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Best Overall Recruit: DE Braiden McGregor
McGregor lost a little bit of steam in the recruiting world when his senior season ended in a fizzle after a knee injury. That doesn’t put a damper on my excitement for him, though. Michigan does a good job of developing defensive talent – particularly defensive ends – and I expect that to continue with McGregor.
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Best Offensive Recruit: WR A.J. Henning
Maybe it’s just me, or maybe it’s the nature of the position, but wide receivers bring out the biggest fluctuations in expectations for me. Some guys look like stars but flop (LaTerryal Savoy, Je’Ron Stokes, Darryl Stonum), and some guys are ho-hum recruits but lead the team in receiving (Junior Hemingway, Jeremy Gallon, Ronnie Bell). Henning brings some jackrabbit speed and running back experience to the receiver position, so I hope he can fulfill that promise.
Best Defensive Recruit: DE Braiden McGregor
Recruit Most Likely to Make an Early Impact: CB Andre Seldon, Jr.
You’ve probably read elsewhere that Seldon would be a lot higher rated if he were a couple inches taller, but at a listed 5’8″, he’s probably a little bit limited position-wise. But he’s confident, tough, and athletic, and I think he will see the field very early as a nickel corner. I expect the defensive backfield to include Brad Hawkins and Dax Hill at safety, Ambry Thomas and Vincent Gray at corner, and Seldon playing early in the slot.
Fastest Recruit: WR Roman Wilson
Wilson (4.37 forty, 3.96 shuttle) edges out A.J. Henning (4.46 forty, 4.06 shuttle) for being the fastest player in the class. Wilson’s acceleration is silky smooth, and he flies past the competition. Some people might point to the questionable talent he faces, but the laser-timed forty and shuttle confirm what you see on film.
Strongest Recruit: OG Zak Zinter
I admit not having exhausted all resources when it comes to trying to look up workout numbers for each and every recruit, but they guy who looks the biggest – and plays like it – also has some pretty impressive numbers. He claims to bench 360 pounds and squat 510 pounds, and both of those numbers are over a year old. At 6’6″ and about 310 pounds, those are pretty impressive numbers if he plateaued after that.
Best Under-the-Radar Recruit: LB William Mohan
I love the way Mohan plays. He finished the 2020 cycle as a 3-star, the #23 athlete, and #459 overall, but he’s a hellion coming off the edge. If he went to a lower tier Big Ten team, I could see him starting as a freshman and pestering opponents coming off the edge. He might have to wait his turn at Michigan, but I think he’s going to outplay his ranking.
Most Overrated Recruit: CB Darion Green-Warren
Green-Warren was an All-American Bowl participant who performed pretty well during bowl week and finished the cycle as a 4-star, the #13 cornerback, and #189 overall. I think Green-Warren is a fine player, but I don’t see him performing at a level any higher than what we’ve seen from random 3-star cornerbacks in recent years like Channing Stribling, Jeremy Clark, etc. With limited speed that puts a ceiling on his NFL potential, I think he’s ranked too high as a top-200 player.
Recruit Most Likely to Redshirt: QB Dan Villari
Villari was a late addition to Michigan’s class after fellow 2020 quarterback J.D. Johnson had to bow out due to a medical issue. Villari is a project whose highest upside might be at a different position, such as tight end or linebacker. With three quarterbacks ahead of him and a lot of learning to do, Villari is a lock to spend 2020 on the sidelines.
Personal Favorite Recruit: CB Andre Seldon, Jr.
I could have picked a bunch of players for various reasons. I have to go with Seldon because he’s an undersized local kid who plays with a chip on his shoulder. But this might depend on the day. I really like Mohan for his playing style, McGregor for his potential, Wilson for his speed, Henning for similar reasons to Seldon, running back Blake Corum for his work ethic, and Zinter for his sheer size and physical domination.
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