/running back: Paramus Catholic (N.J.) 41, Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.) 14; Ranking: ESPN (2) Scout (4)
Peppers ran for one touchdown as No. 4 Paramus Catholic moved to 6-2 ahead of this week’s season finale.
Drake Harris, running back: Grand Rapids Christian (Mich.) 14, Forest Hills Northern (Mich.) 13; Ranking: ESPN (72) Scout (32)
Harris hasn’t played all season after aggravating a hamstring injury in August and again in late September. His team, the defending Division III state champion, won its first playoff game Saturday, but his status is uncertain going forward.
Bryan Mone, defensive tackle: Highland (Utah) 14, Sky View (Utah) 27; Ranking: ESPN (76) Scout (90)
Mone’s Highland team lost its first-round playoff game Friday in the Utah Division 4A state playoffs. He finished the season with 41 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Lawrence Marshall, defensive end: Southfield (Mich.) 16, Birmingham Seaholm (Mich.) 17; Ranking: ESPN (112) Scout (106)
Marshall’s season ended Friday with a first-round playoff upset. Michigan is still targeting his teammate and fellow defensive lineman, Malik McDowell.
Ian Bunting, tight end: Hinsdale Central (Ill.) 14, Oswego (Ill.) 42; Rankings: ESPN (118) Scout (268)
Bunting had six receptions for 59 yards in the regular season, but his team lost in the first round of the state playoffs.
Michael Ferns, linebacker/running back: St. Clairsville (Ohio) 41, Union Local (Ohio) 7; Ranking: ESPN (123) Scout (175)
Ferns has missed time sporadically this season with a shoulder injury. His team won Friday to finish the regular season 9-1 and will begin the playoffs Saturday.
Wilton Speight, quarterback: Collegiate School (Va.) 34, St. Christopher’s (Va.) 14; Ranking: ESPN (128) Scout (NR)
Speight completed 14 of 20 passes for 228 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran seven times for 16 yards and two scores as top-ranked Collegiate (8-1) secured a No. 1 playoff seed.
Chase Winovich, linebacker/running back: Thomas Jefferson (Pa.) 39, Hampton (Pa.) 0; Ranking: (NR)
Winovich had five carries for 62 yards and a touchdown and added three sacks. No. 2 Jefferson now advances to the quarterfinals of the Western Pennsylvania Class AAA playoffs.
Jared Wangler, linebacker: De La Salle Collegiate (Mich.) 14, Macomb Dakota (Mich.) 19; Ranking: (NR)
Wangler played sparingly (shoulder) in the playoff loss to undefeated Dakota, according to MIPrepZone.
Maurice Ways, wide receiver: Country Day (Mich.) 49, Clawson (Mich.) 14; Ranking: (NR)
Ways sat out for most of Country Day’s blowout win over Clawson but should see more action next week at Notre Dame Prep (Mich.).
Noah Furbush, linebacker: Kenton (Ohio) 62, Defiance (Ohio) 8; Ranking: (NR)
Furbush made five tackles, one for loss, in No. 2 Kenton’s 62-8 win and will begin the Ohio Division IV state playoffs this week.
Brady Pallante, defensive tackle: Barron Collier (Fla.) 14, Naples (Fla.) 30; Ranking: (NR)
Pallante’s Barron Collier squad lost to rival Naples for the 14th straight time last week, dropping to 3-5 before this week’s season finale. Pallante will be on a grayshirt scholarship to Michigan, meaning he will pay his way next year and not participate in team activities before joining the team on full scholarship in 2015.