Raylen Wilson, Ex-Wolverine

    Tallahassee (FL) Lincoln linebacker Raylen Wilson

    Tallahassee (FL) Lincoln linebacker Raylen Wilson decommitted from Michigan's class of 2023 on Tuesday. He had been committed to Michigan since December.

    Wilson is a 247 Composite 4-star, the #5 linebacker, and #73 overall in the class. His decommitment brings Michigan down to #55 overall in the team recruiting rankings for the class.

    Wilson's decommitment had been a long time coming, and he is much more likely to stay in the south. He took an official visit to Michigan earlier this month after visiting Florida and Georgia. Naturally, the hope was that the official visit would solidify his love for Michigan, but that was going to be a tough pull for a kid who just seems to want to play in the SEC.

    Michigan now has zero linebackers in the 2023 class. They received an official visit from Perkasie (PA) Pennridge 3-star Phil Picciotti and Philadelphia (PA) Imhotep 4-star Semaj Bridgeman, the latter of whom has picked up some commitment buzz. News also recently came out that Lake City (FL) Columbia's Jaden Robinson has Michigan in his top four and wants to take an official during the season.

    Wilson is the third decommitment of the class, joining tight end Andrew Rappleyea (Penn State) and defensive tackle Joel Starlings (North Carolina).

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    2022 Season Countdown: #80 Danny Hughes

    Danny Hughes (image via Chicago Tribune)

    Name: Danny Hughes
    Height:
    6'0"
    Weight:
    200 lbs.
    High school:
    Naperville (IL) Central
    Position:
    Running back
    Class:
    Redshirt junior
    Jersey number:
    #24
    Last year:
    I ranked Hughes #106 and said he would be a backup running back and special teamer (LINK). He played in thirteen games on special teams and had 1 carry for 5 yards on offense.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    Hughes is one of the top walk-on special teamers on the squad. He played in thirteen games last season on special teams, and in the blowout win over Maryland, he even got rewarded with 1 carry for 5 yards. Despite his contributions on special teams, I couldn't make it make sense to place him higher. There are some freshman and sophomore players who are superior athletes, and I think they could fill Hughes's role on special teams. Walk-ons provide an opportunity for young guys to retain redshirts, but at a time when kids can hit the transfer portal easily if they're not getting on the field, we may be entering an era when walk-on special teamers' importance starts to diminish.

    Prediction: Backup running back and special teamer

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    Mason Curtis, Wolverine

    Nashville (TN) Ensworth linebacker Mason Curtis

    Nashville (TN) Ensworth linebacker Mason Curtis, a 2024 prospect, committed to Michigan on Monday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Tennessee, among others.

    Curtis is listed at 6'3" and 205 lbs.

    RANKINGS
    ESPN: N/A
    On3: 4-star, 90 grade, #12 LB, #164 overall
    Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #14 OLB, #219 overall
    247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #15 LB, #233 overall

    Hit the jump for more.

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    2023 Recruiting Update: June 27, 2022

    New Orleans (LA) Isidore Newman QB Arch Manning (image via USA Today)

    Normally this type of post is a rundown of new offers and commitments, but this is going to be mostly the latter. It's commitment season, and boy oh boy, kids are committing left and right. Michigan landed a tight end in Deakon Tonielli (LINK), but there are a ton of guys who went off the board recently.

    OFF THE BOARD

    Houston (TX) Strake Jesuit tight end Chico Holt committed to Northwestern. The 3-star, the #32 tight end, and #620 player overall had been crystal balled to Michigan by some, but right around the time the Deakon Tonielli buzz started to grow, things seemed to turn in Northwestern's favor.

    New Orleans (LA) Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning committed to Texas. He's considered to be the #1 recruit in the country in the 247 Composite. Michigan was not really in the picture here - though they did offer - but it may affect the Wolverines tangentially as they battle Texas for some other players. For example, would 4-star receiver Johntay Cook II rather play with Arch Manning or with whoever Michigan gets as a quarterback in 2023?

    • 3-star Columbus (OH) St. Charles offensive tackle Ryan Carretta committed to Pitt
    • 3-star Lynden (WA) Lynden Christian tight end Kade Eldridge committed to USC
    • 4-star Tuscaloosa (AL) Northridge offensive tackle Wilkin Formby committed to Alabama
    • 4-star Washington (DC) St. John's cornerback Collin Gill committed to Oregon
    • 4-star Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy offensive guard Knijeah Harris committed to Florida
    • 4-star Atlanta (GA) Woodward Academy defensive end A.J. Hoffler committed to Clemson
    • 4-star Wylie (TX) East defensive tackle Anthony James II, a former Texas A&M commit, committed to Washington
    • 4-star Orange Park (FL) Orange Park offensive tackle Roderick Kearney committed to Florida State
    • 4-star Indianapolis (IN) Roncalli offensive tackle Trevor Lauck committed to Iowa
    • 4-star Kehuku (HI) Kehuku linebacker Liona Lefau committed to Texas
    • Woodberry Forest (VA) Woodberry Forest defensive tackle Rodney Lora committed to Virginia
    • 5-star Alabaster (AL) Thompson cornerback Tony Mitchell committed to Alabama
    • 4-star Selma (AL) Selma safety DaKaari Nelson committed to Penn State
    • 5-star El Campo (TX) El Campo running back Rueben Owens II committed to Louisville
    • 4-star Miami (FL) Christian cornerback Antonio Robinson committed to Wake Forest
    • 4-star Rolesville (NC) Rolesville wide receiver Noah Rogers committed to Ohio State
    • 5-star Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy wide receiver Carnell Tate committed to Ohio State

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    2022 Season Countdown: #81 Jimmy Rolder

    Jimmy Rolder

    Name: Jimmy Rolder
    Height:
    6'2"
    Weight:
    220 lbs.
    High school:
    Orland Park (IL) Marist
    Position:
    Linebacker
    Class:
    Freshman
    Jersey number:
    N/A
    Last year:
    Rolder was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 115 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles.
    TTB Rating:
    81

    Rolder was a bit of a late bloomer. Originally planning to play baseball in college, his recruitment didn't really take off until he realized that hitting running backs is a whole lot easier to do than hitting baseballs. His first Power 5 offer didn't come until October of his senior season. He climbed in the rankings and eventually ended up as a 4-star, the #21 linebacker, and #222 overall in the 247 Composite, and Michigan bested Florida, Iowa, LSU, Ohio State, and Wisconsin for his services.

    Rolder did not enroll at Michigan early and is just getting to campus this summer, so the chances of him playing much this fall are slim. Much like Deuce Spurlock (whom I profiled yesterday), if Rolder gets on the field, that means things have probably gone wrong with injuries and performance ahead of him. He also probably needs a year or two in the weight room. He could get some late game snaps to prepare him for 2023, when Michigan may need someone to take up snaps potentially vacated by Mike Barrett.

    Prediction: Redshirt



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    2022 Season Countdown: #82 Deuce Spurlock

    Deuce Spurlock (image via Madison Record)

    Name: Deuce Spurlock
    Height:
    6'2"
    Weight:
    220 lbs.
    High school:
    Madison (AL) Madison Academy
    Position:
    Linebacker
    Class:
    Freshman
    Jersey number:
    N/A
    Last year:
    Spurlock was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 186 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 2 pass breakups.
    TTB Rating:
    78

    Spurlock is a good sized linebacker prospect who can run and somehow ended up ranked as the #994 overall prospect in the class and the #91 linebacker. I can't claim to have watched every linebacker ranked ahead of him, but I find it hard to believe that there are 90 linebackers in the country who are better. Then again, Auburn and South Carolina were Spurlock's two other best offers, so maybe I'm wrong.

    Despite my evaluation that he's a pretty solid player, I rarely like placing freshman linebackers very high in the countdown. Linebacker is a difficult position to play from a mental standpoint, and naturally, making the transition from high school to college is a big task. However, the need at the position is pretty strong considering the lack of depth and experience. Nikhai Hill-Green and Junior Colson are pretty entrenched as two of the top three guys - with perhaps some Mike Barrett mixed in there - but after that, it's a roll of the dice to figure out which guy's next. I could see Spurlock redshirting, and I could also see him being a guy who runs downfield on kickoff and punt coverage in every single game.

    Prediction: Backup linebacker



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    2022 Season Countdown: #83 C.J. Stokes

    C.J. Stokes (image via SI)

    Name: C.J. Stokes
    Height:
    5'11"
    Weight:
    190 lbs.
    High school:
    Columbia (SC) Hammond
    Position:
    Running back
    Class:
    Freshman
    Jersey number:
    N/A
    Last year:
    Stokes was a senior in high school (LINK).
    TTB Rating:
    59 71

    Michigan beat out Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, Penn State, and South Carolina for South Carolina native C.J. Stokes. Stokes ended up ranked as a 3-star, the #63 running back, and #798 overall. Playing in a small school league, he dusted the competition on his way to 1,000+ yards in each of his final three seasons and a 13-0 record as a senior.

    I have no real reason to distrust Michigan's running back evaluations. Jim Harbaugh has a track record of production there, even with guys whose talent I didn't love, such as Karan Higdon and De'Veon Smith. I think Stokes can be a solid college running back. He's built low to the ground, has some decent agility, and seems to have a good, hard-nosed attitude. Sometimes he seems a little slow to find holes and accelerate through them, and his top-end speed is a little questionable. But Hassan Haskins had some of the same issues, and he turned out just fine. Even so, Michigan has a great 1-2 punch at running back with Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards, and the big back role seems to be a battle between Tavierre Dunlap and Kalel Mullings. Add in walk-on Leon Franklin, who got a decent number of carries last year, and Stokes is going to be fighting for scraps or redshirting.

    Prediction: Redshirt

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