2018 Football Commits

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

1. OLB: Otis Reese, 6’2” 195lbs. 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*, #193 overall) – Rivals (4*, #215 overall) – 247 (4*, #126 overall) – ESPN (4*, #194 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #171 overall, #7 OLB, #18 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” 170lbs. 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 List: 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

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