2017 Recruiting Update: May 25, 2016

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25May 2016
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2017 Recruiting Update: May 25, 2016

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Robert Porcher III and Robert Porcher IV (image via Twitter)

This has nothing to do with 2017 recruiting, but I finalized the TTB Ratings for the 2016 class on Monday (LINK).

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
Grenada (MS) Grenada safety C.J. Avery was offered by Michigan. Avery is a 6’1″, 198 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, and Stanford, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #19 safety, and #198 overall. As a junior in 2015, he made 76 tackles, 5 INTs, and 1 fumble return for a TD. He’s an aggressive safety who high-points the ball well and is a pretty vicious hitter.

Richmond (VA) Benedictine linebacker Ellis Brooks decommitted from Duke. He’s a 6’2″, 233 lb. prospect with offers from North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pitt, and South Carolina, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #16 outside linebacker, and #230 overall. Duke doesn’t typically recruit well, so Brooks was their top commit in 2017; he was also a teammate of the Blue Devils’ highest rated signee in 2016, wide receiver Scott Bracey.

Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips defensive end Robert Porcher IV was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 245 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Mississippi State, USC, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #58 weakside end, and #1334 overall. As a junior in 2015, he made 92 tackles, 32 TFLs, and 11 sacks. He’s the son of former Detroit Lions defensive end Robert Porcher, and he attends a school that Michigan recruited pretty heavily during the Rich Rodriguez era (Demetrius Hart, Ricardo Miller, etc.). Despite a high level of productivity, Porcher does not seem to be a standout athletically, and I think he’s pretty accurately ranked as a so-so 3-star.

Hit the jump for a few more bits and pieces of 2017 recruiting.

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19Apr 2016
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Recruiting Update: April 19, 2016

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San Diego (CA) Madison LB Sampson Niu

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
Salinas (CA) Palma center Drew Dalman was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’3″, 265 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona, Colorado, and Fresno State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #16 center, and #1373 overall. Dalman isn’t an overpowering lineman, but he is quick out of his stance with a low base. He’s the type who fits at center and not anywhere else.

San Antonio (TX) John Jay offensive tackle Matthew Huhn was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’7″, 270 lb. prospect with offers from Baylor, Houston, and Iowa State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #81 offensive tackle, and #771 overall. He’s a little heavy-footed and not an ideally athletic prospect, so I would slot him in as a right tackle. Based on the way I expect Michigan to recruit, he’s not on par with what I expect at this juncture, but we’ll see how his recruitment plays out.

Sandy Hook (CT) Newtown linebacker Ben Mason was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 247 lb. prospect with offers from Boston College, Cal, Duke, and Wisconsin, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #35 inside linebacker, and #878 overall. Unfortunately, the only reason many of us – including me – have heard of Sandy Hook before is the elementary school shooting that took place there in December of 2012, in which 28 total people were killed. Anyway, he plays linebacker and fullback for his high school team, but Michigan is looking at him probably as a fullback or a defensive end. He is an underwhelming linebacker prospect, in my opinion.

San Diego (CA) Madison linebacker Sampson Niu was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 217 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona, Notre Dame, Oregon, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #18 inside linebacker, and #476 overall. As a junior in 2015, he made 90 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. He does a very good job of staying low and tackles like a wrestler, but he needs to add weight and strength, as he lacks the necessary bulk and strength to hold up against some of the linemen, fullbacks, and running backs he’ll meet at the next level. He is generally expected to end up at USC.

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Highstown (NJ) Peddie WR Jahan Dotson

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2018
Highstown (NJ) Peddie wide receiver Jahan Dotson was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’11”, 160 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Rutgers, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #6 wide receiver, and #84 overall. As a junior at Nazareth (PA) Nazareth in 2015, he caught 66 passes for 1,179 yards and 16 touchdowns, plus 1 kickoff return TD and 1 punt return TD. He claims a 4.46 forty. Michigan offers so many prospects that I won’t always suggest you watch every highlight film . . . but this is one you’ll want to watch:

Houston (TX) Dekaney tight end Malcolm Epps, who committed to Alabama in February, was offered by Michigan. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #4 tight end, and #82 overall. He’s listed at 6’6″, 214 lbs. and also has offers from Florida State, LSU, and Texas, among others. Right now Epps is a tall, lanky wide receiver, but his body will fill out and he’ll end up as a tight end. Right now there is no indication that he’ll waver from his Alabama commitment.

Seffner (FL) Armwood running back Brian Snead was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’11”, 190 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Tennessee, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 4-star, the #3 running back, and #54 overall. As a sophomore in 2015, he ran 174 times for 1,227 yards (7.1 yards/carry) and 17 TDs. He’s a strong runner with good speed. Armwood is traditionally a school that churns out talent, but it has not been kind to Michigan over the years.

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Gardena (CA) Junipero Serra CB Max Williams

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2019
Gardena (CA) Junipero Serra cornerback¬†Max Williams was offered by Michigan. He’s a 5’10”, 160 lb. prospect with offers from Boston College, Florida State, and LSU, among others. He visited with a bunch of other California prospects last weekend (see below for the link to the visitors list), but Serra is another program that has not been kind to Michigan over the last several years.

OFF THE BOARD
Anaham (CA) Servite wide receiver Terrell Bynum committed to Washington. Michigan was always on the periphery of his recruitment, so this was not much of a surprise.

Owings Mills (MD) McDonough offensive tackle Jordan McNair committed to Maryland. Even with the hometown discount, this was a bit of a surprise because McNair is a high-level prospect with a lot of suitors, and Maryland’s offensive line development has not been particularly good over the past several years. He might be one to watch down the road, though the Terrapins have a very easy schedule this year, so they might gain some momentum once the season gets underway.

Egg Harbor City (NJ) Cedar Creek running back Bo Melton committed to Rutgers. Melton was a teammate of Michigan early enrollee wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell, so I thought the Wolverines would have a good shot here. He was one of my most wanted prospects in the class because I think he has some big-play potential, though he might end up playing wide receiver or possibly in the defensive backfield, too.

Redlands (CA) East Valley defensive end Jaelan Phillips committed to UCLA. Similar to Bynum, Michigan was not heavily involved in his recruitment, and UCLA appeared to be the favorite for a while.

Indpendence (OR) Central defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu committed to Washington. This commitment was a bit of a surprise because he seemed to want to let things play out a bit more, so it will be interesting to see whether he follows through with taking visits elsewhere or not. Michigan has seemingly picked up their pursuit of players with Pacific Islander descent now that Tony Tuioti has been hired as a player personnel guy.

MISCELLANEY
Here’s a list of visitors from this past weekend (LINK).

Holmdel (NJ) Vianney offensive tackle Micah Clark named a top five that includes Michigan at #2, right behind Rutgers.

Brunswick (GA) Glynn Academy cornerback DeeJay Dallas named Michigan to a final ten list of schools. It’s an array of ACC, SEC, Pac-12, and Big Ten schools that also includes the school that he was previously pledged to in the form of the Georgia Bulldogs.

Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseph’s running back D’Andre Swift named Michigan to a top ten.

New Orleans (LA) Brother Martin linebacker Bruce Jordan-Swilling named a top ten that does not include Michigan. I did not expect him to pick a school outside of ACC/SEC country, but I held on to a sliver of hope since he’s the son of former New Orleans Saint and Detroit Lion outside linebacker Pat Swilling.

Over on Recruiting Season, I added/updated profiles for:

8Mar 2016
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Defensive Recruiting Update: March 8, 2016

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Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy linebacker Dylan Moses

If you’re looking for updates on offensive players, check out yesterday’s post (LINK).

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
Pittsburgh (PA) Central Catholic linebacker David Adams was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 215 lb. prospect with offers from LSU, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, and Stanford, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #4 inside linebacker, and #105 overall. Adams is a true middle linebacker who’s a solid tackler with some pretty good straight-line speed. The offer from the Wolverines did not seem to move the needle much. He’s a teammate of 2017 offensive guard C.J. Thorpe.

Norcross (GA) Norcross defensive end Robert Beal decommitted from Notre Dame. He’s a 6’4″, 230 lb. prospect who now has a top group of Alabama, Florida State, North Carolina State, South Carolina, and Texas. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #3 weakside end, and #42 overall. Michigan does not really seem to be a factor.

Oxford (AL) Oxford linebacker Kenney “K.J.” Britt was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’1″, 217 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, and Ole Miss, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #23 inside linebacker, and #668 overall. As a junior in 2015, he made 126 tackles, 22 TFLs, 5 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries, 1 of which he returned for a TD.

Oklahoma City (OK) John Marshall cornerback Justin Broiles was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Texas, and Texas A&M, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #21 cornerback, and #194 overall. Broiles is very physical and a strong tackler from the cornerback position, but he does not have the best ball skills. He is expected to stay in Big 12 country.

Hit the jump for many more 2017 offers, a new 2019 offer, and some other bits.

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17Dec 2015
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Recruiting Update: December 17, 2015

Covington (GA) Newton LB Jaquan Henderson

COMMITMENT
Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan linebacker Devin Bush, Jr. committed to Michigan in the class of 2016 yesterday (LINK).

Covington (GA) Newton wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman committed to Michigan in the class of 2017 (LINK).

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
McCalla (AL) McAdory cornerback Malcolm Askew was offered by Michigan. Askew is a 6’0″, 175 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #14 athlete, and #128 overall. Askew could very well play receiver at the next level (35 catches, 1,000+ yards, 10 TDs this year), but he is being looked at more as a corner (35 tackles, 8 pass breakups, 1 interception). It’s probably too tall of a task for Michigan to pull Askew out of SEC country, but you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle Kivon Bennett was offered by Michigan. Bennett is a 6’3″, 255 lb. prospect with offers from Illinois, North Carolina State, and Ohio State, among others. Unranked so far, he’s a teammate of numerous players Michigan has offered. Bennett is just starting to get a lot of notice, and has pulled in his biggest offers just recently, so it’s safe to say that his recruitment will be picking up shortly. Michigan has not had much success recruiting St. Thomas Aquinas, so this will probably not go very far.

Hit the jump for a couple more new offers, a couple guys who went off the board, and some miscellaneous bits.

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