2016 Season Countdown: #82 Nick Eubanks

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12Jun 2016
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2016 Season Countdown: #82 Nick Eubanks

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Nick Eubanks (image via Scout)

Name: Nick Eubanks
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 230 lbs.
High school: Plantation (FL) American Heritage
Position: Tight end
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Eubanks was a senior in high school (LINK). He had 23 catches for 344 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Eubanks was considered very likely to stay in SEC country for most of his recruitment, but things seemed to pick up between him and Michigan after the Wolverines missed out on a couple other tight ends. He visited in January 2015 and then committed late in the month. At one point I ranked him #5 out of the 5 tight ends Michigan was recruiting (LINK). Eubanks is a good athlete, but he didn’t show a great deal of focus and discipline.

Going into the 2016 season, Michigan shouldn’t need him to contribute. Starter Jake Butt returns, and Ian Bunting has a fair amount of talent and experience. Redshirt freshman Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. showed some solid skills in the spring, not to mention fifth-year walk-on Michael Jocz and early enrollee Sean McKeon. On top of all those guys, incoming freshman Devin Asiasi will be the highest ranked recruit at the position. Eubanks is pretty skinny and raw, so I believe he will redshirt this season.

Prediction: Redshirt

11Jun 2016
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Visitors: June 10-12, 2016

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Tyler Friday (image via Scout)

2017

Logan Christopherson – TE – Lemont (IL) Lemont: Christopherson is a 6’6″, 216 lb. prospect who committed to Missouri last week. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #33 tight end, and #761 overall. He was supposed to visit Michigan on June 11, but I haven’t heard whether his recent commitment means his visit plans are over or not. Lemont is the alma mater of former Michigan Rimington Award winner David Molk.

Joel Honigford – OT – Sugarcreek (OH) Garaway: Honigford is a 6’6″, 278 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #67 offensive tackle, and #607 overall.

Jaylen Kelly-Powell – S – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Kelly-Powell is a 6’0″, 183 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #20 safety, and #250 overall. His Crystal Ball is 94% in favor of the Wolverines right now.

Jamyest Williams – CB – Loganville (GA) Grayson: Williams is a 5’9″, 170 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, South Carolina, and Tennessee, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #6 cornerback, and #55 overall. A recent transfer from Lawrenceville (GA) Archer, Williams was in Detroit for the Sound Mind Sound Body camp and made his way over to Michigan’s campus. He took the same trip last year and subsequently eliminated the Wolverines from his top lists, so it’s either a sightseeing trip or he has renewed his interest in the Wolverines after what he has seen Jim Harbaugh do. Regardless, he’s a longshot to end up as a Wolverine. One of his teammates at Grayson will be 2017 running back commit Kurt Taylor, who is transferring from Covington (GA) Newton.

2018

Tyler Friday – DE – Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco: Friday is a 6’3″, 255 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, and Wisconsin, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #7 defensive tackle, and #35 overall.

11Jun 2016
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2016 Season Countdown: #83 Brad Hawkins, Jr.

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Brad Hawkins, Jr. (right) with Ron Johnson, Jr. (image via Scout)

Name: Brad Hawkins, Jr.
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 202 lbs.
High school: Camden (NJ) Camden
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Hawkins was a senior in high school (LINK).
Final TTB Rating: 65

Hawkins, a teammate of fellow Michigan signee Ron Johnson, Jr., committed to Michigan in July 2015, choosing the Wolverines over the likes of Auburn, Florida, and Ohio State, among others. It was a very solid offer list for a guy who doesn’t show elite athleticism. Hawkins played some running back, wide receiver, and safety in high school, and he enters college with a chance to play wideout or in the secondary. Michigan is lacking depth at the safety position, but the plan is to start out on offense.

There were rumors floating around that Hawkins might have trouble qualifying to get into Michigan for the fall, so that may be something to watch. If everything works out, though, he will have a tough time working his way up the depth chart this season with everyone returning, including some pretty good starters. There are also four other potential receivers in the freshman class, including early enrollee Ahmir Mitchell. As perhaps the least athletic of the bunch, Hawkins looks to more of a guy who will take a year to redshirt so he can work on all the little things to either become a possession receiver or switch to defense.

Prediction: Redshirt

10Jun 2016
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2016 Season Countdown: #84 Jordan Glasgow

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Name: Jordan Glasgow
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 195 lbs.
High school: Aurora (IL) Marmion Academy
Position: Safety
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #29
Last year: I did not rank Glasgow. He redshirted.

Jordan became the third Glasgow brother to walk on at Michigan, joining offensive lineman Graham (drafted by the Lions in April) and defensive tackle Ryan. But safety is a tougher position to break in as a walk-on, because skill guys need some God-given talents like speed to succeed. Linemen can eat and get stronger, but it’s tough to get a great deal faster.

Jordan redshirted last season, and because of the shallow depth chart at safety, he played a lot this spring. However, Michigan returns two safeties with starting experience (Delano Hill, Dymonte Thomas), a solid recruit (Tyree Kinnel), and a part-time starter at corner who could move back to safety if necessary (Jeremy Clark). Glasgow’s too slow and stiff to play much safety this year, but he could be a special teams guy or a mop-up guy.

Prediction: Backup safety, special teamer

10Jun 2016
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2016 Rivals 5-star Challenge

Donovan Peoples-Jones

The 2016 Rivals 5-star Challenge takes place this weekend (June 10-11). This pits some of the top talent in the 2017 and 2018 classes against each other. Typically, there are a lot of video and recruiting updates that come out of this weekend, so watch for news and updates about the following players, all of whom have been offered by Michigan:

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