2017 Recruiting Update: January 11, 2017

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11Jan 2017
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2017 Recruiting Update: January 11, 2017




Chuck Filiaga with Jim Harbaugh

COMMITMENT

Aledo (TX) Aledo offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga committed to Michigan (LINK).

OFF THE BOARD

Clinton (MS) Clinton running back Cam Akers committed to Florida State at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was considering Ohio State, so this is somewhat of a recruiting win for Michigan. He enrolled early, so there’s no chance of him flipping now, either. Akers looks to me like the best back in the 2017 class.

Bridgeton (NJ) Bridgeton safety Markquese Bell committed to Maryland. This is a pretty good pull for D.J. Durkin. Bell is the 247 Composite #188 player and #7 athlete in the country. He was a Michigan lean at one point, but Michigan supposedly put him on the back burner. He also considered Clemson, Ohio State, and Rutgers. Two of those things are not like the other.

Wylie (TX) East running back Eno Benjamin committed to Arizona State. Benjamin named Michigan to his top six, and I had hoped that the Wolverines would somehow be able to reel him in despite their pursuit of Najee Harris. He seems like a good kid and trained with former Michigan running back David Underwood. However, the Wolverines stopped pursuing him weeks before his final decision.

Hit the jump for several other news bits.

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14Sep 2016
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Colorado

Dylan McCaffrey

2017

Jackson Gibbs – QB – Charlotte (NC) Hough:

Ja’Raymond Hall – OT – Oak Park (MI) Oak Park:

Darnay Holmes – CB – Calabasas (CA) Calabasas: Holmes is a 5’10”, 190 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 5-star, the #2 cornerback, and #11 overall. His leader is thought to be UCLA, and his brother plays for Nebraska. This is his official visit. UPDATE: Holmes was supposed to take his official visit this weekend, but that visit is being rescheduled.

Joel Honigford – OT – Sugarcreek (OH) Garaway: Honigford is a Michigan commit.

James Hudson III – DE – Toledo (OH) Central Catholic: Hudson is a Michigan commit.

Jaylen Kelly-Powell – S – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech:

Corey Malone-Hatcher – DE – St. Joseph (MI) St. Joseph: Malone-Hatcher is a Michigan commit.

Dylan McCaffrey – QB – Highlands Ranch (CO) Valor Christian: McCaffrey is a Michigan commit (LINK).

Joshua Mitchell – RB – Wayne (MI) Memorial:

Joshua Ross – LB – Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s: Ross is a Michigan commit.

Hit the jump for several more visitors.

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6Aug 2016
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2016 BBQ at the Big House visitors

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Antioch (CA) Antioch RB Najee Harris

The BBQ at the Big House, founded by Rich Rodriguez, has continued through Brady Hoke and now Jim Harbaugh. It has always been a big recruiting weekend with a lot of visitors, although Harbaugh has switched it up a little bit. Instead of having it near the end of July when players are still able to take visits freely, putting it in early August makes it a bit tougher for players to make lengthy travel plans, since a lot of states start practice at the beginning of August. This year’s BBQ at the Big House will supposedly be split up into two events, one on August 6 and one on August 8.

2017

Jordan Anthony – LB – Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy: Anthony is a 6’0″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #8 outside linebacker, and #113 overall. A Maryland native, he transferred to IMG prior to his junior year. UPDATE: Anthony is no longer planning to visit.

Henry Bainivalu – OT – Sammamish (WA) Skyline: Bainivalu is a 6’6″, 290 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington, and Washington State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #23 offensive tackle, and #182 overall.

Aaron Banks – OT – El Cerrito (CA) El Cerrito: Banks is a 6’7″, 344 lb. prospect with offers from Cal, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #21 offensive tackle, and #167 overall.

Hit the jump for a ton more players who are attending the BBQ.

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10Feb 2016
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Recruiting Update: February 10, 2016

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Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove offensive guard Netori Johnson

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
Gadsden (AL) Gadsden City offensive tackle Toryque Bateman was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’8″, 315 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona State, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, and Tennessee, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #49 offensive tackle, and #409 overall. Bateman moves pretty well for his size, but he struggles to bend at the knees and needs to play lower.

Menomonie (WI) Menomonie offensive tackle Alex Fenton was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 280 lb. prospect with an offer from Wisconsin. His Hudl highlights are private and he has not received a ton of recruiting attention yet, so information is pretty slim.

Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove offensive guard Netori Johnson decommitted from Alabama. He’s a 6’5″, 330 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #4 offensive guard, and #114 overall. Johnson was committed to Alabama since last summer, and Michigan was the last offer he received before decommitting. Johnson was one of a flurry of offers that went out recently at Cedar Grove, and he was a teammate of 2016 Michigan signee Elysee Mbem-Bosse.

Hit the jump for some more 2017 offers, a couple 2018 offers, and some random bits.

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9Mar 2015
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Rivals 100 to Watch for 2017

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones

Rivals released their early top 100 prospects to watch for 2017 (LINK); while the players are not listed numerically, they have been given star ratings. Below is a list of the players Michigan has offered:

5-stars:
Calvin Ashley – OT – Florida
Najee Harris – RB – California
Darnay Holmes – CB – California
Devon Hunter – S – Virginia
Josh Myers – OT – Ohio (Ohio State)

4-stars:
A.J. Epenesa – DE – Illinois
Darnell Ewell – OT – Virginia
Paris Ford – ATH – Pennsylvania
Anthony Hines – LB – Texas
Dylan McCaffrey – QB – Colorado
Jake Moretti – OT – Colorado
Jeffrey Okudah – ATH – Texas
Donovan Peoples-Jones – WR – Michigan
Stanford Samuels III – ATH – Florida
Jeff Thomas – WR – Illinois
Shaun Wade – CB – Florida (Ohio State)
Jamyest Williams – ATH – Georgia
Marcus Williamson – CB – Ohio

18Feb 2015
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Recruiting Update: February 18, 2015

Exton (PA) Downington East tight end Cary Angeline

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2016
Exton (PA) Downington East tight end Cary Angeline was offered by Michigan. Angeline is a 6’7″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, and Pitt, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #10 tight end, and #222 overall. Angeline obviously has impressive size, but he also possesses good speed and soft hands. He splits out wide sometimes for his high school team and looks pretty comfortable in space against smaller players. Angeline is expected to play college ball for the Nittany Lions. His older brother, Ryley, went to Delaware as a running back, and the last time Michigan recruited Downington East was Drew Harris (Virginia Tech) in 2012.

Euless (TX) Trinity defensive tackle Chris Daniels was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 269 lb. prospect with offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, and TCU, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #13 defensive tackle, and #110 overall. I am not particularly high on Daniels because he often stands straight up and does not use his hands well. He’s a decent athlete, but I think he’s rated too high. He attended Muskegon (MI) Mona Shores as a freshman in high school and attended Michigan’s summer camp that year, so he was excited about Michigan’s offer and familiar with the program.

Southfield (MI) Southfield running back Matt Falcon was offered by Michigan. As I suggested in yesterday’s visitor list, I thought Falcon might get offered because I think he’s the third-best player in the state of Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 215 lb. running back who has offers from Ohio State and Tennessee, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #15 running back, and #219 overall in the class. Falcon runs downhill and runs hard, and he has some speed in the open field, which I think would fit Michigan’s offense well. He has, however, had an ACL tear in the past, so that might be something to watch going forward. Southfield has become quite a hotspot of football talent over the past few years, as they have sent players to Michigan (Lawrence Marshall), Michigan State (Malik McDowell), Minnesota (Ray Buford, Dior Johnson), and a host of MAC schools in the past few years, including a defensive end named – and I’m not kidding – Lion King to Eastern Michigan.

Farmington (MI) Farmington wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 185 lb. prospect who committed to Louisville last fall, and he also has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, and Purdue, plus several MAC programs. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #57 wide receiver, and #334 overall. Fitzpatrick is a good route runner and does a nice job of snatching the ball out of the air, but he is not the most explosive or dynamic athlete with the ball in his hands. I have him ranked as the #10 player in the state (LINK).

Allen (TX) Allen cornerback Jaylon Jones was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’11”, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Miami, Ohio State, and Ole Miss, among others. He claims a 4.4 forty and is a 247 Composite 4-star, the #23 cornerback, and #232 overall. As a junior in 2014, he made 117 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 5 pass breakups, to go along with 1 kickoff return touchdown. Jones plays safety for his high school team and is a solid tackler who will come up quickly to make plays in the run game. He is also teammates with offensive tackle Greg Little (Texas A&M) and defensive end Levi Onwuzurike, both of whom have been offered by Michigan.

Hit the jump for several more 2016 prospects, some 2017 prospects, a couple commitments elsewhere, and a few random tidbits and links.

Evanston (IL) Evanston defensive tackle Naquan Jones was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 283 lb. prospect with offers from Illinois, Iowa, Penn State, and South Carolina, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #28 defensive tackle, and #422 overall. Though he’s a little taller, he reminds me of former Michigan defensive tackle Terrance Taylor.

McKinney (TX) North defensive end Justin Madubuike was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 245 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, and Texas A&M, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #11 strongside end, and #140 overall. As a junior in 2014, he made 75 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. Despite being listed as a strongside end, he shows some good quickness and could play on the weakside in some schemes.

Tampa (FL) Berkeley tight end Jacob Mathis was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, Miami, and Ohio State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #14 tight end, and #340 overall. As a junior in 2014, he caught 55 passes for 874 yards and 12 touchdowns. Mathis shows good speed and plays wide receiver for his high school team, although he’s too big to remain there in college. He is expected to end up at Florida.

San Diego (CA) Mira Mesa wide receiver Steffon McKnight was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 160 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona State, Cal, UCLA, and Washington, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #13 wide receiver, and #82 overall. McKnight is an extremely smooth athlete with good speed and ball skills, a potential gamebreaking receiver. He is expected to stay on the west coast.

Manvel (TX) Manvel offensive tackle Austin Myers was offered by Michigan. Myers is a 6’4″, 300 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Oklahoma, and TCU, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #44 offensive tackle, and #507 overall. Myers has a solid build, decent feet, and good leg drive when he latches on to a defender. His teammates include 2015 cornerback Will Lockett (UCLA) and 2016 safety Deontay Anderson, both of whom received offers from Michigan.

Charlotte (NC) Ardrey Kell linebacker Julian Okwara was offered by Michigan. Okwara is a 6’4″, 210 lb. prospect with offers from Cal, Duke, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #18 outside linebacker, and #235 overall. His older brother, Romeo, was recruited by Michigan in the 2013 class and currently plays for Notre Dame.

Calhoun (GA) Calhoun tight end Landon Rice, an Auburn commit, was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 245 lb. prospect who committed to the Tigers in November 2013, and he also has offers from Alabama and Georgia, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #15 tight end, and #461 overall. It’s very unlikely that a Georgia kid who committed to Auburn a year and a half ago will give Michigan a serious look, although he did have positive things to say about Michigan.

Niceville (FL) Niceville wide receiver Eli Stove was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 178 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #10 wide receiver, and #72 overall. As a junior in 2014, he caught 54 passes for 719 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he also ran 30 times for 325 yards and 2 scores. The last time Michigan recruited Niceville was for running back Roy Finch (Oklahoma) in 2010, and Stove also has a safety teammate named Romeo Finley who may be in line for an offer.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech safety Demetric Vance, Jr. was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 193 lb. prospect with offers from Iowa, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Pitt, Purdue, and Tennessee, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #26 safety, and #406 overall. I ranked him as the #9 player in the state, as I think he could be a good safety with a little bit less upside at wide receiver. As a junior in 2014, he had 61 tackles and 1 interception, plus 3 receiving touchdowns.

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
Tampa (FL) Blake wide receiver Juwan Burgess was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami, and Ohio State, among others. Burgess is a ballhawking safety and a dynamic wideout, and he could play several positions in college.


Newbury Park (CA) Newbury Park cornerback Darnay Holmes was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’11”, 180 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #5 athlete, and #31 overall. Holmes is another kid who could play multiple positions, including cornerback, safety, or wide receiver, but I think he looks best at the corner position.

Chesapeake (VA) Indian River safety Devon Hunter was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 210 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Florida State, Penn State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #1 athlete, and #7 overall. He claims a 4.48 forty, a 285 lb. bench, and a 415 lb. squat.

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones was offered by Michigan. Peoples-Jones is a 6’1″, 170 lb. prospect with offers from LSU, Miami, Michigan State, and Ohio State, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #2 wide receiver, and #12 overall. He is an excellent athlete who could play receiver, corner, or safety in college. Peoples-Jones is also the son of former Michigan safety Shonte Peoples, who played safety at Michigan in the early 1990’s and recorded 7 interceptions during his career.


OFF THE BOARD

Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep defensive end Joseph Jackson committed to Miami near the end of January, but I missed it in all the hoopla surrounding National Signing Day. He expressed some passing interest in visiting Michigan when he was offered, but he was expected to stay in the state.

Shreveport (LA) Calvary Baptist quarterback Shea Patterson committed to Ole Miss. Patterson is one of the top quarterbacks in the country, and you may remember that I ranked him #2 in my 2016 quarterback scouting reports (LINK), even though I did not expect him to choose Michigan.

MISCELLANEOUS
Here’s a list of players who visited campus for Michigan’s Tuesday night basketball game against Michigan State (LINK).

Here’s a 38-player preview of Michigan’s in-state outlook for 2016 (LINK).

Rivals updated their top 100 (LINK) and top 250 (LINK) for 2016.

Over on Recruiting Season, I posted/updated profiles of: