Scouting Report: 2017 Quarterbacks

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15Feb 2016
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Scouting Report: 2017 Quarterbacks

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Dylan McCaffrey (image via CHSAAnow)

Since quarterback is such a key position, each year I like to go in-depth with the quarterback position and rank the prospects that Michigan is pursing. At times Michigan has offered so few prospects by this point in the year that I have to throw in a few with Michigan interest, but the Wolverines have offered ten signal-callers at this point, so that’s plenty good to start. Below is a ranked list of those ten quarterbacks. I ranked them based on their fit with Michigan’s offensive system, so if I were looking at this list as an Ohio State fan, a Washington State fan, or an Oregon fan, I might rank them differently.

1. Dylan McCaffrey – QB – Littleton (CO) Valor Christian: McCaffrey is a 6’5″, 200 lb. prospect who is uncommitted. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #2 pro-style quarterback, and #45 overall. As a junior in 2015, he completed 207/320 passes (64.7%) for 2,800 yards, 27 TDs, and 4 INTs; he also ran 128 times for 592 yards (4.6 yards/carry) and 13 TDs. He is the son of former Stanford and NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey, as well as the brother of current Stanford running back – and Heisman finalist – Christian McCaffrey. In watching his junior year film, it became pretty clear why Michigan has him at or near the top of their board: he looks a great deal like Jake Rudock. McCaffrey is, of course, a couple inches taller than Rudock, but a lot of their mannerisms are very similar. McCaffrey is very balanced and unhurried in the pocket, and he does a nice job of standing tall and climbing in the pocket while waiting for the play to develop. He plays in a pro-style offense with dropbacks from under center, some shotgun passes, and an occasional designed run. He does good work with his ball handling and sees the field well. His anticipation is not on the same level as Bailey Hockman’s, but he makes good reads. McCaffrey is not a truly dynamic runner, but he is fast enough to escape and surprise some people with his speed. He has a nice over-the-top delivery, and with his height, that should prevent too many balls being batted down. NOTE: I scheduled this post for 6:30 a.m. on February 16th, and McCaffrey committed to Michigan on the evening of February 15th.

Hit the jump for the other nine quarterback targets.

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10Sep 2015
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Oregon State

Norcross (GA) Greater Atlanta Christian quarterback Davis Mills

The Wolverines will be hosting a bunch of visitors for the home opener against Oregon State this weekend. This list will increase significantly before Saturday, but here are the names I have so far.


Jonathan Brys – DE – Jackson (MI) Lumen Christi:

Landon Dickerson – OG  – Hickory (NC) Hickory:
Dickerson is a 6’5″, 293 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #10 offensive tackle, and #71 overall. He is one of the few offensive linemen that Michigan has continued to recruit now that several linemen are committed, but he seems likely to end up elsewhere, with Virginia Tech being a strong possibility. UPDATE: Michigan asked Dickerson to reschedule his visit for after the season, but it is unlikely to get rescheduled.

Hit the jump for several more 2016 and 2017 prospects.
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17Aug 2015
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Recruiting Update: August 17, 2015

Norcross (GA) Greater Atlanta Christian quarterback Davis Mills

A note on offer board updates: A new website means new rules, so new offers, commitments, and decommitments will be listed in the comments section at the bottom of the offer boards. So if you scroll to the bottom of each offer page, you can see the most recent developments in those areas.

Thousand Oaks (CA) Westlake wide receiver Theo Howard decommitted from Oregon. He’s a 6’0″, 170 lb. prospect who’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #16 wide receiver, and #111 overall. At one time he was considered to be one of the California crew who could end up at Michigan (along with quarterback K.J. Costello and others), but now it looks like USC has moved in on the former Duck commit. This could potentially help Michigan in some areas, because if USC fills up at wide receiver, the Wolverines could end up with some of the leftovers.

Norcross (GA) Greater Atlanta Christian quarterback Davis Mills was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 189 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona State, Miami, and Stanford, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #5 pro-style quarterback, and #86 overall. As a sophomore in 2014, he completed 67% of his passes for 2,267 yards and 26 touchdowns; he also has 313 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns. Mills is definitely a pro-style guy who can move in the pocket a little bit, but he won’t be a big run threat at the next level. He throws a nice deep ball and anticipates coverages well. Georgia and Stanford appear to be the favorites so far.

Hit the jump for a couple guys who committed elsewhere and some random tidbits.

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