2024 Season Countdown: #80 Henry Donohue

    Henry Donohue (#49, image via My Hometown Bronxville)

    Name: Henry Donohue
    Height: 
    5’11”
    Weight: 
    209 lbs.
    High school: 
    Bronxville (NY) Bronxville
    Position:
     Running back
    Class: 
    Redshirt junior
    Jersey number: 
    #49
    Last year: 
    I ranked Donohue #117 and said he would be a backup running back and special teamer (LINK). He had 1 carry for 3 yards.
    TTB Rating: 
    N/A

    Donohue is a special teams player and running back who has earned carries for the past two seasons. Last year his lone carry came against UNLV, but he played special teams in five games overall. His role seems to be increasing some, and this year he added another seven pounds to his 5'11" frame. While he will never factor into the running back rotation - unless there's a major spate of injuries - he might continue to see an increasing role on special teams units. This year will be tough to get on the field as a backup running back because the schedule is more difficult than in most recent years.

    Prediction: Backup running back, special teamer

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    2024 Season Countdown: #81 Brooks Bahr

    Brooks Bahr (#99)

    Name: Brooks Bahr
    Height: 
    6’5″
    Weight: 
    298 lbs.
    High school: 
    Lake Forest (IL) Loyola
    Position: 
    Defensive tackle
    Class: 
    Redshirt freshman
    Jersey number: 
    #51
    Last year: 
    I ranked Bahr #120 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He redshirted.
    TTB Rating: 
    71

    After being coached by former Illinois and NFL linebacker John Holecek in high school, Bahr was one of those tweener freshmen in 2023, the kind of player who comes in tall and somewhat thin (if 280 can be considered thin) and doesn't really have a place. Does he lose weight and play defensive end? Or does he add weight to become a defensive tackle? Either direction was going to take some time, so Bahr redshirted.

    Now it's 2024, and we see which direction Michigan has Bahr going: defensive tackle-ward. He's up to 298 pounds this season, which is defensive tackle-adjacent, but it's probably not where he needs to be to get on the field. At 6'5" that's not a ton of bulk. Add in the technique work he needed coming out of high school, and he probably still needs another year in the oven before he's really ready for prime time. Bahr might start getting some snaps in certain situations, but I don't think we're going to see him on the field much in 2024.

    Prediction: Backup defensive tackle

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    2024 Season Countdown: #82 Channing Goodwin

    Channing Goodwin

    Name: Channing Goodwin
    Height: 
    6’1″
    Weight: 
    185 lbs.
    High school: 
    Charlotte (NC) Providence Day
    Position:
    Wide receiver
    Class: 
    Freshman
    Jersey number: 
    N/A
    Last year: 
    Goodwin was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 65 catches for 1,094 yards and 14 touchdowns.
    TTB Rating:
     72

    Goodwin is a Michigan legacy who seemed like a pretty good bet all along to end up as a Wolverine. Of course, that's not always the case, because I thought the same thing about tight end Will Mallory back in 2018 - among others over the years - and I was wrong. (Mallory committed to Miami and made 115 catches for 1,544 yards and 14 touchdowns before being taken by the Colts in the 5th round in 2023.) But Channing played alongside quarterback Jadyn Davis, and why not go to the same school where you might be able to maintain the chemistry you developed in high school? It has seemed to work for Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase as they moved from LSU to the Cincinnati Bengals.

    Goodwin is not particularly big, nor is he particularly fast. Usually, it seems like you have to be one or the other to make a big impact as a freshman. While he may have been in line for more playing time prior to a couple transfers, the arrivals of C.J. Charleston (Youngstown State) and Amorion Walker (Ole Miss) to the receiving group make Goodwin a good redshirt candidate. I'm going to count on him being able to block since his dad was an NFL offensive lineman, so perhaps that will get him on the field early, but he probably won't be a big factor in 2024.

    Prediction: Redshirt

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    2024 Season Countdown: #83 Ike Iwunnah

    Ike Iwunnah (image via Maize 'n' Brew)

    Name: Ikechukwu Iwunnah
    Height: 
    6’3″
    Weight: 
    313 lbs.
    High school: 
    Garland (TX) Lakeview Centennial
    Position: 
    Defensive tackle
    Class: 
    Redshirt junior
    Jersey number: 
    #92
    Last year: 
    I ranked Iwunnah #79 and said he would be a backup nose tackle (LINK). He did not play in any games.
    TTB Rating:
     75

    Michigan has been blessed the past few years by having some very good defensive tackles. The Wolverines have a couple potential first round picks in Mason Graham and Kenneth Grant, so it makes sense that a backup defensive tackle would have a hard time cracking the rotation. Graham and Grant are guaranteed snaps, and then everyone else is just going to fill in the gaps.

    But this type of thing with Iwunnah doesn't happen very often: he's a fourth-year 300-pounder who has never played in a game for Michigan. When he arrived from Texas, he was going to be a bit of a project, so not playing in year one was somewhat expected. Then you think that type of guy will get a few snaps in year two, but not in his case. But surely in year three? Not so surely.

    So now we're entering year four, and I don't know what to make of Iwunnah. Kris Jenkins and Cam Goode are gone, and Rayshaun Benny is the only heavy-rotation player still left behind the aforementioned Graham and Grant. Roderick Pierce will certainly play a role at nose tackle, but Michigan went after some defensive tackles in the portal and they were unsuccessful. The Wolverines were even messing around with walk-on Joey Klunder and defensive end-turned-defensive tackle Enow Etta in the spring game. Iwunnah got some snaps this spring, too, but it looks like he might be one of those guys who doesn't really play at Michigan and then transfers to a MAC school as a grad transfer, like Keith Heitzman or Wyatt Shallman or Tom Strobel. This season I wouldn't be surprised if a player like freshman Deyvid Palepale immediately steps in and passes Iwunnah on the depth chart, because something obviously isn't clicking.

    Prediction: Backup defensive tackle

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    Visitors: 2024 BBQ at the Big House

    Draper (UT) Corner Canyon WR Jerome Myles (image via 247 Sports)

    2025

    Julius Holly - DE - Alpharetta (GA) Alpharetta: Holly is committed to Michigan (LINK).

    Bobby Kanka - DT - Howell (MI) Howell: Kanka is committed to Michigan.

    Nathaniel Marshall - DE - Oak Park (IL) Fenwick: Marshall is committed to Michigan (LINK).

    Jerome Myles - WR - Draper (UT) Corner Canyon: Myles is a 6'2", 205 lb. prospect with offers from Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, USC, and Utah, among others. He's a 4-star, the #11 wide receiver, and #76 overall. This is an official visit to Ann Arbor. He was previously committed to Ole Miss.

    Andrew Olesh - TE - Lehigh (PA) Center Valley: Olesh is committed to Michigan.

    Eli Owens - TE - Alcoa (TN) Alcoa: Owens is committed to Michigan (LINK).

    Jasper Parker - RB - Marrero (LA) Archbishop Shaw: Parker is committed to Michigan (LINK).

    Jayden Sanders - CB - Kilgore (TX) Kilgore: Sanders is a 6'2", 172-pounder with offers from Baylor, Michigan, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, and Vanderbilt, among others. He's a 4-star, the #31 cornerback, and #317 overall.

    Carter Smith - QB - Fort Myers (FL) Bishop Verot: Smith is committed to Michigan (LINK).

    Chase Taylor - LB - Stockbridge (GA) Stockbridge: Taylor is committed to Michigan (LINK).

    Kainoa Winston - S - Washington (DC) Gonzaga: Winston is committed to Michigan (LINK).

    Hit the jump for some 2026, 2027, and 2028 prospects who also plan to visit.

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    2024 Season Countdown: #84 Joel Metzger

    Joel Metzger (image via Umich CSE)

    Name: Joel Metzger
    Height: 
    6’1"
    Weight: 
    226 lbs.
    High school:
     Battle Creek (MI) Lakeview
    Position: 
    Linebacker
    Class: 
    Redshirt sophomore
    Jersey number: 
    #54
    Last year:
     I ranked Metzger #114 and said he would be a backup linebacker (LINK). He played in two games on special teams.
    TTB Rating:
     N/A

    Metzger redshirted in 2022 but had a pretty decent couple years for a redshirt freshman walk-on. Not only did he play in two games last year, but he was named Special Teams Scout Team Player of the Year in 2022. That seems to be a good upward trajectory for a young player, going from scout team player of the year to getting in two games. One would expect him to play even more in 2024. I still don't think he'll be a factor in the linebacker rotation, but he seems to be developing into a solid player. We'll see if new special teams coach J.B. Brown thinks of him in the same way as the departed Jay Harbaugh.

    Prediction: Backup linebacker, special teamer

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    2024 Season Countdown: #85 Cole Sullivan

    Cole Sullivan

    Name: Cole Sullivan
    Height: 
    6’3"
    Weight: 
    215 lbs.
    High school:
    Pittsburgh (PA) Central Catholic
    Position: 
    Linebacker
    Class: 
    Freshman
    Jersey number: 
    #18
    Last year:
     Sullivan was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 105 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 3 blocked punts; he also caught 36 passes for 450 yards and 9 touchdowns.
    TTB Rating:
     87

    Linebacker might not be the sexiest position, but Sullivan might be the most tantalizing prospect in the class of 2024. Lots of comparisons have been made between Sullivan and former Michigan linebacker/tight end/defensive end Chase Winovich, who made 44.5 tackles for loss and 18 sacks during his time in Ann Arbor before becoming a 3rd round pick of the New England Patriots. Winovich started as a linebacker, bounced to tight end, and then finally settled in at defensive end, where his non-stop motor helped him terrorize opposing quarterbacks. Sullivan is the same height (6'3") but a little bit lighter.

    That's not to say that Sullivan will be a defensive end, though I think he could be an outside linebacker in Michigan's defensive system. I think Sullivan is a little better of an athlete than Winovich. Whether he has the same tenacity remains to be seen. Regardless, 215 pounds is pretty light for most positions on defense. He's probably a year away from seeing the field much because of that lack of bulk, but Michigan could potentially use his athleticism on special teams. If preserving eligibility isn't a concern, I would love to use someone like Sullivan on kickoff or punt coverage units. Much like Jimmy Rolder last year, I would expect to see Sullivan play in up to four games while still keeping his redshirt.

    Prediction: Redshirt



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