2019 Football Commits

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

Thomas visited Ann Arbor for the Elite camp in the Big House in late June and, according to Wolverine247’s Brandon Justice, the trip was more than just another recruiting trip for the talented linebacker, with a potential decision on his mind ($). Thanks to a great visit and connecting even more with the coaching staff, Thomas committed to Michigan and became the first commitment of UM’s 2019 recruiting class.

2. OL: Nolan Rumler, 6’4” 290lbs. Akron, OH (Archbishop Hoban) 

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

There haven’t been many recruits that I can think of that have been leans to Michigan as long as Rumler. He grew up a big fan of the Wolverines and looked likely to end up signing with the Wolverines as soon as he received his offer back in October of 2015. Though he took his time to pull the trigger and allowed plenty of teams to throw their hat into the ring, it always was expected to be Michigan in the end. That’s why he was the first Crystal Ball selection I put in after receiving those abilities. And he ended up following through with the commitment by jumping on board at the staff’s biggest recruiting event of the year.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 7/29/17
  • First on BGRC: June 2017
  • RankingsScout (4*, #123 overall) – Rivals (4*) – 247 (4*, #123 overall) – ESPN (N/A)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #142 overall, #18 OT, #5 in Ohio

3. DE: Stephen Herron, 6’4” 235lbs. Louisville, KY (Trinity) 

Photo Credit: Scout.com

Photo Credit: Scout.com

With five star recruits normally comes drama. However, Herron decided to make his decision a year and a half before National Signing Day and it was something I expected to eventually happen sooner or later. After his first visit to Ann Arbor over the winter and his strong, early relationship with Coach Mattison, I decided to put my Crystal Ball on the Wolverines for Herron. And though other top programs made their push, he committed to Michigan at the 2017 BBQ at the Big House.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 7/29/17
  • First on BGRC: June 2017
  • RankingsScout (4*, #41 overall) – Rivals (4*) – 247 (4*, #34 overall) – ESPN (N/A)
  • Composite Ranking: Five star, #34 overall, #4 WSDE, #1 in Kentucky

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

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Photo Credit: GACSpartans.com

The mix of him wanting a prestigious academic institution, to play for a coaching staff that can get him to the NFL and the connection that his father, Chris Sr., has with Jim Harbaugh as fellow members of the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor, were huge for the Wolverines. But it was a conversation I had with a close source that pushed me to putting in my Crystal Ball selection for Hinton to UM in early May. Hinton ended up committing to Michigan in early August.

  • Story
  • Highlights
  • Commitment Date: 8/5/17
  • First on BGRC: June 2017
  • RankingsScout (5*, #3 overall) – Rivals (5*, #3 overall) – 247 (4*, #14 overall) – ESPN (N/A)
  • Composite Ranking: Five star, #9 overall, #1 SSDE, #2 in Georgia