Final Rivals 100 for 2017 released

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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.


  • 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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8Jan 2017
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Thoughts on 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Donovan Peoples-Jones (image via USA Today)

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl took place yesterday, and there were several Michigan-related players involved – including offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga, who committed to the Wolverines during the broadcast (LINK). Here are my thoughts on the game, which was won 27-17 by the East.


Cheshire (CT) Cheshire Academy wide receiver Tarik Black was a backup wideout for the East team, but he was the first receiver in off the bench. He earned positive reviews throughout the week of practice for his route-running abilities, something that I noted in his commitment post. The East quarterbacks targeted him a few times, but he ended the game with just 1 catch for 9 yards. One of the incompletions was a back-shoulder fade on which Black failed to adjust (a tough play that almost never works with such little time to build chemistry), and the other was a post route that was thrown too high and broken up by the defensive back. He played about as expected.

Aledo (TX) Aledo offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga was the backup right tackle for the West. To be honest, I did not keep an eye out for Filiaga. He was the backup right tackle, and there were too many other players to watch.

Flint (MI) Southwestern defensive end Deron Irving-Bey was a backup defensive end for the East squad. He’s another player that I did not notice, except for 1 QB pressure. I did record the game, and I’ll go back and take a look before finalizing the TTB Ratings, but for now I have nothing significant to report. I can say that he did not stand out, because if he had, I would have noticed.

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7Jan 2017
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2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl preview

Dylan McCaffrey (image via 247 Sports)

The 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played January 7, at 1:00 p.m. The broadcast will be on NBC.

Here’s a look at the participating players who were offered by Michigan (and an all-time list of Michigan commits can be found HERE):


QB Hunter Johnson (Clemson)
QB Davis Mills (Stanford)
RB Cam Akers (Florida State)
RB Ty Chandler (Tennessee)
RB D’Andre Swift (Georgia)
WR Tarik Black (Michigan)
WR Mike Harley (West Virginia)
WR Jeremiah Holloman (Georgia)
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (Michigan)
TE Cole Kmet (Notre Dame)
OL D’Antne Demery (Georgia)
OL Netori Johnson (Georgia)
OL Josh Myers (Ohio State)
OL Kendall Randolph (Alabama)
OL Tedarrell Slaton
OL Andrew Thomas (Georgia)
DE A.J. Epenesa (Iowa)
DE Deron Irving-Bey (Michigan)
DE Jarez Parks
DE Chase Young (Ohio State)
DT Rutger Reitmaier (Oregon)
DT Aubrey Solomon
LB Justin Foster (Clemson)
LB Willie Gay
LB Nate McBride (Georgia)
LB Hamsah Nasirildeen (Clemson)
CB Richard LeCounte (Georgia)
CB Ambry Thomas (Michigan)
CB Shaun Wade (Ohio State)
S Devon Hunter


QB Tate Martell (Ohio State)
QB Dylan McCaffrey (Michigan)
QB Shawn Robinson (TCU)
RB Eno Benjamin
RB Stephen Carr (USC)
RB Najee Harris (Alabama)
RB Greg Johnson
WR Joseph Lewis
WR Tyjon Lindsey (Ohio State)
WR Omar Manning (TCU)
WR Oliver Martin
TE Colby Parkinson (Stanford)
OL Wyatt Davis (Ohio State)
OL Chuck Filiaga
OL Austin Jackson
OL Walker Little (Stanford)
OL Jake Moretti (Colorado)
OL Brett Neilon (USC)
OL Foster Sarell
DE Hunter Echols (UCLA)
DE Jaelan Phillips (UCLA)
DT Jay Tufele
DT Marlon Tuipulotu (Washington)
LB Baron Browning (Ohio State)
LB Bruce Jordan-Swilling (Georgia Tech)
LB Sampson Niu (Oregon)
CB Darnay Holmes
CB Jaylon Johnson (Utah)
CB Deommodore Lenoir
CB Jeffrey Okudah
S Bubba Bolden

If you want to check out U.S. Army All-Americans since the game’s inception, check out that list here (LINK).

Hit the jump for more on tomorrow’s game.

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20Dec 2016
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2017 Recruiting Down the Stretch: Wide Receiver

Pinson (AL) Clay-Chalkville WR Nico Collins


Michigan’s wide receiver recruiting situation has been slow to develop, even though it’s been clear for two years now that the team would be losing two senior starters after the 2016 season in Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh. The first player worth mentioning committed last Thursday, and that’s Detroit (MI) Cass Tech’s Donovan Peoples-Jones, a 5-star, the #1 receiver, and the #11 overall player in the class, according to the 247 Composite. He’s 6’2″, 192 lbs. and checks all the boxes you would want in a wideout. The next highest rated guy is Cheshire (CT) Cheshire Academy’s Tarik Black, who committed just one day earlier. He’s 6’4″, 208 lbs. and a 4-star, the #17 wide receiver, and #124 overall. Last – and sneakiest – is Suffield (CT) Suffield Academy’s Brad Hawkins, Jr., who pledged to the Wolverines as a part of the 2016 class. He had to attend a year of prep school, and nobody really knew whether he would qualify or if Michigan would still want him.

Hit the jump for a deeper look at Michigan’s wide receiver recruiting in 2017.

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14Dec 2016
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Tarik Black, Wolverine

Tarik Black (#17, image via My Record Journal)

Cheshire (CT) Cheshire Academy wide receiver Tarik Black committed to Michigan on Wednesday afternoon during a ceremony at his school. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Stanford, and UCLA, among others.

Black is listed at 6’4″, 208 lbs. and has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He claims a 4.4 forty, a 38″ vertical, a 4.01 shuttle, and a 10’6″ broad jump.

ESPN: 4-star, 81 grade, #31 WR, #223 overall
Rivals: 4-star, #10 WR, #76 overall
Scout: 4-star, #13 WR, #99 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 92 grade, #29 WR, #197 overall

Hit the jump for more on Black’s recruitment.

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13Dec 2016
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2017 Recruiting: Who finishes out the class? – Version 1

Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy center Cesar Ruiz (image via Bleacher Report)

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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:

  • I don’t like to project decommitments, because I don’t like to give the impression that Michigan fans want players gone. However, I will point out players who are shaky in their commitments, along with some potential replacements down below.
  • Fully committed players are in regular type. Projected commitments are in bold. Shaky commitments are in italics.
  • Just because I list them here does not mean I am comfortable putting in a Crystal Ball for each of these players to Michigan. Naturally, I am more confident in some picks than others.

Hit the jump for my projected class:

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