2021 Season Countdown: #120 Andrew Russell

    Andrew Russell (image via MGoBlue)

    Name: Andrew Russell
    Height:
    6'2"
    Weight:
    190 lbs.
    High school:
    Victor (NY) Victor
    Position:
    Safety
    Class:
    Redshirt sophomore
    Jersey number:
    #43
    Last year:
    I did not rank Russell. He did not play in any games.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    Russell has been on campus for a couple years and has not participated in any games so far. I did not rank him previously, partly because he's a safety on a team that recruited a ton of safeties over a couple recruiting classes. While the focus on recruiting safeties has perhaps petered out a little bit, there are still a lot of those guys on the roster.

    Russell's only real chance of getting on the field is playing on special teams. At 6'2" and 190 lbs., Russell is a former standout lacrosse player (he was on Michigan's lacrosse team for two years) and a decent athlete. He does not have superb speed, but his length and aggression are respectable. I do not expect him to see the field this fall.

    Prediction: Backup safety and special teamer



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    2022

    Joseph Adedire - DE - Arlington (MI) Mansfield Summit: Adedire is a 6'3", 250 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona, Cal, Georgia Tech, Michigan, and Oregon, among others. He's a 3-star, the #37 strongside end, and #533 overall. He had 53 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks as a junior in 2020. This is his official visit.

    Dillon Bell - WR - Houston (TX) Kinkaid: Bell is a 6'2", 205-pounder with offers from Baylor, Michigan, Minnesota, and Mississippi State, among others. He's a 3-star, the #69 wide receiver, and #543 overall. Both his crystal ball picks so far are for Baylor. This is his official visit.

    Mumu Bin-Wahad - S - Loganville (GA) Grayson: Bin-Wahad is a 6'0", 180 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia Tech, Michigan, Nebraska, and West Virginia, among others. He's a 3-star, the #53 safety, and #830 overall.

    Mario Eugenio - DE - Clearwater (FL) Gaither: Eugenio is a 6'3", 240-pounder with offers from Miami, Michigan, Oregon, and Mississippi State, among others. He's a 4-star, the #15 weakside end, and #290 overall. This is his official visit.

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    2021 Season Countdown: #121 Noah Stewart

    Noah Stewart (#71, image via MLive)

    Name: Noah Stewart
    Height:
    6'7"
    Weight:
    255 lbs.
    High school:
    Muskegon (MI) Northern Muskegon
    Position:
    Offensive tackle
    Class:
    Redshirt freshman
    Jersey number:
    #61
    Last year:
    I did not rank Stewart. He redshirted.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    I did not rank Stewart in 2020. The season countdown wasn't as expansive, and as a freshman preferred walk-on lineman, I didn't deem him capable of stepping on the field. And that was accurate. Stewart didn't have a chance as a 6'7", 245 lb. offensive tackle.

    This year Stewart is a whopping 255 lbs. If I were Michigan, I might look at giving him a tight end number and playing him as a blocking tight end. Last year Michigan toyed with walk-on Carter Selzer and converted lineman Joel Honigford at tight end, and Stewart probably fits that role as a blocker better than Selzer. I don't necessarily expect Stewart to play this year, but he has a lot of upside for a walk-on lineman.

    Prediction: Backup offensive lineman

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    Mo Linguist, Ex-Wolverine

    Mo Linguist (image via Bull Run)

    Michigan co-defensive coordinator Mo Linguist was announced as the Buffalo Bulls head coach on Friday afternoon, leaving the Wolverines with an open spot on its staff going into the summer. Buffalo's job opened up when Les Miles was let go as Kansas's head coach, giving Lance Leipold a chance to jump from Buffalo to Kansas.

    Linguist is known as an outstanding recruiter, but his actual coaching ability is a bit of an unknown. At most of his stops so far, he has only spent one season at any particular job and never stayed anywhere longer than three years. He was at Michigan for just a few months - basically the span of spring ball - before leaving.

    From Linguist's perspective, it's pretty much a no-brainer if he has the goal of being a head coach. Whether he spent a few months or two seasons at Michigan, it's a step up to become an FBS head coach.

    On Michigan's end, it's tough to find the right balance. Jim Harbaugh hires a lot of coaches who go on to be head coaches, and that's a testament to the type of coach he hires: hungry, ambitious, young, and respected guys. But that also means he's going to lose a lot of those guys to promotions elsewhere. We have seen the opposite at Michigan, when guys like Lloyd Carr and Rich Rodriguez have brought in and held on to "their guys." That's not necessarily a terrible thing, but fans weren't happy with those staffs, either. Jokes abound regarding Mike DeBord, Fred Jackson, Tony Gibson, and others.

    Realistically, the thing that many Michigan fans were missing when they got excited about Linguist's hire was that it was never going to be more than a one- or perhaps two-year thing. The most common outcome for Linguist is to spend a year on a job, meaning we would have been dealing with his departure sometime around February National Signing Day in 2022. The optics wouldn't be good, either, when he ditched the team in January or right after NSD, leaving a handful of 2022 recruits in the lurch. The Michigan program would have been sifting through decommits, trying to flip lower rated guys late, and players asking out of their National Letter of Intent.

    Sam Webb has brought up a couple names as potential replacements(LINK):

    • Kentucky DB coach Steve Clinkscale, who has been with the Wildcats since 2016
    • New Orleans Saints assistant Cory Robinson, who has had five jobs in the past five years

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    2021 Season Countdown: #122 Dominick Giudice

    Dominick Giudice (image via Shore Sports Network)

    Name: Dominick Giudice
    Height:
    6'4"
    Weight:
    265 lbs.
    High school:
    Freehold (NJ) Mater Dei
    Position:
    Defensive tackle
    Class:
    Freshman
    Jersey number:
    N/A
    Last year:
    Giudice was a senior in high school. He made 46 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and 42 quarterback hurries.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    Giudice committed to Michigan over a year ago, in March of 2020. Compared to most Michigan recruits, he was lightly recruited. Naturally, that led many Michigan fans to flip their lids about his commitment. While I did not flip my lid, I was not super impressed with Giudice's film or athleticism.

    Until late in the process, Giudice was Michigan's only defensive tackle commitment. Eventually, he was joined by George Rooks, Ike Iwunnah, and Rayshaun Benny. It rarely works out this way, but Giudice appears to have the least upside of the group. Iwunnah and Benny are more physically ready, and Rooks is a shade more athletic. It's always tough to get on the field as a freshman defensive tackle, let alone as the fourth most talented one in a recruiting class. I do not expect Giudice to see the field this fall.

    Prediction: Redshirt

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    2021 Season Countdown: #123 Will Rolapp

    Will Rolapp (image via Hudl)

    Name: Will Rolapp
    Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 190 lbs.
    High school: Suffield (CT) Suffield Academy
    Position: Wide receiver
    Class: Redshirt freshman
    Jersey number: #30
    Last year: I did not rank Rolapp. He redshirted.
    TTB Rating: N/A

    Rolapp went to Darien (CT) Darien - home of Andrew Stueber - before transferring to Suffield Academy - alma mater of Brad Hawkins and Kechaun Bennett - for his final year. At Suffield in 2019, he caught 25 passes for 432 yards and 3 touchdowns. Last season he won Scout Team Player of the Week leading up to the Minnesota game.

    After watching his senior year film, I don't think Rolapp has any special traits that will get him on the field in any other capacity than perhaps special teams at some point.



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    2021 Season Countdown: #124 Peyton O'Leary

    Peyton O'Leary (image via The Daily News)

    Name: Peyton O'Leary
    Height:
    6'4"
    Weight:
    188 lbs.
    High school:
    Byfield (MA) Governor's Academy
    Position:
    Wide receiver
    Class:
    Freshman
    Jersey number:
    N/A
    Last year:
    O'Leary was a senior in high school.
    TTB Rating:
    N/A

    O'Leary, a standout lacrosse player, chose to commit to the Wolverines as a preferred walk-on football player. His 2019 junior season saw him catch 17 passes for 403 yards and 5 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he was unable to play a season in 2020 due to the pandemic.

    You can watch O'Leary's highlights below, and they're pretty impressive. He's a long, lanky receiver who moves really well. I would not be surprised at all if he eventually factors into the rotation at Michigan, as we've seen less talented walk-on receivers (Jake McCurry, Nate Schoenle, etc.) get on the field. A walk-on receiver is unlikely to contribute as a freshman, but if O'Leary can add a little weight, maintain his speed, and improve his route-running, he could be a valuable member of the team.



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