Caleb Brewer - OT - Reading (PA) Wyomissing: Brewer is a 6'4", 275 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, and others. He's a 3-star, the #31 interior offensive lineman, and #547 overall.
Jiquavious Marshall - CB - Macon (GA) Westside: Marshall is a 6'5", 185-pounder with offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, and Nebraska, among others. He's a 3-star, the #52 athlete, and #525 overall. As a junior in 2022, he caught 35 passes for 548 yards and 6 touchdowns, while making 2 interceptions on defense.
OFF THE BOARD
Andalusia (AL) Andalusia running back J'Marion Burnette (4-star, #10 RB, #158 overall) committed to Auburn.
Queen Creek (AZ) Casteel cornerback Jeremiah Newcombe (4-star, #18 CB, #209 overall) committed to Oklahoma.
Here's the list of visitors from this past weekend (LINK).
Charlotte (NC) Providence Day quarterback Jadyn Davis is announcing his commitment on SportsCenter on Friday, March 31. Everyone expects him to pick Michigan. Here's the scouting report I wrote on him (LINK).
Every year since 2009, I have counted down from the least important player on that year’s roster to the most important player, including starters, scholarship players, preferred walk-ons, special teams players, student body walk-ons, and everyone in between.
In case you want a look back at last year’s #1 player, here is Mazi Smith, who will probably be Michigan's top NFL draft pick this off-season (LINK).
YEARLY DISCLAIMER: The countdown is by the player’s importance to the team, not his overall talent. A talented player at a deep position won’t necessarily be missed a lot if he gets injured, but an injury to a moderately talented player at a thin position could be devastating. For example, I had cornerback Ambry Thomas ranked at #2 in 2020 because he was the team's only proven cornerback. Naturally, he opted out of the season and the team as a whole was an unmitigated disaster. Meanwhile, first round pick Kwity Paye was #6 because more talent was returning on the defensive line.
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Be ready for the countdown to begin next week after the spring game, which may let me re-calibrate some of my rankings.
Noah Mikhail - LB - La Verne (CA) Bonita: Mikhail is a 6'3", 205-pounder with offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, and USC, among others. He's a 5-star, the #4 linebacker, and #32 overall.