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21Sep 2018
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Preview: Michigan vs. Nebraska


Michigan is #60 in rush offense (188 yards/game) and #37 in yards per carry (5.17). Senior Karan Higdon (228 yards, 6.7 YPC, 2 TD) leads the way, even though he missed last week’s game with a lower-body injury. Junior Chris Evans (172/5.7/2) is second, but he left last week’s game with what looked like a hamstring pull (or maybe just a cramp). Both players are expected to return against Nebraska, but that could come down to a game-time decision. The third guy on the depth chart is junior walk-on Tru Wilson (107/6.3/1), who has done okay but is unremarkable. Up front Michigan has struggled with stacked boxes at times, but on the plus side, right tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty graded out as Pro Football Focus’s top Big Ten right tackle last week. Nebraska is #20 in rushing defense (93.5 yards allowed/game), holding Colorado to 44 yards on the ground before giving up a modest 143 yards to Troy on 34 attempts. Junior inside linebacker Mohamed Barry (6’1″, 230 lbs.) leads the team with 15 tackles, followed closely by junior linebacker Tyrin Ferguson (6’2″, 230) with 14 and senior Luke Griffin (6’4″, 245) with 14.
Advantage: Nebraska

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20Sep 2018
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Nebraska

Lewis Cine (image via Wolverines Wire)


Alex Bales – K – Westfield (IN) Westfield: Bales is a 6’0″, 168 lb. prospect with no offers at this time.

Lewis Cine – S – Cedar Hill (TX) Trinity: Cine is a 6’2″, 180 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State, and Texas, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #3 safety, and #50 overall. Right now his crystal balls are 52% in favor of Penn State with the other 48% going to Georgia. When Michigan began recruiting him, he was in the northeast (Massachusetts) where defensive coordinator Don Brown has a lot of connections. He took his official visit to Michigan in June. UPDATE: Cine was unable to visit due to transportation issues.

Mica Gelb – OT – Washington (DC) Woodrow Wilson: Gelb is a 6’6″, 285 lb. prospect

Jalen McGaughy – LB – Detroit (MI) King: McGaughy is a 6’3″, 195 lb. prospect who is committed to Northern Illinois. He also has offers from Minnesota and Missouri, along with a few other MAC schools. He’s a 3-star, the #158 wide receiver, and #1338 overall.

Gabe Newburg – DE – Clayton (OH) Northmont: Newburg is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Kortez Toles – CB – Grand Blanc (MI) Grand Blanc: Toles is a 6’3″, 180 lb. prospect with offers from Bowling Green and Central Michigan. He’s a 247 Sports 3-star, the #149 cornerback, and #1434 overall.

Joey Velazquez – LB – Columbus (OH) St. Francis DeSales: Velazquez is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Tyrece Woods – DE – Belleville (MI) Belleville: Woods is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Hit the jump for a bunch of visitors from the 2020, 2021, and 2022 classes.

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19Sep 2018
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Daxton Hill, Wolverine


Tulsa (OK) Booker T. Washington safety Daxton Hill committed to Michigan on Tuesday evening. He picked the Wolverines over Alabama, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State, among others.

Hill is listed at 6’0″ and 186 lbs. As a junior in 2017, he made 71 tackles, 11 pass breakups, 5 interceptions, and 4 defensive touchdowns. He claims a 4.3 forty, a 4.22 shuttle, and a 43.6″ vertical.

ESPN: 4-star, 88 grade, #1 safety, #14 overall
Rivals: 5-star, 6.1 grade, #1 safety, #24 overall
247 Sports: 5-star, 98 grade, #1 safety, #8 overall

Hit the jump for more on Hill’s commitment.

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