If I Had My Druthers…2021 Class: Offense

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25Feb 2020
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If I Had My Druthers…2021 Class: Offense

Garland (TX) Lakeview Centennial RB Camar Wheaton (image via Dallas Morning News)

Michigan has been throwing out offers left and right over the past few years, which makes recruiting hard to track. I have always enjoyed evaluating players and watching film, so this is an attempt to put together the best possible class for Michigan.

These are not necessarily realistic, but rather than just saying, “I want every 5-star!”, I want to put together a somewhat attainable list of players that have impressed me.

This exercise assumes that Michigan will land 25 players in the 2021 class.

QUARTERBACK: J.J. McCarthy – La Grange Park (IL) Nazareth Academy
Ranking (247 Composite): 5-star, #2 pro-style QB, #16 overall
Scoop: McCarthy is already committed to Michigan (LINK).
Highlights: See above link

QUARTERBACK: Shedeur Sanders – Cedar Hill (TX) Trinity Christian
Ranking: 4-star, #14 pro-style QB, #238 overall
Scoop: Though he’s ranked as a pro-style quarterback, Sanders has the physical ability to be a dual-threat guy or play other skill positions. Don’t get me wrong – he’s not as blindingly fast as his dad, Deion Sanders, but he can still run well. I also like the idea of taking two quarterbacks, especially when other quarterbacks on the roster might transfer or switch positions. It would also be nice to have some of Prime Time’s star power hanging around the program.
Highlights: LINK

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24Jan 2020
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2021

Caleb Banks – OT – Southfield (MI) Southfield: Banks is a 6’6″, 255-pounder with offers from Indiana, Michigan, and Michigan State, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #70 offensive tackle, and #741 overall. He could also end up playing defensive end at the next level.

Rayshaun Benny – OT – Oak Park (MI) Oak Park: Benny is a 6’5″, 275 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, and Oregon, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #23 offensive tackle, and #175 overall.

Jamari Buddin – LB – Belleville (MI) Belleville: Buddin is a 6’2″, 193 lb. prospect with offers from Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #21 outside linebacker, and #281 overall. All four of his crystal ball picks are for Michigan.

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30Nov 2019
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Ohio State

Jaylen Harrell (image via 247 Sports)

2020

Reece Atteberry – C – Aurora (CO) Eaglecrest: Atteberry is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Elijah Gaines – S – Alexandria (VA) Episcopal: At one time Gaines had set up an official visit to Michigan for this game, but he committed to Penn State in the meantime.

Darion Green-Warren – CB – Harbor City (CA) Narbonne: Green-Warren is a 6’0″, 187-pounder with offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, and USC, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #13 cornerback, and #209 overall. His crystal ball is 88% in favor of USC and 0% for Michigan right now. UPDATE: Green-Warren is visiting in December.

Jaylen Harrell – DE – Tampa (FL) Berkeley Prep: Harrell is a 6’4″, 235 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, and Miami, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #14 weakside end, and #301 overall. This is an official visit.

Nikhai Hill-Green – LB – Baltimore (MD) St. Frances: Hill-Green is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Myles Hinton – OT – Norcross (GA) Greater Atlanta Christian: Hinton is a 6’6″, 308-pounder who is committed to Stanford. His brother Chris is a Michigan defensive tackle, and Myles has visited several times this year, largely to see his brother. There’s an outside chance that Michigan can flip him.

Kris Jenkins, Jr. – DE – Olney (MD) Good Counsel: Jenkins is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Jayson Jones – DT – Calera (AL) Calera: Jones is a 6’6″, 340 lb. prospect who has been committed to Alabama since June of 2018. He has long insisted that he would take a visit to Michigan, even though some have doubted whether it would happen or not. He’s a 4-star, the #18 defensive tackle, and #174 overall.

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26Oct 2019
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Notre Dame

Andrew Gentry (image via Twitter)

2020

Reece Atteberry – C – Aurora (CO) Eaglecrest: Atteberry is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Blake Corum – RB – Baltimore (MD) St. Frances: Corum is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Eamonn Dennis – WR – Shrewsbury (MA) St. John’s: Dennis is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Andrew Gentry – OT – Littleton (CO) Columbine: Gentry is a 6’8″, 310 lb. prospect with offers from BYU, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Stanford, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #6 offensive tackle, and #61 overall. All 14 crystal ball picks are for BYU, where his brother also plays. Gentry is expected to go on his Mormon mission after high school, so he probably wouldn’t enroll until 2022.

Jaylen Harrell – DE – Tampa (FL) Berkely Prep: Harrell is a 6’4″, 235-pounder with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Miami, and Michigan, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #14 weakside end, and #299 overall. Only two crystal ball picks have been made so far: one for Florida and one for FSU. This is an official visit.

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