2022 Recruiting Update: March 1, 2021

    Demari and Ja'Cari Henderson (image via Orlando Sentinel)

    ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2022

    Joseph Adedire - DE - Arlington (TX) Mansfield Summit: Adedire is a 6'3", 250 lb. prospect with offers from Baylor, Colorado, and Indiana, among others. He's a 3-star, the #35 strongside end, and #525 overall. As a junior in 2020, he made 53 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks.

    Kyle Efford - LB - Dacula (GA) Dacula: Efford is a 6'1", 220 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, and Iowa State, among others. He's a 3-star, the #32 inside linebacker, and #973 overall.

    Mario Eugenio - DE - Clearwater (FL) Gaither: Eugenio is a 6'3", 230-pounder with offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, and Iowa State, among others. He's a 4-star, the #19 weakside end, and #366 overall.

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    Will Johnson, Wolverine

    Grosse Pointe (MI) South CB Will Johnson (image via SI)

    Grosse Pointe (MI) South cornerback Will Johnson committed to Michigan on Sunday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over offers from LSU, Ohio State, USC, and a bunch of others.

    Johnson is listed at 6'3" and 190 lbs. He's a

    RANKINGS
    ESPN: 4-star, 87 grade, #4 CB, #29 overall
    Rivals: 5-star, 6.1 grade, #4 CB, #13 overall
    247 Sports: 4-star, 95 grade, #6 CB, #33 overall

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    2021 Scholarship Count

    Aidan Hutchinson (image via MLive)




    Players are listed in order of remaining eligibility. With 88 scholarships allotted, Michigan is currently over its scholarship limit by 3. Meanwhile, 12 seniors are scheduled to graduate, so the 2022 class should have at least 12 players.

    TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS ALLOTTED FOR 2021 = 88

    • Removed LB Ben VanSumeren, who is transferring to Michigan State.
    • Added DT Ikechukwu Iwunnah, DT George Rooks, and DT Rayshaun Benny, who committed to the 2021 class.
    • Removed DE Luiji Vilain, who is transferring to Wake Forest.
    • Removed RB Zach Charbonnet, who is transferring to UCLA.
    • Added S Brad Hawkins, who is returning for a fifth year.
    • Removed LB Cam McGrone, who is entering the NFL Draft.
    • Removed RB Christian Turner, who is transferring to Wake Forest.
    • Removed LB Branden Jennings, who decommitted and signed with Maryland.
    • Removed OL Zach Carpenter, who is transferring to Indiana.
    • Removed LB Charles Thomas, who is transferring.
    • Added LB Branden Jennings, who committed to the 2021 class.
    • Added OL Willie Allen, who is transferring in from Louisiana Tech.
    • Removed LB Osman Savage, who plans to transfer.
    • Removed QB Dylan McCaffrey, who is transferring to Northern Colorado.
    • Removed OL Jalen Mayfield, who plans to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
    • Removed DE Aaron Lewis, who transferred to Rutgers.

    Hit the jump for the breakdown by class.

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    Michigan's 10 Longest Plays vs. Northwestern

    Jehu Chesson

    Here's a look at the top ten longest plays over the years against the Northwestern Wildcats.

    1. Jehu Chesson 96-yard kickoff return touchdown (2015)
    2. Jamie Morris 80-yard kickoff return (1984)
    3. Anthony Carter 78-yard punt return touchdown (1979)
    4. Tyrone Wheatley 74-yard touchdown run (1991)
    5. Steve Breaston 67-yard punt return touchdown (2004)
    6. Elvis Grbac 65-yard pass to Amani Toomer (1992)
    7. Elvis Grbac 64-yard touchdown pass to Desmond Howard (1991)
    8. Stan Edwards 62-yard kickoff return (1977)
    9. Lawrence Ricks 60-yard touchdown run (1981)
    10. Anthony Thomas 60-yard touchdown run (1999)
    11. John Kolesar 60-yard punt return (1988)

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    Recruiting Update: February 23, 2021

    Detroit (MI) Cass Tech DE Jalen Thompson (image via 247 Sports)

    ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2022

    Quavian Carter - S - Leesburg (GA) Lee County: Carter is a 6'4", 200 lb. prospect with offers from Penn State and Tennessee, among others. I'm very surprised he doesn't have a ton of other big offers, because he's big and fast and aggressive. He might end up growing into a linebacker at the next level.



    Jaylen Lewis - CB - Brownsville (TN) Haywood: Lewis is a 6'2", 175-pounder with offers from Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss, among others. He's a 3-star, the #46 cornerback, and #462 overall. Michigan has sensed a weakness in Tennessee with the Volunteers facing trouble from the NCAA, so the Wolverines are offering every decent prospect in the state to try to take advantage.

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    Review of 2008 Recruiting: Safety

    Brandon Smith

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    Reigniting the look at past recruiting classes, here's a gander back toward 2008. Remember that 2008 was Michigan's transition class between Lloyd Carr and Rich Rodriguez. The roster had promising players at safety (Brandon Harrison, Stevie Brown, Michael Williams) but no real standouts.

    It turned out that Michigan's best safety would come from the 2008 high school graduating class. But the great Jordan Kovacs would not join the team until 2009 as a walk-on.

    THE ROSTER

    • Shakir Edwards (RS Sr.)
    • Charles Stewart (RS Sr.)
    • Brandon Harrison (Sr.)
    • Stevie Brown (Jr.)
    • Nick Koenigsknecht (RS So.)
    • Artis Chambers (So.)
    • Jordan Reilly (RS Fr.)
    • Karl Tech (RS Fr.)
    • Michael Williams (RS Fr.)
    • Floyd Simmons (Fr.)

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    Brian Jean-Mary, Ex-Wolverine

    Brian Jean-Mary (image via MGoBlue)

    Michigan linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary is headed to Tennessee.

    As I mentioned back in December - and previously - I have not been a big fan of what I've seen from Jean-Mary (LINK). He was in my bottom five coaches on Michigan's staff, and four of those five have now departed (with defensive line coach Shaun Nua the only holdover).

    I hope this does not have a negative effect on Junior Colson or Jaydon Hood, who were both recruited by Jean-Mary. Kids generally seemed to like him as a recruiter. I just don't know how good he is at developing guys once they're on campus. The linebacker play took a step back last year, and a bunch of linebackers transferred or left early and shouldn't have.

    This move seems to indicate that new co-defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald will take over coaching the linebackers. Previously, Macdonald said he would not coach a particular position and would "get in where he fit in" from practice to practice.

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