2024 Recruiting Update: February 6, 2023

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6Feb 2023
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2024 Recruiting Update: February 6, 2023

Lucas (TX) Lovejoy wide receiver Parker Livingstone (image via 247 Sports)

COMMITMENT

Harper Woods (MI) Harper Woods safety Jacob Oden committed to Michigan (LINK).

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2024

Josiah Brown – WR – Hicksville (NY) Holy Trinity Diocesan: Brown is a 5’11”, 170 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #14 athlete, and #136 overall.

Daniel Cruz – OG – North Richland Hills (TX) Richland: Cruz is a 6’3″, 295-pounder who has been offered by Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, and Texas A&M, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #18 interior offensive lineman, and #333 overall.

Xavier Filsaime – S – McKinney (TX) McKinney: Filsaime is a 6’1″, 180 lb. safety with offers from Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M, among others. He’s a legitimate speedster with a 10.52 time in the 100 meters.

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5Feb 2023
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Way Too Early 2024 Depth Chart: February 2023

Colston Loveland (image via MLive)

The following depth chart has removed these listed players from the depth chart due to various reasons, even though some could return with a fifth year or COVID year exception:

  • QB Jack Tuttle (graduation)
  • RB Blake Corum (graduation)
  • WR A.J. Henning (graduation)
  • WR Cornelius Johnson (graduation)
  • WR Roman Wilson (graduation)
  • OL Karsen Barnhart (graduation)
  • OL LaDarius Henderson (graduation)
  • OL Myles Hinton (graduation)
  • OL Trente Jones (graduation)
  • OL Trevor Keegan (graduation)
  • OL Drake Nugent (graduation)
  • DT Cam Goode (graduation)
  • LB Michael Barrett (graduation)
  • LB Kalel Mullings (graduation)
  • LB Joey Velazquez (graduation)
  • CB Jalen Perry (graduation)
  • CB Mike Sainristil (graduation)
  • S Quinten Johnson (graduation)

It also assumes that every currently rostered player and every currently committed prospect will be here in 2024, which is obviously not true.

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4Feb 2023
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2023 Recruiting Grade: Quarterback

UCLA signee Dante Moore (image via Bleacher Report)

I’m going to start something that I haven’t done in a few years, and that’s handing out recruiting grades. As Michigan’s recruiting has dropped off a little bit in 2023 to the low teens, I want to share how I feel about Michigan’s efforts overall.

I’ll start off with the most important position on the football fied: quarterback.

2023 NEEDS: 1

2023 COMMITMENTS: Indiana transfer Jack Tuttle

2023 OFFERS

  • Arch Manning – New Orleans (LA) Isidore Newman: Texas
  • Dante Moore – Detroit (MI) King: UCLA
  • Malachi Nelson – Los Alamitos (CA) Los Alamitos: USC
  • William Watson III – Springfield (MA) Central: Virginia Tech
  • Creed Whittemore – Gainesville (FL) Buchholz: Florida

GRADE: F

REASON FOR THE GRADE: First and foremost, Michigan completely whiffed on the quarterback position in the class of 2023 unless you count sixth year senior Jack Tuttle, who is a one-year backup rental. Technically, Michigan offered superstar recruits Arch Manning and Malachi Nelson, but both were extreme longshots and the Wolverines never really had a chance. Meanwhile, Watson and Whittemore are both undersized QB/ATH recruits who are probably likely to play a different position in college.

So really, Michigan put all of its eggs in the Dante Moore basket. Unfortunately, Moore had a desire to play immediately, and the presence of J.J. McCarthy blocked Moore at Michigan for at least the 2023 season, if not 2024. Moore is a 5-star prospect and could perhaps be the best quarterback in the class when all is said and done, and it hurt to lose him. It stings a little bit less since he didn’t end up at Michigan State or Ohio State, two programs he was also considering. But Michigan had a lot of connections and still couldn’t close the deal. Moore committed to Oregon initially, and when his future QB coach left for Arizona State, Moore flipped to UCLA. Personally, I think UCLA is an odd fit because head coach Chip Kelly does not have a strong record of developing pro-style quarterbacks.

Regardless, Michigan tried to land a quarterback in 2023 and failed. They could have potentially earned a commitment from Warren (MI) De La Salle’s Brady Drogosh (4-star, #20 QB, #317 overall) if they moved on him earlier, but they waited too long and burned that bridge. That leaves the cupboard relatively bare, since beyond McCarthy for the future, the Wolverines have only walk-on Davis Warren and projects Jayden Denegal and Alex Orji. That puts a lot of pressure on the staff to land a very good 2024 quarterback and/or explore the transfer portal for a future starter.

3Feb 2023
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Kirk Campbell, Wolverine

Kirk Campbell (image via Twitter)

In the wake of quarterbacks coach Matt Weiss getting fired from Michigan for something having to do with computers, Michigan hired Kirk Campbell to be the quarterbacks coach. Campbell spent the 2022 season as an offensive analyst for the Wolverines.

Here’s a brief timeline of Campbell’s career:

2009-2010: WR/TE graduate assistant at West Virginia Wesleyan
2011: WR/TE coach at Tiffin
2012-2016: OC at Alderson-Broaddus
2017-2019: Offensive analyst at Penn State
2020-2021: OC/QB coach at Old Dominion
2022: Offensive analyst at Michigan

One of my former players played offense for Campbell in college and had great things to say about him, even going on to become a high school and college coach himself. (Not that Campbell was the sole reason for that, but at least he didn’t make this kid hate football.)

Overall, it’s tough to glean much from Campbell’s coaching career, considering he’s been an analyst and coaching at smaller schools. It says something that he was reportedly the #1 choice for starting quarterback J.J. McCarthy. It also helps that he has spent seven seasons as a play caller. Even though he likely won’t be calling plays on Saturdays in the Big House, he’s at least qualified to be coaching the quarterback position itself if he can understand how to install and implement an entire offense.

Quarterback coaches under Jim Harbaugh have included Jedd Fisch in 2015-2016 (now head coach at Arizona), Pep Hamilton in 2017-2018 (now offensive coordinator for Houston Texans), Ben McDaniels (now passing game coordinator for Houston Texans), and Weiss. There are mixed reviews for some of those guys, but considering everyone but Weiss has moved up in the world, it’s probably safe to say that Jim Harbaugh can be trusted to find talented quarterback coaches.

2Feb 2023
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Jacob Oden, Wolverine

Jacob Oden (image via Instagram)

Harper Woods (MI) Harper Woods safety Jacob Oden, a 2024 prospect, committed to Michigan on Thursday evening. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, and others.

Oden is listed at 6’1″ and 188 lbs.

RANKINGS
ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #13 S, #153 overall
On3: 4-star, 90 grade, #22 S, #247 overall
Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #13 S, #132 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #24 ATH, #191 overall

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