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8Feb 2017
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2018 Recruiting Update: February 8, 2017

Toledo (OH) St. John’s Jesuit linebacker Dallas Gant (image via Rivals)


Baltimore (MD) St. Frances defensive end Eyabi Anoma was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Maryland, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #4 defensive end, and #81 overall. He’s a speed rusher who doesn’t quite look 6’5″ on film.

Owings (MD) Northern offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan was offered by Michigan. He’s a 4-star, the #12 offensive tackle, and #123 overall. The 6’6″, 305-pounder has offers from Ohio State and Penn State, too. Duncan is an athletic left tackle prospect with a good motor.

Toledo (OH) St. John’s linebacker Dallas Gant was offered by Michigan. He’s a 4-star, the #5 outside linebacker, and #132 overall. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, and others have also offered. Gant is the cousin of former Michigan safety/linebacker Allen Gant and attends the alma mater of former Michigan lineman Jack Miller.

Hit the jump for several more new offers in the 2018 class.

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7Feb 2017
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Preview of 2018 In-state Recruiting: #1-5

Dearborn (MI) Divine Child defensive end Aidan Hutchinson

SITE NEWS: Thanks to everyone who donated to the site during the “server drive” over the weekend. I asked for $900 in donations, and within two days, I received $1,005. A special thanks to the person (wishing to stay anonymous) who chipped in $300, thus paying for four months of hosting. There were also multiple people who chipped in $100 or $75, which will pay for at least one month each.

On my other other site, Recruiting Season, I keep track of FBS prospects across the State of Michigan. Since the Mitten State is a fertile recruiting ground for the Wolverines, I like to keep an eye on which players might be potential Michigan-level recruits. So here, according to my own evaluations, are the top players in the state. Here’s the first chunk of five, and the second group will probably be released late this week or early next week. (If you click on each name, it will take you to their recruiting profile on Recruiting Season.)

1. Aidan Hutchinson – DE – Dearborn (MI) Divine Child
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 235 lbs.
Notable offers: LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin
Commitment: Uncommitted
247 Composite: 4-star, #8 SDE, #199 overall
Analysis: I wouldn’t have put Hutchinson this high if I had made this list following his sophomore year, but I saw some real improvements when it comes to both technique and athleticism since last year. He’s the son of former Michigan defensive tackle Chris Hutchinson, and I think his dad has been teaching him some things. The younger Hutchinson is a high-motor kid who has quick reaction skills, shows an array of pass rushing moves to beat offensive linemen, and plays aggressively.

Hit the jump for the rest of the top five.

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6Feb 2017
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A History of #1 Center Recruits

Cesar Ruiz

In past years, I have done examinations of the various positions at which Michigan has pulled in the #1 recruit. So you can find pieces on the #1 running back (LINK), the #1 cornerback (LINK), and the #1 overall recruits (LINK). Below you’ll find a bevy of household names for the sexiest position in football: offensive center.

2000: Jason Respert – C – Warner Robins (GA) Northside
Respert was a backup guard at Tennessee as a freshman and then earned the starting center job in 2001, only to have a season-ending ankle injury after three games. He would go on to start seven games at guard during the 2002-2003 seasons before being named a captain in 2004. I can’t find any evidence of him playing in the NFL, and the latest news I can find is that he was coaching high school football in his home state.

2001: Ben Wilkerson – C – Hemphill (TX) Hemphill
Wilkerson started immediately as a freshman at LSU in 2001. He was First Team All-SEC in 2003 and 2004, and he was the co-recipient of the Rimington Trophy (along with Michigan’s David Baas) in 2004. He went undrafted in 2005 and then played in 32 total games with the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons from 2005-2008. Since then he has been coaching, most recently as an assistant offensive line coach with the Chicago Bears.

2002: Bobby Morton – C – McKinney (TX) McKinney
Morton redshirted for Notre Dame in 2002 and then became the full-time starting center in 2003. He moved to left guard and started in 2004 and then started four games at center in 2005, playing a backup role the rest of his redshirt junior season. He bounced back and forth between center and guard as a fifth year senior in 2006. He was not picked in the 2007 NFL Draft and I can’t find any record of him playing in the NFL.

Hit the jump for more.

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5Feb 2017
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Tom Brady is the Greatest QB of All Time

Yep, former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady just won his fifth Super Bowl in his seventh attempt, and he now has four Super Bowl MVPs. Each of those things is an NFL record. He has his detractors, but it’s the point of being inarguable. Congratulations to him and fellow former Wolverine Alan Branch.

To celebrate, here are some beautiful women for your viewing pleasure, including a Lexy Panterra vs. Yanet Garcia video.

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