You can take a look back at the awards for the 2019 class if you want (LINK).
Best Overall Recruit: DE Braiden McGregor McGregor lost a little bit of steam in the recruiting world when his senior season ended in a fizzle after a knee injury. That doesn’t put a damper on my excitement for him, though. Michigan does a good job of developing defensive talent – particularly defensive ends – and I expect that to continue with McGregor.
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Name: Dan Villari Height: 6’4″ Weight: 215 lbs. High school: Massapequa (NY) Plainedge Position: Quarterback Class: Freshman Jersey number: N/A Last year: Villari was a senior in high school (LINK). He passed for 1,306 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 1 interception, while running for 1,522 yards and 25 touchdowns. TTB Rating: 69
Villari was a late add to Michigan’s class due to an unfortunate development with J.D. Johnson. Johnson, as you might remember, discovered that he would not be able to continue his football career because of a heart condition. That left the Wolverines scrambling, and in stepped Villari, who took a whirlwind trip to Michigan and ended up signing in December.
Villari is an athletic quarterback whose passing acumen might not wow many, but he does offer some versatility. First of all, Michigan and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis do value athletic quarterbacks more than some other past coaching staffs. But second, Jim Harbaugh has converted a quarterback (Zach Gentry) into a draft pick as a tight end. Villari looks to me like a player who will eventually end up contributing at a position other than quarterback. He shouldn’t be any higher than #4 on the depth chart in 2020, and 2021 will see 5-star J.J. McCarthy arrive.
Michigan wrapped up a decent recruiting class earlier in February. There are no 5-star recruits, but the Wolverines got a fair share of 4-star guys. For a historical perspective on where they match up with recruits from the past, here’s a look at where they slot in all-time, according to the 247 Composite.
A.J. Henning – WR – Frankfort (IL) Lincoln-Way East 2020 ranking: #101 Historical ranking: #80 all-time at Michigan Flanked by: RB Kareem Walker (#100 in 2016) and DT Will Johnson (#105 in 2004) Closest positional comparisons: Toney Clemons (#96 in 2007) and Adrian Arrington (#115 in 2004)
Braiden McGregor – DE – Port Huron (MI) Northern 2020 ranking: #122 Historical ranking: #103 Tied with: WR Tarik Black (#122 in 2017) Closest positional comparisons: Aidan Hutchinson (#112 in 2018) and Chris Wormley (#129 in 2012)