2021 Season Countdown: #92 Giovanni El-Hadi

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9Jun 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #92 Giovanni El-Hadi

Giovanni El-Hadi (image via Wolverines Wire)

Name: Giovanni El-Hadi
305 lbs.
High school:
Sterling Heights (MI) Stevenson
Offensive tackle
Jersey number:
Last year:
El-Hadi was a senior in high school (LINK).
TTB Rating:

El-Hadi committed to Michigan over two years ago now, and he’s finally wearing a Michigan uniform. He was selected for the Under Armour All-American Game (even though it was never played due to COVID) and finished as a top-100 player (#87 overall) in the 247 Composite rankings. I did not give him a TTB Rating because he committed so early, but after watching him as a senior, I gave him an 84.

El-Hadi has a good frame, is powerful, and finishes blocks. I think he is most likely to play offensive guard at the next level because he lacks a little bit of length and can get his feet crossed up while trying to move laterally. He also needs to work on his hand placement. All of these things can be improved, but they show that he’s probably not ready to play immediately. I like him as a prospect but he needs to clean some things up with more reps and some college-level coaching.

Prediction: Redshirt

16Mar 2021
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Class of 2021: Historical Recruiting Comparisons

J.J. McCarthy (image via SI)

In case you’re not aware, I have a list of every Michigan recruit going back 20+ years and their rankings (LINK).

Below you will find each 2021 recruit and his closest ranked comparison by position in Michigan history. This might help boost – or temper – some expectations for what we will see from the class.

Hit the jump for the comparisons.

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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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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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