2018 Season Countdown: #88 German Green

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14Jun 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #88 German Green

German Green (image via Inside Texas)

Name: German Green
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 178 lbs.
High school: DeSoto (TX) DeSoto
Position: Safety
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Green was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 42 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and a 3 pass breakups.

German Green, the twin brother of Gemon Green, is the less heralded of the twins. He ended up as a 3-star, the #98 safety, and #1229 overall. Part of that is the knee injury German suffered as a junior in 2016, which caused him to miss the season. Part of that is a lack of explosive athleticism, which is what I see on film. For what it’s worth, I’ve heard talk that Michigan’s staff is actually higher on German than Gemon.

As for the 2018 season, Michigan returns its incumbents at the safety spots, they brought in a grad transfer in Casey Hughes, and they have a guy they like in J’Marick Woods. There’s not a ton of room to step in at safety, unless it’s as the #4 or #5 guy in blowouts. I do not see German Green making an impact this season, but he does have the frame to fill out nicely and could be a long, lanky defensive back who uses his size instead of athleticism to make plays.

Prediction: Redshirt

13Jun 2018
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Jeff George, Jr., Wolverine

 

Jeff George, Jr.

University of Illinois quarterback Jeff George, Jr. has announced plans to transfer to Michigan as a graduate transfer. He will have two years of eligibility remaining and should be eligible immediately.

Hit the jump for more on George’s transfer.

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12Jun 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #89 Hassan Haskins

Hassan Haskins (image via Land of 10)

Name: Hassan Haskins
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 207 lbs.
High school: Eureka (MO) Eureka
Position: Running back
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Haskins was a senior in high school (LINK). He ran 255 times for 2,197 yards and 31 touchdowns; he also caught 12 passes for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns, and he added 1 punt return touchdown. On defense, he had 25 tackles, 9 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries.

Haskins is perhaps the least heralded of the running backs Michigan brought in with the 2018 class. That’s to be expected when a guy’s next best offers are from the likes of Eastern Michigan, Memphis, and New Mexico. Regardless, he was still a First Team All-State running back in Missouri, and he rushed for almost 2,200 yards with 30+ touchdowns. That was good enough to earn him an invitation to the International Bowl, where he played well but was second fiddle to Michigan commit Christian Turner, who was on the same team (LINK).

I like a lot of what Haskins brings to the table. He doesn’t have great top-end speed, but he has toughness, vision, the ability to run behind his pads, etc. I think he runs similarly to Saquon Barkley (but slower), and the best comparison I have for him as a Michigan running back is Brandon Minor. If he’s anywhere between Minor and Barkley, I think Michigan fans would be happy with that. He still looked thin to me at the International Bowl, and if he was already 205-207 lbs., then I think he needs to get up to about 215 lbs. or so. The departure of Kareem Walker moves Haskins a little closer to seeing the field, but I think he’ll be slightly behind Turner and Michael Barrett going into the season.

Prediction: Redshirt

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