2017 Recruiting Grades: Offense

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9Feb 2017
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2017 Recruiting Grades: Offense

Donovan Peoples-Jones (image via Rivals)

Commits (1): Dylan McCaffrey
Decommits (0): N/A
Why? McCaffrey was a U.S. Army All-American and there have been whispers that Jim Harbaugh believes McCaffrey is the best high school quarterback prospect he’s seen in a long time, maybe going back to Andrew Luck. So there’s that. McCaffrey has the height, the bloodline, and the athleticism to be a very good quarterback. However, there are questions about his arm strength and mechanics. So while Harbaugh really likes him, I would have preferred someone like Davis Mills, who chose Stanford instead.

Hit the jump for the rest of the offensive grades.

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11Oct 2016
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Chase Lasater, Ex-Wolverine

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Chase Lasater (#27)

Jacksonville (FL) Trinity fullback/linebacker Chase Lasater decommitted from Michigan on Monday night. He originally committed to the Wolverines in March (LINK).

Lasater, who is 6’2″ and 238 lbs., was brought into the fold as someone who could play fullback but wanted to play linebacker, similar to Sandy Hook (CT) Newtown commitment Ben Mason. He was lightly recruited but is a very physical player. Michigan has been recruiting Leesburg (GA) Lee fullback and LSU commit Tory Carter pretty hard, and Carter will be on campus in November for an official visit. There have been rumors floating around for a while that Lasater might not end up in the class: injuries have slowed him this fall, attending several different high schools may have hurt his chances of admission, and maybe Michigan just didn’t have room for him.

Regardless, Michigan goes forward with the possibility of flipping Carter, a 6’2″, 255-pounder. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #4 fullback, and #1806 in the class. Here’s a look at the top-ranked fullbacks in the class:


Michigan now has 16 commitments in a class that could reach approximately 30.

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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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18Apr 2016
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Mailbag: Are these 3-stars better than the old 3-stars?

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J’Marick Woods

A question from UM_1973 got me to respond to something I have been meaning to address for a couple weeks now:

Thunder, I noticed that our current group of commits are made up of mostly 3 stars. However, unlike last year’s bunch of early commits, you seem to be more impressed by this year’s bunch than last year’s. Based on that, do you expect that there will be less decommitments in this year’s class compared to last year’s class?

To start off here, it’s obviously important to take a look at the current 3-star commits and last year’s.

2017 3-stars committed: S J’Marick Woods, RB A.J. Dillon, DT Phillip Paea, FB Chase Lasater, RB Kurt Taylor, TE Carter Dunaway, CB Benjamin St-Juste

2016 3-stars committed by the end of August 2015: RB Kingston Davis, RB Kiante Enis, LB Devin Gil,  LB Dele’ Harding, LB Dytarious Johnson, TE Sean McKeon, S Josh Metellus, LB David Reese, CB Antwaine Richardson, CB Sir Patrick Scott, QB Victor Viramontes, DE Rashad Weaver

Hit the jump for more on the differences between the two classes.

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31Mar 2016
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Chase Lasater, Wolverine

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Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian Academy LB Chase Lasater attempts to block a punt

Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian Academy fullback Chase Lasater committed to Michigan on Thursday evening. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Charlotte and Troy.

Lasater is a 6’2″, 238 lb. fullback and linebacker. He claims a 4.57 forty, a 4.4 shuttle, a 34.5″ vertical, a 315 lb. bench press, and a 475 lb. squat. His Nike testing numbers are a little less impressive (4.75 forty, 4.56 shuttle), but still solid.

ESPN: Unranked
Rivals: 3-star FB
Scout: Unranked
247 Sports: Unranked

Hit the jump for more on Lasater’s commitment.

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