2024 Recruiting Update: January 21, 2022

    Harper Woods (MI) Harper Woods safety Jacob Oden (image via SI)

    ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2024

    Terrell Anderson - WR - Greensboro (NC) Grimsley: Anderson is a 6'3", 184 lb. prospect with offers from Charlotte and Virginia.

    Brandon Baker - OT - Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei: Baker is a 6'4", 290-pounder with an offer from Fresno State. He attends powerhouse Mater Dei, which Michigan - and the rest of the country - recruits heavily.

    Kaleb Beasley - CB - Nashville (TN) Lipscomb: Beasley is a 5'11", 174 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Notre Dame, among others. The head coach at Lipscomb is former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer.

    Zabien Brown - CB - Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei: Brown is another product of Mater Dei, like Brandon Baker (see above). Brown is 6'1" and 170 lbs. with offers from Alabama, Georgia, USC, and Washington, among others.

    Jacob Oden - S - Harper Woods (MI) Harper Woods: Oden is a 6'0", 175-pounder with offers from Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma, among others. He visited Michigan last weekend and his father, Rod Oden, is the head coach at Harper Woods.



    Joseph Stone - CB - Loganville (GA) Grayson: Stone is a 5'11", 180 lb. corner with offers from Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, and Penn State, among others.

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    Ranking Michigan's Quarterbacks

    Drew Henson (image via Detroit News)

    This was originally posted on March 17, 2017. It has been updated following the 2021 season.

    Sports fans love to debate the greatness of players and rank them in order from most revered to most despised. And while despised probably doesn't fit any of these players, since they played for the University of Michigan, we all have our favorites. I have endeavored to achieve the un-possible: Rank all of Michigan's starting quarterbacks.

    Okay, that's too tall of a task for me right now. I'm working up to it. So I'm only going back to 1995, which was the beginning of the Lloyd Carr era. That's the earliest full coaching tenure where I can count on my recollections of Michigan football. I was a big fan of Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller, and the Michigan Wolverines before then, but I'll be damned if I say I was aware enough to understand what was happening on the field.

    This ranking only takes into account what the quarterbacks achieved wearing the winged helmet. High school highlight tapes and NFL performance aren't taken into account. (After all, we can agree that Tom Brady is far and away the best quarterback who ever played the game of football, and that includes Uncle Rico.)

    So if you were starting a season with your pick of any Michigan QB since 1995, which one would you take?

    On with the show:

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    All-Time Single Game Rushing Touchdown Leaders

    Hassan Haskins (image via USA Today)

    1. 5 - Ron Johnson (1968 vs. Wisconsin)
    2. 5 - Hassan Haskins (2021 vs. Ohio State)
    3. 4 - Fritz Seyferth (1970 vs. Minnesota)
    4. 4 - Ed Shuttlesworth (1972 vs. Minnesota)
    5. 4 - Rob Lytle (1975 vs. Indiana)
    6. 4 - Chris Howard (1996 vs. UCLA)
    7. 4 - Anthony Thomas (1998 vs. Hawaii)
    8. 4 - Chris Perry (2002 vs. Florida)
    9. 4 - Fitzgerald Toussaint (2013 vs. Indiana)

    A total of 64 players have rushed for 3 touchdowns in a single game, so I didn't bother going any farther down the list.

    Here are the five Haskins touchdowns against Ohio State:



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    2023 Recruiting Update: January 18, 2022

    Dexter (MI) Dexter running back Cole Cabana (image via Hudl)

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    COMMITMENT

    Milton (MA) Milton Academy tight end Andrew Rappleyea committed to Michigan (LINK).

    DECOMMITMENT

    Richmond (VA) Benedictine defensive tackle Joel Starlings decommitted from Michigan (LINK).

    ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2023

    Cole Cabana - RB - Dexter (MI) Dexter: Cabana is a 6'0", 180 lb. prospect who claims a 4.43 forty and a 10.69 in the 100 meters. He took a visit to Michigan this past weekend and was offered when he was on campus; Michigan joined Michigan State, Pitt, and West Virginia. He's a 3-star, the #21 running back, and #363 overall. He grew up as a fan of Michigan State.

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    Joel Starlings, Ex-Wolverine

    Joel Starlings (image via On3)

    Richmond (VA) Benedictine defensive tackle Joel Starlings decommitted from Michigan on Sunday.

    If you read my commitment post, you know I wasn't a huge fan of Starlings (LINK):

    With that review, I’m sure you can guess that I’m not sold on Starlings. He has a lot of potential because of his athletic profile, but if he were to go up against a college line right now, he would get donkeyed 15 yards down the field and planted on his back. Whether he becomes a good player or not seems entirely dependent on how much he buys into coaching, and it would be nice if he starts that buy-in during his senior year in 2022

    One reason could be that defensive line coach Shaun Nua left for USC, but another reason could be that Starlings just wasn't that determined to attend Michigan. After all, he tweeted shortly after committing that his recruitment was open, and that was when Nua was still seemingly firmly entrenched in Ann Arbor. So the writing had been on the wall for a couple months.

    Michigan now has zero defensive linemen committed in the 2023 class, but there's plenty of time to address the position group.

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    Andrew Rappleyea, Wolverine

    Milton (MA) Milton Academy TE Andrew Rappleyea (image via Twitter)

    Milton (MA) Milton Academy tight end Andrew Rappleyea committed to Michigan on Sunday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Boston College, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin, among others.

    Rappleyea is 6'4" and 215 lbs. As a junior in 2021, he caught 21 passes for 475 yards and 4 touchdowns. He claims a 4.62 forty and a 39" vertical.

    RANKINGS
    ESPN: Unranked
    On3: 4-star, 91 grade, #10 TE, #169 overall
    Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #12 TE, #240 overall
    247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #25 TE

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    Visitors: January 14-16, 2022

    Derrick LeBlanc

    TRANSFERS

    Jeffery Johnson - DT - Tulane: Johnson is a 6'3", 312 lb. grad transfer from Tulane. He's originally from Brookhaven (MS) Brookhaven and was a 3-star, the #39 defensive tackle, and #547 overall when he came out of high school in 2018. He made 44 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks for the Green Wave in 2021. UPDATE: Johnson is no longer visiting since he committed to Oklahoma.

    2022

    Xavier Chaplin - OT - Seabrook (SC) Whale Branch: Chaplin is a 6'6", 350-pounder who has been committed to Virginia Tech since last July. He also has offers from Georgia State, Louisville, and Michigan. He's a 3-star, the #118 offensive tackle, and #1221 overall. UPDATE: Chaplin is postponing his visit to next weekend due to a family illness.

    Andrew Paul - RB - Dallas (TX) Parish Episcopal: Paul is a 5'11", 220 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Colorado, Michigan, and Michigan State, among others. He's a 3-star, the #89 running back, and #1211 overall. He took an official to Colorado in December, and this is an official visit to Ann Arbor.

    2023

    Cole Cabana - RB - Dexter (MI) Dexter: Cabana is a 6'0", 180 lb. prospect with offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Michigan State, and West Virginia, among others. He's a 3-star, the #21 running back, and #362 overall. Michigan has yet to offer. I would expect Michigan to take at least two running backs in 2023, especially if they don't land another in 2022, so Cabana might be a decent option for a second back.



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