QUARTERBACK: A- Commits (1): Dylan McCaffrey Decommits (0): N/A Why? McCaffrey was a U.S. Army All-American and there have been whispers that Jim Harbaugh believes McCaffrey is the best high school quarterback prospect he’s seen in a long time, maybe going back to Andrew Luck. So there’s that. McCaffrey has the height, the bloodline, and the athleticism to be a very good quarterback. However, there are questions about his arm strength and mechanics. So while Harbaugh really likes him, I would have preferred someone like Davis Mills, who chose Stanford instead.
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Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy TE Tre’ McKitty (image via USA Today)
Suffield (CT) Suffield Academy wide receiver Brad Hawkins, Jr. appears to be a member of the 2017 class now. The 6’2″, 190-pounder graduated high school from Camden (NJ) Camden in 2016, and usually these prep school things don’t work out for Michigan. However, Hawkins and the coaching staff expect him to be in this class now. Here are his highlights from this fall:
Detroit (MI) King cornerback Ambry Thomas committed to Michigan (LINK).
Dallas (TX) Bishop Dunne cornerback Chevin Calloway decommitted from Iowa. He’s a 4-star, the #12 cornerback, and #113 overall. Michigan is not and has not been involved, even though they have a need at cornerback. He is leaning toward Arkansas, though Tom Herman is trying to get him to stay in-state with the Longhorns.
Clearwater (FL) Central Catholic wide receiver C.J. Cotman decommitted from Tennessee. He’s a 4-star, the #16 athlete, and #278 overall. Michigan isn’t involved, and he’s taking a trip to North Carolina this coming weekend.
Virginia Beach (VA) Bishop Sullivan Catholic defensive tackle Breyon Gaddy decommitted from Tennessee, along with his twin brother. The 4-star, #19 defensive tackle, and #323 overall prospect is taking an official to Maryland this weekend.
ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2017
Kennedale (TX) Kennedale linebacker Baron Browning decommitted from Baylor. He’s a 6’4″, 230 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, and USC, among others. Michigan offered him a few weeks ago, and his brother Barry played cornerback for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford. Baron is a 247 Composite 5-star, the #2 outside linebacker, and #26 overall. I haven’t sat down and made one yet, but Browning would be at the top or near the top of my Most Wanted list.
Berrien Springs (MI) Berrien Springs offensive guard Phillip Paea was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’4″, 280 lb. prospect with offers from BYU, Central Michigan, Michigan State, and Oregon. Currently unranked, Paea is a powerful offensive guard with good feet. He also plays some defensive end and defensive tackle, although he’s very raw and lacks instincts. I think he is a better prospect on offense.
Hit the jump for a new 2019 offer and some other bits.
Covington (GA) Newton wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman decommitted from Michigan on Friday. He originally committed to the Wolverines in December (LINK). Holloman is a 247 Composite 3-star, the #117 wide receiver, and #822 overall. I liked him as a big outside receiver at 6’3″, 195 lbs.
National Signing Day is almost a year away, so the Wolverines have plenty of time to recover. What’s interesting is that Michigan has a commitment from teammate Kurt Taylor, a 2017 running back, and offered another teammate, linebacker Jaquan Henderson, who is committed to UCLA. There was a time when a lot of people thought Henderson would flip to Michigan in time, but this development potentially throws a bit of a hurdle in the way.
After suffering – and encouraging – a dozen decommitments in the 2016 class, this is the first rescinded pledge of 2017. This is the new way of the world. Michigan had 41 different players committed at different times last year. We’ll see if Michigan can top that number in the next recruiting cycle.
Covington (GA) Newton wide receiver Jeremiah “J.J.” Holloman committed to Michigan on Sunday. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt, among others.
Holloman is a 6’3″, 195 lb. prospect. He claims a 4.5 forty, a 40″ vertical, a 255 lb. bench press, and a a 460 lb. squat.