2021 Season Countdown: #87 Rod Moore

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18Jun 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #87 Rod Moore

Rod Moore

Name: Rod Moore
Height:
5’11”
Weight:
180 lbs.
High school:
Clayton (OH) Northmont
Position:
Safety
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Moore was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 68 tackles, 1 interception, and 6 pass breakups.
TTB Rating:
72

Moore committed to Michigan in the winter of 2020, just before everything got shut down for COVID. Coming from the same high school as defensive end Gabe Newburg and former wide receiver commit Markus Allen, Moore was a somewhat small-ish safety with cornerback skills. There was some fear that Moore would not stick in the class after Allen decommitted in favor of Wisconsin, but the two will play as opponents rather than teammates.

Freshman safeties can play a role on special teams as a freshman, but they’re usually liabilities if they play defense. Not only is Moore inexperienced, but he is very small for an FBS safety. He might be one of those guys who plays on kickoff coverage in a few games, but not enough to burn his redshirt.

Prediction: Redshirt

16Jun 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #88 Tristan Bounds

Tristan Bounds

Name: Tristan Bounds
Height:
6’8″
Weight:
305 lbs.
High school:
Wallingford (CT) Choate Rosemary Hall
Position:
Offensive tackle
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Bounds was a senior in high school (LINK). His season was canceled due to COVID.
TTB Rating:
82

Bounds was one of those pesky recruits from the northeastern part of the United States that Michigan fans begrudgingly thought, “He’s a dang 3-star! But…well…he’s 6’8″ and kinda mean. Okay, we accept.” Bounds was the #35 offensive tackle and #416 in the class. The more I watch and learn about him, I think he will fit in well at Michigan. He seems intelligent but also hardworking and nasty. Add those traits to a guy who’s 6’8″, 305 lbs., and decently athletic, and it’s hard to project failure.

My experience with very large humans at Michigan is that they tend to be good. Taylor Lewan, Jake Long, Grant Newsome, Ben Braden, Mark Ortmann, Perry Dorrestein, etc. are all very tall men who performed pretty well. The last two weren’t great, but if those guys are the floor – and Bounds is more athletic than both – then I think it’s fair to expect something somewhere between Ortmann and Lewan, where the likes of Newman and Braden reside.

Will he get on the field this year? I think it’s unlikely. Michigan has some pretty good depth on the offensive line; as long as there are no ridiculous injury issues, Bounds should be able to redshirt.

15Jun 2021
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Joseph Adedire – DE – Arlington (MI) Mansfield Summit: Adedire is a 6’3″, 250 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona, Cal, Georgia Tech, Michigan, and Oregon, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #37 strongside end, and #533 overall. He had 53 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks as a junior in 2020. This is his official visit.

Brian Allen, Jr. – DE – Woodstock (IL) St. Thomas More: Allen is a 6’3″, 230-pounder with offers from Illinois, Iowa State, and Purdue, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #111 defensive lineman, and #756 overall.

Dillon Bell – WR – Houston (TX) Kinkaid: Bell is a 6’2″, 205-pounder with offers from Baylor, Michigan, Minnesota, and Mississippi State, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #69 wide receiver, and #543 overall. Both his crystal ball picks so far are for Baylor. This is his official visit.

Will Bettridge – K – Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep: Bettridge is a 5’11”, 165-pounder with offers from FIU, Michigan, Virginia, and some military academies. He’s a 247 Sports 2-star and the #2 kicker in the class. According to Kornblue Kicking, he’s the #1 kicker in his class.

Mumu Bin-Wahad – S – Loganville (GA) Grayson: Bin-Wahad is a 6’0″, 180 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia Tech, Michigan, Nebraska, and West Virginia, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #53 safety, and #830 overall. UPDATE: Bin-Wahad is no longer visiting this weekend and committed to West Virginia.

Austin Brown – S – Johnston City (IL) Johnston City: Brown is a 6’1″, 195-pounder with offers from Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #43 safety, and #696 overall. This is an official visit.

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14Jun 2021
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Daylen Baldwin, Wolverine

Daylen Baldwin

Jackson State transfer Daylen Baldwin committed to Michigan on Monday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over an offer from Ohio State (and others).

Baldwin is listed at 6’3″ and 210 lbs. During the shortened spring 2021 season, he caught 27 passes for 540 yards (20.0 yards/catch) and 7 touchdowns.

Baldwin bounced around a little bit in high school, going from Southfield to Waterford Mott. He signed with Morgan State in the 2017 class and spent two seasons there before transferring to Jackson State in 2019. After sitting out 2019 and playing in 2020, he decided once again to switch schools. He worked out while visiting Michigan last week, an offer ensued, and it was assumed shortly after that he would pick the Wolverines, with the biggest reason being an opening for immediate playing time.

I have perhaps an irrational affinity for receivers who are roughly 6’3″ and 210 lbs., because those have been some of the guys who have had the most success at Michigan, such as Marquise Walker, David Terrell, Adrian Arrington, etc. Michigan doesn’t have many of those long, rangy types on the roster in 2021, with just redshirt sophomore Cornelius Johnson and true freshman Cristian Dixon approaching that type of height and length.

Baldwin has some good film from the level of FCS Jackson State, catching deep balls and outjumping some smaller defensive backs. I have not seen evidence that he is an advanced route runner, but Michigan does not really require advanced route running from its outside receivers. The Wolverines mostly need a big receiver who can run fades and posts, allowing the slot guys to run the RPO’s over the middle.

Baldwin has a good chance to play immediately at Michigan. Cornelius Johnson will probably start on the outside, and he could somewhat have a breakout season. Ronnie Bell can play outside and inside, and then there are guys like Roman Wilson and A.J. Henning, who are a little smaller but faster than Baldwin. Personally, I think Baldwin is probably the fourth or fifth most talented receiver on the roster, but that should still get him on the field.

14Jun 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #89 Joey George

Joey George (image via Twitter)

Name: Joey George
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
287 lbs.
High school:
Walled Lake (MI) Western
Position:
Defensive tackle
Class:
Redshirt junior
Jersey number:
#57
Last year:
I did not rank George. He played in one game.
TTB Rating:
N/A

George, a walk-on defensive lineman, achieved what might have been his dream of playing in a Michigan football game last season. Unfortunately, it was across from a mean ol’ nasty Wisconsin offensive line that plowed Michigan’s defense out onto Main Street.

This spring George earned a mention from Jim Harbaugh as someone who had an excellent spring. I’m pegging Harbaugh’s comments as pure hype, considering George’s only playing time came in a blowout loss and that George is an undersized 6’0″, 287 lb. lineman on a team that supposedly wants to get bigger up front. Perhaps his height will let him maintain leverage against some opponents, but I’m guessing he will be primarily a scout team guy.

Prediction: Backup defensive tackle