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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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Name: Zak Zinter Height: 6’6″ Weight: 300 lbs. High school: North Andover (MA) Buckingham Browne & Nichols Position: Offensive guard Class: Freshman Jersey number: N/A 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.
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)