2024 Season Countdown: #107 Jeremiah Lowe

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    Name: Jeremiah Lowe
    Height:
    5'11"
    Weight:
    170 lbs.
    High school:
    Lexington (VA) Frederick Douglass
    Position:
    Cornerback
    Class:
    Freshman
    Jersey number:
    N/A
    Last year:
    Lowe was a senior in high school. He made 25 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble.
    TTB Rating:
    49

    Lowe committed to Michigan in August 2023, and I was so busy at the time that I didn't have the bandwidth to create a commitment post. It didn't help that Lowe was a totally under-the-radar recruit, what with the Wolverines having to battle the likes of Boston College, Marshall, and Ohio University for him. He ended up ranked as a 3-star, the #107 cornerback, and #1172 overall in the 247 Composite.

    Michigan actually has a pretty good hit rate on recruits ranked in that area; players lower than him in their respective classes include Nolan Ulizio, Brandent Englemon, Patrick Omameh, and Ronnie Bell, among others. So it's not a gimme that such lowly ranked players are going to flop. But there are also plenty of players in that range who disappeared into the mist, such as Greg Brown, Marques Walton, and Dytarious Johnson.

    I probably would have ranked him Lowe . . . -er than #107 if Michigan had landed four transfer portal defensive backs earlier rather than just in the past two weeks, so that's the way the cookie crumbles. With a weak recruiting profile and at just 170 pounds, I would be very surprised to see him get on the field this fall. Long-term, he seems to have perhaps the upside of a Darnell Hood, someone who came to Michigan as a running back, switched to defensive back, and was mostly just a solid special teams player throughout his career.

    Prediction: Redshirt

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    2024 Season Countdown: #108 Peter Simmons

    Peter Simmons

    Name: Peter Simmons
    Height:
    6'1"
    Weight:
    283 lbs.
    High school:
    Bonita Springs (FL) Bishop Verot
    Position:
    Defensive tackle
    Class:
    Redshirt junior
    Jersey number:
    #70
    Last year:
    I ranked Simmons #128 and said he would be a backup defensive tackle (LINK). He did not play.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    Simmons has spent three years at Michigan as a walk-on and a backup offensive and defensive lineman. So far he has yet to see the field.

    Maybe this is the year!

    Maybe not, though. It's tough when you're 6'1" and 283 pounds to see the field at a place like Michigan, unless you're super quick like David Molk. But he does play a defensive tackle position that is a little light in numbers. Michigan was flirting with defensive end types like Enow Etta and walk-on Joey Klunder at defensive tackle this spring, and they were going after some transfer portal types as rotation guys. No one should be expecting Simmons to enter the rotation, but in case of a blowout, he could be a guy who gets some late game snaps just to give other guys a rest. And if he sticks around for 2025, he could be on the same team as another Bishop Verot product in 2025 quarterback commit Carter Smith.

    Prediction: Backup defensive tackle

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    Visitors: May 31-June 2, 2024

    Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman WR Derek Meadows

    2025

    Marco Jones - DE - Danville (CA) San Ramon Valley: Jones is a 6'5", 230-pounder with offers from Alabama, Michigan, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, and USC, among others. He's a 4-star, the #15 edge, and #153 overall. In addition to this being his official visit to Michigan, he also has officials set to Texas and Texas A&M.

    Nathaniel Marshall - DE - Oak Park (IL) Fenwick: Marshall is committed to Michigan (LINK). This is his official visit.

    Derek Meadows - WR - Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman: Meadows is a 6'5", 200 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and Notre Dame, among others. He's a 4-star, the #9 wide receiver, and #61 overall. He has official visits to those other schools for the four subsequent weekends following this official visit to Michigan. His one crystal ball so far is for Notre Dame.

    D.J. Sanders - DT - Bellville (TX) Bellville: Sanders is a 6'4", 290-pounder from Texas with offers from Texas and Texas A&M, plus others. He's a 4-star, the #11 defensive lineman, and #106 overall. He also has officials set for the Longhorns and the Aggies.

    Douglas Utu - OG - Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman: A 6'5", 300 lb. teammate of Meadows, Utu is a 4-star, the #2 interior offensive lineman, and #65 overall in the class of 2025. Listed in some places as a tackle - but more likely to be a guard - he has offers from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, and Washington, among others. He also has an official visit set to visit the Huskies out in Seattle.

    Kainoa Winston - S - Washington (DC) Gonzaga: Winston is a 5'10", 185-pounder with offers from Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, and Penn State, plus others. He's a 4-star, the #10 safety, and #91 overall. This will be his second visit to Ann Arbor after taking a trip in the spring.

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    2024 Season Countdown: #109 Devon Baxter

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    Name: Devon Baxter
    Height:
    6'6"
    Weight:
    235 lbs.
    High school:
    Clinton (MD) Gwynn Park
    Position:
    Defensive end
    Class:
    Freshman
    Jersey number:
    N/A
    Last year:
    Baxter was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 55 tackles, 13 sacks, 9 pass breakups, and 3 fumble recoveries.
    TTB Rating:
    78

    Baxter was a bit of an under-the-radar recruit until Michigan jumped into the ring. He took an official visit to Michigan in mid-June of 2023, and a few days later, he publicly committed to the Wolverines. He finished as a low-ish 4-star as the #26 edge player and #337 overall in the 247 Composite, but 247 itself is highest on him, ranking him all the way up at #182 overall in the class.

    Personally, I like Baxter as an athlete to get into the program. I think he could be a standout receiving tight end, and he could also be an outstanding edge rusher. He has the length, burst, and change-of-direction skills to make an impact getting after the passer, perhaps more so than anyone in the pipeline right now. Very few people in Michigan's program have the length and quickness Baxter possesses. But he's also very light right now at 235 pounds, and his technique is lacking. He plays as a stand-up edge mostly, but sometimes he puts his hand in the dirt or even kicks inside sometimes, too. Michigan needs to get him in the weight room and see how quickly he can put on some much needed strength, because he could be a Taco Charlton-like player, and Michigan will need some natural pass rushers in the near future.

    Prediction: Redshirt



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    2024 Season Countdown: #110 Hogan Hansen

    Hogan Hansen (image via 247 Sports)

    Name: Hogan Hansen
    Height:
    6'5"
    Weight:
    230 lbs.
    High school:
    Bellevue (WA) Bellevue
    Position:
    Tight end
    Class:
    Freshman
    Jersey number:
    #81
    Last year:
    Hansen was a senior in high school (LINK). He caught 11 passes for 224 yards and 4 touchdowns, and ran 8 times for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns; he also made 44 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries.
    TTB Rating:
    78

    Hansen made the great choice of picking a college program that also wears winged helmets, so he can keep the same look from his high school years. He also picked a team that loves to use tight ends. Even if Jim Harbaugh, the tight end whisperer, is gone to the NFL, I think it's a pretty safe assumption that Sherrone Moore will continue to use a heavy dose of tight ends in his offensive philosophy. Hansen comes from a Wing-T program where he isn't used to getting the ball a ton (19 offensive touches as a senior) and he has good technique as a blocker, so it will largely be a matter of adding size and strength in college.

    Fortunately for his development, Hansen will probably not be asked to play right away. Michigan has returning star Colston Loveland at the position, and he'll be backed up by guys like Marlin Klein and Deakon Tonielli, not to mention fullback-ish tight ends Max Bredeson and Jalen Hoffman. Additionally, Michigan brought in an elite tight end prospect in Brady Prieskorn in the 2024 class. This should be a year of preparation and development for Hansen.

    Prediction: Redshirt



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    2024 Season Countdown: #111 Alexander Lidback

    Alexander Lidback (image via Twitter)

    Name: Alexander Lidback
    Height:
    6'2"
    Weight:
    217 lbs.
    High school:
    Alpharetta (GA) Alpharetta
    Position:
    Linebacker
    Class:
    Redshirt junior
    Jersey number:
    #46
    Last year:
    I did not rank Lidback. He was not on the team.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    Lidback has been hanging around Michigan's program for several years, but last year wasn't one of them. Which is unfortunate for him, because he missed out on the national championship run. No, he was on the team in 2021 and 2022 as a walk-on linebacker before missing 2023, and now he's back to compete at a linebacker position that lost a lot of pieces. Michigan lost both starters in Michael Barrett and Junior Colson to the NFL draft, as well as some transferring backups like Jeremiah Beasley, Semaj Bridgeman, and Joey Velazquez.

    Still, Lidback is unlikely to play much of a role in 2024. He did not see game action in 2021 or 2022, and he's probably knocking off some rust from missing 2023. With the depth the Wolverines have at linebacker - even behind new starters Ernest Hausmann and Maryland transfer Jaishawn Barham - it's going to be tough for any walk-on to find playing time, and the top walk-on is probably Christian Boivin. We might see Lidback make an appearance on special teams or perhaps in a blowout, but he's most likely a scout team player.

    Prediction: Backup linebacker

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    2024 Season Countdown: #112 Mason Curtis

    Mason Curtis

    Name: Mason Curtis
    Height:
    6'4"
    Weight:
    200 lbs.
    High school:
    Nashville (TN) Ensworth
    Position:
    Edge
    Class:
    Freshman
    Jersey number:
    N/A
    Last year:
    Curtis was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 31 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 4 fumble recoveries, 4 pass breakups, and 2 touchdowns.
    TTB Rating:
    73

    Curtis has been a very quiet recruit for Michigan in the class of 2024. He committed to the Wolverines in June of 2022 and we never heard much of a peep from him through his junior and senior years. Part of the lack of excitement for him, in my opinion, is probably the uncertainty about what position he will play in the future. He played some safety in high school, but the original plan for him was to play linebacker, and then when he signed in December, Michigan labeled him as an edge. He's probably even versatile enough to grow into a tight end if things were to shake out in a certain way.

    As for this year in particular, Curtis is unlikely to contribute. Especially if the coaching staff thinks he's an edge player, he needs to add . . . oh . . . about 40 pounds before he's an option. He could contribute as a special teams player if necessary, but I'm not sure there's a dire enough need for a 6'4", 200-pounder on special teams when Michigan already has such a strong overall roster. We're probably looking at a redshirt for Curtis this fall.

    Prediction: Redshirt



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