2018 Season Countdown: #109 Hunter Reynolds

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8May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #109 Hunter Reynolds

Hunter Reynolds

Name: Hunter Reynolds
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 188 lbs.
High school: South Orange (NJ) Choate Rosemary Hall
Position: Cornerback
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #27
Last year: I did not rank Reynolds. He redshirted.

Reynolds is a guy I would have liked to have seen in a spring game setting, because I think some people may have been surprised. This guy can play and is one of the most skilled walk-ons you’ll ever find at Michigan. The problem is that he plays a position that is often dominated by high-profile, highly skilled scholarship guys. I still wouldn’t put it past Reynolds to get on the field in some capacity during his career, whether it’s at corner, nickel, or safety. I don’t think that time will come this year for him to play on defense, but he could be a valuable special teams guy on the punt or punt return team.

Prediction: Backup defensive back, special teamer

8May 2018
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What I’ve Been Reading: Top of the Morning

I haven’t posted one of these in a while, but I had a chance to finish Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV by Brian Stelter recently. Top of the Morning tells the story of the race for domination – or at least a solid lead – in Nielsen ratings for morning shows. It mainly focuses on Today and Good Morning America, and I never realized before reading that Today held such a commanding lead in the ratings for 16 straight years. A large chunk of the book is dedicated to discussing the awkward transition from Ann Curry to Savannah Guthrie, as well as the audience’s growing frustrating aimed at Matt Lauer – and that was before Lauer’s sexual harassment stuff came to light. Meanwhile, Good Morning America‘s struggles were outlined over the years, but Stelter’s treatment of the likes of Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos is almost fawning. I can’t tell if Stelter had a bone to pick with Today or if he was just being a straight shooter, but the modern GMA lineup could do almost nothing wrong.

I’ve never been a morning show enthusiast by any stretch of the imagination, and usually it’s just background noise to me, if it’s on the television at all. Before I started reading the book, I couldn’t have even told you whether Lauer was on Today or GMA. But I am interested in underdog stories and seeing how people succeed when not as much is expected of them. It was interesting to me that two of the major players in GMA‘s turnaround were not traditional reporter types, while Today employed people who were always in front of the camera reporting news. Robin Roberts was a renowned basketball player and then worked at ESPN, while Stephanopoulos was in the political realm before taking the full-time TV gig. Sometimes, maybe there’s an advantage to being an outsider.

Other books I’m reading right now:

7May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #110 Jared Davis

Jared Davis (image via Twitter)

Name: Jared Davis
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 180 lbs.
High school: Frankenmuth (MI) Frankenmuth
Position: Safety
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #23
Last year: I did not rank Davis. He redshirted.

Davis is another guy like Tyler Cochran (LINK) who had some pretty decent film coming out of high school. Davis was Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week against Maryland last year, which isn’t too bad for a true freshman walk-on. Davis has a little more agility than Cochran, which I think could help him get a leg up in the race to be a special teams contributor. He may need to add some more weight before he gets on the field much, but I think he has some solid potential.

Prediction: Backup safety, special teamer

7May 2018
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Recruiting Update: May 7, 2018

Loganville (GA) Grayson LB Owen Pappoe (image via USA Today)

COMMITMENT

Paw Paw (MI) Paw Paw offensive tackle Karsen Barnhart committed to Michigan (LINK).

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2019

Aurora (CO) Eaglecrest offensive tackle Barrett Miller was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 250 lb. prospect with offers from Colorado, UCLA, and Washington, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #44 offensive tackle, and #475 overall.

Hit the jump to see news on several guys who committed elsewhere in the last week or so.

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