2017 Recruiting Grades: Defense

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15Feb 2017
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2017 Recruiting Grades: Defense

Aubrey Solomon (image via Scout)

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I posted the 2017 offensive recruiting grades last week (LINK), so here are my thoughts on the defensive side of the ball. Click on the player names below for their commitment posts.

DEFENSIVE END: B+
Commits (4): Deron Irving-Bey, Donovan JeterCorey Malone-Hatcher, Kwity Paye, Luiji Vilain
Decommits (0): N/A
Why? Michigan went after some elite rush ends (Jaelan Phillips, K’Lavon Chaisson, etc.) in this cycle, but none showed much interest. Instead, Michigan got home-stater Malone-Hatcher, Boston College decommit Paye, and Canada native Vilain as weakside end types. I thought Vilain improved significantly over the last couple years since moving from Ontario to Virginia. On the strong side, Michigan got Irving-Bey and Jeter, both of whom could end up as a 3-technique tackles. I don’t see dominant players here, but it is a solid group and they’ll get high-quality coaching.

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18Jan 2017
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Final ESPN 300 for 2017 released

Kai-Leon Herbert

ESPN released its final top 300 for the class of 2017 (LINK). Here’s what it looked like in July of 2015 (LINK). Movement for Michigan commits since that first list:

  • Donovan Peoples-Jones dropped from #12 to #22
  • Kai-Leon Herbert jumped from #265 to #99
  • Dylan McCaffrey jumped from #186 to #117
  • Drew Singleton jumped from #201 to #153
  • Ja’Raymond Hall jumped from #229 to #169
  • Ambry Thomas dropped from #146 to #186
  • Tarik Black dropped from #102 to #225
  • Joshua Ross dropped from #153 to #236
  • Jaylen Kelly-Powell dropped from #243 to #262
  • Corey Malone-Hatcher dropped from #94 to #270

Hit the jump for the full list of targets.

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18Jan 2017
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Final Top 247 for 2017 released




Donovan Peoples-Jones

247 Sports released its final Top 247 for 2017 (LINK). Here’s what it looked like initially back in April of 2015 (LINK).

Movement for Michigan commits since then:

  • Donovan Peoples-Jones fell from #13 to #26
  • Jaylen Kelly-Powell jumped from #180 to #156
  • Josh Ross fell from #111 to #202
  • Dylan McCaffrey fell from #46 to #204
  • Ja’Raymond Hall fell from #81 to off the list
  • Corey Malone-Hatcher fell from #183 to off the list

Hit the jump for the remainder of the Michigan targets.

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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.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on Cesar Ruiz, Luiji Vilain, and more.

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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


Hit the jump for more on announcements, Michigan storylines, etc.

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11Dec 2016
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Visitors: December 9-11, 2016

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Najee Harris (image via Sports Illustrated)

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2017

Tarik Black – WR – Cheshire (CT) Cheshire Academy: Black is a 6’3″, 208 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, and Stanford, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #17 wide receiver, and #122 overall. He’ll be announcing his college decision on Wednesday, December 14, and he’s expected to pick the Wolverines.

Nico Collins – WR – Pinson (AL) Clay-Chalkville: Collins is a 6’5″, 195 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, and Michigan, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #13 wide receiver, and #90 overall. He took an official to Michigan on November 5, so this will be an unofficial visit. His Crystal Ball is 64% in favor of the Wolverines. UPDATE: Collins was unable to make the trip.

*A.J. Dillon – RB – Lawrence (CT) Groton Academy: Dillon is a Michigan commit (LINK).

*Paris Ford – S – Pittsburgh (PA) Steel Valley: Ford is a 6’1″, 180 lb. prospect who committed to Pitt in October; he also has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #12 safety, and #89 overall. UPDATE: Ford did not make the trip.

Ja’Raymond Hall – OT – Oak Park (MI) Oak Park: Hall is a Michigan commit (LINK).

*Najee Harris – RB – Antioch (CA) Antioch: Harris is a 6’3″, 226 lb. prospect who’s been committed to Alabama since April. However, he also has an offer from Michigan – along with lots of others – and 33% of the Crystal Ball picks are in favor of Michigan, who is generally thought to have the best chance to flip him. He’s an early enrollee, so he will have to make a decision this month about whether to stick with the Crimson Tide or become a Wolverine. He’s the #1 overall recruit in the country, and getting him would mean a second year in a row where Michigan would get the #1 player (after Rashan Gary in 2016).

Hit the jump for several more visitors.

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