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3May 2016
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Ben Mason, Wolverine

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Sandy Hook (CT) Newtown FB/LB Ben Mason (image via News Times)

Sandy Hook (CT) Newtown fullback/linebacker committed to Michigan on Tuesday evening. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Boston College, Cal, Duke, Pitt, Rutgers, and Wisconsin, among others.

Mason is listed at 6’2″, 247 lbs. and ran a 4.88 forty. As a junior in 2015, he made 113 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, and 4 interceptions.

RATINGS
ESPN: Unranked
Rivals: 3-star ILB
Scout: 3-star, #32 ILB
247 Sports: 3-star, #28 ILB, #765 overall

Hit the jump for more on Mason’s commitment.

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2May 2016
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Recruiting Update: May 2, 2016

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Philadelphia (PA) Imhotep safety Isheem Young (with ball, image via Philadelphia Tribune)

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ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2018
Baltimore (MD) Gilman tight end Thomas Booker was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 245 lb. prospect whose first offer came from the Wolverines, and then Maryland followed. He’s a bulky tight end who might end up on the defensive line instead. He plays for the same program that sent Stephen Spanellis and Henry Poggi to Michigan in 2016 and 2013, respectively.

Pago Pago (American Samoa) Leone linebacker Juliano Falaniko was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 200 lb. prospect who committed to USC just over a week ago. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #11 inside linebacker, and #347 overall.

Old Bridge (NJ) Old Bridge quarterback Artur Sitkowski was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 205 lb. prospect with offers from Indiana, Maryland, and Rutgers, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #8 pro-style quarterback, and #223 overall. As a sophomore in 2015, he went 95/185 for 1,436 yards, 16 TDs, and 4 INTs. He’s a pocket quarterback who’s not much of a threat to run the ball.

Philadelphia (PA) Imhotep safety Isheem Young was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’10”, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #4 safety, and #62 overall. Young is a hard-hitting safety who’s very good in run support and has some good speed, as well. He attends the same school as 2016 prospects Naseir Upshur (Florida State) and Johncarlo Valentin (Oklahoma).

Hit the jump for some players who went off the board and some random bits.

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2May 2016
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Landing Spots for Former Wolverines

3rd round: Graham Glasgow drafted by Detroit Lions

4th round: Willie Henry drafted by Baltimore Ravens

6th round: Jake Rudock drafted by Detroit Lions

6th round: Blake Countess (transferred to Auburn) drafted by Philadelphia Eagles

Undrafted free agents:

  • FB Sione Houma to New Orleans Saints
  • FB Joe Kerridge to Washington Redskins
  • DE Mario Ojemudia to Baltimore Ravens
  • LB James Ross III to Baltimore Ravens for a tryout
  • S Jarrod Wilson to Jacksonville Jaguars
29Apr 2016
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2016 NFL Draft: 1st Round Thoughts

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This was the best thing to come out of the draft (image via This is Hattiesburg)

The first round of the NFL Draft was fantastic last night for lots of reasons. The one drawback was seeing five Ohio State Buckeyes get drafted, and I’m going to have a hard time rooting for new Detroit Lion Taylor Decker. I was hoping for Alabama center Ryan Kelly. Oh well.

All the news about Ole Miss offensive tackle was amazing:

  • His Instagram account was hacked and showed a video of him smoking a substance through a bong while wearing a gas mask
  • Messages popped up on his account showing a conversation in which it looks like he was accepting money from an athletic department official
  • He acknowledged the accuracy of these things during the post-draft press conference
  • When asked if he took money from a coach, he said yes

But no, Ole Miss isn’t guilty of anything:

Three Ole Miss players got drafted in the first round. The first was Tunsil, who was perhaps the best prospect in the draft and ended up going #13 to the Miami Dolphins. Next was wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who seemed likely to end up at Michigan coming out of high school before the above picture was taken. And last was Robert Nkemdiche, who had some strange off-the-field issues during and after last season; it was reported last night that NFL teams might ask him to separate himself from some of his acquaintances, including his older brother Denzel.

In other news, Michigan had nobody drafted. Maybe we’ll see a Wolverine or two go off the board tonight when rounds 2 and 3 are broadcast.

Also, I got 6 picks exactly right in my mock draft (LINK), not to mention a couple other guys whom I had pegged to the right team but the teams traded up to get them (Leonard Floyd to Chicago, Germain Ifedi to Seattle). Not great, but it could have been worse.

Here are the results of the 1st round (LINK).

What did you think about the draft last night?

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