2018 Season Countdown: #22 Michael Onwenu

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6Aug 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #22 Michael Onwenu

Michael Onwenu (image via MLive)

Name: Michael Onwenu
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 350 lbs.
High school: Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
Position: Offensive guard
Class: Junior
Jersey number: #50
Last year: I ranked Onwenu #16 and said he would be the starting right guard (LINK). He started nine games at offensive guard.
TTB Rating: 78

Onwenu seemed like the heir apparent to Kyle Kalis at right guard after the 2016 season. He struggled mightily with his weight as a true freshman, and the hope was that he would be in better shape for 2017. Despite losing weight he still wasn’t in shape. He began the season as the starting right guard, but it was a position he would lose to freshman Cesar Ruiz later in the year. Onwenu got the start at left guard in the Outback Bowl, but that was because a bunch of linemen were injured or got sent home.

This year I guess Onwenu is going to start again, but center/guard Stephen Spanellis has been making a push to steal Onwenu’s spot. It would be a little disappointing to see the highly touted Onwenu get sent to the bench, because it would represent another apparent failure to develop a well regarded offensive lineman. Then again, may the best man win. Onwenu has had three years to get in shape, and one reason he hasn’t played as much as possible is that he still weighs upward of 350 lbs. At some point one would think it should kick in that something needs to change when it comes to diet or conditioning, but if that doesn’t happen, he could get passed permanently. The only senior lineman on the roster is tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty, and Onwenu isn’t going to bump out to tackle and replace Bushell-Beatty (if JBB even starts). This is almost a now-or-never situation for Onwenu.

Prediction: Starting right guard

6Aug 2018
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Recruiting Update: August 6, 2018

Oakton (VA) Flint Hill RB Jordan Houston (image via FHS View)

COMMITMENT

Lakewood (OH) St. Edward wide receiver Quintel Kent committed to Michigan.

OFF THE BOARD

Treylon Burks – WR – Warren (AR) Warren: Burks committed to Arkansas. He’s a 6’3″, 225-pounder who looks like he might end up as a tight end down the road.

Ge’mon Eaford – DE – Deerfield Beach (FL) Deerfield Beach: Eaford committed to Oregon. Yet another failed attempt to dip into the alma mater of Denard Robinson.

Jordan Houston – RB – Oakton (VA) Flint Hill: Houston is the type of 5’9″, 180-pounder who seems to have had some success at Maryland in recent years. He’s a shifty little guy.

Jordan Jakes – WR – Baltimore (MD) St. Frances: Jakes, who is originally from Georgia, committed to Indiana. He’s going to play his final high school season at St. Frances, where Biff Poggi coaches.

Jude Wolfe – TE – Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco: Wolfe committed to USC.

5Aug 2018
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Quintel Kent, Wolverine

Lakewood (OH) St. Edward WR Quintel Kent (image via Wolverines Wire)

Lakewood (OH) St. Edward wide receiver Quintel Kent committed to Michigan on Saturday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from several MAC programs.

Kent is 6’0″, 170 lbs. He claims a 4.56 forty and a 4.36 shuttle. Maxpreps has him down for 18 catches for 414 yards (23 yards/catch) and 7 touchdowns in just three games for the 2017 season.

RATINGS
ESPN: Unranked
Rivals: 2-star WR
247 Sports: 3-star, 84 grade, #130 WR, #1105 overall

Hit the jump for more on Kent’s commitment.

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5Aug 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #23 Juwann Bushell-Beatty

Juwann Bushell-Beatty (#76, image via Land of 10)

Name: Juwann Bushell-Beatty
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 311 lbs.
High school: Paramus (NJ) Catholic
Position: Offensive tackle
Class: Fifth year senior
Jersey number: #76
Last year: I ranked Bushell-Beatty #39 and said he would be a backup offensive tackle (LINK). He started seven games at right tackle.
TTB Rating: 68

Bushell-Beatty looked like a backup going into 2017, and that was indeed the case to begin the year. Nolan Ulizio started the season at right tackle, and Mason Cole played on the left side. Ulizio struggled mightily, but Michigan stuck with him for the first five games before finally replacing him with Bushell-Beatty. Bushell-Beatty’s run blocking was solid, while his pass protection was subpar. For undisclosed reasons, he was also sent home from bowl preparations and missed the game against South Carolina.

For some reason he’s now lining up at left tackle, where it seems like a guy with poor pass pro skills would be a bad choice. One of the big position battles on the team all spring and going into the fall appears to be Bushell-Beatty vs. redshirt freshman James Hudson III. Hudson has a higher long-term ceiling, but he’s still adjusting to the offensive system after being recruited for defensive tackle. Bushell-Beatty has some versatility to play left tackle and right tackle, and he’s the most experienced guy on the line as the only fifth year senior.

Prediction: Starting left tackle

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