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29Mar 2017
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Scouting Report: 2018 Quarterbacks

Dorian Thompson-Robinson (image via USA Today)

Since quarterback is such an important position in the game of football, I like to take a hard look at whom Michigan is recruiting in each class. I actually started this post a couple weeks ago, but with all the film watching and such, it took me a while to complete it. When I evaluate quarterbacks for this piece, I think about how well they would fit in the offense that I expect Michigan to run. With that being said, there’s some uncertainty going forward with talk that Jim Harbaugh wants more athletic quarterbacks and an offense that employs more wide receivers than we have seen in the past. Harbaugh did have success with a more spread-oriented offense as the San Francisco 49ers head coach, so I tried to keep that in mind when putting together this list.

Below is an in-depth look at the eleven quarterbacks Michigan has offered in the 2018 class, in order of my preferenc:

1. Trevor Lawrence – QB – Cartersville (GA) Cartersville: Lawrence is a 6’6″, 196 lb. prospect who committed to Clemson in December of 2016. He’s also a U.S. Army All-American and the #1 overall player in the country. Lawrence is probably the most “college ready” quarterback on this list. A pro-style guy, he has the size, footwork, arm strength, and accuracy to be deserving of his ranking. The thing that probably sets him apart is his intelligence and pre-snap reads. Lawrence does a great job of identifying coverages and getting rid of the ball quickly when he has an opportunity. In that sense I think he has a little bit of Peyton Manning in him; he’s a very cerebral quarterback. Lawrence isn’t a great athlete and I’m sure the Clemson offense will look different with Lawrence than it did with Deshaun Watson, but he still should be able to command that offense well.

Hit the jump for the rest of the list.

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29Mar 2017
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2017 Scholarship Count

Patrick Kugler (image via Maize ‘n’ Brew)

Players are listed in order of remaining eligibility. With 84 scholarships allotted, Michigan is below its scholarship limit for the beginning of camp. As for the 2018 recruiting class, 8 seniors are scheduled to graduate, so the class should have at least 9 players.

TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS ALLOTTED FOR 2017 = 84

Hit the jump for the breakdown by class.

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28Mar 2017
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Visitors: March 27-April 2, 2017

Kamryn Babb

Kamryn Babb (image via Scout)

2018

Kamryn Babb – WR – St. Louis (MO) Christian Brothers: Babb is a 6’1″, 189 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #9 wide receiver, and #47 overall. He’ll be visiting Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 1.

Dallas Gant – LB – Toledo (OH) St. John’s: Gant is a 6’3″, 225 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #5 outside linebacker, and #117 overall.

Chris Smith – CB – Atlanta (GA) Hapeville: Smith is a 5’10”, 170 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Oregon, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #36 cornerback, and #434 overall.  He plans to be in town on Wednesday, March 29.

Tyreke Smith – DE – Cleveland (OH) Cleveland Heights: Smith is a 6’3″, 260 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, and USC, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #6 weakside end, and #182 overall. His Crystal Ball is 73% for Ohio State and 27% for the Nittany Lions. He’ll be in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, March 29.

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