2017 Season Countdown: #81 Ja’Raymond Hall

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23May 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #81 Ja’Raymond Hall

Name: Ja’Raymond Hall
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 272 lbs.
High school: Oak Park (MI) Oak Park
Position: Offensive tackle
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #73
Last year: Hall was a senior in high school. Oak Park went 7-4.
TTB Rating: 77

Hall has been committed to Michigan since December of 2015, or right after his junior season of football. He looked like a left tackle prospect earlier in his career, but with the way his body developed, that may not be his long-term future. Hall enrolled early in January and got a head start on some of the other 2017 freshmen, but instead of sliding in at left tackle, he spent most of his time on the right side. Reports weren’t overwhelmingly good this spring, but he’s where a solid true freshman lineman should be. He probably needs a redshirt, but he might get some playing time if he’s the best freshman. With two senior starters, Michigan will need to groom some guys to take over in 2018.

Prediction: Redshirt

22May 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #82 Kwity Paye

Kwity Paye (image via Twitter)

Name: Kwity Paye
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 235 lbs.
High school: Warwick (RI) Bishop Hendricken
Position: Weakside defensive end
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Paye was a senior in high school. He made 65 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks; he also ran the ball 44 times for 651 yards and 13 touchdowns.
TTB Rating: 81

Paye was a standout running back for Bishop Hendricken, maybe more so than he was a defensive player. But he was still good enough to get invited to the Under Armour All-American Game, albeit after a fan vote. Paye didn’t play a ton in the all-star game, but he didn’t play particularly poorly when he got in, either. There’s a lot to like about him with plus athleticism and good size. He’s just pretty raw as a pass rusher, and if his speed rush doesn’t get him a win, he doesn’t have much else in his arsenal.

My rating of him at 81 is probably higher than most expected for a nondescript 3-star, but there’s no denying that Greg Mattison and Don Brown know how to develop defensive linemen and defensive players, in general. If you stick around at Michigan, you generally get to be pretty good. I’m counting on Mattison to take Paye’s running back talent and mold him into a solid player, but it probably won’t happen this year. He’s behind a couple guys, and that probably includes fellow freshman Luiji Vilain. Unless the coaching staff sees some undeniable value in using Paye on special teams, I expect him to redshirt.

Prediction: Redshirt

22May 2017
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5-22-17 Recruiting Update: Tarquin’s Ravishing Strides

Dallas (TX) Bishop Dunne safety Brian Williams (image via Subway Alum)


Miami (FL) Northwestern linebacker Samuel Brooks, Jr. was offered by Michigan. Brooks is a 6’2″, 195 lb. prospect with offers from Kentucky, Louisville, and South Florida, among others. He plays with his hand down at times and is more of a pass rusher, so it will be interesting to see how his body develops and how he’ll be able to be used.

Montvale (NJ) St. Joseph defensive end Howard Cross III was offered by Michigan. Cross is a 6’2″, 240 lb. prospect with offers from Maryland, North Carolina State, and Rutgers, among others. He’s the son of former Alabama and New York Giants tight end Howard Cross.

Destrehan (LA) Destrehan running back John Emery, Jr. was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 194 lb. prospect with offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, and LSU, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #7 running back, and #90 overall.

Hit the jump for a bunch more 2019 offers, a couple 2020 offers, and some other bits.

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