Brady Hart, Wolverine

    Cocoa (FL) Cocoa quarterback Brady Hart (image via 247 Sports)

    Cocoa (FL) Coca quarterback Brady Hart, a 2026 prospect, committed to Michigan on Tuesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, and lots of others.

    Hart is listed at 6'4" and 180 lbs. after his sophomore year. As a sophomore in 2023, he completed 288/437 passes (65.9%) for 41 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

    RANKINGS
    ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #8 QB, #120 overall
    On3: 4-star, 90 grade, #10 QB, #170 overall
    Rivals: 4-star, 5.9 grade, #3 pro-style QB, #42 overall
    247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #9 QB, #144 overall

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    2024 Season Countdown: #99 Max Reyes

    Max Reyes (#31, image via MLive)

    Name: Max Reyes
    Height:
    5'11"
    Weight:
    206 lbs.
    High school:
    Southlake (TX) Carroll
    Position:
    Safety
    Class:
    Redshirt sophomore
    Jersey number:
    #31
    Last year:
    Reyes was not on the football team.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    There's not a lot of information out there about Max Reyes, who was a pleasant surprise in the spring game, leading the team with 6 tackles. Due to some injuries and departures, Reyes actually started for one of the teams at safety. But as far as I can tell, Reyes has not played college football until the spring of 2024 despite being an academic junior. He wasn't on the roster in 2022 or 2023, and I can't find evidence of his having transferred from another program. It does appear that he was a decent baseball player and may have been pursuing baseball opportunities, and he has put on about 30-35 pounds in the past couple years, so perhaps he's just kind of a late bloomer physically who has recently changed his sports focus.

    I did go back and watch his high school Hudl highlights, where he played cornerback in a primarily cover 2 system. He was also listed as a quarterback, but his time coincided with current Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers (who quarterbacked the team when Reyes was a junior); in fact, Southlake Carroll has also produced the likes of former Alabama/NFL quarterback Greg McElroy and former Missouri/NFL quarterback Chase Daniel. But the fact that he was a quarterback - even as a backup - might hint at some quality football knowledge and processing ability.

    Michigan did get reinforcements through the transfer portal in the form of Jaden Mangham and Wesley Walker, so we can be pretty sure that Reyes won't be a primary factor in the safety rotation this fall. But if he started for one team and led all players in tackles, that might be an indication that he could be in line for some backup snaps or special teams time.

    Prediction: Backup safety, special teamer



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    2024 Season Countdown: #100 Nico Andrighetto

    Nico Andrighetto (image via Twitter)

    Name: Nico Andrighetto
    Height: 
    5’9″
    Weight: 
    190 lbs.
    High school: 
    Mountain View (CA) St. Francis
    Position: 
    Safety
    Class: 
    Redshirt sophomore
    Jersey number: 
    #31
    Last year: 
    I ranked Andrighetto #136 and said he would be a backup defensive back (LINK). He played in one game on special teams.
    TTB Rating:
     N/A

    Andrighetto entered his third season on campus having played in two career contests, one in each previous season. He has been named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week four times over his two seasons, including three weeks in 2023. That would seem to bode well for him getting a chance to play a little bit on special teams as his career progresses. At 5'9" and 190 pounds, he's unlikely to ever be a serious option on defense, but special teams could be a different story.

    With the likes of Caden Kolesar and other walk-ons moving past their football careers, there may be room for Andrighetto to play a little more in 2024. Punt and kickoff coverage units can be good spots to get your scholarship guys a break and let some fresh bodies sprint downfield at full speed.

    Prediction: Backup safety and special teamer

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    2024 Season Countdown: #101 Daniel Taraboi

    Daniel Taraboi (#66)

    Name: Daniel Taraboi
    Height:
    6'7"
    Weight:
    326 lbs.
    High school:
    Cedarburg (WI) Cedarburg
    Position:
    Offensive tackle
    Class:
    Redshirt sophomore
    Jersey number:
    #66
    Last year:
    I ranked Taraboi #138 and said he would be a backup offensive tackle (LINK). He did not play.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    Taraboi is a ginormous human being who has played in one game through two seasons on campus. That one game was the blowout of UConn in 2022 when Jack Harbaugh and Tom Brady's youngest son both got a few snaps. Michigan's veteran offensive line leadership got thinned out by the 2024 NFL Draft, but Taraboi still isn't in danger of playing much. He may slip into a few games late after outcomes are decided, and he could perhaps even work his way onto the extra point/field goal protection unit if he can maintain his leverage. At 6'7" it might be easy for opponents to get under him, but it still might be hard to push past a 326-pounder.

    Prediction: Backup offensive tackle

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    Visitors: June 14-16, 2024

    Blue Valley Northwest OT Andrew Babalola (image via Twitter)

    2025

    Andrew Babalola - OT - Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley Northwest: Babalola is a 6'6", 280 lb. prospect with officials to Stanford, Missouri, Auburn, Oklahoma, and this one to Michigan. He's a 5-star, the #4 offensive tackle, and #25 overall.

    JaDon Blair - S - Winston Salem (NC) Mount Tabor: Blair is a 6'4", 190-pounder with offers from Florida State, Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State, among others; he also has official visits to all five of the aforementioned schools. Blair is a 4-star, the #13 safety, and #158 overall. He plans to announce his decision on July 5, 2024, but no crystal ball predictions have been logged yet.

    Shamari Earls - S - Chester (VA) Thomas Dale: Earls is a 6'2", 180 lb. corner who has been committed to South Carolina since April; he's taking an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor this weekend and also has offers from Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, USC, and others. Earls is a 4-star, the #11 cornerback, and #102 overall.

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    2024 Season Countdown: #102 Jake Guarnera

    Jake Guarnera (image via 247 Sports)

    Name: Jake Guarnera
    Height:
    6'4"
    Weight:
    308 lbs.
    High school:
    Ponte Vedra Beach (FL) Ponte Vedra
    Position:
    Center
    Class:
    Freshman
    Jersey number:
    #53
    Last year:
    Guarnera was a senior in high school (LINK).
    TTB Rating:
    80

    Guarnera was a somewhat anonymous recruit when he committed to the Wolverines. His father Jim played defensive line at Rutgers, but Jake wasn't getting a ton of recruiting attention. He committed to Michigan in April of 2023 with the belief that he was headed for center after playing offensive tackle, and his high school coaching staff transitioned him to center to help him get a jump start on his college career. I think that was a positive thing for Guarnera to get used to snapping the ball, as he now has almost a full season of playing in the middle (he still played some occasional tackle as a senior when the team needed him there).

    Guarnera enrolled early and is up to 308 pounds, which is 20+ pounds heavier than he was as a recruit. There are still a lot of things to work on as a center, such as speeding up his initial step and being quicker with his off (non-snapping) hand. I like the way he gets all his cleats in the ground to make contact, but the initial movements are just a hare slow right now. I'm guessing those traits will get markedly improved as he gets more and more practice playing the center position. But for the 2024 season, Michigan has Greg Crippen slated to be the starter and Raheem Anderson II penciled in as his primary backup. Guarnera may get a few snaps in four games to get him some experience while preserving his redshirt, but he's probably headed for a season of watching from the sideline.

    Prediction: Redshirt



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    Visitors: June 7-9, 2024

    Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei RB Jordon Davison

    2025

    Seuseu "S.J." Alofaituli - OG - Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman: Alofaituli is a 6'3", 290 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Miami, Oregon, and Texas A&M, among others. He's a 4-star, the #3 interior offensive lineman, and #77 overall. He's a former teammate of incoming freshman running back Micah Ka'apana and a current teammate of 2025 offensive tackle Douglas Utu and 2025 wide receiver Derek Meadows, who both visited last week. This is an official visit.

    Jordon Davison - RB - Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei: Davison is a 6'0", 225-pounder with offers from Alabama, Ohio State, and Oregon, among others. He's a 4-star, the #6 running back, and #96 overall. New running backs coach Tony Alford is the reason Davison became interested in the Wolverines, but Alford's former school Ohio State is still the crystal ball leader with two predictions.

    Mariyon Dye - DE - Elkhart (IN) Elkhart: Dye is a 6'5", 255 lb. edge prospect with offers from Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, and Ohio State, among others. He's a 4-star, the #15 edge, and #171 overall. He canceled an official visit to Georgia for this weekend's official to Michigan.

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