Under Armour All-American Game Participants: Michigan

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8Nov 2018
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Under Armour All-American Game Participants: Michigan

Loganville (GA) Grayson OT Trente Jones

The 2019 Under Armour All-American Game will be played in January of 2019.  The following participants have committed to or signed a Letter of Intent to play for Michigan:

2019
Zach Charbonnet, RB – Thousand Oaks, CA*
Quinten Johnson, S – Washington, DC*
Trente Jones, OT – Loganville, GA*
Nolan Rumler, OG – Akron, OH*
Mazi Smith, DT – East Kentwood, MI*

2018
Mustapha Muhammad, TE – Missouri City, TX
Myles Sims, CB – Atlanta, GA

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

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11Jul 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #56 Luiji Vilain

Luiji Vilain (image via Hudl)

Name: Luiji Vilain
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 242 lbs.
High school: Alexandria (VA) Episcopal
Position: Defensive end
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #18
Last year: I ranked Vilain #30 and said he would be a backup defensive end with 20 tackles and 2 sacks (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating: 90

Kwity Paye was more raw than Vilain coming out of high school, but Paye got the jump when it comes to playing time. Maybe I overrated Vilain, but he dealt with a couple injuries. Michigan thought about burning his redshirt late in the season, but it didn’t happen.

Now that Paye has a year of experience, I have him slotted ahead of Vilain. Will that pecking order continue? It’s tough to say. I still think Vilain will be a good player, and I’ve heard good things coming out of practice. But Michigan did just fine on defense last year with Chase Winovich playing the majority of the snaps, along with Paye and others playing some weakside end. Vilain should strengthen that position, but he won’t pass Winovich. Everybody else is vying for backup snaps.

Prediction: Backup weakside end

6Aug 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #30 Luiji Vilain

Luiji Vilain (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Luiji Vilain
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 247 lbs.
High school: Alexandria (VA) Episcopal
Position: Defensive end
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #18
Last year: Vilain was a senior in high school.
TTB Rating: 90

Vilain grew up in Canada, but a couple years before graduation, his name started to pop up on Michigan’s radar. He was attending camps in the midwest and eventually ended up in Alexandria, VA, to finish out the final two years of his high school career. That was probably a good choice, because offers started rolling in. Penn State, Rutgers, and North Carolina all took runs at him at various times, but perhaps that early familiarity with border state Michigan helped out in the end. He became an Under Armour All-American and powered his way up to #56 overall in the 247 Composite rankings, including #36 overall to 247 itself.

Vilain joins a team with no established backup at weakside end. Taco Charlton graduated, and his backup, Chase Winovich, will step into the starting role. Everyone else is almost totally inexperienced, and one bullet in the chamber was ejected when Corey Malone-Hatcher retired due to medical reasons. Donovan Jeter worked there in the spring, but he’s more of a strongside end or even a 3-tech in the long term. Other options include redshirt freshman Ron Johnson, redshirt sophomore Mike Jones, sophomore Carlo Kemp, and freshman Kwity Paye, along with redshirt junior linebacker Noah Furbush, who has been rumored to be getting a chance to put his hand down. There’s some talent in there, but no one looked ready to step up and be an impact player in the spring. Paye and Vilain just arrived this summer, so we haven’t seen them in college pads yet, but the coaching staff is reportedly pleased with how Vilain has looked since hitting campus. I think he will play a fair amount this season and eventually lock down the backup WDE spot.

Prediction: Backup weakside end; 20 tackles, 2 sacks

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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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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