ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
Cincinnati (OH) Moeller offensive guard Matthew Dotson was offered by Michigan. Dotson is a 6’5″, 225 lb. prospect with offers from Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Tennessee, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #12 tight end, and #354 overall. He claims a 4.82 forty. Dotson is a big body with good body control, but he is not supremely athletic or dynamic after the catch. Ohio State typically gets its pick of the litter from Ohio tight ends (witness Jake Hausmann and Luke Farrell in 2016), but Michigan has a really good chance at finishing second.
Hit the jump for a few more new offers, a commitment elsewhere, and some random bits.
Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian tight end Colby Parkinson was offered by Michigan. Parkinson is a 6’6″, 225 lb. prospect with offers from Cal, Georgia, UCLA, USC, and Washington, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #10 tight end, and #291 overall. As a junior in 2015, he has 19 catches for 432 yards and 4 touchdowns. He’s a tall target with pretty good speed who is much better after the catch than Dotson, though he may not be as developed as a blocker.
Ann Arbor (MI) Pioneer linebacker Antjuan Simmons was offered by Michigan. Simmons is a 6’1″, 205 lb. prospect with offers from LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #33 outside linebacker, and #483 overall. I have long been a fan of Simmons’s game and thought he might be the best player in the state (or at least one of the top three or four), but Michigan held off on offering him for some reason while they recruited the “Pipeline Nine.” I think Detroit Cass Tech’s Donovan Peoples-Jones has clearly surpassed Simmons for the #1 ranking in the state, but Simmons is a good all-around athlete who could play running back, linebacker, or safety at the next level. He doesn’t have blazing speed or great size, but he demolishes ball carriers and has a good combination of athletic skills. I think he would have made a great substitute for Stevie Brown as an OLB/SS hybrid, although I’m not sure if Simmons would fit the nickel corner position now occupied by Jabrill Peppers. Even so, I think he’s a good prospect to get on campus and see where he fits; Michigan is following that path by recruiting him as an “athlete.”
ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2019
Marietta (GA) Walton wide receiver Dominick Blaylock was offered by Michigan. Blaylock is a 6’0″, 170 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Clemson, and Georgia, among others. He claims a 4.55 forty. He is the son of former NBA all-star point guard Mookie Blaylock, who played his most notable college years at Oklahoma before carving out a career with the Nets, Hawks, and Warriors. Since National Signing Day is over three years away for Blaylock, it doesn’t do much good to guess at his eventual destination. However, he looks like a very good prospect who should be all over the top-whatever lists whenever those come out for 2019.
OFF THE BOARD
Trophy Club (TX) Byrone Nelson offensive tackle Kellen Diesch committed to Texas A&M. Diesch was a one-time Arkansas pledge who decommitted when Arkansas started going down the toilet early in the year.
Bowling Green (KY) Bowling Green tight end Dane Drobocky committed to Michigan as a preferred walk-on (LINK).
Over on Recruiting Season, I added/updated posts for:
- 2017 U of D Jesuit safety Scott Nelson
- 2017 Berrien Springs OG Phillip Paea
- 2017 Belleville CB Devonni Reed
- 2017 Ann Arbor Pioneer LB Antjuan Simmons
- 2016 Belleville DE Justice Williams
- 2016 Oak Park CB Abdullah Yaseen
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