If I Had My Druthers . . . 2016 Tight Ends

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26Jan 2016
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If I Had My Druthers . . . 2016 Tight Ends

Devin Asiasi

Devin Asiasi (image via Maxpreps)

As I like to do on occasion, I took a look at the remaining tight end targets on the board for Michigan and created my pecking order. These are my opinions of which players I would rank highest for Michigan’s needs. I specifically avoid referring to recruiting rankings for guidance, although as an avid follower of recruiting, I do have a general idea of the players’ general star ratings. I posted my list for receivers on Sunday (LINK).

1. Devin Asiasi – TE – Concord (CA) De La Salle:
Asiasi, at 6’5″ and 275 lbs., looks like a slightly taller version of former Arizona and NFL tight end Brandon Manumaleuna. He fancies himself as a skill player, and it’s tough to argue. De La Salle lines him up out wide or in the slot sometimes, and they count on him to make plays in space. He shows soft hands and some delightful agility. He doesn’t have blazing speed, but he is an effective and pretty strong runner after the catch. His blocking skills are also impressive at times; he bends well and looks for contact. He could probably afford to lose some bad weight, but he can contribute early while he reshapes his body.

Hit the jump for the rest of the list.

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8Oct 2015
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Northwestern

Tampa (FL) Berkeley Prep tight end Jacob Mathis

Quayshon Alexander – DE – Wayne (NJ) De Paul:
Alexander is a 6’3″, 230 lb. prospect who committed to Nebraska in June; he also has offers from Arizona State, Iowa, Miami, Michigan, Rutgers, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #31 weakside end, and #447 overall. He is a teammate of running back Kareem Walker (Ohio State) and offensive guard Thiyo Lukusa (Michigan State), the latter of whom transferred there this year after playing at Traverse City (MI) West. This is an official visit.

Devin Bush, Jr. – LB – Pembroke Pines (FL) Flanagan:

Brad Hawkins, Jr. – WR – Camden (NJ) Camden: Hawkins committed to Michigan this summer. You can check up on how his senior season is going here (LINK). This is an unofficial visit.

Lavert Hill – CB – Detroit (MI) King:

Ron Johnson, Jr. – DE – Camden (NJ) Camden: Johnson committed to Michigan over the summer. You can check up on his senior season here (LINK).

Jacob Mathis – TE – Tampa (FL) Berkeley Prep: Mathis is a 6’3″, 223 lb. prospect with offers from Florida, Miami, Michigan, and Ole Miss, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #9 tight end, and #276 overall. With Philadelphia (PA) Imhotep’s Naseir Upshur committing to Florida State and Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy’s Isaac Nauta looking like a Georgia lean, Mathis is emerging as perhaps Michigan’s top target at the tight end position. Florida appears to be the biggest contender for his services. This is his official visit.

Hit the jump for several more 2016 and 2017 visitors.

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