Quintel Kent, Wolverine

Quintel Kent, Wolverine

August 5, 2018

Lakewood (OH) St. Edward WR Quintel Kent (image via Wolverines Wire)

Lakewood (OH) St. Edward wide receiver Quintel Kent committed to Michigan on Saturday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from several MAC programs.

Kent is 6’0″, 170 lbs. He claims a 4.56 forty and a 4.36 shuttle. Maxpreps has him down for 18 catches for 414 yards (23 yards/catch) and 7 touchdowns in just three games for the 2017 season.

ESPN: Unranked
Rivals: 2-star WR
247 Sports: 3-star, 84 grade, #130 WR, #1105 overall

Hit the jump for more on Kent’s commitment.

Kent was offered by Michigan in late June and immediately named the Wolverines as his leader. He visited for the BBQ at the Big House last weekend and then went public with his commitment a week later.

On the plus side, Kent seems to be wildly productive at wide receiver for St. Edward, a powerhouse school in the state of Ohio. Averaging 23 yards/catch for 7 touchdowns in three games is pretty darn good.

So there’s that.

From watching film of him, though, I don’t see whatever Michigan must see. There’s nothing about him that jumps off the screen. He has average size with average acceleration and average top-end speed for an FBS recruit. He’s not a nuanced route runner, and he doesn’t get great separation from defensive backs, some of whom don’t look stellar themselves.

Overall, I don’t think this does anything to push Michigan’s program forward. There are some walk-on guys who I can see being just as successful as I would project Kent to be. He may be able to be an effective slot receiver if he’s a decent blocker, because slot guys can be productive based on play calling and taking advantage of play action. I just don’t see a whole lot of upside from him at this point.

Michigan now has 19 commitments in the class of 2019. The wide receiver group is limited to just Kent and Floridian George Johnson III. Michigan has recruited St. Edward before, landing offensive guard Kyle Kalis; cornerback Shaun Crawford was also committed to Michigan for a while before flipping to Notre Dame.

TTB Rating: 49 (ratings explanation)


  1. Painter Smurf
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    Painter Smurf
    Aug 05, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Bill Greene said that this scholly was earned at camp, not based on junior performance. To accept Kent’s commitment at this stage, UM must have thought he’d blow up this fall. Hopefully, his senior film displays whatever potential the coaches saw recently.

    Still holding out hope for UM to flip a blue chip WR late in the process. A good passing offense this fall could work wonders.

  2. Comments: 1048
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    Aug 05, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    This could hurt once the 2017 guys leave

  3. Klctlc
    Comments: 66
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Aug 05, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    Wow. That has got to be the lowest I have seen you give. Given the potential for some osu recruits to bail, you would think we would conserve spots? Thanks for the update. He must have grown over the summer or jumped over Schembechler hall flat footed at camp.

    • Comments: 7
      Joined: 5/26/2016
      Aug 05, 2018 at 3:31 PM

      I Think Mr. Thunder gave Kaleb Ringer a grade in the 30s or 40s, too. That turned out accurate. Too little athleticism.

      • Thunder
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        Aug 05, 2018 at 3:43 PM

        Yeah, I gave Ringer a 39.

      • Painter Smurf
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        Painter Smurf
        Aug 05, 2018 at 10:23 PM

        Wow, that is some serious recall.

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    Aug 05, 2018 at 12:24 PM

    You’d be savaged and called a “concern troll” and a “stargazer” over at MGoBlog for giving such a negative, non rah-rah evaluation this totally meh recruit. They’d probably accuse you of being MaizenBlue, because that’s what they do to non-groupthinkers.

    Trust the coaches!!

  5. DonAZ
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    Aug 05, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    This one is a bit of a puzzle. Either the camp performance was spectacular, or the coaches are rolling the dice hoping he’s got potential.

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      Aug 06, 2018 at 9:40 AM

      Well, how “spectacular” can you be at a camp, where no real game competition is going on?

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    Joined: 9/24/2017
    Aug 05, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    Yeah, I know – trust the coaches and all, and to give them their due they have come up with some nice, under-the-radar prospects. Having acknowledged that, this one is a bit of a head scratcher. I assume that either he looked great at the camp or the staff is not very optimistic about wide receiver recruiting in the class going forward. Hopefully, he looked great.

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    Aug 06, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Are there any recruits in the next couple years coming out of his school that could explain his offer?

    • Comments: 105
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      Aug 06, 2018 at 11:22 AM

      Haha! Yep that’s what i was thinking! I would love to know what he did so well at Camp to validate him being a take.

  8. Comments: 105
    Joined: 10/22/2015
    Aug 06, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    This kinda feels like an “investment pick” where you pick up a small fish from a particular school in order to land a bigger fish from the same place the following year. Is there anyone like that at St. Edward?

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    Aug 06, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    This makes little sense. We could have just shown interest in him and offered in December! His list is pathetic. Other schools take lower-rated guys too but it’s usually last minute. Still a great class but these are the kind of offers that keep me scratching my head year after year.

    • Comments: 896
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      Aug 07, 2018 at 7:01 AM

      Nothing wrong with taking a flyer on a few guys in a class…pretty much everybody does it. It just seems like we’ve grabbed way more than our share of projects and long shots this cycle.

      • Thunder
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        Aug 07, 2018 at 7:33 AM

        …and yet Michigan is still #11 in recruiting right now.

        • Comments: 896
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          Aug 07, 2018 at 10:42 AM

          #11 is very…solid. But probably only 3rd in the Big Ten. And last year we were 20-25, and OSU was top 5. Bottom line, we are not bridging the talent gap between being perennially 9-3 +/- 1 and being elite.

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