2020 Recruiting Update: May 2, 2019

2020 Recruiting Update: May 2, 2019


May 2, 2019
Norcross (GA) Greater Atlanta Christian LB Choe Bryant-Strother (image via Twitter)

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2020

Choe Bryant-Strother – LB – Norcross (GA) Greater Atlanta Christian: Bryant-Strother is a 6’2″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and UCLA, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #18 inside linebacker, and #583 overall. He claims a 4.82 forty, a 4.1 shuttle, and a 37.2″ vertical. He’s also a former teammate of Michigan incoming freshman defensive tackle Chris Hinton (and 2020 Stanford commit Myles Hinton).

Jacobe Covington – CB – Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro: Covington is a 6’1″, 193-pounder with offers from Arizona, Arizona State, LSU, Oklahoma, and Oregon, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #23 cornerback, and #279 overall. He took an official visit to Oklahoma last month, and all six of his crystal balls are for the Sooners. He’s a teammate of 2021 defensive end Quintin Somerville, who visited Michigan recently.

Hit the jump for several more new offers, as well as a bunch of guys who committed elsewhere.

Nate McCollum – WR – Hampton (GA) Dutchtown: McCollum is a 5’10”, 180 lb. prospect who committed to North Carolina State on March 31; he also has offers from Michigan State and Tennessee, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #103 wide receiver, and #605 overall.

R.J. Moten – RB – Riverside (NJ) Delran: Moten is a 6’0″, 200-pounder with offers from Duke, Pitt, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #20 athlete, and #338 overall. He claims a 4.62 forty. As a junior in 2018, he ran the ball 149 times for 1,305 yards (8.8 yards/carry) and 16 touchdowns – including a 98-yarder – along with catching 16 passes for 298 yards (18.6 yards/catch) and 4 touchdowns. Defensively, he made 5 interceptions.

Rome Odunze – WR – Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman: Odunze is a 6’2″, 185 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA, and Washington, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #91 wide receiver, and #515 overall. He claims a 4.55 forty, a 4.00 shuttle, and a 33.8″ vertical. As a junior in 2018, he caught 60 passes for 1,347 yards (22.5 yards/catch) and 15 touchdowns.

Joe Royer – TE – Cincinnati (OH) Elder: Royer is a 6’5″, 220-pounder with offers from Boston College, Louisville, and West Virginia, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #39 tight end, and #993 overall. He has two crystal ball picks for Boston College. Clearly, Michigan is still looking to add tight ends in the 2020 class, even though Nick Patterson is committed and the offense is moving more toward a spread look.

Brandon Taylor – DE – Lima (OH) Lima: Taylor is a 6’3″, 250 lb. end with offers from Cincinnati, Michigan State, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 3-star, the #31 strongside end, and #596 overall. He claims a 4.28 shuttle and a 30.8″ vertical. He visited Michigan a couple weeks ago and earned an offer after leaving, so the staff seemingly decided to do its due diligence before offering, unlike some prospects who get an offer just for stepping on campus.

OFF THE BOARD

Jimmy Christ – OT – Sterling (VA) Dominion: Christ committed to Virginia. The 4-star and #318 overall player in the class is UVA’s top-rated commit and only 4-star.

Luke Hill – CB – Baltimore (MD) St. Frances: Hill committed to Oregon. He’s a 4-star and #126 overall. Michigan had offered him when the St. Frances kids made a mass trip to Michigan a couple months ago.

Rakim Jarrett – WR – Washington (DC) St. John’s: Jarrett’s crystal ball had 60% of its picks for Ohio State and 0% for LSU, but he picked the Tigers over the Buckeyes. He’s a 5-star, the #3 wide receiver, and #19 overall.

Keontae Jenkins – CB – Virginia Beach (VA) Cox: Jenkins committed to TCU.

Aaryn Parks – OT – Fort Washington (MD) National Christian Academy: Parks committed to Penn State.

Myles Slusher – S – Broken Arrow (OK) Broken Arrow: Slusher committed to Oregon. He’s a teammate of offensive tackle Andrew Raym, who recently put Michigan in his top five (see below).

Tyler Van Dyke – QB – Glastonbury (CT) Suffield Academy: The 4-star and #9 pro-style quarterback committed to Miami. 247 Sports compared him to Kirk Cousins, so I didn’t want him anyway.

Rashawn Williams – WR – Detroit (MI) King: Williams committed to Indiana. He’s still ranked as a 4-star and the #207 overall player in the class, but his decision to commit to the Hoosiers when other, bigger programs offered him earlier in the process is a bit odd. Michigan had been his leader at one time, but that relationship fizzled a while ago.

John Young – OT – Louisville (KY) Christian: Young, who had taken a visit to Ann Arbor, committed to home-state Kentucky.

MISCELLANEY

Andre Raym – OT – Broken Arrow (OK) Broken Arrow: Raym is a 4-star, the #4 offensive guard, and #73 overall.

3 comments

  1. Lanknows
    Comments: 5498
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    Lanknows
    May 03, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    I don’t follow recruiting as close as I used to and am still getting up to speed on 2020.

    Who do you think are the 5 most important targets for Michigan? I don’t mean a wishlist of 5-stars but guys Michigan has prioritized, put heavy effort into long-term relationship-building, and have strong interest getting reciprocated by the player.

    Put another way: who would it really sting to MISS on?

    Braiden McGregor is probably the one I feel confident goes on the list. Are there other priority targets like this?

    • Thunder
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      Joined: 7/13/2015
      May 03, 2019 at 3:31 PM

      Braiden McGregor
      Justin Rogers
      Noah Nelson
      A.J. Henning
      Maliq Carr
      William Mohan

      That’s six. Rogers and Henning aren’t Michigan leans, but they’re big-time targets that Michigan has pushed hard for. The other four guys are Michigan leans. Some people doubt Carr’s fit as a wide receiver, but I do think he has the talent to be successful if he doesn’t insist on being an outside receiver for his whole career. The Mohan kid could be a really good Viper, I think.

      • Lanknows
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        Joined: 8/11/2015
        Lanknows
        May 03, 2019 at 8:44 PM

        Perfect. I feel much better informed. Thanks.

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