OFF THE BOARD
Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Nik Bonitto committed to Oklahoma. Bonitto was very high on Michigan early, and then Michigan stopped contacting him. It seemed at one time that he would end up with the Wolverines, so it would be interesting to know why Michigan didn’t want him anymore, especially if he turns into a good college player, too.
Howell (NJ) Blair Academy defensive end Jayson Oweh committed to Penn State. He’s a relatively late bloomer since he has only been playing football for two years, but he was good enough in that time to get offers from Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State, among others.
Moultrie (GA) Colquitt County linebacker J.J. Peterson committed to Tennessee at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Michigan was never really a factor.
Hit the jump for more on the 2018 class.
Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles committed to Oklahoma. He was high on Michigan early, but the interest faded quickly. Radley-Hiles attended three high schools (Bishop Gorman in NV, Calabasas in CA, and IMG in FL) and was committed to a couple different colleges, and sometimes that leads to indecision at the next level, too.
Ft. Lauderdale (FL) American Heritage wide receiver Anthony Schwartz committed to Auburn. Schwartz had named Michigan to his top ten at one point, but the Wolverines haven’t been recruiting him for a while.
Cleveland Heights (OH) Cleveland Heights defensive end Tyreke Smith committed to Ohio State. He visited Michigan, but Ohio players with Ohio State offers generally end up in Columbus.
Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown committed to USC at the Army Bowl in a weird announcement: he thanked everyone, including his favorite protein, and then spoke in German, French, and English before picking up the USC hat (LINK). He also got a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the game and should have been penalized at least one more time. I’m glad he’s going somewhere other than Michigan.
Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep defensive tackle Tyler Friday was long considered a Michigan lean, but as of Thursday afternoon, his 247 Sports Crystal Ball is 91% in favor of Ohio State.
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