Recruiting Update: July 25, 2016

Recruiting Update: July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016

Los Angeles (CA) Cathedral DE Hunter Echols


Los Angeles (CA) Cathedral defensive end Hunter Echols decommitted from UCLA. He’s a 6’3″, 231 lb. prospect who, after decommitting, subsequently released a top eleven that included Michigan. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #7 weakside end, and #97 overall. The U.S. Army All-American made 79 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, 4 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries (1 TD) as a junior in 2015.

Hit the jump for several guys who committed elsewhere.


Madison (AL) Bob Jones safety A.J. Harris committed to Ole Miss. At one point Harris seemed ready to drop for Michigan, but the coaching staff backed off a little bit to evaluate their options. When those things happen, it usually does not end with a commitment to that school. One of the things I’m very interested to see in the 2017 class is how well the Rebels recruit after the recruiting violations and such that are facing the program.

Collierville (TN) St. George’s running back Chase Hayden committed to Arkansas. The son of former Tennessee and NFL running back Aaron Hayden, Chase was interested in Michigan but the three currently committed backs were probably a bit of a turnoff.

Plantation (FL) American Heritage linebacker James Houston IV committed to Florida. Houston is a teammate of Michigan commit Kai-Leon Herbert and target Tedarrell Slaton, among other high-profile prospects.

Clearwater (FL) Clearwater running back Adarius Lemons flipped from North Carolina to Florida. I thought it was an odd choice for him to pick UNC in the first place, so this seems a little more fitting.

Cincinnati (OH) Colerain cornerback Amir Riep committed to Ohio State. Riep visited Michigan this spring, but after the visit, it was reported that Michigan would probably not be furthering their pursuit of him since it seemed not to be a good fit.

Alexandria (VA) Episcopal safety Jonathan Sutherland committed to Penn State. A high school teammate of Michigan commit Luiji Vilain, Sutherland is also a fellow Canadian. Michigan was reportedly not pushing for him much, and he didn’t have a ton of interest in the Wolverines. His commitment to PSU was full expected.

Port Arthur (TX) Memorial cornerback Kary Vincent, Jr. committed to LSU. He’s the son of former Texas A&M wide receiver Kary Vincent.

Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha defensive end Chase Young committed to Ohio State. It was a big weekend for Ohio State, since it was their Friday Night Lights weekend. Urban Meyer brought that yearly event with him from Florida, and it’s the equivalent of Michigan’s BBQ at the Big House as their big summer recruiting extravaganza.


In an effort to encourage people to visit the message board (LINK) and condense some of these posts, I’ll be posting news about top lists over there. For example, 2017 linebacker Kenneth Murray named a top list this week (LINK).

Here’s the ever-growing list of BBQ at the Big House visitors (LINK).

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