2017 Recruiting Grades: Offense

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9Feb 2017
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2017 Recruiting Grades: Offense

Donovan Peoples-Jones (image via Rivals)

QUARTERBACK: A-
Commits (1): Dylan McCaffrey
Decommits (0): N/A
Why? McCaffrey was a U.S. Army All-American and there have been whispers that Jim Harbaugh believes McCaffrey is the best high school quarterback prospect he’s seen in a long time, maybe going back to Andrew Luck. So there’s that. McCaffrey has the height, the bloodline, and the athleticism to be a very good quarterback. However, there are questions about his arm strength and mechanics. So while Harbaugh really likes him, I would have preferred someone like Davis Mills, who chose Stanford instead.

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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.

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16Jan 2017
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Final Rivals 100 for 2017 released

Donovan Peoples-Jones (image via Bleacher Report)

I’ve given up updating every single release/re-release of rankings, because with four sites doing constant updates – especially at 247 Sports – it’s just too time-consuming. But it is worth noting final rankings, because these are the ones we’ll be looking back at in three to five years to see if they were accurate as these players graduate or head to the NFL. For reference, here’s the initial Rivals 100 from July of 2015 (LINK) and the Rivals 250 (LINK). Below is the final Rivals 100 (linked here) prospects who were offered by Michigan.

MOVEMENT FOR MICHIGAN COMMITS SINCE JULY 2015

  • Donovan Peoples-Jones jumped from #55 to #12
  • Jordan Anthony jumped from #82 to #26
  • Cesar Ruiz jumped form #156 to #41
  • Drew Singleton jumped from #144 to #52
  • Luiji Vilain jumped from off the list to #74
  • Tarik Black jumped from #112 to #76
  • Dylan McCaffrey fell from #100 to being off the list

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2Jan 2017
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Thoughts on 2017 Under Armour All-American Game

Luiji Vilain

Yesterday was the 2017 Under Armour All-American Game, which I was able to sit down and patiently watch for the first time in years. Here I’ve collected some thoughts on the Michigan commits who played, as well as some other relevant guys.
COMMITS
Jaylen Kelly-Powell – S – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: There were reports throughout the week that Kelly-Powell was playing some cornerback and struggling. He ended up playing safety in the game, but he lined up in man coverage on slot receivers at times, too. He didn’t play a great deal, but when he did, he wasn’t great or terrible. He had some decent coverage a couple times and didn’t register on the stat sheet from what I saw.
Kwity Paye – DE – Warwick (RI) Bishop Hendricken: Paye didn’t start, but he played a fair amount as a rotation guy in the first half. He showed some quickness off the edge and made a TFL when chasing the ball from the back side, though he was unblocked on the play. He also had a QB hurry that forced an incompletion. Paye has some quickness, but he gives up on plays too easily. That happened in practice and in the game. He needs to play with more tenacity. I did not hear about any injuries to him, but for whatever reason, I did not see him in the second half of the game.
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1Jan 2017
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2017 Under Armour All-American Game Preview

Cesar Ruiz

The 2017 Under Armour All-American Game will be played on January 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The broadcast will be on ESPN. Here’s a list of Michigan players who have been UA All-Americans over the years (LINK). Here are the players on this year’s respective rosters who have been offered by Michigan:

TEAM ARMOUR

QB Kasim Hill (Maryland)
RB Todd Sibley (Pitt)
WR Daquon Green (Florida)
WR Tee Higgins (Clemson)
WR Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)
WR Amari Rodgers (Clemson)
WR Jacoby Stevens (LSU)
WR Jeff Thomas
TE Josh Falo
OL Jack Anderson (Texas Tech)
OL Matt Bockhorst (Clemson)
OL Kai-Leon Herbert (Michigan)*
OL Alex Leatherwood (Alabama)
OL Tyrese Robinson (Oklahoma)
OL C.J. Thorpe (Penn State)
OL Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC)
OL Isaiah Wilson (Georgia)
DE K’Lavon Chaisson
DE D.J. Johnson (Miami)
DE Ryan Johnson
DE Luiji Vilain (Michigan)
DT Akial Byers (Alabama)
DT Greg Rogers (UCLA)
DT Marvin Wilson
LB David Adams (Notre Dame)
LB Maleik Gray (Tennessee)
LB Anthony Hines III (Texas A&M)
LB Dylan Moses (Alabama)
CB Christopher Henderson (Miami)
CB Jaylon Redd (Oregon)
CB A.J. Terrell (Clemson)
CB Kary Vincent (LSU)
CB Lamont Wade (Penn State)
CB Marcus Williamson (Ohio State)
S Grant Delpit (LSU)
S Paris Ford (Pitt)
S Todd Harris
S Jaylen Kelly-Powell (Michigan)
S Isaiah Pryor (Ohio State)

TEAM HIGHLIGHT

RB Toneil Carter (Texas)
RB Anthony McFarland
WR Jhamon Ausbon (Texas A&M)
WR A.J. Davis
WR Trevon Grimes (Ohio State)
WR Hezekiah Jones (Texas A&M)
WR Tylan Wallace
TE Brock Wright (Notre Dame)
OL Calvin Ashley (Auburn)
OL Austin Deculus (LSU)
OL Robert Hainsey (Notre Dame)
OL Grant Polley (Colorado)
OL Cesar Ruiz (Michigan)
OL Trey Smith (Tennessee)
OL Jedrick Wills (Alabama)
DE Robert Beal (Georgia)
DE Joshua Kaindoh (Florida State)
DE Kwity Paye (Michigan)
DT LaBryan Ray
LB Chris Allen (Alabama)
LB Ellis Brooks
LB Breon Dixon
LB Drew Singleton (Michigan)*
CB Justin Broiles (Oklahoma State)
CB Chevin Calloway
CB Deangelo Gibbs
CB Will Poole (Georgia)
CB Stanford Samuels (Florida State)
CB Jamyest Williams (South Carolina)
S C.J. Avery
S Markquese Bell
S Isaiah Pola-Mao
S Daniel Wright (Alabama)

*Not playing due to injury


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