I know this seems a little bit late, but since I just wrapped up the final TTB Ratings for 2019, I thought it would be time to share “recruiting awards” for the 2019 class. Feel free to pipe in with your own choices, and you can glance back at, say, the 2016 awards (LINK) to see how I did (what’s up, Andrew David?).
Best Overall Recruit: S Daxton Hill It was a battle to land Hill, who was sought by everyone. Some thought he would go to the home-state Sooners; some thought he would go where his older brother did, Oklahoma State; he was committed to Alabama for a time; and he committed to Michigan twice. He was the #14 overall player to the 247 Composite, and I have him with a 100 as the best safety in the class.
Best Offensive Recruit: RB Zach Charbonnet Charbonnet has great potential to be a stud running back. He’s fast, strong, catches the ball, and can make people miss.
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I know it’s a little bit late in the game, but back in the spring, I didn’t have time to review all the senior film for Michigan’s 2019 signees and give them updated TTB Ratings. I did that during the 2019 Season Countdown, so here are the final TTB Ratings for the class of 2019.
S Daxton Hill: 100 He’s the best safety in the class, though it’s an unimpressive safety class overall.
RB Zach Charbonnet:83 90 As long as he can get/stay healthy, Charbonnet has the potential to be a high draft pick in the future.
DT Chris Hinton, Jr.: 90 He should be an early contributor with high long-term upside.
Name: Caden Kolesar Height: 5’10” Weight: 195 lbs. High school: Lakewood (OH) St. Edward’s Position: Safety Class: Freshman Jersey number: N/A Last year: Kolesar was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 150 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 interception, 13 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 rushing touchdown, 1 punt return touchdown, 1 kickoff return touchdown, and 1 blocked kick TTB Rating: 60
I wrote up a full commitment post for Kolesar, because at the time, it looked like he was committing to the Wolverines as a full-fledged scholarship member of the 2019 class. That turned out not to be true after I already gave him a TTB Rating and such. Oh well.
Anyway, Kolesar is the son of former Michigan wide receiver John Kolesar, who played with Jim Harbaugh back in the 1980s. Caden is the type of hyperproductive, undersized high school player that you root for to be successful, but there are a lot of them dotting the landscape of college football, and not all of them turn into stars. If he were going to, say, Wisconsin, he might be a future star. Since he’s coming to Michigan, where there are 5-stars and 4-stars . . . maybe not.
This year Michigan has some good safeties either already in place or joining the roster this year, including 5-star Daxton Hill and 4-star Quentin Johnson. Kolesar could be a special teams player this year, and if he sticks around for a few years, maybe he will end up like Jordan Glasgow or Jordan Kovacs with some decent playing time. For the moment, though, I don’t expect much from him.
Hit the jump for more news and notes on the 2019 recruiting class.
OFF THE BOARD
Jonathan Allen – OT – Dayton (OH) Dunbar: Allen committed to Cincinnati.
Khris Bogle – DE – Fort Lauderdale (FL) Cardinal Gibbons: Bogle flipped from Alabama to Florida in a somewhat surprising move after committing to Alabama at the All-American Bowl. He’s the #71 overall player in the class.
Jerrion Ealy – RB – Flowood (MS) Jackson Prep: Flowood, a former Mississippi State commit, was expected to go to Clemson but ended up signing with Ole Miss. He was a 5-star and the lone standout running back at the Under Armour All-American Game.
Isaiah Foskey – DE – Concord (CA) De La Salle: Foskey committed to Notre Dame as a defensive end. Michigan had been looking at him as a tight end. Foskey is a former teammate of one-time Michigan tight end Devin Asiasi, who is now at UCLA.
Demarcus Griffin – CB – Charlotte (NC) Olympic: Griffin committed to Utah State.
Daequan Hardy – CB – Pittsburgh (PA) Penn Hills: Hardy signed with Penn State.
Jared Harrison-Hunte – DT – Middle Village (NY) Christ the King: Harrison-Hunte committed to Miami.
Ira Henry – OG – St. Louis (MO) Trinity Catholic: Henry committed to Florida State.
Danielson Ike – OT – Kansas City (MI) Rockhurst: Ike committed to SMU.
Dawand Jones – OT – Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis: Jones blew up late in the recruiting cycle and picked Ohio State over Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, and USC, among others.
Tavian Mayo – CB – Leesburg (GA) Lee County: Mayo signed with West Virginia.
Lloyd Murray, Jr. – DT – Wichita Falls (TX) Hirschi: Murray signed with Colorado.
Adonis Otey – CB – Murfreesboro (TN) Blackman: Otey flipped from Arkansas to USC.
George Pickens – WR – Hoover (AL) Hoover: Pickens flipped from Auburn to Georgia. This was probably the biggest newsmaker of National Signing Day when the long-time Auburn commit picked the Bulldogs. He’s a 5-star and #24 overall in the class.
Matthew Pola-Mao – DT – Chandler (AZ) Chandler: Pola-Mao committed to Kansas State.
Garmon Randolph – TE – Jefferson (GA) Jefferson: Randolph committed to Baylor.
Jammie Robinson – S – Leesburg (GA) Lee County: Robinson committed to South Carolina.
Joshua Sanguinetti – S – Fort Lauderdale (FL) University School: Sanguinetti committed to Indiana. The Hoosiers signed three 4-star prospects, and that doesn’t include Sanguinetti, who’s #417 overall in the class.