2019 Best Guess Recruiting Class: Fourth of July Special Edition

After the last couple of weeks of fireworks the Michigan football team has had on the recruiting trail, it only makes sense to do a Fourth of July Special for my next 2019 Best Guess Recruiting Class.

Michigan is in the middle of an absolute tear on the recruiting trail where the staff has welcomed nine new commitments to the 2019 class over the last two weeks. 19 spots are accounted for in this class with several top-flight targets left on the board. The staff has done a fantastic job becoming a very real factor in all of the races and is bound to win at a couple of them over the likes of Stanford, Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Purdue.

Without giving too much away, here’s how I put together my latest attempt at the 2019 Michigan football recruiting class prediction:

  • Class Size
    • Looking at the scholarship chart, where it could be when the 2019 season begins, adding in the new commits, and looking at the number of spots the staff looks to be targeting for, I believe this class could end up between 23-27 spots. Plenty of attrition would be needed to get to that number.
  • Position Numbers
    • This should be a pretty well-rounded class with fewer spots and some prime positions of need. With five offensive linemen already committed, the staff looks like it could still add at least one more to the list. Another quarterback no longer looks likely as spots start to fill up. A big receiver and an athlete or two that could play slot receiver look to be likely.
    • On defense, there are spots available at pretty much every spot depending on the recruit. 1-2 more defensive lineman, a couple more vipers/linebackers/safeties are the main positions that the staff looks to be targeting.
  • Class Attrition
    • Te’Cory Couch decommitted from the class in June but may not be the last. Stephen Herron continues to have his name in the rumor mill but he may not be the only name to watch from now until NSD. With the number of top prospects/top targets still out there and the few spots that look to be available in this class, there’s a chance a current commit is looking elsewhere prior to signing day.

Chances Key:

  • Excellent – Top Team/Favorite to Land
  • Very Good – Top 2-3/Realistic Possibility  
  • Good – Top 5/Sticking Around 
  • Fair – Puncher’s Chance/Questionable Take
  • Poor – Hardly Mentioned/Not Happening

Check out my second attempt at the 2019 Michigan football best guess recruiting class prediction:

1. QB: Cade McNamara, 6’1” 205lbs. Reno, NV (Damonte Ranch) 

Photo Credit: Jeff Mulvihill Jr, RGJ file

Photo Credit: Jeff Mulvihill Jr, RGJ file

McNamara has proven himself throughout the camp circuit and has become a main recruiter for this class. His ties to his 7v7 teammate ATH Giles Jackson may end up paying off for the Wolverines. He told 247Sports’ Josh Newkirk he was also targeting WR Kyle Ford and S Daxton Hill during The Opening ($).

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 3/16/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #10 Pro-QB) – 247Sports (4*, #310 overall) – ESPN (4*, #240 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #263 Overall, #10 Pro-QB, #1 in Nevada

2. RB: Zach Charbonnet, 6’2” 205lbs. Westlake Village, CA (Oaks Christian)

Photo Credit: Andy Holzman/SCNG)

Photo Credit: Andy Holzman/SCNG)

Charbonnet was the biggest surprise commitment from the mega visitor weekend. He’s been a top target for the staff for a long time and is a guy who should see a ratings boost by NSD on his game tape alone. Either way, he’s one of the best gets in this class and makes up one hell of a running back pairing with the next name on this list.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 6/24/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #20 RB) – 247Sports (4*, #220 overall) – ESPN (4*, #26 RB)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #306 overall, #15 RB, #36 in California

3. RB: Eric Gray, 5’10” 190lbs. Memphis, TN (Lausanne Collegiate) 

Photo Credit: TONY MARABLE | HERALD-CITIZEN

Photo Credit: TONY MARABLE | HERALD-CITIZEN

After committing to Michigan at The Opening on Monday, Gray is back on the list for the first time since January. He’s long been tied to Michigan as he was on my September 2017 BGRC as well after camping in Ann Arbor, working closely with Jay Harbaugh, and him being reported as a “Michigan type” by TMI’s Steve Lorenz ($). Like previously mentioned, the combo of Gray and Charbonnet is a dream haul for the staff.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 7/1/18
  • First on List: September 2017
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*, #9 APB) – 247Sports (4*, #95 overall) – ESPN (4*, #275 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #248 Overall, #3 All-Purpose RB, #10 in Tennessee

4. WR/ATH: George Johnson III, 5’11” 180lbs. Stuart, FL (Martin County)

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Johnson is another new addition to the class and one of what could be multiple uber-athletic offensive weapons that can play multiple positions. He’s a dual-threat quarterback/wide receiver in high school and looks like he could end up seeing time at receiver and even a little wildcat quarterback in Ann Arbor. This was a nice get from a Florida prospect that was really catching fire on the trail.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 6/25/18
  • First on List: Now
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #96 ATH) – ESPN (N/R)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-Star, #952 Overall, #85 ATH, #140 in Florida

5. WR: Cornelius Johnson, 6’3” 195lbs. Greenwich, CT

Photo Credit: IrishSportsDaily.com

Photo Credit: IrishSportsDaily.com

Johnson is a rare name on the list that wasn’t at the mega recruiting weekend. He looks to be one of the staff’s top wide receiver targets and the connections are there for this to happen. TMI’s Sam Webb still feels good about Michigan landing him after The Opening thanks in part to his connections to both the school and state (his mother went to medical school at Michigan and his father is from Detroit ($). Add in the Don Brown effect in Connecticut and Michigan’s need for a bigger receiver in this class, and I like their chances of beating out Notre Dame and Stanford.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Highlights
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • First on List: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #77 WR) – 247Sports (4*, #242 overall) – ESPN (4*, #239 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #342 Overall, #47 WR, #4 in Connecticut
  • Crystal Ball Favorite: Notre Dame
  • Fish’s Crystal Ball: None
  • Other Options: Giles Jackson, Wandale Robinson, Kyle Ford

6. TE: Erick All, 6’4” 225lbs. Fairfield, OH (Fairfield) 

Photo Credit: Tony Tribble/WCPO Cincinnati

Photo Credit: Tony Tribble/WCPO Cincinnati

All was included in my last BGRC based on the likely chance he became a top target for the staff. Well, that happened and he ended up committing not long afterwards. He has plenty of size to put on but his length, athleticism and pass-catching ability should make him a very nice prospect for the Wolverines.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 6/24/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #22 TE) – ESPN (3*, #13 TE)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #505 Overall, #22 TE, #19 in Ohio

7. OT: Trevor Keegan, 6’6” 310lbs. Crystal Lake, IL (Crystal Lake)

Photo Credit: Hudl.com

Photo Credit: Hudl.com

Keegan was left off my last BGRC as Ohio State looked to be in control of his recruitment. But I kept my Crystal Ball prediction on him with another trip coming up to Ann Arbor. He was on hand for the mega visit in June and now the momentum looks to have swung all the way back to the Wolverines as they once again have the Crystal Ball lead. If the staff can close, it would give them a fantastic offensive line haul with Keegan being the cherry on top.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Highlights
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good to Excellent
  • First on List: September 2017
  • Rankings: Rivals (4*, #192 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #104 overall) – ESPN (4*, #167 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #143 Overall, #17 OT, #1 in Illinois
  • Crystal Ball Favorite: Michigan
  • Fish’s Crystal Ball: Michigan
  • Other Options: Danielson Ike, William Harrod 

8. OT: Trente Jones, 6’6” 290lbs. Loganville, GA (Grayson)

Jones is another very nice get for the staff out of Georgia. He’s a big, physical offensive lineman that could play either tackle or guard in college. Playing against some of the top talent in the country in the Peach State, he’s a guy that could compete for a starting job early on in his career.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 2/21/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #35 OT) – 247Sports (3*, #45 OT) – ESPN (4*, #157 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #293 Overall, #32 OT, #32 in Georgia

9. OT: Karsen Barnhart, 6’5” 285lbs. Paw Paw, MI (Paw Paw) 

Barnhart is an underrated in-state get for the staff. He’s a versatile lineman with the size and tenacity needed in a Big Ten offensive lineman. But he’s still pretty raw. He has the frame to add a good amount of size and continue to move like he does. As a basketball player, he has good feet and bends well but still needs to add strength. With some more time in the weight room, cafeteria, and on the practice field, he could be a nice prospect on the line.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitments Date: 4/30/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #46 OT) – 247Sports (4*, #235 overall) – ESPN (3*, #36 OT)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #382 Overall, #39 OT, #10 in Michigan

10. OL: Jack Stewart, 6’5” 280lbs. New Canaan, CT (New Canaan)

Photo Credit; Dave Stewart/New Canaan Advertiser

Photo Credit; Dave Stewart/New Canaan Advertiser

Stewart joined the class in the spring after picking up his offer from the staff during his visit to campus. He’s a guy who was relatively unknown on the recruiting front before Michigan got involved, as he isn’t the recruiting camp type. But his size and mean streak make him a good fit for what Michigan’s trying to get back to on the offensive line. He’s a guy that could play all over the line.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 4/16/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #79 OT) – 247Sports (3*, #47 OT) – ESPN (3*, #41 OT)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #621 Overall, #60 OT, #5 in Connecticut

11. OG: Zach Carpenter, 6’5” 300lbs. Cincinnati, OH (Moeller)

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Carpenter was a wanted recruit for a reason. He’s an absolute mauler that uses his strength and technique to dominate a high level of competition in Ohio. He’s projected to play offensive guard but also looks to be the type of lineman that could slide to center, if necessary. Where ever he ends up, thanks to his physical talents and experience against better talent, he’s a player that could play early in his career with Ben Bredeson and Michael Onwenu off to the league after the 2019 season.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 5/30/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #18 OG) – 247Sports (3*, #21 OG) – ESPN (3*, #34 OG)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #504 Overall, #18 OG, #18 in Ohio

12. G/C: Nolan Rumler, 6’4” 290lbs. Akron, OH (Archbishop Hoban)

Photo Credit: Hudl.com

Photo Credit: Hudl.com

Even with all of the new additions, Rumler has one of the highest ceilings out of any of the current commits or targets in this class. He’s another mauler on the inside that could play either guard or center for the maize and blue. As one of the first commits of the class, he’s taken on a leadership role with the offensive line recruiting and has been a key reason in Michigan’s recent recruiting success.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 7/29/17
  • First on List: June 2017
  • Rankings: Rivals (4*, #110 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #156 overall) – ESPN (4*, #180 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #135 overall, #6 OG, #3 in Ohio

13. NT: Mazi Smith, 6’3” 300lbs. Grand Rapids, MI (East Kentwood) 

Photo Credit: Scout.com

Photo Credit: Scout.com

Smith is yet another big get out of the mega recruiting weekend. He’s long been a top target for the staff and looks to be a great fit at a big position of need in this class.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 6/24/18
  • First on List: September 2017
  • RankingsRivals (4* #160 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #224 overall) – ESPN (4*, #29 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #122 Overall, #7 DT, #4 in Michigan

14. DT: Chris Hinton, 6’4” 275lbs. Atlanta, GA (Greater Atlanta Christian) 

Photo Credit: GACSpartans.com

Photo Credit: GACSpartans.com

Hinton is not only the crown jewel of the class but he’s also one of the top recruiting wins in recent memory for Michigan recruiting. He’s a flat out stud of a player with NFL bloodlines and also happens to be a leader of this class in terms of recruiting for Michigan. He’s been consistent on Twitter recruiting the top names on the board, including Zach Harrison and the others visitors in at the mega recruiting weekend.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 8/6/17
  • First on List: June 2017
  • RankingsRivals (5*, #18 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #26 overall) – ESPN (4*, #38 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Five-star, #22 overall, #2 SDE, #3 in Georgia

15. SDE: David Ojabo, 6’5” 235lbs. Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy)

Photo Credit: Irish Sports Daily

Photo Credit: Irish Sports Daily

Ojabo is one of the latest commitments and big wins for the staff. In just one year of organized football, the Scottish international held offers from the likes of Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame. He’s obviously very raw because of his inexperience but his mix of size and athleticism are worth the scholarship. While he may start off at strongside defensive end, he has the frame to play on the inside once he puts on some more size.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 7/2/18
  • First on List: Now
  • Rankings: Rivals (4*, #11 OG) – 247Sports (4*, #132 overall) – ESPN (4*, #261 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #202 Overall, #20 OT, #5 in Maryland

16. SDE: George Karlaftis, 6’4” 250lbs. West Lafayette, IN (West Lafayette)

Photo Credit: Rivals.com

Photo Credit: Rivals.com

Karlaftis is back on the list after missing the last two predictions following his commitment to the Boilermakers. As a legit five-star talent in this class, it’s normally a pretty bold take to predict a flip. However, if there is one team that can sway him away from Purdue, it’s Michigan. He told 247Sports’ Josh Newkirk that Michigan is the only other school he’d consider visiting ($). And while I do believe Purdue is on the rise as a program, I could see the results on the field potentially making a flip a little easier for Karlaftis. It’s far from a lock to happen but the way the Wolverines have hung around here, there looks to be a real chance this happens.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Highlights
  • Michigan’s Chances: Good (Committed to Purdue)
  • First on List: September 2017
  • Rankings: Rivals (4*, #193 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #12 overall) – ESPN (4*, #158 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #99 Overall, #6 SDE, #1 in Indiana
  • Crystal Ball Favorite: Purdue
  • Fish’s Crystal Ball: Purdue
  • Other Options: Zach Harrison, Tyrece Woods

17. WDE: Gabe Newburg, 6’5” 230lbs. Clayton, OH (Newburg)

Photo Credit: Hudl.com

Photo Credit: Hudl.com

Newburg may only be rated a three-star prospect but his mix of size, strength, and tenacity makes him a very promising prospect. His quick first step and ability to get after the quarterback makes him a guy who could be a nice addition to Greg Mattison’s defensive line depth.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 4/2/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #54 WDE) – 247Sports (3*, #58 WDE) – ESPN (3*, #61 DE)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #685 Overall, #53 WDE, #26 in Ohio

18. WDE: Stephen Herron Jr., 6’4” 235lbs. Louisville, KY (Trinity)

Herron is still one of the best gets in this class and showed it during his time at The Opening. He placed in the top 20 of his SPARQ scores among the nation’s elite and could be a star as a rush end. Luckily for Michigan, he continues to say he’s 100% committed to the Wolverines even though there are plenty of rumors out there about him flipping to Stanford. It’s hard to see exactly how this will play out but for now, he looks to be firm in his commitment.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 7/29/17
  • First on List: June 2017
  • Rankings: Rivals (4*, #56 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #140 overall) – ESPN (4*, #137 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #87 overall, #5  WSDE, #1 in Kentucky

19. SAM: Aeneas DiCosmo, 6’3” 220lbs. Oradell, NJ (Bergen Catholic) 

Photo Credit: Hudl.com

Photo Credit: Hudl.com

This is still a really tough call. Michigan was the heavy favorite and then Stanford took over. But now it looks like Michigan has the momentum back thanks to his official visit during the mega recruiting weekend. My Crystal Ball is in for UM but this still isn’t a done deal. He told 247Sports’ Brian Dohn about his plans to visit UCLA prior to making his final decision ($). LA can win anyone over but I’ll stick with Michigan and Don Brown’s defensive scheme winning out here in the end.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Highlights
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good to Excellent
  • First on List: May 2018
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*, #21 OLB) – 247Sports (3*, #56 WDE) – ESPN (3*, #61 DE)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #558 overall, #40 WDE, #11 in New Jersey
  • Crystal Ball Prediction: Stanford
  • Fish’s Crystal Ball: Michigan
  • Other Options: Quavaris Crouch, Daxton Hill, Tyrece Woods, Zach Harrison

20. WLB: Charles Thomas, 6’0” 225lbs. Fairburn, GA (IMG Academy)

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Thomas is a longtime member of the class and one of the lead recruiters for the staff. He’s locked into one of the only linebacker spots in this class as he looks to be a nice fit at the WILL spot. He’s not the tallest linebacker but he sets the tone with his energy and physicality in a similar fashion to Devin Bush Jr. He’ll be a nice add to an already loaded linebacker depth chart.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 6/24/17
  • First on List: June 2017
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #26 OLB) – 247Sports (4*, #206 overall) – ESPN (4*, #257 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #309 Overall, #7 ILB, #48 in Georgia

21. VLB: Joey Velazquez, 6’0” 205lbs. Columbus, OH (St. Frances De Salle) 

Photo Credit: Ryan Donnelly/Land of 10

Photo Credit: Ryan Donnelly/Land of 10

The former Ohio State baseball commit turned Michigan football and baseball commit is the perfect fit for Don Brown’s defense. He’s a strong, physical, athletic hybrid player that has the size of a safety but the physicality of a linebacker, which is pretty much the exact breakdown of Khaleke Hudson. He has a nose for the ball and can read offenses well from the safety position.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 6/22/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #52 S) – ESPN (3*, #62 S)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #929 Overall, #74 S, #41 in Ohio

22. S/VLB: Lewis Cine, 6’2” 180lbs. Cedar Hill, TX (Trinity Christian School)

Photo Credit: The Boston Globe

Photo Credit: The Boston Globe

Cine was another visitor for the mega recruiting weekend in June and yet another visitor that Michigan looks to have made a move with. It was his first trip to Ann Arbor and looked to go as well as possible. He’s a priority in this class and only recently moved to Texas from Massachusettes so the Don Brown admiration is there. Michigan is in a battle with Penn State, Georgia, and Texas here but UM may have an ace up its sleeve in rumored future commitment and former teammate of Cine’s, ATH Mike Sainristil. If he does indeed flip from Virginia Tech, he could be a valuable asset in Cine’s recruitment.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Highlights
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
  • First on List: September 2017
  • Rankings: Rivals (4*, #91 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #70 overall) – ESPN (4*, #35 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #48 Overall, #3 Safety, #7 in Texas
  • Crystal Ball Favorite: Penn State
  • Fish’s Crystal Ball: None
  • Other Options: Quavaris Crouch, Daxton Hill, Josh Sanguinetti

23. S/VLB: Quinten Johnson, 5’11” 190lbs. Washington, DC (St. Johns College)

Photo Credit: SEN

Photo Credit: SEN

Johnson is the latest commitment from Michigan’s crazy late June to early July run. He was another mega recruiting weekend visitor and followed up that visit with a commitment to the Wolverines while he was at The Opening. This is his second time on the list after he looked like a good bet to end up in this class even before he received his offer from the staff.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 7/3/18
  • First on List: June 2017
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*, #25 S) – 247Sports (3*, #38 S) – ESPN (3*, #35 S)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #470 Overall, #40 Safety, #4 in DC 

24. CB: DJ Turner II, 5’11” 170lbs. Suwannee, GA (North Gwinnett)

Photo Credit: Hudl.com

Photo Credit: Hudl.com

Another new commit out of the mega recruiting weekend, Turner was a safe bet heading into the trip and solidified his choice even more during it. He had offers from just about everyone and is one of the better gets in this class. He’s not only a good prospect but he’s also a good recruiter for the staff. According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, he was the Michigan commit spending the most time with elite DE Zach Harrison during The Opening ($).

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 6/25/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*, #52 CB) – 247Sports (3*, #42 CB) – ESPN (4*, #23 CB)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #440 Overall, #42 Cornerback, #47 in Georgia

25. ATH: Mike Sainristil, 5’10” 175lbs. Everett, MA (Everett) 

Photo Credit: JOHN TLUMACKI/BOSTON GLOBE

Photo Credit: JOHN TLUMACKI/BOSTON GLOBE

Another new name on the list and one that I believe could be one of the best college players on this list. According to multiple reports, Sainristil visited Ann Arbor for the mega recruiting weekend and things went extremely well. As previously mentioned, both TMI’s Steve Lorenz ($) and The Wolverine’s Brandon Brown ($) have heard that the cornerback/wide receiver is leaning towards flipping his commitment from Virginia Tech. There isn’t an exact date known but he’s a definite candidate to be the next addition to the class.

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Highlights
  • Michigan’s Chances: Excellent (Committed to Virginia Tech)
  • First on List: Now
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*, #65 ATH) – 247Sports (3*, #67 CB) – ESPN (3*, #47 ATH)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #716 Overall, #63 CB, #2 in Massachusetts
  • Crystal Ball Favorite: Michigan
  • Fish’s Crystal Ball: Michigan
  • Other Options: Daxton Hill, Akeem Dent, Josh Sanguinetti 

Projected Class Score: 269.66 (per 247Sports)

Michigan currently has the #3 class in the country with several top targets remaining. If they end up adding the names on the list above, it’ll give UM a very chance at signing a top 10 class on National Signing Day. Notre Dame finished 10th in 2018 with 268.86 and Oklahoma finished 8th in 2017 with 270.79. If Michigan’s commits get the rankings bumps that may be on the horizon and/or they land some of their top overall targets (Crouch, Hill, Harrison, Ford), this class will be in contention for a top-five spot.

Just Missed the List

  • ATH Quavaris Crouch
    • Crouch was the last name I took off the list. He unofficially visited Ann Arbor once again in June and now could be favoring the Wolverines, according to TMI’s Steve Lorenz ($). It’s also been reported that he could make his decision prior to his senior season. That means a return visit for the BBQ could be gigantic for Michigan’s chances. Tennessee looks to be the main competition here and has the whole weather thing going for it. I think Michigan can win out here but I’m not confident enough to put him on the list just yet.
  • ATH Giles Jackson 
    • Michigan made a huge impression on Jackson during his official visit in June. As 7v7 teammates with UM commit QB Cade McNamara, UM has a real shot here. However, with other ATH/WR targets on the board and other programs looking to be pushing for him, mainly USC, Oregon and Oregon State, I couldn’t find a spot for him in this prediction.
  • S Daxton Hill 
  • DE Zach Harrison
  • ATH Wandale Robinson
    • Robinson was another mega recruiting weekend visitor and looked to have a great time. However, with the additions of both Zach Charbonnet and Eric Gray at running back and George Johnson at slot receiver, Michigan looks to be in a battle for the dynamic playmaker. It’ll be interesting to see how hard the staff pushes for him moving forward. Either way, Kentucky, Duke and potentially Ohio State are expected to be tough competition.
  • DE Tyrece Woods
    • The Belleville standout recently received his offer from the staff and quickly became the favorite to land him. And as long as he’s a take, that looks likely to happen. But that’s the question. With the recent defensive line additions and the top targets still very much on the board, it’s tough to find a spot for him in this class.
  • DT Rodas Johnson
    • Johnson was on the May BGRC after receiving his offer and several Crystal Ball predictions. And with a visit to town to camp, it looked like a good bet he’d end up in the class. But not much came out of that visit and with Mazi Smith and David Ojabo on board, it looks like the defensive tackle spot may be filled.
  • OL William Harrod 
    • Michigan still holds 100% of the Crystal Ball selections for Harrod but with the staff looking to only be targeting the tackle position and both Trevor Keegan and Danielson Ike sitting atop that board, it looks like the spot for another guard/tackle may no longer be available.

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