Visitors: December 7-9, 2018

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8Dec 2018
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Visitors: December 7-9, 2018

Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy OT Chris Akporoghene (image via Twitter)

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Chris Akporoghene – OT – Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy: Akporoghene is a 6’4″, 294 lb. prospect who has been committed to Tennessee since July of 2018; he also has offers from Florida, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, and Oregon, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #67 offensive tackle, and #819 overall. Akporoghene is a native Nigerian, moved to Tennessee, and then finished up his football career at IMG Academy. This is his official visit.

Erick All – TE – Fairfield (OH) Fairfield: All is committed to Michigan (LINK). This is his official visit.

Karsen Barnhart – OT – Paw Paw (MI) Paw Paw: Barnhart is committed to Michigan (LINK). He was recently upgraded to a 4-star ranking on Rivals. This is his official visit.

Zach Carpenter – OG – Cincinnati (OH) Moeller: Carpenter is committed to Michigan (LINK). This is his official visit.

Trente Jones – OT – Loganville (GA) Grayson: Jones is committed to Michigan (LINK). He’s currently a 4-star, the #18 offensive tackle, and #165 overall. This is his official visit.

Amauri Pesek-Hickson – LB – Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley North: Pesek-Hickson is committed to Michigan (LINK). This is his official visit.

Nolan Rumler – OG – Akron (OH) Hoban: Rumler is committed to Michigan (LINK). This is his official visit.

Joey Velazquez – LB – Columbus (OH) St. Frances DeSales: Velazquez is committed to Michigan (LINK). This is his official visit.

6Dec 2018
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Recruiting Update: December 6, 2018

Owings Mills (MD) McDonogh DT D’Von Ellies (image via Hudl)

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2019

Nicholas Barr-Mira – K – Los Angeles (CA) Loyola: Barr-Mira is a 6’0″, 175 lb. prospect who also has an offer from UCLA. He attends the alma mater of Michigan cornerback David Long.

D’Von Ellies – DT – Owings Mills (MD) McDonogh: Ellies is a 6’2″, 280-pounder with offers from Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, and USC, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #16 defensive tackle, and #251 overall. Penn State has 93% of the crystal ball picks, but he’s reportedly working on a plan to visit Michigan, so the Wolverines will have a shot.

Jared Harrison-Hunte – DT – Middle Village (NY) Christ the King: Harrison-Hunte is a 6’4″, 286 lb. prospect with offers from Miami, Ohio State, Penn State, and Tennessee, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #35 defensive tackle, and #547 overall. He has an official visit scheduled to Miami for next weekend (December 14-16), and the crystal balls are 90% in favor of Miami.

Hit the jump for a couple more new offers, as well as some guys who committed elsewhere.

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4Dec 2018
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School in the News: Ohio State

Zach Harrison

It was announced today that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is “retiring” after the Rose Bowl. (Afterward, he will probably take off a year, let people forget how he housed a domestic abuser, and then take a job as the head coach at Penn State or Florida State.)

Regardless, OSU will be led by 39-year-old offensive coordinator Ryan Day going forward. Day was 3-0 as the interim head coach during the beginning of the 2018 season, when Meyer was suspended for being a big jerk.

On the recruiting front, I doubt many committed prospects will start to jump ship, because the continuity is going to be there. I would imagine Day will keep most of the staff, even if the ax falls on defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. But since this is a site so heavily centered on recruiting, it’s worth taking a look at the Buckeye commits with Michigan offers:

  • 4-star S Jordan Battle
  • 3-star LB Steele Chambers
  • 4-star ATH Ronnie Hickman
  • 3-star OT Ryan Jacoby
  • 4-star C Harry Miller
  • 4-star DE Noah Potter
  • 4-star LB Cade Stover
  • 4-star WR Jameson Williams

Of those prospects, Michigan was only highly involved with Chambers. For a while it looked like Chambers, a Georgia native, might be a Michigan lean. I really like Cade Stover (a Ben Gedeon clone) and Ronnie Hickman, too, but Stover is a native Ohioan and Hickman never paid Michigan a ton of attention.

Most significantly, the departure of Meyer may push defensive end Zach Harrison harder toward Michigan. There have been varying rumors in the past couple weeks, some that he was leaning toward Michigan and some that he was leaning toward the home-state Buckeyes. Harrison is a 5-star prospect and a top-notch athlete. Of course, the possibility has been out there for a while that Meyer might be on his last legs at Ohio State, but the slight uncertainty of a first-time head coach might be enough to settle the issue once and for all in Harrison’s mind that he wants to pick Michigan.

4Dec 2018
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Championship Game Week

Damien Harris (image via USA Today)

 

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DECOMMITMENTS

Damien Harris, RB (Alabama): Harris ran 9 times for 52 yards and caught 1 pass for -1 yard in a 35-28 win over Georgia, giving Alabama the SEC Championship.

Jeremiah Holloman, WR (Georgia): Holloman caught 2 passes for 37 yards in a 35-28 loss to Alabama.

Rashad Weaver, DE (Pitt): Weaver made 1 tackle, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 pass breakup in a 42-10 loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship.

Mike Weber, RB (Ohio State): Weber ran 17 times for 51 yards and caught 3 passes for 21 yards in a 45-24 win over Northwestern, giving the Buckeyes the Big Ten Championship.

FORMER COACHES

Brady Hoke, Defensive Line Coach (Carolina Panthers): Hoke was fired after the Panthers’ 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The Panthers are 6-6.

Scott Shafer, Defensive Coordinator (Middle Tennessee): A week after holding UAB to 3 points in a victory, Middle Tennessee’s defense gave up 27 points and lost the Conference-USA Championship game to UAB, 27-25.