Name: Jake Moody
Weight: 177 lbs.
High school: Northville (MI) Northville
Jersey number: #2
Last year: I did not rank Moody. He was 10/11 on field goals with a long of 48 yards, and 43 of his 89 kickoffs went for touchbacks.
TTB Rating: N/A
I usually punt when it comes to ranking kickers, and Moody is a great example why. When he committed to Michigan, there was confusion about whether he would be a grayshirt or a preferred walk-on or a scholarship player.
By the time game one rolled around, he was on scholarship and handling kickoff duties.
By the eleventh game, against Indiana, he went in to placekick and was 6/6 on field goals. He went 4/5 over the next two games (and was 5/5 overall on extra points).
This year I have Moody ranked at #45 and Quinn Nordin at #51 (LINK). It could be the reverse. Nordin has a strong enough leg to handle kickoffs, too.
I believe Michigan will have a solid kicker this season, because there are two good options. I just don’t know which one it will be.
Prediction: Starting kicker
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It’s been a long time coming because I’ve been so busy, but here are the final TTB Ratings for the class of 2018.
A note on the ratings: These are Michigan-specific ratings, so a guy who would be an instant starter at Eastern Michigan might not be quite so much of an individual standout playing against Michigan’s opponents . . . and he might even have a hard time getting on the field over some other Wolverines. It’s tricky trying to determine how the depth chart will shake out over the next three to five years, but I’m here for the heavy lifting. For more of an explanation, check out this page here (LINK).
Hit the jump for the final rankings.
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Rochester (MI) Adams cornerback Vincent Gray committed to Michigan (LINK).
Northville (MI) Northville kicker Jake Moody committed to Michigan as a grayshirt.
Washington (DC) St. John’s quarterback Kevin Doyle decommitted from Michigan (LINK).
Leesburg (GA) Lee County linebacker Otis Reese flipped from Michigan to Georgia. He’s a 4-star, the #5 outside linebacker, and #87 overall. Michigan’s coaching staff found out that he was flipping when he announced on the morning of National Signing Day, which is a . . . uhhh . . . less than ideal behavior from someone who has been committed to you for 1.5 years. Michigan’s coaches took heat for yanking offers late in the process previously (see: Erik Swenson), but at least those players had a chance to make other plans. If you wait until the last day to decide, somebody’s getting screwed.
Hit the jump for all the guys who committed elsewhere, along with some random bits.