2019 Best Guess Recruiting Class: Pre-Early Signing Day

The Early Signing Period starts on Wednesday, December 19th and it will be one that has all Michigan fans sitting on the edge of their seats. With 25 commitments on the board and a couple spots remaining, there are only a few names to watch including two five-stars.

Can Michigan land their top targets and put together one of the best classes in program history or will they miss out after a disappointing end to the 2018 season? We’ll see. Nothing is guaranteed. 

ithout giving too much away, here’s how I put together my latest prediction attempt at the 2019 Michigan football recruiting class:

  • Class Size
    • Looking at the scholarship chart, where it could be when the 2019 season begins, looking at how many commitments are already on board, and looking at the number of spots the staff looks to be targeting for, this class will be much bigger than first believed. 
    • At 25 spots currently, this class looks like it’ll end up between 27-30 spots depending on what happens between the Early Signing Period (December 19th) and National Signing Day (February 6th).
  • Class Attrition
    • CB Te’Cory Couch, DE Stephen Herron, DL Tyrece Woods, RB Eric Gray and most recently, S Dax Hill make up the five decommitments so far in this class. There aren’t any other expected departures but, as we saw with Hill, you can never rule anything thing out, especially for players that don’t sign during the early signing period. There’s also the chance that this number actually drops before NSD. More on that below. 
  • Other Commits
  • Chances Key 
    • Excellent – Top Team/Favorite to Land
    • Very Good – Top Three/Realistic Possibility  
    • Good – Top Five/Sticking Around 
    • Fair – Puncher’s Chance/Questionable Take
    • Poor – Hardly Mentioned/Not Happening

Check out my latest attempt at predicting the 2019 Michigan football recruiting class:

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

Photo Credit: Greg Barnette/Reno Gazette
 Photo Credit: Greg Barnette/Reno Gazette

McNamara has been one of the leaders of the class and was a huge reason why Michigan landed his 7on teammate, Giles Jackson. He also happens to be Nevada’s all-time leader in touchdown passes. There’s a deep stable of quarterbacks on the roster already which should give him the chance to develop and compete for the starting spot by his sophomore year.

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: Yes
  • Commitment Date: 3/16/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #9 Pro-QB) – 247Sports (4*, #350 overall) – ESPN (4*, #257 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #278 Overall, #11 Pro-QB, #1 in Nevada
  • All-American: No

2. RB: Zach Charbonnet, 6’2” 220lbs. Westlake Village, CA (Oaks Christian)

Photo Credit: Michael Owen Baker/Daily News
 Photo Credit: Michael Owen Baker/Daily News

The gem of the class, Charbonnet is a guy that should be an immediate contributor and has the chance to be a superstar. With his name more well known and a big senior season already in the making, he’s already made a big jump up the rankings. He could/should be a composite five-star prospect by National Signing Day.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: Yes
  • Commitment Date: 6/24/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #236 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #26 overall) – ESPN (4*, #105 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #100 overall, #6 RB, #17 in California
  • All-American: Under Armour

3. SR: Giles Jackson, 5’9” 175lbs. Oakley, CA (Freedom) 

Photo Credit: Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group

Jackson gives this class that electric playmaker every offense (especially this one) and special teams needs. He’s a nice get out of California and one that should make an early impact as a slot receiver or return man in this offense. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him become a go-to jet sweep guy in this offense, as he looks to have a little more shake than the other options.

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 9/10/18
  • First on List: October 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #7 APB) – 247Sports (4*, #225 overall) – ESPN (4*, #26 ATH)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #359 Overall, #45 WR, #45 in California
  • All-American: Polynesian Bowl

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

Photo Credit: George Johnson/Twitter

Jackson is another guy who has a really high ceiling as an offensive weapon. He’s an athletic playmaker with plenty of speed and shake that is needed to open up this offense. While he’ll play wide receiver, he’s a legit dual-threat quarterback as well. Could be a great red zone weapon with his ability to get open as a receiver, make plays after the catch, and potentially even take a few snaps behind center.

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 6/25/18
  • First on List: July 2018
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #89 ATH) – ESPN (3*, #53 ATH)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-Star, #816 Overall, #53 ATH, #110 in Florida
  • All-American: No

5. WR: Quintel Kent, 6’0” 170lbs. Lakewood, OH (St Edward)

Photo Credit: David Nasternak

Kent was another lower rated receiver commitment that is looking like a steal after putting on a show during his senior season. He’s a shifty possession receiver that is a problem with the ball in his hands and flashes the ability to get over the top of the secondary to make the big catch. He’s a guy that showed out in front of the staff in camp and one that could develop into a nice piece in the passing game.

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 8/4/18
  • First on List: October 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #92 WR) – ESPN (3*, #164 WR)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #907 Overall, #114 WR, #43 in Ohio
  • All-American: No

6. WR: Cornelius Johnson, 6’3” 195lbs. Greenwich, CT (Brunswick School)

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Johnson went from a near sure-fire pick to Stanford to now looking like a very real possibility to the maize and blue. The four-star big bodied receiver was a member of this class prediction back in July, missed the October BGRC, but is back on the list now. That’s in thanks to 247Sports Steve Wiltfong’s report on Stanford potentially being filled up at the receiver position making Michigan and Penn State the favorites ($). He’s made official visits to both places in the last two weeks with Michigan getting the latest. And that was a big advantage. As a football program and university, Michigan checks off more boxes for Johnson than PSU. Add in the glowing reviews from his official visit this past weekend via TMI’s Sam Webb ($), and things are looking great for Michigan to land one of the best receivers in the 2019 class.  

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good to Excellent
  • First on List: May 2018
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*, #69 WR) – 247Sports (4*, #185 overall) – ESPN (4*, #245 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #258 Overall, #39 WR, #2 in Connecticut 
  • All-American: The All-American Bowl
  • Crystal Ball Favorite: Stanford/Notre Dame
  • Fish’s Crystal Ball: None
  • Other Options: Jaylen Ellis

7. TE: Erick All, 6’4” 220lbs. Fairfield, OH (Fairfield) 

Photo Credit: Tony Tribble/Cincinnati Enquirer

All is another commitment that’s flying under the radar a bit but I believe could be one of the more productive members of this class during his collegiate career. He’s a Devin Funchess-like tight end. Long, athletic, fast pass catching tight end that can stretch the field and be a mismatch nightmare. With playing time opening up after the 2019 season, he could see the field pretty early on during his time in Ann Arbor.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: Yes
  • Commitment Date: 6/24/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • Rankings: Rivals (4*, #17 TE) – 247Sports (4*, #279 overall) – ESPN (3*, #10 TE)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #343 Overall, #14 TE, #11 in Ohio
  • All-American: No

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

Photo Credit: Shaw Media/NWHerald

Keegan was a top target for the staff throughout this cycle and after plenty of ups and downs, it finally paid off for the Wolverines. The four-star tackle committed to Michigan just days before the Early Signing Period, giving the staff the big time tackle it needed to close out the offensive line haul.  

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 12/14/18
  • First on List: September 2017
  • Rankings: Rivals (4*, #208 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #173 overall) – ESPN (4*, #168 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #163 Overall, #17 OT, #1 in Illinois
  • All-American: No

9. OT: Trente Jones, 6’6” 285lbs. Loganville, GA (Grayson)

Photo Credit: Rivals.com

Jones is another very nice get for the staff out of Georgia and one of the more underrated additions to this class. He’s a big, physical offensive lineman that could play either tackle or guard in college. Playing against some of the top talents 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
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 2/21/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #16 OG) – 247Sports (4*, #198 overall) – ESPN (4*, #155 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #218 Overall, #21 OT, #24 in Georgia
  • All-American: Under-Armour

10. OL: Karsen Barnhart, 6’4” 285lbs. Paw Paw, MI (Paw Paw)

Photo Credit: Karsen Barnhart/Hudl.com
 Photo Credit: Hudl.com

Barnhart is another high ceiling offensive tackle prospect. He’s a mean, physical, athletic lineman that saw plenty of time at both the tight end and tackle position for his high school team. But he’ll be moving to the line full time in Ann Arbor. He looked like a bit of a project as a tight end making the move to the line but after watching his senior tape, I believe he’s a guy that could play pretty early in his career and be a really nice player for Michigan.

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitments Date: 4/30/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #26 OT) – 247Sports (4*, #247 overall) – ESPN (3*, #41 OT)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #343 Overall, #20 OT, #9 in Michigan
  • All-American: No

11. OL: Jack Stewart, 6’5” 275lbs. New Canaan, CT (New Canaan)

Photo Credit; Dave Stewart/New Canaan Advertiser
 Photo Credit; Dave Stewart/New Canaan Advertiser

Stewart is another committed lineman in this class that looks like he could play either tackle or guard at the next level. Like Barnhart and Jones, he’s a big, physical lineman that plays with an edge, though he shows it on both offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Should fit right in with what Warriner is trying to build. 

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: Yes
  • Commitment Date: 4/16/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #78 OT) – 247Sports (3*, #42 OT) – ESPN (3*, #46 OT)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #662 Overall, #52 OT, #6 in Connecticut
  • All-American: No

12. OG: Zach Carpenter, 6’5” 310lbs. Cincinnati, OH (Moeller)

Photo Credit: MaxPreps.com

Carpenter is a pure offensive guard. Big, strong, nasty lineman that plays until the end of the whistle. He may not be highly ranked but his addition is a big one for this class. He and Nolan Rumler could be a dominant run-blocking force on the inside for the offensive line during their time in Ann Arbor.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 5/30/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #15 OG) – 247Sports (3*, #37 OG) – ESPN (3*, #35 OG)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #543 Overall, #31 OG, #21 in Ohio
  • All-American: No

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

Photo Credit: MaxPreps.com

Rumler has been a key member of this class for a long time now and is still one of the best gets for the staff. He could be a starter for the majority of his career. He’s a beast of a lineman and could get on the field very quickly thanks to his versatility and stout build. Whether it’s at center or either guard spot, I believe he’s set to do big things in the maize and blue.

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 7/29/17
  • First on List: June 2017
  • Rankings: Rivals (4*, #141 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #169 overall) – ESPN (4*, #184 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #145 overall, #9 OG, #5 in Ohio
  • All-American: Under-Armour

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

Photo Credit: Alyssa Keown/MLive

Interior defensive lineman was a big need in this class, especially at nose tackle and the staff delivered by landing one of the best nose tackles in the class in Smith. He’s a massive force on the line that features good feet, a quick burst, and aggressive hands. He’s a guy I see playing early and often for the Wolverines defense.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: Yes
  • Commitment Date: 6/24/18
  • First on List: September 2017
  • RankingsRivals (4* #162 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #290 overall) – ESPN (4*, #38 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #129 Overall, #9 DT, #4 in Michigan
  • All-American: Under-Armour

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

Photo Credit: GACSpartans.com
 Photo Credit: Dale Zanine/GwinnettPrepSports

Hinton has been committed for a long time now and continues to be a leader on the recruiting trail. But his addition to the program will be most felt on the field as he is a good one. Elite measurables, hard work ethic, NFL bloodline, and should fit Greg Mattison’s defensive line like a glove.

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 8/6/17
  • First on List: June 2017
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #43 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #104 overall) – ESPN (4*, #42 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #49 overall, #5 SDE, #8 in Georgia
  • All-American: All-American Bowl

16. DL: Mike Morris, 6’6” 260lbs. Delray Beach, FL (American Heritage B/D) 

Photo Credit: Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post

Morris is a very intriguing prospect as he features elite size, good athleticism, and a frame that could see him play multiple spots during his career. Most reports have him starting out at the anchor/strongside defensive end spot but he could eventually grow into a 3-Tech defensive tackle in the same style as former Michigan standout Chris Wormley.

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 9/9/18
  • First on List: October 2018
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #25 WDE) – 247Sports (3*, #31 SDE) – ESPN (4*, #275 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #322 Overall, #22 SDE, #44 in Florida
  • All-American: No

17. DE: Zach Harrison, 6’6” 245lbs. Lewis Center, OH (Olentangy Orange) 

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Harrison is the big fish on the board and one of the most suspenseful heading down the stretch. The five-star will announce his decision on ESD with a simple tweet before he sends his LOI to his school of choice. Will he pick the Crystal Ball favorite in Michigan or the hometown team in Ohio State? There have been plenty of reports of UM’s momentum taking a hit after the loss to OSU which has everyone pausing a bit. That and the departure of Urban Meyer look to be keeping this race as close as possible. There are even reports of Penn State becoming a real threat again as well. This will be a nail-biter on the 19th but it seems to me that if he was picking OSU, he would’ve just done it. The quiet commit tweet and LOI fax has me sticking with Michigan here though I won’t be shocked if he picks OSU. I will be shocked however if he chooses PSU. 

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: Yes
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good to Excellent
  • First on List: Now
  • Rankings: Rivals (5*, #14 overall) – 247Sports (5*, #3 overall) – ESPN (5*, #10 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Five-star, #4 Overall, #1 SDE, #1 in Ohio
  • All-American: The All-American Game
  • Crystal Ball Favorite: Michigan
  • Fish’s Crystal Ball: Michigan
  • Other Options: D’Von Ellies, Jared Harrison-Hunte

18. DE: David Ojabo, 6’5” 240lbs. Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy)

Photo Credit: IrishSportsDaily

Ojabo doesn’t get a ton of attention but he’s one of the better gets in this class. He was not only a big recruiting win over Penn State, Clemson and others but with his senior season only being his 2nd year of organized football, he has an extremely high ceiling. He’s raw but crazy athletic and has the frame to put on some good size. 

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: Yes
  • Commitment Date: 7/2/18
  • First on List: July 2018
  • RankingRivals (3*, #38 SDE) – 247Sports (4*, #208 overall) – ESPN (4*, #283 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #312 Overall, #22 SDE, #7 in New Jersey
  • All-American: No

19. DE: Gabe Newburg, 6’5” 230lbs. Clayton, OH (Newburg)

Photo Credit: David Nasternak

Newburg has been in the class for a minute now and even after suffering a minor injury during his senior season, he’s a guy who the staff is clearly excited about. With depth on the roster and in this class, he may take some time to see the field but he has all of the physical tools to be an impact player for Michigan. 

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: Yes
  • Commitment Date: 4/2/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #54 WDE) – 247Sports (3*, #63 WDE) – ESPN (3*, #63 DE)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #705 Overall, #56 WDE, #28 in Ohio
  • All-American: No

20. LB: Charles Thomas, 6’0” 225lbs. Fairburn, GA (St Thomas More)

Photo Credit: IMG Academy

Thomas may not be the tallest linebacker but he sets the tone with his energy and physicality. He’ll be a nice add to an already loaded linebacker depth chart in Ann Arbor and what is looking like a very nice position group haul in this class. 

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 6/24/17
  • First on List: June 2017
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #31 OLB) – 247Sports (4*, #324 overall) – ESPN (4*, #295 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #437 Overall, #23 ILB, #45 in Georgia
  • All-American: No

21. OLB: Anthony Solomon, 6’0” 185lbs. Ft. Lauderdale, FL (St Thomas Aquinas) 

Photo Credit: FootballHotbed.com
Photo Credit: FootballHotbed.com

Solomon went from a sure-fire bet to off the board completely to locked onto the list after his flipped commitment last night. He was on my original 2019 BGRC after making multiple unofficial visits to Ann Arbor early in his recruitment but when the pursuit died down a bit, he committed to in-state Miami. But thanks to Michigan picking things up again, Miami DC Manny Diaz taking the Temple job, a December official visit, and the longtime love for the Wolverines, he officially joined the class just days before the ESP. 

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: Yes
  • First on List: June 2017
  • Rankings: Rivals (4*, #16 ILB) – 247Sports (3*, #23 OLB) – ESPN (4*, #83 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #193 Overall, #10 OLB, #28 in Florida
  • All-American: Under-Armour

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

Photo Credit: DeSales/Twitter

The former Ohio State baseball commit turned Michigan football and baseball commit is the perfect fit for Don Brown’s defense and has continued to show it during his senior season. He’s a strong, physical, hybrid athlete 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. Adding him to the depth chart will be big for the defense and special teams.

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 6/22/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • Rankings: Rivals (3* S) – 247Sports (3*, #59 S) – ESPN (3*, #81 S)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #1015 Overall, #84 S, #47 in Ohio
  • All-American: No

23. SS: Quinten Johnson, 6’0” 190lbs. Washington, DC (St. Johns College)

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Johnson is another commit in this class that I believe will be a very, very good player for the Wolverines. He reminds me a bit of Khaleke Hudson but more of a safety prospect, even though he could eventually play the Viper position as well. His athleticism and playmaking ability will be a welcomed addition to the defense that continues to stock high potential players.

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • 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 
  • All-American: Under-Armour

24. FS Daxton Hill, 6’2” 185lbs. Tulsa, OK (Booker T. Washington)

Photo Credit: Ian Maule/Tulsa World

Yup, I put him back on the list. Hill decommitted from Michigan completely out of the blue earlier this month that sent shockwaves through the UM recruiting world. That included Jim Harbaugh and Warde Manuel releasing public statements about Harbaugh’s job status. And that looks like it was a big part of this original flip. Now, reports are flowing out with the very real possibility of Hill flipping back to Michigan. TMI’s Sam Webb was on the possibility of it not being over first, then more positive news came from TMI’s Steve Lorenz, The Wolverine Lounge’s Brandon JusticeWolverinesWire’s Isaiah Hole and The Wolverine’s Brandon Brown all individually joining in. Will it happen? It’s unknown if he’ll sign during the ESP or wait until NSD. Either way, while nothing is a guarantee, things are (crazy enough) trending back towards Michigan here. 

  • Offer: Yes
  • Visit: Yes
  • Senior Highlights
  • Michigan’s Chances: Very Good (Committed to Alabama)
  • First on List: October 2018
  • RankingsRivals (5*, #24 overall) – 247Sports (5*, #7 overall) – ESPN (4*, #13 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Five-star, #8 Overall, #1 S, #1 in Oklahoma 
  • Crystal Ball Favorite: Alabama
  • Fish’s Crystal Ball: None
  • Other Options: Collin Duncan, Dylan Jordan

25. CB Jalen Perry, 6’1” 190lbs. Dacula, GA (Dacula) 


Photo Credit: Dale Zanine/GwinnettPrepSports

Perry, the one-time Georgia commit, joined the Michigan class in mid-November following an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor. He gives the class another big get out of the Peach State and a really nice cornerback duo that could have a chance to see the field quickly. 

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: Yes 
  • Commitment Date: 11/19/18
  • First on List: Now
  • Rankings: Rivals (4*, #170 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #254 overall) – ESPN (4*, #240 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #194 Overall, #22 CB, #22 in Georgia
  • All-American: No

26. CB DJ Turner II, 6’0” 175lbs. Suwannee, GA (North Gwinnett)

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Turner was a big recruiting win for the staff as his offer sheet doesn’t come close to matching his recruiting rankings. He’s a long, rangy corner that can cover, has a knack for big plays, and isn’t afraid to hit. After transferring to IMG for his senior season and playing against some of the best talent in the country on a weekly basis, he could be ready to compete for playing time as soon as he gets on campus.

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 6/25/18
  • First on List: May 2018
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*, #53 CB) – 247Sports (3*, #48 CB) – ESPN (4*, #278 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #410 Overall, #41 Cornerback, #53 in Florida
  • All-American: No

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

Photo Credit: Barry Chin/The Boston Globe

Sainristil is a Swiss Army Knife prospect and will likely see time in all three phases of the game as a Wolverine. He is a fast, dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands so time at slot receiver is likely but he’s also a really sticky nickel corner and a special teams ace as both a returner and a gunner. His addition to the roster will be felt in multiple ways. 

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: Yes
  • Commitment Date: 11/4/18
  • First on List: July 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #60 ATH) – 247Sports (3*, #78 CB) – ESPN (3*, #25 ATH)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #705 Overall, #64 CB, #1 in Massachusetts
  • All-American: No

28. ATH Amauri Pesek-Hickson, 6’3” 215lbs. Leawood, KS (Blue Valley North)

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Pesek-Hickson is another fall addition to the class after committing to the staff in person during his first visit to Ann Arbor for the Indiana game. His addition will be an interesting one because he could play several different positions for Michigan. He has the mix of size and athleticism to play either side of the ball at safety/linebacker or in an H-back role.  

  • Story
  • Senior Highlights
  • Early Enrollee: No
  • Commitment Date: 11/17/18
  • First on List: Now
  • RankingsRivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #74 ATH) – ESPN (NR)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #824 Overall, #56 ATH, #6 in Kansas
  • All-American: No

Projected Class Score: 282.22 (per 247Sports)

Michigan currently sits at 8th in the nation with a Composite score of 259.35. If they were to add Harrison, Hill, and Johnson to the haul, it would give them a very real shot at a top five class in 2019, which would be the 2nd of the Harbaugh era and just the 3rd since 2006 and the 6th since 2000 for Michigan. 

Just Missed

  • LB Kalen DeLoach
  • LB/RB Quavaris Crouch
    • It’s been a Michigan-Clemson-Tennessee battle for awhile here and even though UM looked to have an edge following his official visit in November, all signs point towards Crouch staying down south and signing with either the Volunteers or Tigers. 
  • DE George Karlaftis
    • Brohm spurning his alma mater to stay at Purdue put a fork in this one. While George’s recruitment is over, don’t forget his last name as his younger brother, Yanni, is a name to watch very closely in 2021. 
  • WR Jaylen Ellis
    • Ellis has plenty of suitors even though he’s still committed to Baylor. However, this is one that Michigan looks like it could win if it pushes for him. But with Cornelius Johnson looking like option A at receiver, he may be on a wait and see from the staff. 
  • DT D’Von Ellies
    • Ellies recently received an offer from the staff and has one of my favorite senior tapes out there. Quinten Johnson felt good about Michigan’s chances but without a visit, I can’t put him on this list. Penn State looks to be the favorite but if he doesn’t sign on the 19th, he’s a name to watch for Michigan (barring they have room) up until NSD on February 6th. 
  • TE Sam Snyder
    • After deciding to visit Missouri over Michigan for the official visit before the ESPN, it looks like Snyder won’t be in this class. However, he’s another guy that could be one to watch if he doesn’t sign early. If the staff wants another tight end, he may be the best option on the board. 
  • TE Darius Robinson
    • Robinson is a local prospect out of my old stomping grounds and another late offer from the staff. He looked like he was a sure-fire get after receiving that offer but with him choosing to take his last official visit to Minnesota over Michigan, I feel like the writing may be on the wall heading into his decision and signing on the 19th.  
  • DT Jared Harrison-Hunte
    • JHH may be a name to remember between the Early Signing Period and National Signing Day. He’s another late offer that has a big fan among the Michigan coaches, according to his interview with 247Sports’ Brian Dohn ($). Whether Michigan lands Zach Harrison or not, Harrison-Hunte is one to watch.
  • OT Danielson Ike 
    • With Keegan on board, it looks like the offensive line class is filled up, especially after Ike cancelled his official visit to campus this past weekend. 
  • OT Dawand Jones 
    • See above.
  • OT Chris Akporoghene 
    • See above. He announced he’s signing with Tennessee over the weekend.  

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