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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25Jan 2017
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Under Armour All-American Game Participants: Michigan

Luiji Vilain 23x

Luiji Vilain

The 2017 Under Armour All-American Game will be played on January 1, 2017 in Orlando, FL.  The following participants have committed to or signed a Letter of Intent to play for Michigan:

2017
Jaylen Kelly-Powell, S – Detroit, MI*
Kwity Paye, DE – Warwick, RI*
Cesar Ruiz, C – Bradenton, FL*
Luiji Vilain, DE – Alexandria, VA*

2016
Ben Bredeson, OT – Hartland, WI
Devin Bush Jr., LB – Pembroke Pines, FL
Rashan Gary, DT – Paramus, NJ
Eddie McDoom, WR – Winter Garden, FL
Kareem Walker, RB – Wayne, NJ

2015
Brian Cole, WR – Saginaw, MI

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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

Hit the jump for the full 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.
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


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