2017 Recruiting Update: June 8, 2016

2017 Recruiting Update: June 8, 2016


June 8, 2016
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Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas WR Michael Harley (image via 247 Sports)

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ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Michael Harley was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’9″, 155 lb. prospect with offers from Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Wisconsin, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #68 wide receiver, and #488 overall. He’s a shifty guy with great acceleration who maybe doesn’t have the greatest top-end speed, but he could work in the slot, return punts, etc. Michigan offered him after his performance at the St. Thomas Aquinas satellite camp, and they’re also going after several of his teammates, not only in the 2017 class but in the upcoming years, as well.

Miami (FL) Columbus cornerback Christopher Henderson, a Miami commit, was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #14 athlete, and #247 overall. Henderson plays running back for his high school team, and he has some serious speed. He’s a bit thin at 175 lbs., so I have him listed as a cornerback, but he could play anywhere from running back to wide receiver to corner to safety. He attends the alma mater of incoming freshman Joshua Uche.

Orlando (FL) Bishop Moore defensive end Donovan Winter was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 235 lb. prospect with offers from Pitt, South Florida, Tennessee, and Western Michigan, among others. He’s currently unranked. Winter earned a Michigan offer after attending a satellite camp last week, and he earned the Tennessee offer after camping in Knoxville. He has some decent junior film, but it’s nothing exceptional. However, he doesn’t look 6’5″, 235 in his film, so maybe a recent growth spurt and/or some work in the weight room has contributed to an uptick in interest recently. Winter is the son of former Syracuse defensive end Blaise Winter, who was a 2nd round pick in 1984 and went on to play for the Colts, Chargers, and Packers.

Hit the jump for a bunch of miscellaneous bits and pieces.

MISCELLANEY
There’s a bevy of information in my giant post on the 2016 satellite camps and participants (LINK). And that post will only continue to grow.

This is related in part to the 2016 class, but here are some tidbits from state track championships that took place last weekend:

  • Preferred walk-on defensive end Carl Myers, from Grand Rapids (MI) West Catholic, won the state championship for discus and shot put over the weekend.
  • Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s WR K.J. Hamler won the state championship in the 100 meters with a time of 11.22.
  • The 4 x 100 state championship team was Detroit (MI) Cass Tech WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, S Jaylen Kelly-Powell, CB Donovan Johnson, and CB Kalon Gervin. Johnson is the only one of the quartet without a Michigan offer. All are rising seniors except for Gervin, who’s a 2018 prospect.

Pinson (AL) Clay-Chalkville WR Nico Collins named Michigan to his top seven, which isn’t surprising since he named Michigan his leader not long ago.

Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Trevon Grimes named a top six that does not include Michigan, even though the Wolverines recently held a satellite camp at his school. He has long been considered an Ohio State lean.

Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s wide receiver K.J. Hamler is transferring to Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy for his senior year. I recently named him my #6 player within the state of Michigan, but the rumors had been floating around for a while that he was considering going to IMG. He wasn’t really expected to come to Michigan, and Oregon was his dream offer, which came a couple weeks ago. Speaking of those in-state rankings, here’s #1-5 (LINK), #6-10 (LINK), and #11-15 (LINK).

Rancho Santa Margarita (CA) Catholic center Brett Neilon is announcing his college decision today. He recently visited USC, so I’m guessing he picks the Trojans, but I don’t have enough enough information for a Crystal Ball pick. He was a teammate of incoming freshman wide receiver Kekoa Crawford last season.

Michigan running back commit Kurt Taylor is transferring from Covington (GA) Newton to Loganville (GA) Grayson for his senior season. He leaves behind WR and LB teammates Jeremiah Holloman and Jaquan Henderson, respectively, to join the likes of 2017 QB Chase Brice (Clemson) and 2019 LB Owen Pappoe, among others.

Over on Recruiting Season, I added/updated profiles for:

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