2018 Season Countdown: #97 Jake McCurry

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28May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #97 Jake McCurry

Name: Jake McCurry
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 180 lbs.
High school: Solon (OH) Solon
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #43
Last year: I did not rank McCurry. He redshirted.

McCurry is a bit of a mystery since we didn’t have an opportunity to see Michigan play the spring game, but I heard some hype about him in the off-season. Hype about skill players at this level is rare since there’s so much talent at wide receiver, cornerback, etc., and even then it must be taken with a grain of salt. It wasn’t too long ago that Nate Schoenle earned a fair amount of attention, and while he has parlayed that into a decent chunk of playing time, it has almost exclusively been as a blocker, not a pass receiver (4 catches, 41 yards for his career). What are the chances that Michigan has playing time for two walk-on receivers with all the ballyhooed recruits on the roster? Probably very slim.

McCurry was, however, the Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year in 2017 after winning that weekly award three times throughout the season. He has obviously caught the eye of the coaching staff to a certain extent, and he could turn that into some special teams time.

Prediction: Backup wide receiver, special teamer

28May 2018
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Recruiting Update: May 28, 2018

Jahfari Harvey (image via Hudl)

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2019

Dayton (OH) Dunbar offensive tackle Jon Allen was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’6″, 315 lb. prospect with offers from Louisville, Ohio State, and West Virginia, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #43 offensive tackle, and #466 overall. Ohio State holds all seven crystal ball picks, so he may not be worth evening paying attention.

Fort Pierce (FL) Vero Beach defensive end Jahfari Harvey was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 215-pounder with offers from Georgia, Miami, and Oregon, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 3-star, the #34 weakside end, and #486 overall. His recruitment has taken off lately, so he might be waiting to see if some of the other big-time programs offer, especially ones in Florida. The favorite right now is probably Miami.

Stuart (FL) Martin wide receiver George Johnson III was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’11”, 180 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oregon, and USF, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 3-star, the #18 dual-threat quarterback, and #929 overall. While he plays quarterback in high school, he will probably have to convert to receiver at bigger programs such as Michigan. Right now he’s strongly considering playing quarterback at schools where he could be that dual-threat QB, like Georgia Tech.

Hit the jump for several guys who went off the board to other schools.

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26May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #98 Vincent Gray

Vincent Gray

Name: Vincent Gray
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 180 lbs.
High school: Rochester (MI) Adams
Position: Cornerback
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Gray was a senior in high school (LINK).

Michigan took a late flier on Gray, which caused him to decommit from Missouri. Oregon was really his only other offer from a successful program, and Michigan fans showed mixed emotions. Gray finished the cycle as a 3-star, the #63 cornerback, and #702 overall. Maybe he has the size to be an early contributor, but the athleticism and technique leave something to be desired. Michigan didn’t lose any of their corners from last season, so there’s not much opportunity for playing time. Starters Lavert Hill and David Long return, while backup Brandon Watson has established himself as a very solid third corner. The Wolverines also signed several other defensive backs in the 2018 class. It would seem to make sense for Gray to redshirt, although burning redshirts unnecessarily happens on occasion.

Prediction: Redshirt

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