Recruiting Update: April 19, 2018

Recruiting Update: April 19, 2018

April 19, 2018

Cincinnati (OH) Moeller OG Zach Carpenter (image via Rivals)


Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna cornerback Te’Cory Couch committed to Michigan (LINK).

New Canaan (CT) New Canaan offensive guard Jack Stewart committed to Michigan (LINK).


Cincinnati (OH) Moeller offensive guard Zach Carpenter was offered by Michigan. The 6’5″, 310-pounder is a 3-star, the #17 offensive guard, and #469 overall. He has offers from Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, and Oregon, among others. He was offered while visiting Michigan this past weekend, and he put Michigan in his top three after the visit.

Hit the jump for several more offers, oodles and oodles of commitments, and some top lists.

Austin (TX) Bowie wide receiver Elijah Higgins was offered by Michigan. With offers from Auburn, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Texas, and Texas A&M, among others. he’s a 4-star, the #44 wide receiver, and #303 overall. As a junior in 2017, he caught 26 passes for 425 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Baltimore (MD) St. Frances defensive tackle Jeffrey M’ba was offered by Michigan. The 6’6″, 285-pounder moved from France to Maryland recently, and he will play his senior year at St. Frances, the school coached by former Michigan staffer Biff Poggi. So far I do not believe M’ba has been rated by the recruiting sites.

Speaking of foreigners, Scottish defensive end David Ojabo was offered by Michigan. The 6’5″, 245-pounder now plays at Blairstown (NJ) Blair Academy. He’s a 3-star, the #66 strongside end, and #990 overall.

Roebuck (SC) Dorman wide receiver Jacoby Pinckney was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 205 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #57 wide receiver, and #436 overall. Last year he caught 65 passes for 1,075 yards and 9 touchdowns.


Tampa (FL) Jefferson wide receiver Ahmarean Brown committed to Maryland. As the #565 player overall, he now becomes the highest ranked Terrapins commit in the 2019 class, topping two guys who are . . . unranked so far.

Charlotte (NC) Hough cornerback Jalen Frazier committed to North Carolina State.

Apopka (FL) Wekiva cornerback Renardo Green committed to Florida State.

Orange (NJ) Orange cornerback Nyquee Hawkins committed to Virginia Tech. When he was first offered, it was thought that Michigan’s pursuit of New Jersey prospects might pay off with a commitment from Hawkins, but that fervor for Garden State prospects has curtailed over the last year or so.

Richmond (TX) Fort Bend Travis wide receiver Arjei Henderson committed to Oklahoma . . . again. Henderson was committed to Oklahoma, decommitted, picked Oregon for a few months, decommitted, and is now supposedly headed to the Sooners again.

Wayne (NJ) DePaul safety Ronnie Hickman committed to Ohio State. Hickman could play safety or outside linebacker in Columbus.

Monroe (NC) Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell committed to Florida State, as expected. He’s the #4 pro-style QB in the class.

Nashville (TN) Davidson defensive end Ani Izuchukwu committed to Mississippi State. This is a pretty good pull for Mississippi State and new head coach Joe Moorhead, as Izuchukwu is the #237 overall player in the country.

Flowood (MS) Northwest Rankin safety Jarrian Jones committed to Oklahoma. Yes, that’s a Mississippi prospect leaving the state of Mississippi, which is a rare thing. Well, as long as the commitment sticks. Michigan continues to recruit the state of Mississippi with zero success.

Miami (FL) South Dade wide receiver Frank Ladson, Jr. committed to Clemson. Michigan just offered him about a week prior to his commitment, so there was no chance for the Wolverines to make much of an impact in that time period. Of course, it’s odd that Michigan waited that long to offer a 5-star the #14 overall player.

Converse (TX) Judson defensive end/defensive tackle DeMarvin Leal committed to Texas A&M. He’s a borderline top-100 player.

Baltimore (MD) St. Frances linebacker Shane Lee committed to Alabama. Lee plays for former Michigan staffer Biff Poggi at St. Frances.

Clinton Township (MI) Chippewa Valley linebacker Marcel Lewis committed to Michigan State. The 6’1″, 205-pounder is the first player in this class to pick the Spartans while holding a Michigan offer.

Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy offensive guard Dontae Lucas committed to Florida State. The 6’3″, 323 lb. behemoth will enroll early in Tallahassee.

Naples (FL) Naples running back Chez Mellusi committed to Clemson.

Richmond (TX) Fort Bend Travis safety Jamal Morris committed to Oklahoma, where he will continue playing with teammate Arjei Henderson (see above).

Wichita Falls (TX) Hirschi defensive tackle Lloyd Murray committed to Ole Miss.

St. Charles (IL) North cornerback Tyler Nubin committed to Minnesota. He was offered by Michigan in February and visited in mid-March, but instead he becomes Minnesota’s highest ranked recruit (#469 overall).

Bridgeport (CT) Avon Old Farms quarterback Taisun Phommachanh committed to Clemson. He had (has?) a visit scheduled for Michigan for this upcoming weekend, but it’s tough to deny Clemson at this point when they come calling. The commitment of Cade McNamara seemed to indicate that Michigan would not land Phommachanh, which I thought to be unlikely already.

Mentor (OH) Mentor defensive end Noah Potter committed to Ohio State. A 6’5″, 250 lb. defensive end from Mentor with similar measureables to Tom Strobel? Eh, maybe not a big loss.

Allen (TX) Allen wide receiver Theo Wease committed to Oklahoma last weekend. Naturally, he’s taking an official visit to LSU this weekend.

Daphne (AL) Daphne cornerback Christian Williams committed to Alabama. This was a very unsurprising development.


Here’s a list of visitors from last weekend (LINK).

Paw Paw (MI) Paw Paw offensive guard Karsen Barnhart will be announcing his decision on Friday, April 20. As of Wednesday evening, 92% of the Crystal Ball picks are for Michigan.

Savannah (GA) Islands linebacker Kalen Deloach named a top 9 that includes Michigan (LINK).

Malvern (PA) Prep linebacker Keith Maguire, Jr. eliminated Michigan (LINK).

Metuchen (NJ) St. Joseph offensive tackle John Olmstead named a top 5 that includes Michigan (LINK), and he will be announcing on Friday, April 20.

Ft. Worth (TX) Nolan Catholic defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah named a top 2 that doesn’t include Michigan (LINK), and he’ll announce in mid-May.

Oakdale (CT) St. Thomas More safety Tyler Rudolph named a top 5 that includes Michigan (LINK).

Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett safety D.J. Turner II named a top 11 that includes Michigan (LINK).

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