2019 Season Countdown: #70 D.J. Turner II

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17Jun 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #70 D.J. Turner II

D.J. Turner II

Name: D.J. Turner II
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
173 lbs.
High school:
Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy
Position:
Cornerback
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Turner was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 17 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 4 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery.
TTB Rating:
82

Turner committed to Michigan in the summer before his senior year. He spent his junior year at North Gwinnett in Suwanee, GA, before transferring to IMG Academy as a senior. North Gwinnett was playing him at safety, while IMG moved him to his more likely college position, cornerback.

I considered putting Turner higher on the list, but the Wolverines just don’t seem to love throwing freshman corners out on the field. I do imagine Turner will play some, because the depth at corner is not great. Aside from presumed starters Lavert Hill and Ambry Thomas, Michigan’s options are untested redshirt freshmen (Vincent Gray, Gemon Green), freshmen (Turner, Jalen Perry), and perhaps a dose of Jaylen Kelly-Powell if necessary. Gray looks like corner #3, and beyond that, I don’t think any of these players will see a ton of snaps.

Prediction: Redshirt

16Jun 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #71 David Ojabo

David Ojabo

Name: David Ojabo
Height:
6’5″
Weight:
252 lbs.
High school:
Blairstown (NJ) Blair Academy
Position:
Defensive end
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
#71
Last year:
Ojabo was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 33 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.
TTB Rating:
85

If you thought the recruitment of Julius Welschof in 2018 was a little bit odd, Michigan took it up a notch with Ojabo. Ojabo was born in 2000 in Nigeria. Not weird enough? Okay, he moved to Scotland in 2007. Not weird enough yet? Okay, then he moved to New Jersey. Crazy!

Now he’s moved to the New Jersey of the West, a.k.a. Ann Arbor.

Ojabo signed in December and enrolled at Michigan in January. He finished the recruiting cycle as a 4-star, the #19 strongside end, and #314 overall. A very difficult player to project, he didn’t play football until his junior year of high school (much like yesterday’s profiled guy, Taylor Upshaw) and not much film exists.

Based on the little film that exists, he almost reminds me of Jevon Kearse. Ojabo is freakishly fast and long-armed, but he has no idea how to play the game of football. Ojabo could play anywhere on the defensive line – from weakside end to nose tackle – depending on how his body develops. I love bib guys with freak athleticism, and the blank slate nature of his game suggests that while he may have a lot to learn, he’s likely willing to learn it, which is a big part of success. I expect big things from Ojabo down the road, but this year is going to be a tough transition time.

Prediction: Redshirt

16Jun 2019
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Visitors: June 14-16, 2019

Worcester (MA) St. John’s athlete Eamonn Dennis (image via Hudl)

Note: Some of these visits will be taking place during the week leading up to the 14th through 16th. Check back often for updates.

2020

Eamonn Dennis – RB – Worcester (MA) St. John’s: Dennis is a 5’10”, 173-pounder who has named a top three of Duke, Michigan, and Syracuse. He’s a 3-star, the #34 athlete, and #474 overall. He has named Michigan, which is recruiting him as a slot receiver, is his leader. This is an unofficial visit. UPDATE: Dennis had to reschedule his visit for next week, which will be an official visit.

Malcolm Greene – S – Highland Springs (VA) Highland Springs: Greene is a 5’10”, 180 lb. prospect with offers from Clemson, Michigan, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #24 safety, and #297 overall. This is an unofficial visit.

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