2018 Football Commits

Check out the full list of 2018 Michigan football commitments, including commitment articles, highlights and rankings:

1. OLB: Otis Reese, 6’3” 215lbs. Leesburg, GA (Leesburg County)

Reese is an instinctive, hard hitting defensive standout that the Wolverines staff targeted early on for the 2018 class thanks to his athleticism and versatility. While he plays safety in high school, it looks like his collegiate position will be as a SAM linebacker as he’s expected to grow perfectly into the desired size for the position. If he keeps his speed and athleticism while gaining weight, he could be a very nice player for Don Brown and the Wolverines.

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  • Commitment Date: 6/20/16
  • First on List: August 2016
  • Rankings: Scout (4*, #175 overall) – Rivals (4*, #132 overall) – 247 (4*, #143 overall) – ESPN (4*, #218 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #143 overall, #6 OLB, #16 in Georgia

2. OG: Emil Ekiyor, 6’2” 325lbs. Indianapolis, IN (Cathedral) 

Ekiyor is one of the top ranked offensive lineman and players in the 2018 class thanks to his size and technical skills. At 6’3” 325 pounds, most think he’s all just size and strength but he’s not a top tier prospect for that reason alone. He’s also sneaky athletic and has very good feet for a player of his size. He shows the ability to pull, get out in space and make blocks down the field like a player half his size. Because of his mix of size, strength and athleticism, he looks to be a perfect fit at the guard position throughout his collegiate career.

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  • Commitment Date: 10/2/2016
  • First on List: February 2017
  • RankingsScout (4*, #123 overall) – Rivals (4*, #148 overall) – 247 (4*, #140 overall) – ESPN (4*, #74 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #97 overall, #4 OG, #1 in Indiana

3. DE: Aidan Hutchinson, 6’6” 255lbs. Dearborn, MI (Divine Child) 

Photo Credit: TheWolverine.com

Photo Credit: TheWolverine.com

Hutchinson is my early bet to end up finishing the class as the top ranked player in the state of Michigan for 2018. At 6’5”, his length and athleticism makes him a dominant force at the high school level. But it’s his motor and tenacity that stands out the most. He looks like a great fit for Brown’s defense and Mattison’s defensive line. And it looks very likely they’ll get to chance to coach him as he looks to be one of the safest bets in this class as he’s another legacy recruit (son of former UM standout Chris Hutchinson).

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  • Commitment Date: 2/22/17
  • First on List: May 2016
  • RankingsScout (4*, #201 overall) – Rivals (3*) – 247 (4*, #80 overall) – ESPN (4*, #94 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #199 overall, #8 SDE, #2 in Michigan

4. CB: Myles Sims, 6’3” 175lbs. Atlanta, GA (Westlake) 

As soon as the staff flipped the 2017 switch off and fully flipped the 2018 switch on, Sims was a priority. But, as a top recruit out of the heart of SEC country, most figured he’d end up staying down south. With the SEC powers, like Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia extending offers, as well as national brand names, like USC, Ohio State, Texas and Stanford throwing their hat in the ring, this was going to take another Nico Collins-like recruiting pitch to win out. And, whataya know, Harbaugh and his staff did just that.

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  • Commitment Date: 4/7/2017
  • First on List: March 2017
  • Rankings: Scout (4*, #83 overall) – Rivals (4*, #63 overall) – 247 (3*, #28 S) – ESPN (4*, #211 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #210 overall, #17 S, #20 in Georgia

5. RB: Christian Turner, 5’11” 190lbs. Buford, GA (Buford)

Photo Credit: David McGregor/Gwinnett Prep Sports

Photo Credit: David McGregor/Gwinnett Prep Sports

Turner is a talented back that’s starting to rise up the rankings. Though he’s not exactly a burner, he makes up for it in vision, patience, balance and the ability to put his foot in the ground and go. His highlight tapes are filled with strong run after strong run. Setting up blocks and breaking tackles to turn simple runs into big time gains. He’s a guy who should only continue to get better as he matures. Once he gets into a college program, he should become valuable member to the running back rotation.

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  • Commitment Date: 4/10/17
  • First on List: April 2017
  • RankingsScout (3*, #72 RB) – Rivals (3*, #26 RB) – 247 (3*, #29 RB) – ESPN (3*, #289 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Three star, #495 overall, #30 RB, #47 in Georgia

6. CB: Gemon Green, 6’2” 165lbs. DeSoto, TX (DeSoto)

Photo Credit: EJ Holland/247Sports

Photo Credit: EJ Holland/247Sports

Green is one of the most intriguing defensive back prospects in this class. At a legit 6’2”, he has the size and length that every defensive backs coach is looking for, while also having the athleticism and fluid change of direction that could make him a tough match up for both receivers and tight ends. With a little more grooming and time in the weight room, he could be a very nice addition to the Wolverines secondary.

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  • Commitment Date: 4/20/17
  • First on List: April 2017
  • Rankings: Scout (4*, #185 overall) – Rivals (3*) – 247 (3*, #368 overall) – ESPN (4*, #42 CB)
  • Composite Ranking: Three star, #340 overall, #32 CB, #47 in Texas

7. S: German Green, 6’2” 175lbs. DeSoto, TX (DeSoto) 

Photo Credit: Scout.com

Photo Credit: Scout.com

While Gemon is more of a pure cornerback, German is a little thicker and more of a safety prospect at the next level. He’s a bit raw, like most defensive backs, but he has all of the natural talents that a coaching staff would love to work with. A move to free safety in college along with more time in both the DB room and the weight room should give him a chance to be a very nice player for the Wolverines.

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  • Commitment Date: 4/20/17
  • First on BGRC: April 2017
  • Rankings: Scout (3*, #62 S) – Rivals (3*) – 247 (3*, #74 S) – ESPN (NR)
  • Composite Ranking: Three star, #934 overall, #84 CB, #120 in Texas

8. QB: Joe Milton, 6’5” 220lbs. Orlando, FL (Olympia)

Hard not to see a little Cardale Jones in Milton thanks to his size and arm strength. Though he’s more fleet of foot than Jones, like the former OSU standout, he’s a throw-first quarterback that can make every throw and burn you with his escapability when plays break down. His arm looks to be the biggest in the class but he struggles a bit with knowing when to take some off of the ball on shorter routes and when to put more air on the ball on deeper routes.

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  • Commitment Date: 5/7/2017
  • First on BGRC: April 2017
  • Rankings: Scout (3*, #29 QB) – Rivals (4*, #113 overall) – 247 (4*, #272 overall) – ESPN (4*, #124 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #247 overall, #10 Pro QB, #44 in Florida

9. OT: Jalen Mayfield, 6’5” 255lbs. Grand Rapids, MI (Catholic Central) 

Photo Credit: MLive.com

Photo Credit: MLive.com

Mayfield burst onto the recruiting scene this spring. And it was for good reason. Though he’s still obviously underweight for an offensive tackle, the high school basketball player’s length, athleticism and tenacity stands out when you watch his tape. With the natural skills and length there, time in the weight room and cafeteria should give him a chance to be a really nice player for the Wolverines.

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  • Commitment Date: 5/23/2017
  • First on BGRC: April 2017
  • Rankings: Scout (4*, #221 overall) – Rivals (3*, #25 in MI) – 247 (4*, #86 overall) – ESPN (3*, #57 OT)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #310 overall, #24 OT, #6 in Michigan

10. OT: Ryan Hayes, 6’7” 255lbs. Traverse City, MI (TC West)

Hayes, like fellow commit OT Jalen Mayfield, is one of the most athletic tackle prospects in this class. But, like Mayfield, he’s a definite project. His length and athleticism shows off what he could be as he sees a lot of time at tight end at the high school level. And that’s where me may see the start of his collegiate career. He could be a legit blocking tight end/6th lineman as he puts more mass on in the cafeteria and weight room. Once he fills out, his ceiling is through the roof. His high school coach told TMI’s Sam Webb that Hayes is a “carbon copy” of current Cincinnati Bengals tackle, former Oregon and TC West tackle, and former Michigan commit, Jake Fisher ($). But his starting position in Ann Arbor is expected to be at tight end until he adds the weight needed.

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  • Commitment Date: 5/27/17
  • First on BGRC: March 2017
  • Rankings: Scout (4*, #262 overall) – Rivals (3*, #49 OT) – 247 (4*, #102 overall) – ESPN (4*, #30 OT)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #206 overall, #17 OT, #3 in Michigan

11. TE: Luke Schoonmaker, 6’6” 225lbs. Hamden, CT (Hamden Hall) 

Photo Credit: Twitter/Luke Schoonmaker

Photo Credit: Twitter/Luke Schoonmaker

Though there isn’t much tape on the latest commitment, in the limited footage that is available, Schoonmaker shows off his athleticism, size and natural talent throughout. Most of his tape is at quarterback, which he isn’t too bad of a prospect. But his tight end tape and combine camp tape is impressive. He has higher end speed for a tight end, good agility and good hands. His game reminds me of a bit of 2018 recruit and Miami commit, Will Mallory.

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  • Commitment Date: 7/25/17
  • Rankings: Scout (N/A) – Rivals (N/A) – 247 (3*, #32 TE) – ESPN (N/A)
  • Composite Ranking: N/A

12. LB: Cameron McGrone, 6’1” 215lbs. Indianapolis, IN (Lawrence Central) 

Photo Credit: IndyStar.com

Photo Credit: IndyStar.com

At times, linebackers from the north get branded as a little less athletic than linebackers from the south. But McGrone doesn’t fit that bill as he’s easily one of the more athletic linebackers in this class. And that’s coming off of an ACL tear at the end of his junior season. According to 247Sports Kipp Adams and Barton Simmons, he was one of the best linebackers at The Opening ($). Imagine what he’ll look like as a prospect once he’s 1000% healed.

With Don Brown’s blitz heavy, aggressive defense, an instinctive, athletic linebacker like McGrone should flourish. Though he’ll have to impress early to jump the other young talent that was recently added to the linebacker room.

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  • Commitment Date: 7/31/17
  • Rankings: Scout (4*, #25 OLB) – Rivals (4*, #16 OLB) – 247 (4*, #40 overall) – ESPN (4*, #14 OLB)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #217 overall, #14 OLB, #2 in Indiana

13. DB: Sammy Faustin, 6’2” 185lbs. Naples, FL (Naples)

Photo Credit: Sammy Faustin

Photo Credit: Sammy Faustin

Faustin is a long, rangy defensive back that shows good speed and the willingness to make any tackle. He could play either cornerback or safety at the collegiate level, though it looks like the staff is targeting him to be a safety. His game reminds me a bit of former UM cornerback, Channing Stribling. And like Stribling, Faustin will need to put on a little more size to play at the collegiate level (especially at safety) but, once he does, he could become a regular contributor in the secondary and, at the very least, a standout on special teams.

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  • Commitment Date: 8/2/17
  • RankingsScout (3*, #76 CB) – Rivals (3*) – 247 (3*, #75 CB) – ESPN
  • Composite Ranking: Three star, #867 overall, #80 CB, #135 in Florida

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