2018 Recruiting Update: January 3, 2018

2018 Recruiting Update: January 3, 2018

January 3, 2018

Rochester (MI) Adams CB Vincent Gray (image via MI Prep Zone)


Kansas City (MO) Park Hill wide receiver Ronnie Bell committed to Michigan (LINK).

Essexville (MI) Garber fullback Ben VanSumeren flipped from Iowa to Michigan (LINK).

Bayern (Germany) defensive end Julius Welschof flipped from Georgia Tech to Michigan (LINK).

Hit the jump for a couple new offers and a bunch of guys who went off the board.


Schertz (TX) Samuel Clemens wide receiver Tommy Bush was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 191 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #37 wide receiver, and #193 overall. He claims a 4.47 forty and a 4.15 shuttle, both of which are pretty fast times for someone his size.

Rochester (MI) Adams cornerback Vincent Gray was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 180 lb. prospect with offers from Kentucky and West Virginia, among others, and he had been committed to Missouri since July of 2017. He’s a 3-star, the #60 cornerback, and #681 overall. He has since decommitted from Mizzou, and he is expected to visit Michigan in January.


Baltimore (MD) St. Frances defensive end Eyabi Anoma committed to Alabama. St. Frances is currently run by head coach Biff Poggi, who was a staffer at Michigan for a year. There was some late noise about Anoma coming to Michigan, but that was largely just a decoy to build drama.

Zephyrhills (FL) Wesley Chapel cornerback Isaiah Bolden committed to Florida State. He was previously committed to Oregon, but it was clear when Oregon coach Willie Taggart became Florida State coach Willie Taggart that Bolden was going to flip.

Arlington (TX) Lamar defensive tackle Bobby Brown III decommitted from Texas A&M and then committed to Alabama.

Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy center Verdis Brown committed to Illinois. At one time he was committed to Florida. He could play center, guard, or defensive tackle.

Cordova (TN) Cordova offensive tackle Jerome Carvin committed to Tennessee. He had named Michigan to his top 10.

cornerback Anthony Cook committed to Texas.

Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei quarterback J.T. Daniels reclassified from 2019 to 2018. He had been one of Michigan’s top targets, if not the top QB target, in the 2019 class. So now instead of having a year to try to flip him, the game is over. One interesting thing that I haven’t seen before is that Daniels now becomes a late addition to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Nazareth (PA) Nazareth wide receiver Jahan Dotson flipped from UCLA to Penn State. He gave UCLA a shot and saw that Chip Kelly was hired to go to the Bruins, but Penn State having two solid seasons in a row was a good pull.

Cartersville (IL) Cartersville tight end Luke Ford committed to Georgia. He was previously committed to Arkansas, and Michigan tried to recruit him after he decommitted, even going as far as making an in-home visit during the contact period after the season. But for whatever reason, Ford never showed a ton of interest in playing in Ann Arbor.

quarterback James Graham flipped from Virginia Tech to Georgia Tech.

Clemmons (NC) West Forsyth defensive end K.J. Henry committed to Clemson. He was openly lobbying for a coaching job for his dad on the staff of whichever school he signed with, so it will be interesting to see if his dad lands a job with the Tigers.

Corvallis (OR) Crescent Valley safety Talanoa Hufanga committed to USC. For a while he was considered a lean toward Oregon, and he was always bound to stay on the West Coast, even though he visited Michigan for the Ohio State game.

Knoxville (TN) Catholic offensive tackle Cade Mays committed to Georgia. He was a longtime commit to Tennessee, but he got out while the gettin’ was good.

Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Elijah Moore flipped from Georgia to Ole Miss.

Muskegon (MI) Muskegon offensive tackle Antwan Reed committed to Western Michigan. He had been previously committed to Penn State.

Atlanta (GA) Pace offensive guard Jamaree Salyer committed to Georgia. He’s a 5-star, the #1 offensive guard, and #10 overall.

Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral running back Markese Stepp committed to USC. Stepp was committed to Notre Dame at one point, and Michigan recruited Stepp even after teammate Emil Ekiyor flipped to Alabama, but no luck.

Miami (FL) Northwestern cornerback Divaad Wilson was offered by Michigan and shortly thereafter committed to Georgia. He was previously committed to the Florida Gators.

Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco safety Jaiden Woodbey flipped from Ohio State to Florida State. He’s a 5-star and the #28 overall player in the 2018 class. It’s nice to see a recruiting loss for Ohio State. They are sooooooo done. It all comes falling down starting in 3 . . . 2 . . . 2 . . . 2 . . . 2 . . .


I’ve taken a recent look at the recruiting classes of Ohio State (LINK) and Penn State (LINK).


  1. JC
    Comments: 283
    Joined: 8/17/2015
    Jan 03, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Are the highlights for Bush or Gray?

    Seems like someone who doesn’t play tremendous competition. That could be his elite athleticism, I don’t know. Seems a bit arrogant, which should settle down in college a bit.

    Hopefully Greg Roman knows how to utilize him if it’s Bush, or if it’s Gray, I have faith in Don Brown.

    • JC
      Comments: 283
      Joined: 8/17/2015
      Jan 03, 2018 at 10:21 AM

      It’s Bush. #ILookedAtTheField

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