Elijah Gaines – S – Alexandria (VA) Episcopal: Gaines decommitted from Penn State. He’s a 6’2″, 193 lb. player who’s a 3-star, the #36 safety, and #511 overall. Gaines also has offers from North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech, among others. Gaines was initially scheduled to take an official visit to Ann Arbor for the Ohio State game, but that visit was canceled after he committed to PSU in September.
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Before moving any further, it might be important for you to check out Michigan’s huge visitors list from this past weekend. Most of this week’s recruiting update is guys who committed elsewhere, but the visitors list is much more indicative of how Michigan’s recruiting right now. Here’s the list: LINK.
Williamstown (NJ) Williamstown defensive end Aaron Lewis, Jr. committed to Michigan (LINK).
Brooklyn (NY) Erasmus Hall linebacker William Mohan committed to Michigan (LINK).
Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic safety Jordan Morant committed to Michigan (LINK).
Jeffrey M’ba – DT – Oakdale (CT) St. Thomas More: M’ba decommitted from Virginia. He’s a 6’6″, 315-pounder who emigrated from France. He’s a 4-star, the #28 defensive tackle, and #320 overall with offers from Florida, Ohio State, and Penn State, among others.
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Reece Atteberry – OT – Aurora (CO) Eaglecrest: Atteberry is a 6’5″, 280 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan, and Nebraska, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #8 center, and #405 overall. This is an official visit.
Beau Brade – S – Clarksville (MD) River Hill: Brade is a 6’0″, 180 lb. prospect who committed to Maryland on June 13; he also has offers from Michigan and Pitt, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #56 safety, and #957 overall. This was supposed to be an official visit, but his commitment to the Terrapins may call off the visit. UPDATE: Brade is not visiting.
Jay Brunelle – WR – Worcester (MA) St. John’s: Brunelle is a 6’1″, 200 lb. prospect with offers from Boston College, Michigan, Notre Dame, and UCLA, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #136 wide receiver, and #820 overall. He’s a teammate of Eamonn Dennis (see below). This is an official visit.
Blake Corum – RB – Baltimore (MD) St. Frances: Corum is a 5’9″, 180-pounder with offers from LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, and USC, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #17 running back, and #201 overall. Three teammates are committed to Michigan (Nikhai Hill-Green, Micah Mazzccua, and Osman Savage), and Corum’s crystal ball picks are all for Michigan.
Eamonn Dennis – RB – Worcester (MA) St. John’s: Dennis is a 5’10”, 173 lb. prospect with offers from Duke, Michigan, and Syracuse, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #33 athlete, and #482 overall. Michigan is looking at him as a potential running back/slot receiver combo. This is an official visit.
Elijah Gaines – CB – Alexandria (VA) Episcopal: Gaines is a 6’3″, 200 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #50 athlete, and #506 overall. Episcopal is where Michigan defensive end Luiji Vilain spent the end of his high school career after moving from Canada.
Dee Beckwith – TE – Florence (AL) Florence: Beckwith is a 6’3″, 210 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Michigan, and South Carolina, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #21 athlete, and #305 overall. Florence is the alma mater of current Michigan safety J’Marick Woods.
Elijah Gaines – CB – Alexandria (VA) Episcopal: Gaines is a 6’3″, 200 lb. prospect with offers from Duke, Pitt, and Purdue. Despite his listed size (which might be exaggerated) he moves extremely well and could stick at corner in college. Episcopal is the alma mater of Michigan defensive end Luiji Vilain.
Jahmyr Gibbs – RB – Dalton (GA) Dalton: Gibbs is a 5’11”, 180-pounder with offers from Iowa State, Louisville, and Texas A&M. As a junior in 2018, he ran the ball 163 times for 1,431 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Kobe Pryor – RB – Cedartown (GA) Cedartown: Pryor is a 6’0″, 200 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Texas, and West Virginia, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #47 running back, and #611 overall. He attends the alma mater of former Georgia (and currently Cleveland Browns) running back Nick Chubb.
Chantz Williams – DE – Orange Park (FL) Oakleaf: Williams is a 6’4″, 235 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, and Miami. He’s a 4-star, the #8 weakside end, and #129 overall. He claims a 4.78 forty and a 4.69 shuttle.
Dazalin Worsham – WR – Trussville (AL) Hewitt-Trussville: Worsham is a 6’0″, 169-pounder with offers from Auburn and Clemson . . . and the school he committed to in April of 2018, Alabama. Quarterback Paul Tyson and offensive tackle Pierce Quick are two 2019 guys from Hewitt-Trussville who signed with Alabama, so it’s a pipeline for the Crimson Tide. I don’t imagine a Michigan offer will do much here.
Here’s a list of visitors for this coming weekend, including a bunch of 2020 guys (LINK).
Eastern Michigan signed 2019 Columbus (OH) Northland running back John Branham, the brother of 2020 Michigan wide receiver commit Kalil Branham (LINK). That could be a good development in order to keep Kalil committed, since the brothers will be playing FBS ball in neighboring cities.
Sav’ell Smalls – DE – Seattle (WA) Garfield: Smalls is a 6’3″, 230 lb. prospect who’s a 5-star, the #1 outside linebacker, and #4 overall. He left Michigan out of his top 12.