Name: Giovanni El-Hadi
Weight: 318 lbs.
High school: Sterling Heights (MI) Stevenson
Position: Offensive guard
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #58
Last year: I ranked El-Hadi #58 and said he would be a backup offensive guard (LINK). He started three games at left guard.
TTB Rating: 84
El-Hadi didn’t get much experience as a freshman in 2021, playing in just one game. So it was a pleasant surprise when the coaching staff turned to him to start three games in 2022 when starting left guard Trevor Keegan had some injury issues. El-Hadi stepped in to start against Maryland, Nebraska, and Illinois, and handled himself pretty well. The offense didn’t skip a beat, and he was out there moving people, not just holding his own.
El-Hadi has already exceeded my expectations for 2023, because I think he’s the lone player on Michigan’s roster whose height and weight have both remained the same from 2022. But the former 4-star and top-100 recruit looks like a starting quality player, with the only problem being that Trevor Keegan and Zak Zinter both returned for 2023 instead of testing the NFL Draft waters. Aside from being able to fill in this fall if an injury were to happen, El-Hadi’s chances of starting in 2024 are pretty good. So he should be a top backup as well as play on the field goal protection unit.
Prediction: Backup offensive guard
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