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16Feb 2017
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Way Too Early 2017 Depth Chart: February 2017

Wilton Speight (image via Times Leader)

Back in August I took a look at how the depth chart might look in 2017 (LINK), and then I updated it in September (LINK), November (LINK), and January (LINK). Of course, things are always fluid, there will be early departures, there will be injuries, etc. But now that we have the 2017 class signed or enrolled early, things are perhaps a little bit clearer.

Hit the jump for another early look at 2017.

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15Feb 2017
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2017 Recruiting Grades: Defense

Aubrey Solomon (image via Scout)

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I posted the 2017 offensive recruiting grades last week (LINK), so here are my thoughts on the defensive side of the ball. Click on the player names below for their commitment posts.

DEFENSIVE END: B+
Commits (4): Deron Irving-Bey, Donovan JeterCorey Malone-Hatcher, Kwity Paye, Luiji Vilain
Decommits (0): N/A
Why? Michigan went after some elite rush ends (Jaelan Phillips, K’Lavon Chaisson, etc.) in this cycle, but none showed much interest. Instead, Michigan got home-stater Malone-Hatcher, Boston College decommit Paye, and Canada native Vilain as weakside end types. I thought Vilain improved significantly over the last couple years since moving from Ontario to Virginia. On the strong side, Michigan got Irving-Bey and Jeter, both of whom could end up as a 3-technique tackles. I don’t see dominant players here, but it is a solid group and they’ll get high-quality coaching.

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13Feb 2017
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MLive: NFL coaching vet and father of elite 2019 QB to take job at Michigan

Mike Johnson, Sr. has been hired to Michigan’s staff, and he happens to have an elite quarterback for a son (LINK). Some people are criticizing Jim Harbaugh for hiring guys like this, but first of all, Johnson has an extensive coaching history in the NFL. On top of that, the bottom line is that good athletes and sports-oriented people often have good athletes and sports-oriented children. Jim Harbaugh’s son is a football coach at Michigan. Rich Rodriguez’s son is a quarterback who’s headed to Arizona. Lloyd Carr’s son was a quarterback at Michigan. And so on.

I’m not going to sit here and say that Michael Johnson, Jr. doesn’t factor into the situation at all, because I really don’t know. Michigan hasn’t offered him yet, so there’s that. But if you hire a football coach with a son, chances are the kid isn’t going to be on level 60 of World of Warcraft.

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