Morning Roundup: August 14, 2019

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14Aug 2019
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Morning Roundup: August 14, 2019

Ambry Thomas (image via MLive)

Former Ohio State player and coach Luke Fickell apparently thinks Michigan is blocking James Hudson’s immediate eligibility:

It finally became public that Michigan cornerback Ambry Thomas’s “issue” is colitis (LINK).

Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead (the former OC at Penn State) says Josh Gattis is ready to be a play-caller (LINK).

Much like The Blair Witch Project, this video made me sick. But it’s still cool that Hunter Renfrow strapped on a camera to run some routes:

13Aug 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #19 Zach Charbonnet

Zach Charbonnet (image via Tacoma News Tribune)

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Name: Zach Charbonnet
Height:
6’1″
Weight:
220 lbs.
High school:
Sherman Oaks (CA) Oaks Christian
Position:
Running back
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
#24
Last year:
Charbonnet was a senior in high school (LINK). He had 215 carries for 1,795 yards and 17 touchdowns; he also had 3 interceptions on defense.
TTB Rating:
90

I would like to start off by apologizing for liking Zach Charbonnet so much.

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12Aug 2019
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2020 Recruiting Update: August 12, 2019

Lawrance Toafili (image via Tampa Bay Times)

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There’s not much good news in this week’s recruiting update. But there aren’t many surprises, either.

OFF THE BOARD

Bingley-Jones was supposed to visit Michigan this summer in late June, but he backed out at the last minute and word is that Michigan stopped recruiting him at that point.

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11Aug 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #20 Mike Sainristil

Mike Sainristil (image via Scoop Nest)

Name: Mike Sainristil
Height:
5’10”
Weight:
183 lbs.
High school:
Everett (MA) Everett
Position:
Wide receiver
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
#19
Last year:
Sainristil was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 32 catches for 792 yards and 12 touchdowns, along with 290 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns; he also made 6 interceptions on defense.
TTB Rating:
84

Sainristil was the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Massachusetts, and that was well deserved. Going back to watch him play during his senior year, it’s ridiculous to see how explosive, elusive, and strong he is. If you’re one-on-one with Sainristil, you might as well sit down to make sure your ankles stay intact. Graveyards have been filled with the shards of tibias that have come within 5 yards of Sainristil on a football field.

And then came the spring. Sainristil enrolled at Michigan early, got hyped up by Josh Gattis, and did things like this in the spring game:

I expect Sainristil to have a breakout year as a true freshman. Unlike Freddy Canteen – whose spring hype from yesteryear outpaced his film – the buzz about Sainristil is backed up by what you see from his high school career. Not only that, but Michigan’s RPO-based offense needs a slot guy who can run the crossing routes, slants, hitches, and bubbles that make the pistons churn. Ronnie Bell has some elusiveness and vision, but his explosiveness isn’t on the same level as Sainristil’s. He has already been named a starter in the slot – a stance in the spring that was reaffirmed recently – which suggests that a previously hyped receiver will start the game on the bench. At various different times, Tarik Black, Nico Collins, and Donovan Peoples-Jones have all been pegged as future high draft picks and/or the best receiver on the team, but Sainristil will apparently start over at least one of them.

Prediction: Starting slot receiver; 30 catches for 480 yards and 5 touchdowns

11Aug 2019
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Initial Top 247 for 2022

Gross Pointe (MI) South CB Will Johnson (image via Detroit Free Press)

I’ve stopped doing these because recruiting sites started updating their recruiting rankings so much, but with the arrival of brand new 2022 rankings, I thought I would take a look at this initially. You’re probably not paying a ton of attention to 2022 recruits yet, but it will be here before we know it.

So here is a list of the 2022 recruits in the Top 247 (LINK) that have Michigan offers already:

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