2017 Recruiting Update: January 11, 2017

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11Jan 2017
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2017 Recruiting Update: January 11, 2017

Chuck Filiaga with Jim Harbaugh


Aledo (TX) Aledo offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga committed to Michigan (LINK).


Clinton (MS) Clinton running back Cam Akers committed to Florida State at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was considering Ohio State, so this is somewhat of a recruiting win for Michigan. He enrolled early, so there’s no chance of him flipping now, either. Akers looks to me like the best back in the 2017 class.

Bridgeton (NJ) Bridgeton safety Markquese Bell committed to Maryland. This is a pretty good pull for D.J. Durkin. Bell is the 247 Composite #188 player and #7 athlete in the country. He was a Michigan lean at one point, but Michigan supposedly put him on the back burner. He also considered Clemson, Ohio State, and Rutgers. Two of those things are not like the other.

Wylie (TX) East running back Eno Benjamin committed to Arizona State. Benjamin named Michigan to his top six, and I had hoped that the Wolverines would somehow be able to reel him in despite their pursuit of Najee Harris. He seems like a good kid and trained with former Michigan running back David Underwood. However, the Wolverines stopped pursuing him weeks before his final decision.

Hit the jump for several other news bits.

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14Sep 2016
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Colorado

Dylan McCaffrey


Jackson Gibbs – QB – Charlotte (NC) Hough:

Ja’Raymond Hall – OT – Oak Park (MI) Oak Park:

Darnay Holmes – CB – Calabasas (CA) Calabasas: Holmes is a 5’10”, 190 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 5-star, the #2 cornerback, and #11 overall. His leader is thought to be UCLA, and his brother plays for Nebraska. This is his official visit. UPDATE: Holmes was supposed to take his official visit this weekend, but that visit is being rescheduled.

Joel Honigford – OT – Sugarcreek (OH) Garaway: Honigford is a Michigan commit.

James Hudson III – DE – Toledo (OH) Central Catholic: Hudson is a Michigan commit.

Jaylen Kelly-Powell – S – Detroit (MI) Cass Tech:

Corey Malone-Hatcher – DE – St. Joseph (MI) St. Joseph: Malone-Hatcher is a Michigan commit.

Dylan McCaffrey – QB – Highlands Ranch (CO) Valor Christian: McCaffrey is a Michigan commit (LINK).

Joshua Mitchell – RB – Wayne (MI) Memorial:

Joshua Ross – LB – Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary’s: Ross is a Michigan commit.

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6Aug 2016
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2016 BBQ at the Big House visitors

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Antioch (CA) Antioch RB Najee Harris

The BBQ at the Big House, founded by Rich Rodriguez, has continued through Brady Hoke and now Jim Harbaugh. It has always been a big recruiting weekend with a lot of visitors, although Harbaugh has switched it up a little bit. Instead of having it near the end of July when players are still able to take visits freely, putting it in early August makes it a bit tougher for players to make lengthy travel plans, since a lot of states start practice at the beginning of August. This year’s BBQ at the Big House will supposedly be split up into two events, one on August 6 and one on August 8.


Jordan Anthony – LB – Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy: Anthony is a 6’0″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #8 outside linebacker, and #113 overall. A Maryland native, he transferred to IMG prior to his junior year. UPDATE: Anthony is no longer planning to visit.

Henry Bainivalu – OT – Sammamish (WA) Skyline: Bainivalu is a 6’6″, 290 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington, and Washington State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #23 offensive tackle, and #182 overall.

Aaron Banks – OT – El Cerrito (CA) El Cerrito: Banks is a 6’7″, 344 lb. prospect with offers from Cal, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #21 offensive tackle, and #167 overall.

Hit the jump for a ton more players who are attending the BBQ.

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10Feb 2016
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Recruiting Update: February 10, 2016

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Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove offensive guard Netori Johnson

Gadsden (AL) Gadsden City offensive tackle Toryque Bateman was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’8″, 315 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona State, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, and Tennessee, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #49 offensive tackle, and #409 overall. Bateman moves pretty well for his size, but he struggles to bend at the knees and needs to play lower.

Menomonie (WI) Menomonie offensive tackle Alex Fenton was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’5″, 280 lb. prospect with an offer from Wisconsin. His Hudl highlights are private and he has not received a ton of recruiting attention yet, so information is pretty slim.

Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove offensive guard Netori Johnson decommitted from Alabama. He’s a 6’5″, 330 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #4 offensive guard, and #114 overall. Johnson was committed to Alabama since last summer, and Michigan was the last offer he received before decommitting. Johnson was one of a flurry of offers that went out recently at Cedar Grove, and he was a teammate of 2016 Michigan signee Elysee Mbem-Bosse.

Hit the jump for some more 2017 offers, a couple 2018 offers, and some random bits.

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9Mar 2015
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Rivals 100 to Watch for 2017

Detroit (MI) Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones

Rivals released their early top 100 prospects to watch for 2017 (LINK); while the players are not listed numerically, they have been given star ratings. Below is a list of the players Michigan has offered:

Calvin Ashley – OT – Florida
Najee Harris – RB – California
Darnay Holmes – CB – California
Devon Hunter – S – Virginia
Josh Myers – OT – Ohio (Ohio State)

A.J. Epenesa – DE – Illinois
Darnell Ewell – OT – Virginia
Paris Ford – ATH – Pennsylvania
Anthony Hines – LB – Texas
Dylan McCaffrey – QB – Colorado
Jake Moretti – OT – Colorado
Jeffrey Okudah – ATH – Texas
Donovan Peoples-Jones – WR – Michigan
Stanford Samuels III – ATH – Florida
Jeff Thomas – WR – Illinois
Shaun Wade – CB – Florida (Ohio State)
Jamyest Williams – ATH – Georgia
Marcus Williamson – CB – Ohio