Recruiting Update: August 13, 2018

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13Aug 2018
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Recruiting Update: August 13, 2018

Harbor City (CA) Narbonne OT Jonah Tauanu’u (image via Daily Breeze)

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Belleville (MI) Belleville defensive end Tyrece Woods committed to Michigan.


Darrian Dalcourt – OG – Baltimore (MD) St. Frances: Dalcourt committed to Alabama. He’s a 4-star, the #14 offensive guard, and #327 overall. St. Frances is the home of former Michigan staffer Biff Poggi, but that relationship has yet to pay off with any commitments other than Henry Poggi when both Poggis were at Gilman.

Barrett Miller – OT – Aurora (CO) Eaglecrest: Miller committed to Stanford. He’s a 3-star, the #47 offensive tackle, and #516 overall.

Jonah Tauanu’u – OT – Harbor City (CA) Narbonne: Tauanu’u committed to Oregon. He’s a 4-star, the #11 offensive tackle, and #60 overall.


Columbus (OH) St. Francis DeSales defensive tackle Rodas Johnson named Michigan to his top six. He’s a 4-star, the #19 defensive tackle, and #298 overall.


12Aug 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #16 Michael Dwumfour

Michael Dwumfour (image via Miller Sports Time)

Name: Michael Dwumfour
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 285 lbs.
High school: Wayne (NJ) DePaul
Position: Defensive tackle
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #50
Last year: I ranked Dwumfour #23 and said he would be a backup defensive tackle (LINK). He made 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 0.5 sacks.
TTB Rating: 69

Dwumfour battled shoulder problems going into the 2017 season, and he did not earn a heavy rotation spot throughout the year. He played in nine games and made 4 tackles. Maurice Hurst, Jr. ate up a ton of snaps early in the season at nose tackle, and the Wolverines have good defensive linemen every year. I ranked Dwumfour #23 based on off-season hype and uncertain depth on the interior.

It’s the same story this year. For the second year in a row, we have heard Dwumfour described as another Hurst. Hurst himself didn’t really flash truly impressive play until his redshirt sophomore year, and that’s where Dwumfour is now. This ranking is based entirely on hype. If Dwumfour is a Hurst clone, he probably deserves to be ranked higher. But we haven’t seen anything in his limited time on the field to indicate he has truly achieved that level of elite play. The hope is that Dwumfour can be a star, because the other interior linemen – Aubrey Solomon, Bryan Mone, Donovan Jeter, Carlo Kemp, Lawrence Marshall, etc. – have not shown star power yet, either. It’s a talented group overall, but somewhat unproven.

Prediction: Starting defensive tackle

11Aug 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #17 Tyree Kinnel

Tyree Kinnel (image via Dayton Daily News)

Name: Tyree Kinnel
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 215 lbs.
High school: Huber Heights (OH) Wayne
Position: Safety
Class: Senior
Jersey number: #23
Last year: I ranked Kinnel #4 and said he would start at safety with 70 tackles and 1 interception (LINK). He made 70 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 interceptions (for 28 yards and 1 TD), and 6 pass breakups.
TTB Rating: 74

Kinnel pulled off the nearly impossible feat of making my prediction exactly right when he made 70 tackles. In fact, up to this point, he’s about what I expected from him coming out of high school. The safeties were the weak spot on the defense in 2017, even though they were far from terrible. Kinnel was beaten on some slot fades, and he was taken to the house a couple times. As a safety in Michigan’s aggressive, man-to-man defense, those things are going to happen sometimes. Kinnel is usually a guy who’s in the right place, but he doesn’t have great height or makeup speed, so if a team can beat him initially, he’ll probably stay beaten.

This year nobody looks to be challenging him for his starting position, and that seems about right. Michigan is very inexperienced at safety behind Kinnel and Josh Metellus. The most experienced guy is Utah transfer Casey Hughes, who has mostly played corner during his career. Sophomores Brad Hawkins, Jaylen Kelly-Powell, and J’Marick Woods all got playing time last year; Hawkins and Kelly-Powell have received hype this spring and summer. I still believe Kinnel will start, but with sophomores as backups (instead of freshmen like last year), I think Michigan should be a little better off at safety this season with less of a drop-off if Kinnel goes down.

Prediction: 75 tackles, 2 interceptions

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