Cheshire (CT) Cheshire Academy wide receiver Tarik Black committed to Michigan (LINK).
Detroit (MI) Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones committed to Michigan (LINK).
Groton (MA) Lawrence Academy running back A.J. Dillon flipped from Michigan to Boston College (LINK).
Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips defensive end Robert Porcher IV decommitted from Nebraska. He’s the son of former Detroit Lion Robert Porcher, as you probably gathered already. He’s a 3-star, the #33 weakside end, and #545 overall. When he decommitted he mentioned that he wanted to stay closer to his family, which is interesting because his offers within the state of Florida are from FAU, UCF, and USF. If he indeed plans to stay in Florida, then those aren’t exactly powerhouse schools. He did take an official visit to Michigan in October.
Hit the jump for several players who committed elsewhere and some random bits from the recruiting world.
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NOTE: This is the skeleton of a commitment post I had begun writing for Isaiah Wilson. I had my Crystal Ball on him to pick Michigan, and the late swing to Georgia surprised a lot of people in the Michigan recruiting sphere. So I had some notes going, as well as a bit of a scouting report. Naysayers will say that I’m throwing this stuff out there only because he committed elsewhere, but I guarantee what’s below was written prior to his public commitment to the Bulldogs.
Wilson is listed at 6’7″, 355 lbs. He claims a 5.6 forty.
ESPN: 5-star, 93 grade, #2 OT, #2 overall
Rivals: 5-star, #2 OT, #6 overall
Scout: 4-star, #9 OT, #49 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 94 grade, #12 OT, #103 overall
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It’s that time of year when concentration turns from bowl games to recruiting while we wait for the games to begin again. With early enrollees making permanent choices in the second half of this month, and then National Signing Day coming in early February, it’s about to get crazy around here. Here’s my look at whom I think will finish out the class. A couple notes beforehand:
Hit the jump for my projected class:
With a flurry of recruiting activity coming in the weeks leading up to the early enrollment period, the All-American games, and National Signing Day, I’ll keep a running list here of announcement dates for prospects of interest:
Tarik Black – WR – Cheshire (CT) Cheshire Academy: December 14, 2016 (picked Michigan)
Donovan Peoples-Jones – WR – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: December 15, 2016 (picked Michigan)
Isaiah Wilson – OT – Brooklyn (NY) Poly: December 16, 2016 (picked (Georgia)
Cesar Ruiz – C – Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy: December 19, 2016 (picked Michigan)
Jordan Anthony – LB – Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy: December 22, 2016 (picked Michigan)
Markquese Bell – S – Bridgeton (NJ) Bridgeton: January 1, 2017 (picked Maryland)
Eno Benjamin – RB – Wylie (TX) East: January 7, 2017
Chuck Filiaga – OT – Aledo (TX) Aledo: January 7, 2017
Deron Irving-Bey – DE – Flint (MI) Southwestern: January 7, 2017 (picked Michigan)
Nico Collins – WR – Pinson (AL) Clay-Chalkville: February 1, 2017
Aubrey Solomon – DT – Leesburg (GA) Lee County: February 1, 2017 or later
Some class of 2017 prospects will be enrolling in January, which means there’s only a few weeks left for players to make college decisions. Here’s a look at the players Michigan is targeting who plan to enroll early, along with their scheduled commitment dates (if they have been announced).
Cam Akers – RB – Clinton (MS) Clinton: N/A
Aaron Banks – OT – El Cerrito (CA) El Cerrito: Committed to Notre Dame
Ja’Raymond Hall – OT – Oak Park (MI) Oak Park: Committed to Michigan
Najee Harris – RB – Antioch (CA) Antioch: Committed to Alabama
Tarik Black – WR – Cheshire (CT) Academy: Committed to Michigan
Jaylen Kelly-Powell – S – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Committed to Michigan
Alex Leatherwood – OT – Pensacola (FL) Washington: Committed to Alabama
Corey Malone-Hatcher – DE – St. Joseph (MI) St. Joseph: Committed to Michigan
Tre’ McKitty – TE – Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy: Committed to Florida State
Donovan Peoples-Jones – WR – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech: Committed to Michigan
Shanon Reid – LB – Ft. Myers (FL) Dunbar: Committed to Tennessee
Cesar Ruiz – C – Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy: Committed to Michigan
Benjamin St-Juste – CB – Montreal (Canada) Vieux: Committed to Michigan
Ambry Thomas – CB – Detroit (MI) King: Committed to Michigan
Isaiah Wilson – OT – Brooklyn (NY) Poly: Committed to Georgia