Scouting Report: 2018 Quarterbacks

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29Mar 2017
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Scouting Report: 2018 Quarterbacks

Dorian Thompson-Robinson (image via USA Today)

Since quarterback is such an important position in the game of football, I like to take a hard look at whom Michigan is recruiting in each class. I actually started this post a couple weeks ago, but with all the film watching and such, it took me a while to complete it. When I evaluate quarterbacks for this piece, I think about how well they would fit in the offense that I expect Michigan to run. With that being said, there’s some uncertainty going forward with talk that Jim Harbaugh wants more athletic quarterbacks and an offense that employs more wide receivers than we have seen in the past. Harbaugh did have success with a more spread-oriented offense as the San Francisco 49ers head coach, so I tried to keep that in mind when putting together this list.

Below is an in-depth look at the eleven quarterbacks Michigan has offered in the 2018 class, in order of my preferenc:

1. Trevor Lawrence – QB – Cartersville (GA) Cartersville: Lawrence is a 6’6″, 196 lb. prospect who committed to Clemson in December of 2016. He’s also a U.S. Army All-American and the #1 overall player in the country. Lawrence is probably the most “college ready” quarterback on this list. A pro-style guy, he has the size, footwork, arm strength, and accuracy to be deserving of his ranking. The thing that probably sets him apart is his intelligence and pre-snap reads. Lawrence does a great job of identifying coverages and getting rid of the ball quickly when he has an opportunity. In that sense I think he has a little bit of Peyton Manning in him; he’s a very cerebral quarterback. Lawrence isn’t a great athlete and I’m sure the Clemson offense will look different with Lawrence than it did with Deshaun Watson, but he still should be able to command that offense well.

Hit the jump for the rest of the list.

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1Mar 2017
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3-1-17 Recruiting Update: Michigan is Princess Peach

Lee’s Summit (MO) West WR/CB Mario Goodrich (image via Recruiting News Guru)

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Apopka (FL) Apopka offensive tackle William Barnes was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 312 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, and Oregon, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #8 offensive tackle, and #66 overall. Michigan hasn’t tried to go into Apopka much, but they did pull Jeremy Gallon from there back in 2009. Barnes might end up playing on the interior if he doesn’t get a little bit taller.

Hampton (GA) Dutchtown safety Trey Dean was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 180 lbs. with offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Notre Dame, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #23 safety, and #284 overall. He plays some corner in high school, but I don’t know if he has the fluidity to stay there in college. However, he’s a hard hitter and a lanky kid who can cover some ground from the safety position.

Lee’s Summit (MO) West wide receiver Mario Goodrich was offered by Michigan. He’s 6’2″, 180 lbs. and has offers from Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ole Miss, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #21 athlete, and #263 overall. As a junior in 2016, he had 26 carries for 181 yards and 2 TDs, 15 catches for 282 yards and 6 TDs, 46 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 7 interceptions (including 2 touchdowns), 12 pass breakups, and a kickoff return for a score. He named Michigan his top school, and you’ll probably enjoy the speed he shows in the video below:

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17Jun 2016
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2016 Aerial Assault QB Camp participants

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Matawan (NJ) Old Bridge QB Artur Sitkowski (image via Maxpreps)

There will be a lot of campers descending on Ann Arbor for the Aerial Assault QB Camp on June 18, 2016. I have heard that some non-quarterbacks are attending the camp, so I’m not sure if they’ll be receiving targets or if they’re just visiting campus during that time. Regardless, I’ll list here some of the notable prospects attending the camp:



  • Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas S Adetutu Daranijo
  • Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas QB Beau Filicchio
  • Matawan (NJ) Old Bridge QB Artur Sitkowski
  • Prattville (AL) Prattville WR Cam Taylor
  • Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson


  • Murrieta (CA) Valley QB Hank Bachmeier
  • Southfield (MI) Southfield QB Sam Johnson III
  • Highlands Ranch (CO) Valor Christian QB Luke McCaffrey
  • Phoenix (AZ) Pinnacle QB Spencer Rattler


  • Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett QB Aaron McLaughlin

Speakers/counselors include:

  • Vanderbilt/Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler
  • Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DiFilippo
  • Former Michigan and NFL quarterback Elvis Grbac
  • Former Michigan Heisman winner and NFL receiver Desmond Howard
  • Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains
  • Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay
  • Miami/Indianapolis Colts quarterback Stephen Morris
  • Michigan/Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback/running back Denard Robinson
  • Quarterback coach George Whitfield

Players with a Michigan offer are in bold.

2May 2016
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Recruiting Update: May 2, 2016

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Philadelphia (PA) Imhotep safety Isheem Young (with ball, image via Philadelphia Tribune)

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Baltimore (MD) Gilman tight end Thomas Booker was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 245 lb. prospect whose first offer came from the Wolverines, and then Maryland followed. He’s a bulky tight end who might end up on the defensive line instead. He plays for the same program that sent Stephen Spanellis and Henry Poggi to Michigan in 2016 and 2013, respectively.

Pago Pago (American Samoa) Leone linebacker Juliano Falaniko was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 200 lb. prospect who committed to USC just over a week ago. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #11 inside linebacker, and #347 overall.

Old Bridge (NJ) Old Bridge quarterback Artur Sitkowski was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 205 lb. prospect with offers from Indiana, Maryland, and Rutgers, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #8 pro-style quarterback, and #223 overall. As a sophomore in 2015, he went 95/185 for 1,436 yards, 16 TDs, and 4 INTs. He’s a pocket quarterback who’s not much of a threat to run the ball.

Philadelphia (PA) Imhotep safety Isheem Young was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’10”, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #4 safety, and #62 overall. Young is a hard-hitting safety who’s very good in run support and has some good speed, as well. He attends the same school as 2016 prospects Naseir Upshur (Florida State) and Johncarlo Valentin (Oklahoma).

Hit the jump for some players who went off the board and some random bits.

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