Name: Raheem Anderson II
Weight: 316 lbs.
High school: Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
Position: Center/offensive guard
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #62
Last year: I ranked Anderson #61 and said he would be a backup center/guard (LINK). He played in four games.
TTB Rating: 83
Anderson has spent the past two seasons backing up the center and guard positions. A classmate of Greg Crippen’s, one interesting ongoing battle has been the one for the center spot. It’s not often that Michigan takes two centers in one recruiting class. Anderson played in four games last season while Crippen played in one, which got back Crippen’s redshirt that he burned in 2021. So now instead of having a year of wiggle room between the two, they’re both back to being redshirt sophomores.
I have Anderson ranked ahead of Crippen in the countdown, but some recent comments from Jim Harbaugh have it looking like Crippen is the #2 center. In fact, he said that both Drake Nugent and Crippen could be All-Americans. I would typically rank the backup center higher than this, but with both Anderson and Crippen available if Nugent gets hurt, the importance of either one gets diminished a bit. It still might be good to get all these guys playing time in 2023 since there will be multiple openings to start in 2024.
Prediction: Backup center/offensive guard
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