Michigan offered Dale (VA) Lord Botetourt offensive tackle Gunner Givens on Monday. He’s a 6’6″, 275-pounder with offers from Florida State, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #15 offensive tackle, and #137 overall.
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When Michigan has landed a #1 recruit in the past, I have always done a look back at how other #1 rated prospects have performed in the past. I meant to do that with the safety position after Daxton Hill committed to the Wolverines, but somehow I didn’t get around to it.
Here it is.
2000: O.J. Owens – S – New London (NC) North Stanly Owens (Tennessee) played in eighteen games from 2000-2003 but never achieved a great amount of success. He did not play in the NFL. He dealt with shoulder and head injuries throughout his career and sued the NCAA in 2016 due to head injury concerns.
2001: Ernest Shazor – S – Detroit (MI) King Shazor (Michigan) contributed as a redshirt freshman and spent three more years in Ann Arbor, making 166 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 4 interceptions (1 TD), 5 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 12 pass breakups. He was a First Team All-American in 2004. He made a questionable decision to leave for the NFL after his redshirt junior year, and he was not picked in the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent one season with the Cardinals, playing in just two games.
2020 CLASS RANKING #43 nationally, #10 in Big Ten. The Spartans signed 22 three-stars.
CREAM OF THE 2020 CROP Michigan State signed just three players in the top 500 players nationally. The top-ranked guy is Marietta (GA) Marietta wide receiver Ricky White (#70 WR, #414 overall, highlights here) and following right behind is Carrollton (TX) Hebron linebacker Darius Snow (#28 OLB, #436 overall). He’s the son of former Michigan State point guard Eric Snow and the nephew of former Spartans (and NFL) linebacker Percy Snow. Snow looks like a linebacker/safety hybrid at the next level.