2022 Season Countdown: #104 Mathew Harrison

    Mathew Harrison (image via MGoBlue)

    Name: Mathew Harrison
    Height:
    6'2"
    Weight:
    205 lbs.
    High school:
    Ortonville (MI) Brandon
    Position:
    Wide receiver
    Class:
    Redshirt junior
    Jersey number:
    #88
    Last year:
    I ranked Harrison #111 and said he would be a backup wide receiver (LINK). He played in one game.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    Harrison is yet another walk-on wide receiver who earned a little bit of playing time in 2021, along with everyone else against Northern Illinois. They're all hanging out here in this sub-100 area because if there are 10 walk-on receivers, it's difficult to separate one from another. The truth is that walk-on wideouts are only going to play in maybe two or three games, and mostly when the game has already been decided.

    Prediction: Backup wide receiver

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    2022 Season Countdown: #105 Sam Staruch

    Sam Staruch (image via Twitter)

    Name: Sam Staruch
    Height:
    6'1"
    Weight:
    180 lbs.
    High school:
    Lake Orion (MI) Lake Orion
    Position:
    Wide receiver
    Class:
    Redshirt sophomore
    Jersey number:
    #84
    Last year:
    I did not rank Staruch. He did not play in any games.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    Staruch was probably not on very many fans' radar before the spring game, and maybe not even then. An unused walk-on receiver so far in his career, Staruch caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Alan Bowman toward the end of this year's spring game. He was uncovered in the left flat, so Bowman got a quick snap and flung the ball out to the left, where Staruch easily side-stepped a flailing tackle attempt and walked into the endzone. I don't think Staruch will see the field much, if at all, this fall but it was a nice moment for him to score a televised touchdown in front of some live fans.

    Oh, and he was also the guy whose touchdown celebration was a keg stand, so there's that.

    Prediction: Backup wide receiver



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    2024 Recruiting Update: May 25, 2022

    Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseph's CB Omillio Agard

    ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2024

    Omillio Agard - CB - Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseph's: Agard is a 6'0", 170 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, and Penn State, among others. He's a 4-star, the #6 cornerback, and #45 overall. St. Joseph's is the alma mater of former Michigan offensive lineman Jon Runyan, Jr.

    Shakir Collins - LB - Adelanto (CA) Adelanto: Collins is a 6'2", 210-pounder with offers from Florida State, Texas A&M, and Washington, among others. He's a 3-star, the #26 linebacker, and #360 overall.

    KingJoseph Edwards - TE - Buford (GA) Buford: Edwards is a 6'5", 242 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio State, among others. He's a 4-star, the #7 athlete, and #58 overall. Buford is a powerhouse program that produces FBS talent on a yearly basis, including former Michigan running back Christian Turner (now at Wake Forest).

    Hit the jump for more.

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    2022 Season Countdown: #106 Andy Maddox

    Andy Maddox (image via MGoBlue)

    Name: Andy Maddox
    Height:
    6'4"
    Weight:
    212 lbs.
    High school:
    Prairie Village (KS) Shawnee Mission East
    Position:
    Quarterback
    Class:
    Redshirt junior
    Jersey number:
    #14
    Last year:
    I ranked Maddox #102 and said he would be a backup quarterback (LINK). He served as a student coach.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    Maddox is a decently talented quarterback prospect who has yet to see the field at Michigan. For unknown reasons (to me), he spent last season as a student coach. I won't speculate on why that was, but it is likely that after missing a season of football, he is probably not much further along in his development than he was prior to that point. I like his talent and think he could be a valuable scout team option, but that's probably his approximate ceiling for this year.

    Prediction: Backup quarterback

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    2022 Season Countdown: #107 Jake Thaw

    Jake Thaw

    Name: Jake Thaw
    Height:
    6'0"
    Weight:
    190 lbs.
    High school:
    Westport (CT) Staples
    Position:
    Wide receiver
    Class:
    Redshirt sophomore
    Jersey number:
    #26
    Last year:
    I ranked Thaw #118 and said he would be a backup wide receiver (LINK). He played in one game.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    Thaw is yet another solidly talented walk-on wide receiver. Since he has yet to play a down at Michigan, I want to take this opportunity to test out a theory. Is there a chance that walk-ons could be phased out of playing time at big-time programs? For example, if NIL deals are now running the sport, a 4-star receiver is not going to want to lose out on playing time to a 0-star walk-on when that could be a chance to make a big play, score a touchdown, and increase his visibility. Late in a 40-point blowout, a freshman like Darrius Clemons might be able to establish himself for a future NIL deal by scoring a 70-yard touchdown, but if the coaches empty the bench to play someone like Thaw, that could affect Clemons's bottom line.

    This is not specific to Thaw and Clemons (they're just examples), but I wonder if coaches might start making on-field and depth chart decisions based on NIL.

    Prediction: Backup wide receiver

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    2022 Season Countdown: #108 Christian Bartholomew

    Christian Bartholomew (image via MGoBlue)

    Name: Christian Bartholomew
    Height:
    6'0"
    Weight:
    182 lbs.
    High school:
    Galesburg (MI) Kalamazoo United
    Position:
    Wide receiver
    Class:
    Redshirt sophomore
    Jersey number:
    #27
    Last year:
    I ranked Bartholomew #115 and said he would be a backup wide receiver (LINK). He played in one game.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    Bartholomew enters into his third season and has played in one game so far in his career. That one game was against Northern Illinois, a game in which Carl Grapentine and Dave Ablauf also participated. I do think Bartholomew has better speed than Grapentine, but Ablauf will be battling him for sixth string wideout.

    Prediction: Backup wide receiver

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    2022 Season Countdown: #109 Peyton Smith

    Peyton Smith (image via Twitter)

    Name: Peyton Smith
    Height:
    6'3"
    Weight:
    192 lbs.
    High school:
    Traverse City (MI) Central
    Position:
    Quarterback
    Class:
    Redshirt sophomore
    Jersey number:
    #17
    Last year:
    I ranked Smith #96 and said he would be a backup quarterback (LINK). He played in one game.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    Michigan seems to have built up a pretty solid quarterback room. In a way, I think some of the walk-ons are more impressive than some of the scholarship players. Smith has potential and value as a scout team player, but with so many scholarship quarterbacks on the roster - and Davis Warren seemingly moving up the ranks - I don't think that Peyton Smith is going to get much of a shot, at least not in 2022.

    Prediction: Backup quarterback

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