Luke Schoonmaker, Wolverine

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26Jul 2017
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Luke Schoonmaker, Wolverine

Luke Schoonmaker (image via Twitter)

Hamden (CT) Hall tight end Luke Schoonmaker committed to Michigan on Tuesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Rutgers, among others.

Schoonmaker is 6’6″, 225 lbs. and runs a reported 4.6 forty. As a junior in 2016, he caught 5 passes for 111 yards and 2 TDs as a combo tight end/quarterback. He also ran 53 times for 623 yards (11.7 yards/carry) and 13 touchdowns, as well as completed 55/92 passes for 878 yards, 5 TDs, and 5 INTs.

Rivals: N/A
Scout: 3-star TE, #78 TE
247 Sports: 3-star, 86 grade, #32 TE, #761 overall

Hit the jump for more on Schoonmaker’s commitment.

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25Jul 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #38 Eddie McDoom

Eddie McDoom (image via The Michigan Daily)

Name: Eddie McDoom
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 180 lbs.
High school: Winter Garden (FL) West Orange
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Sophomore
Jersey number: #13
Last year: I ranked McDoom #60 and said he would be a backup receiver. He caught 5 passes for 59 yards and ran 16 times for 160 yards.
TTB Rating: 89

McDoom entered 2016 with some uncertainty surround his utilization. Was he a slot receiver? Was he an outside guy? Was he big enough? Could he return kicks or punts? Yes, no, I guess, I guess not. Michigan tricked everyone by turning a bunch of Jehu Chesson jet sweeps into Eddie McDoom jet sweeps, and the only thing missing was, sadly, a reverse from one to the other. Alas, we had to settle for McDoom averaging over 10 yards per touch, and the jet sweeps opened up some things in the run game. He had 33- and 20-yard rushes against Michigan State, but his usefulness waned late in the season when he had just 3 carries for 10 yards and zero catches over the final four games. Michigan’s coaching staff did not seem to trust his involvement in the passing game, and it showed.

The buzz about McDoom has been somewhat reserved, and I don’t think he’s taken the steps forward that perhaps I expected in the 2016-2017 off-season. With Michigan losing two starters on the outside, that should free up some room for some playing time. He played some outside receiver in the spring, and he also has the ability to play in the slot. The only catch he made in the spring game was a 31-yarder on a fade route over the head of freshman Benjamin St-Juste. He did hurt his ankle on that play, but he is expected to be full go for fall practices. I think McDoom can continue his jet sweep duty, and I think he will expand on those 5 catches from last season. I do believe he’s the most talented “slot receiver” on the roster overall, but I’m not expecting a step forward to stardom just yet. Maybe he can build on his rapport with Wilton Speight for next year.

Prediction: Backup wide receiver; 12 catches, 150 yards, 1 TD

25Jul 2017
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Visitors: July 24-30, 2017

Will Putnam (image via Hudl)

These players will be visiting Michigan this week, but not attending the BBQ at the Big House.


Spencer Lytle – LB – Anaheim (CA) Servite: Lytle is a 6’3″, 215-pounder with offers from Colorado, Indiana, and Pitt, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 3-star. He could also play tight end.

Will Putnam – OT – Tampa (FL) Plant: Putnam is a 6’4″, 280 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, and Ohio State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #11 offensive tackle, and #107 overall.

24Jul 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #39 Juwann Bushell-Beatty

Juwann Bushell-Beatty (#76, with high school teammate Jabrill Peppers taking a snap; image via Michigan Daily)

Name: Juwann Bushell-Beatty
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 311 lbs.
High school: Paramus (NJ) Catholic
Position: Offensive tackle
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #76
Last year: I ranked Bushell-Beatty #64 and said he would be a backup offensive tackle. He made one start and played in eight total games.
TTB Rating: 68

Bushell-Beatty went into the 2016 season with a prime opportunity to win a starting position, and he lost out in that competition to Grant Newsome to begin the year. Furthermore, he appeared to be third, behind freshman Ben Bredeson as well. Bredeson went on to establish himself at left guard, but Bushell-Beatty drew into the lineup after Newsome suffered a horrific knee injury against Wisconsin. (Newsome missed the rest of 2016 and will also miss 2017.) Bushell-Beatty struggled but earned his first start the next week against his home-state Rutgers Scarlet Knights . . . and struggled some more, at which point he was permanently replaced by Ben Braden.

This spring wasn’t any more positive for Bushell-Beatty. On the plus side, he has lost some weight from his earlier days in a Michigan uniform, but some minor injuries hampered him and he was passed by 6’4″ Jon Runyan, Jr., a guy almost everyone pegged as a center or guard. Some reinforcements are enrolled for the fall, though the Wolverines were unable to snag any grad transfer offensive linemen to ramp up the competition. Bushell-Beatty appears to be in a backup role for 2017, and while he has some value as a seasoned backup, he probably won’t be a starter again at Michigan unless injuries occur. Perhaps new offensive tackles coach Greg Frey can work some magic, but Frey generally goes for different body types than Bushell-Beatty’s. Ultimately, it looks like Bushell-Beatty will be a backup in 2017 and perhaps looking for a grad transfer opportunity elsewhere in 2018.

Prediction: Backup offensive tackle

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