Visitors: June 25-27, 2021

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24May 2021
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Visitors: June 25-27, 2021

Darrius Clemons (image via ScoopDuck)

2022

Ja’Kobi Albert – CB – Fairfield (AL) Fairfield Prep: Albert is a 6’0″, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #23 athlete, and #363 overall. I think his best fit might be at safety, but even though he’s already a borderline 4-star prospect, I think he’s underrated. This is an official visit.

Darrius Clemons – WR – Portland (OR) Westview: Clemons is a 6’3″, 205 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #20 wide receiver, and #151 overall. He’s a little bit stiff in his movements, but he could be a good outside receiver to take the top off the defense. This is an official visit.

Anto Saka – DE – Towson (MD) Loyola Blakefield: Saka is a 6’4″, 225-pounder with offers from Michigan, Penn State, and USC, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #27 strongside end, and #417 overall. This is his official visit.

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23May 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #108 Leon Franklin

Leon Franklin (#3, image via Oakland Press)

Name: Leon Franklin
Height:
5’8″
Weight:
193 lbs.
High school:
Southfield (MI) A&T
Position:
Running back
Class:
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
#34
Last year:
I did not rank Franklin. He did not play.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Franklin was a solid running back for Southfield A&T, finishing his career during the 2018 season. At 5’8″ he and new running backs coach Mike Hart can look at each other eye-to-eye. Franklin is more of a downhill guy than a speed guy. He’s never going to be in the mix to play heavy minutes because of who’s ahead of him, but can he be a guy who represents a pinball-type runner on the scout team? Sure.

22May 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #110 Mahdi Hazime

Mahdi Hazime

Name: Mahdi Hazime
Height:
6’2″
Weight:
319 lbs.
High school:
Dearborn (MI) Fordson
Position:
Offensive guard
Class:
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
#64
Last year:
I ranked Hazime #105 and said he would be a backup offensive guard (LINK). He did not play.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Hazime joined Michigan in the class of 2019 as a preferred walk-on offensive lineman. However, his height at 6’2″ likely limits him to the center position, and 319 lbs. is pretty heavy for someone who’s only 6’2″. Meanwhile, Michigan has a pretty good group of highly touted offensive linemen – and 6’7″ behemoth tackles – so Hazime likely does not measure up with the rest of the linemen in the program, both literally and figuratively. He is not in the two-deep on the offensive line, so his best chance to help out is on the scout team.

Prediction: Backup offensive lineman

22May 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #111 Mathew Harrison

Mathew Harrison (image via Hudl)

Name: Mathew Harrison
Height:
6’2″
Weight:
212 lbs.
High school:
Ortonville (MI) Brandon
Position:
Wide receiver
Class:
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
#88
Last year:
I did not rank Harrison. He did not play.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Harrison came out of high school in 2019 after having been a small school quarterback. He has since transitioned to wide receiver in college. After being listed at 187 lbs. as a high school senior, he now appears on Michigan’s roster at 212 lbs. I can only assume that’s good weight, and as such, perhaps Michigan will look at him in a minor blocking role. Chances are slim that he gets on the field – he does not have noteworthy speed – but he could also simulate some bigger receivers on the scout team in practice.

Prediction: Backup wide receiver

21May 2021
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Jordan Whittley, Wolverine

Jordan Whittley (image via Detroit News)

Oregon State graduate transfer defensive tackle Jordan Whittley has selected the Michigan Wolverines as his destination for 2021.

Whittley is a 6’1″, 358 lb. nose tackle. He missed 2020 with a tumor near his heart, but the last time he played (when he was listed at 6’1″, 324), he made 14 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup, and 1 quarterback hurry. Before Oregon State he was at Laney College, a JUCO in Oakland, California, that was profiled in season four of Last Chance U. Out of high school in the class of 2014, he was a 247 Sports 2-star and the #287 athlete, signing with San Jose State but never attending.

Whittley was listed as a 6’2″, 225 lb. running back coming out of high school. He tore his ACL and put on 100 lbs. or so while he was laid up recovering.

Michigan needs help on the interior of the defensive line. Former defensive coordinator Don Brown did not stockpile nose tackle types, leaving the Wolverines thin on pluggers and heavy on tackle/end tweeners. Michigan addressed the dearth of defensive tackles in the 2021 recruiting class, but nobody is ready to play as a true nose tackle right away. Whittley – if healthy – should be able to hold up to double teams. He won’t be Maurice Hurst, Jr. and living in the offensive backfield, but he should be able to let the linebackers flow to do their job.