2024 Recruiting Update: May 25, 2022

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25May 2022
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2024 Recruiting Update: May 25, 2022

Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseph’s CB Omillio Agard

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2024

Omillio Agard – CB – Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseph’s: Agard is a 6’0″, 170 lb. prospect with offers from Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #6 cornerback, and #45 overall. St. Joseph’s is the alma mater of former Michigan offensive lineman Jon Runyan, Jr.

Shakir Collins – LB – Adelanto (CA) Adelanto: Collins is a 6’2″, 210-pounder with offers from Florida State, Texas A&M, and Washington, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #26 linebacker, and #360 overall.

KingJoseph Edwards – TE – Buford (GA) Buford: Edwards is a 6’5″, 242 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #7 athlete, and #58 overall. Buford is a powerhouse program that produces FBS talent on a yearly basis, including former Michigan running back Christian Turner (now at Wake Forest).

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24May 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #106 Andy Maddox

Andy Maddox (image via MGoBlue)

Name: Andy Maddox
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
212 lbs.
High school:
Prairie Village (KS) Shawnee Mission East
Position:
Quarterback
Class:
Redshirt junior
Jersey number:
#14
Last year:
I ranked Maddox #102 and said he would be a backup quarterback (LINK). He served as a student coach.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Maddox is a decently talented quarterback prospect who has yet to see the field at Michigan. For unknown reasons (to me), he spent last season as a student coach. I won’t speculate on why that was, but it is likely that after missing a season of football, he is probably not much further along in his development than he was prior to that point. I like his talent and think he could be a valuable scout team option, but that’s probably his approximate ceiling for this year.

Prediction: Backup quarterback

22May 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #107 Jake Thaw

Jake Thaw

Name: Jake Thaw
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
190 lbs.
High school:
Westport (CT) Staples
Position:
Wide receiver
Class:
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
#26
Last year:
I ranked Thaw #118 and said he would be a backup wide receiver (LINK). He played in one game.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Thaw is yet another solidly talented walk-on wide receiver. Since he has yet to play a down at Michigan, I want to take this opportunity to test out a theory. Is there a chance that walk-ons could be phased out of playing time at big-time programs? For example, if NIL deals are now running the sport, a 4-star receiver is not going to want to lose out on playing time to a 0-star walk-on when that could be a chance to make a big play, score a touchdown, and increase his visibility. Late in a 40-point blowout, a freshman like Darrius Clemons might be able to establish himself for a future NIL deal by scoring a 70-yard touchdown, but if the coaches empty the bench to play someone like Thaw, that could affect Clemons’s bottom line.

This is not specific to Thaw and Clemons (they’re just examples), but I wonder if coaches might start making on-field and depth chart decisions based on NIL.

Prediction: Backup wide receiver

21May 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #108 Christian Bartholomew

Christian Bartholomew (image via MGoBlue)

Name: Christian Bartholomew
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
182 lbs.
High school:
Galesburg (MI) Kalamazoo United
Position:
Wide receiver
Class:
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
#27
Last year:
I ranked Bartholomew #115 and said he would be a backup wide receiver (LINK). He played in one game.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Bartholomew enters into his third season and has played in one game so far in his career. That one game was against Northern Illinois, a game in which Carl Grapentine and Dave Ablauf also participated. I do think Bartholomew has better speed than Grapentine, but Ablauf will be battling him for sixth string wideout.

Prediction: Backup wide receiver

18May 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #109 Peyton Smith

Peyton Smith (image via Twitter)

Name: Peyton Smith
Height:
6’3″
Weight:
192 lbs.
High school:
Traverse City (MI) Central
Position:
Quarterback
Class:
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
#17
Last year:
I ranked Smith #96 and said he would be a backup quarterback (LINK). He played in one game.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Michigan seems to have built up a pretty solid quarterback room. In a way, I think some of the walk-ons are more impressive than some of the scholarship players. Smith has potential and value as a scout team player, but with so many scholarship quarterbacks on the roster – and Davis Warren seemingly moving up the ranks – I don’t think that Peyton Smith is going to get much of a shot, at least not in 2022.

Prediction: Backup quarterback