2020 Recruiting Awards

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15Jul 2020
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2020 Recruiting Awards

Braiden McGregor (image via MGoBlue)

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Best Overall Recruit: DE Braiden McGregor
McGregor lost a little bit of steam in the recruiting world when his senior season ended in a fizzle after a knee injury. That doesn’t put a damper on my excitement for him, though. Michigan does a good job of developing defensive talent – particularly defensive ends – and I expect that to continue with McGregor.

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22Jun 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #79 Zak Zinter

Zak Zinter with other Boston-area Michigan recruits (image via The Wolverine)

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Name: Zak Zinter
300 lbs.
High school:
North Andover (MA) Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Offensive guard
Jersey number:
Last year:
Zinter was a senior in high school (LINK).
TTB Rating:
76 80

Zinter finished the 2020 recruiting class as a 4-star, the #10 offensive guard, and #264 overall. I’m glad he was finally rated as a guard, because early on in his recruitment, he was pegged as a tackle. Zinter graduated in December and enrolled in January, but obviously his time at Michigan was cut short due to COVID-19.

I may have moved him slightly up in the countdown if he had had a full spring session of football practice, but he will come in as basically a summer enrollee. And while he has had time with the playbook and contact with the coaches since he’s officially a college student, that’s not the same as getting reps on the field. I am as impressed by Zinter’s senior film as anyone’s, but I do have concerns about his ability to stay healthy. It seems that guys who are jumbo-sized entering college (Chris Fox, Chris Bryant, etc.) have a harder time staying healthy than the guys who grow into the position, and Zinter is a pretty big dude. Also, if you look at the picture at the top of this post, Zinter’s lower legs taper outward below the knee, which I have concerns about from a structural standpoint for a guy carrying around 300+ pounds.

So . . . I bumped Zinter up from a 76 to an 80 in the TTB Ratings, but my main concern is whether Zinter can hold up physically. As for this particular season, I think Zinter is strong enough that he could come in and play a few games as a garbage time backup, but he shouldn’t burn his redshirt.

Prediction: Redshirt

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21Feb 2020
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How does the 2020 class match up with Michigan’s all-time recruits?

A.J. Henning (image via Wolverines Wire)

Michigan wrapped up a decent recruiting class earlier in February. There are no 5-star recruits, but the Wolverines got a fair share of 4-star guys. For a historical perspective on where they match up with recruits from the past, here’s a look at where they slot in all-time, according to the 247 Composite.

A.J. Henning – WR – Frankfort (IL) Lincoln-Way East
2020 ranking: #101
Historical ranking: #80 all-time at Michigan
Flanked by: RB Kareem Walker (#100 in 2016) and DT Will Johnson (#105 in 2004)
Closest positional comparisons: Toney Clemons (#96 in 2007) and Adrian Arrington (#115 in 2004)

Braiden McGregor – DE – Port Huron (MI) Northern
2020 ranking: #122
Historical ranking: #103
Tied with: WR Tarik Black (#122 in 2017)
Closest positional comparisons: Aidan Hutchinson (#112 in 2018) and Chris Wormley (#129 in 2012)

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3Feb 2020
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Nightly Roundup: February 3, 2020

This is the real Super Bowl hero. And Pat Mahomes (via Chiefs Wire)

Michigan’s biggest contribution to winning the Super Bowl? Not Chad Henne or Frank Clark. This:

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6Jan 2020
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Class of 2020 Early Enrollees

Blake Corum

Very succinctly, here’s a list of class of 2020 commits who plan are enrolling early at Michigan in January.

  • Blake Corum – RB – Baltimore (MD) St. Frances
  • Darion Green-Warren – CB – Harbor City (CA) Narbonne
  • Nikhai Hill-Green – LB – Baltimore (MD) St. Frances
  • Aaron Lewis – DE – Williamstown (NJ) Williamstown
  • Braiden McGregor – DE – Port Huron (MI) Northern
  • William Mohan – LB – Brooklyn (NY) Erasmus Hall
  • Makari Paige – S – West Bloomfield (MI) West Bloomfield
  • Andre Seldon, Jr. – CB – Belleville (MI) Belleville
  • Zak Zinter – OT – Cambridge (MA) Buckingham Browne & Nichols