Poll results: Which 2016 signee will have the best career at wide receiver?

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17Apr 2016
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Poll results: Which 2016 signee will have the best career at wide receiver?

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Ahmir Mitchell

A few weeks ago, I started a poll asking which class of 2016 signee would end up having the best career at receiver. Here are the results of the poll:

Ahmir Mitchell: 39%
The 6’3″, 205 lb. Mitchell was the only early enrollee of the bunch. While he did show off good size and athleticism this spring, he reportedly continued to have issues catching the ball. Braylon Edwards had the same problem early in his career, so that is not a death knell, but it will be something to watch.

Eddie McDoom: 25%
McDoom was a late pull after he flipped from Oregon to Michigan in January. The Florida native can play outside, in the slot, or as a returner. He was an Under Armour All-American.

Kekoa Crawford: 20%
The U.S. Army All-American played well at the all-star game and is the highest rated player of the bunch. Like McDoom, he could also play inside or outside.

Nate Johnson: 8%
The 5’11”, 175-pounder is a pure slot player who might be able to return punts, too. He’s the lowest rated player of the bunch at #589 overall in the 2016 class.

Chris Evans: 5%
Evans was ranked as a running back by some services, but his future position is unclear. He could play running back, receiver, or cornerback at the next level.

Brad Hawkins, Jr.: 3%
I wouldn’t pick Hawkins, either, but it’s interesting that he got 3% of the vote when Evans, McDoom, and Johnson were all rated lower by the recruiting services. The 6’1″, 202 lb. Hawkins could also end up at safety, which maybe factored into the voting.

What was your reasoning behind your voting?

7Apr 2016
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2016 Recruiting Grade: Wide Receiver

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Ahmir Mitchell (#2)

Previously: Quarterbacks, Running Backs

Kekoa Crawford – Rancho Santa Margarita (CA) Catholic: 4-star, #19 WR, #119 overall
Brad Hawkins, Jr. – Camden (NJ) Camden: 4-star, #54 WR, #291 overall
Nate Johnson – Thompson’s Station (TN) Independence: 3-star, #94 WR, #589 overall
Eddie McDoom – Winter Garden (FL) West Orange: 3-star, #64 WR, #405 overall
Ahmir Mitchell – Egg Harbor City (NJ) Cedar Creek: 4-star, #9 ATH, #166 overall

Hit the jump for the rundown on Michigan’s 2016 recruiting efforts at the wide receiver position.

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20Jan 2016
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Top 247 for 2016 finalized

Brandon Peters

247 Sports released its final list of the top 247 prospects for 2016 (LINK). You can see the movement for each player next to his name if you wish, but notable movements for Michigan players:

  • Brandon Peters moved up from #45 to #34
  • Michael Onwenu jumped up from #72 to #36
  • Ben Bredeson dropped from #58 to #67
  • Jordan Elliott dropped from #56 to #70
  • Dylan Crawford dropped from #132 to #134
  • Nate Johnson jumped up from #243 to #198
  • Devery Hamilton dropped from #222 to #228
  • Ron Johnson jumped from #246 to #238

Hit the jump for the full list of Michigan targets on the list.

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20Jan 2016
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Rivals 250 for 2016 finalized

Dylan Crawford is the #129 player in the country

Rivals released its final top 100 on Monday (LINK). Here’s the final 250 (LINK). Here’s what it looked like back in December (LINK).

Movement for Michigan commits:

  • Dylan Crawford fell from #115 to #129
  • Ahmir Mitchell fell from #111 to #139
  • Michael Onwenu jumped from #157 to #147
  • Brandon Peters fell from #140 to #158
  • Kareem Walker fell from #41 to #181
  • Devin Bush, Jr. moved up from #184 to #182
  • Carlo Kemp remained at #215
  • Erik Swenson fell from #223 to #227 (UPDATE: Shortly after I posted this, Swenson confirmed the rumors that had been swirling and officially decommitted from Michigan. I’ll leave him here, though.)
  • Brad Hawkins, Jr. fell from #231 to #235

Below the jump are the rest of Michigan’s targets.

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10Jan 2016
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Thoughts on U.S. Army All-American Bowl

David Long, Jr.

I think the best passer in the game was Shea Patterson (Ole Miss), who looked the smoothest throwing the ball and the most in command of the offense; he can also run pretty well. Jacob Eason (Georgia) made some nice throws and has a cannon for an arm, but he’s a little bit wild and doesn’t know when to take something off of his throws. As for Michigan commit Brandon Peters, he looked okay. His release is too long, so he’s going to take some extra hits until he gets rid of the ball quicker. He did make some nice throws, including a seam route to Donnie Corley and a short screen pass under pressure; however, both of the deep balls he threw sailed a little bit, and one was almost intercepted because of it. If I’m being objective, I don’t see Peters competing for the starting job next year. He needs a lot of work, and his footwork is basically non-existent. He finished the game 4/16 for 74 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. K.J. Costello (Stanford) did a good job overall, too, and I can’t for the life of me understand why Brady Hoke took Messiah DeWeaver’s commitment when Michigan had a good shot at Costello.

Hit the jump for thoughts on the rest of the position groups.

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