The Fence the Mitten Project: Defensive Backs

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6May 2020
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The Fence the Mitten Project: Defensive Backs

Lavert Hill (image via Wolverines Wire)

I took a few days off from posting about this project, but it’s time to get back to it. So what would Michigan’s roster and recruiting look like if they signed the top 25 in-state prospects each year? Here’s the answer.

If you missed them earlier, there were posts about QB (LINK), RB (LINK), TE (LINK), OL (LINK), WR (LINK), DE (LINK), DT (LINK), and LB (LINK).

Hit the jump for the rundown of corners and safeties.

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8Jan 2018
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Recruiting Snapshot: Michigan State

Belleville (MI) Belleville CB Julian Barnett (image via MLive)

2018 Class Ranking: #5 in Big Ten, #25 nationally. Michigan State has four 4-stars and sixteen 3-stars signed.

Cream of the 2018 Crop: Detroit (MI) Cass Tech cornerback Kalon Gervin is the highest ranked player in MSU’s class. He’s the #19 cornerback and #179 overall. He had offers from Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Penn State, along with many others; the offer from Michigan was extended early but the Wolverines, who normally recruit Cass Tech hard, didn’t pursue him with much vigor. The other player I’ll mention out of MSU’s four 4-stars is Dearborn (MI) Divine Child quarterback Theo Day, who was a high school teammate of Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson. Day is a 6’5″, 197 lb. player who’s the #16 pro-style quarterback and #364 overall. He fielded offers from Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ole Miss, among others:

Hit the jump for a look at MSU’s 2019 class.

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4Dec 2017
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2018 Recruiting Update: December 4, 2017

Metairie (LA) Archbishop Rummel WR Ja’Marr Chase (image via 247 Sports)

COMMITMENTS

Eureka (MO) Eureka running back Hassan Haskins committed to Michigan (LINK).

Bradenton (FL) Braden River defensive end Taylor Upshaw committed to Michigan (LINK).

DECOMMITMENT

Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral offensive guard Emil Ekiyor flipped from Michigan to Alabama.

ADDED TO THE BOARD

Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy center Verdis Brown decommitted from Florida State. At 6’3″, 294 lbs., he could play center, guard, or defensive tackle. He’s rated as a 4-star, the #4 center, and #232 overall. A native of Chicago, it sounds like he may end up at Illinois.

Hit the jump for several more decommitments from other schools, some new offers, and some random bits.

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24Feb 2017
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2-24-17 Recruiting Update: Cornerbacks galore!

Quindarious Monday (image via Bulldawg Illustrated)

With a flurry of 2018 offers going out in recent weeks, I have to break things down into smaller chunks. And Michigan has been greatly expanding its defensive back recruiting board lately. Below is a look at the cornerbacks and safeties with shiny new Michigan offers:

Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Al Blades, Jr. was offered by Michigan. He’s 6’0″, 170 lbs. and has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, and Miami, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #12 cornerback, and #78 overall. He’s the son of former Miami wide receiver Al Blades and the nephew of former Hurricane (and Detroit Lion) safety Bennie Blades, so Miami is a likely landing spot.

McDonough (GA) Eagle’s Landing cornerback Tre’ Douglas was offered by Michigan. He’s 6’2″, 180 lbs. and is ranked as a 4-star, the #30 cornerback, and #319 overall. Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, and Ohio State are also after him. He’s a tall, lanky corner prospect, which is becoming a common trait for Michigan’s corner targets.

Naples (FL) Naples safety Sammy Faustin was offered by Michigan. Faustin is 6’2″, 170 lbs. and his offer list is slightly less improve than the above players’, with the likes of Kentucky, North Carolina State, and Virginia as his best tenders. He could play a boundary corner spot, but I think he’s more likely headed for a safety position.

Hit the jump for a bunch more defensive back offers.

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7Feb 2017
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Preview of 2018 In-state Recruiting: #1-5

Dearborn (MI) Divine Child defensive end Aidan Hutchinson

SITE NEWS: Thanks to everyone who donated to the site during the “server drive” over the weekend. I asked for $900 in donations, and within two days, I received $1,005. A special thanks to the person (wishing to stay anonymous) who chipped in $300, thus paying for four months of hosting. There were also multiple people who chipped in $100 or $75, which will pay for at least one month each.


On my other other site, Recruiting Season, I keep track of FBS prospects across the State of Michigan. Since the Mitten State is a fertile recruiting ground for the Wolverines, I like to keep an eye on which players might be potential Michigan-level recruits. So here, according to my own evaluations, are the top players in the state. Here’s the first chunk of five, and the second group will probably be released late this week or early next week. (If you click on each name, it will take you to their recruiting profile on Recruiting Season.)


1. Aidan Hutchinson – DE – Dearborn (MI) Divine Child
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 235 lbs.
Notable offers: LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin
Commitment: Uncommitted
247 Composite: 4-star, #8 SDE, #199 overall
Analysis: I wouldn’t have put Hutchinson this high if I had made this list following his sophomore year, but I saw some real improvements when it comes to both technique and athleticism since last year. He’s the son of former Michigan defensive tackle Chris Hutchinson, and I think his dad has been teaching him some things. The younger Hutchinson is a high-motor kid who has quick reaction skills, shows an array of pass rushing moves to beat offensive linemen, and plays aggressively.

Hit the jump for the rest of the top five.

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