2022 Season Countdown: #84 Kody Jones

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23Jun 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #84 Kody Jones

Kody Jones (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Kody Jones
Height:
5’11”
Weight:
175 lbs.
High school:
Memphis (TN) Germantown
Position:
Cornerback
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
#12
Last year:
Jones was a senior in high school (LINK).
TTB Rating:
80

There were some tense moments as Michigan tried to hold onto the 4-star, #13 athlete, and #311 overall player in the country, according to the 247 Composite. Despite a steady push from the home state Tennessee Volunteers, Jones chose the Wolverines and eventually decided to stick with the Wolverines. Despite being recruited as a defensive player, Jones played a lot of offense in 2021 as he stepped in to be a dynamic running back.

Jones could play a few positions in college. Originally thought to be a safety, Michigan employed him as a cornerback during the spring after he enrolled early. Jones held up fairly well, and unlike fellow freshman corner Myles Pollard, he did not look overmatched as an athlete. Jones will need to get bigger and work on his technique, but he looks like a young Blake Countess to me. Jones may need to wait a bit to get on the field, and he’s probably not ready as a true freshman. I could see him getting his feet wet this season and maybe playing in just a few games to maintain his redshirt.

Prediction: Redshirt

22Jun 2022
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Visitors: June 24-26, 2022

Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep WR Jalen Brown (image via Miami Herald)

CLASS OF 2023 OFFICIAL VISITORS

Jaiden Ausberry – LB – Baton Rouge (LA) University Laboratory: Ausberry is a 6’2″, 210 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Texas, among others. He has taken officials to Auburn, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M. Ausberry ranks as a 4-star, the #4 outside linebacker, and #80 overall. The FutureCast has him headed to LSU, but his older brother Austin signed with Auburn in the class of 2022.

Jalen Brown – WR – Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep: Brown is a 6’2″, 178-pounder with offers from Georgia, LSU, Miami, and Michigan, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #6 wide receiver, and #44 overall. Brown has a connection to former Michigan great Desmond Howard, but he also has connections elsewhere. LSU and Miami are also considered to be strong contenders for his services.

Malachi Coleman – DE – Lincoln (NE) East: Coleman is a 6’5″, 196 lb. athlete with offers from Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Oregon, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #2 athlete, and #96 overall. Coleman took an official visit to Nebraska earlier this month and the FutureCast has him as a future Cornhusker.

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21Jun 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #85 Dominick Giudice

Dominick Giudice

Name: Dominick Giudice
Height:
6’5″
Weight:
275 lbs.
High school:
Freehold (NJ) Mater Dei
Position:
Defensive tackle
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#56
Last year:
I ranked Giudice #122 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He played in two games.
TTB Rating:
58

Giudice has already exceeded my expectations in a way. Last year I did not expect him to see the field, and he did. Of course, the way Michigan was playing, a ton of players saw the field in blowouts. But still, Giudice could have remained on the bench all year long, and he played against Northern Illinois and Northwestern.

Coming into his second year on campus, it seems once again that Giudice will be languishing on the sideline most of the time. Along with a couple solid returning players, some of Giudice’s classmates – Rayshaun Benny and George Rooks – have earned practice buzz from the spring. Add in a monster freshman nose tackle in Kenneth Grant and an early enrollee with some buzz in Mason Graham, and it’s an uphill climb for Giudice to earn playing time. I do not expect him to factor much into the rotation in 2022.

Prediction: Backup defensive tackle

20Jun 2022
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Deakon Tonielli, Wolverine

Oswego (IL) Oswego tight end Deakon Tonielli (image via Hudl)

Oswego (IL) Oswego tight end Deakon Tonielli committed to Michigan on Sunday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Illinois, Purdue, Tennessee, and West Virginia, among others.

Tonielli is listed at 6’6″ and 215 lbs. As a sophomore in 2020, he caught 25 passes for 440 yards and 3 touchdowns.

RANKINGS
ESPN: 3-star, 79 grade, #14 TE
On3: 4-star, 90 grade, #17 TE
Rivals: 3-star, 5.6 grade, #44 TE
247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #17 TE

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19Jun 2022
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Best Father-Son Duos Since 1980

Chris Hutchinson (left) and Aidan Hutchinson (center) make up the best father-son duo at Michigan in the past 40 years

Happy Father’s Day to all you Michigan fan dads out there!

I’m no Michigan football historian. If you asked me what the team’s record was back in 1929 or who the starting running back was in 1954, I would stare at you blankly and then walk away. They barely kept stats back then, so did it really happen if there were no TFLs?

I’m here to say it didn’t.

But I can make an argument for the best father-son duos to play for Michigan football since the beginning of the 1980s. If you disagree, you’re wrong. But it’s your prerogative to argue in the comments, anyway.

1. Chris Hutchinson (1989-1992) and Aidan Hutchinson (2018-2021)
Chris wore #97 and was an All-American at defensive tackle in 1992. He was a three-year starter and a captain who set the school record with 11 sacks in 1992, and he had 24 sacks for his career. Aidan also donned #97 and started for three seasons at defensive end, topping his dad with 14 sacks in 2021. He finished his career with 16.5 career sacks and was the #2 overall draft pick by the Detroit Lions in 2022.

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