2019 Football Commits

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Check out the full list of Michigan’s 2019 football commitments:

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.

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  • 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.

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

Photo Credit: GACSpartans.com

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.

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  • 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

5. OT: Trente Jones, 6’5” 290lbs. Loganville, GA (Grayson) 

Trente Jones 247Sports

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

A month after receiving his offer from the staff, Jones took in the basketball team’s big win over Ohio State in mid-February but that wasn’t the part of the trip that stood out most to the four star tackle. According to his interviews after the trip, it was the family-like atmosphere and the chance to play early is what made the difference. And it clearly made a huge difference as Jones announced his commitment to Michigan just days after the trip.

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  • Commitment Date: 2/21/18
  • First on BGRC: February 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #38 OT) – 247Sports (3*, #373 overall) – ESPN (4*, #203 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #333 Overall, #36 OT, #36 in Georgia

6. QB: Cade McNamara, 6’1” 185lbs. Reno, NV (Damonte Ranch) 

Photo Credit: Cade McNamara/Twitter

Photo Credit: Cade McNamara/Twitter

Like a lot of quarterback recruits, McNamara made his first commitment pretty early on in the process. He camped at Notre Dame and received an offer in June and was commtited to the Fighting Irish by mid-July. But that only lasted 8 months as he decommitted from Brian Kelly after receiving offers from Michigan, USC and Alabama. And he didn’t take long to figure out his new destination as he made the trip to Ann Arbor less than two months after receiving his offer from the Wolverines and committed to Jim Harbaugh and company to kick off the program’s Junior Day recruiting weekend in mid-March.

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  • Commitment Date: 3/16/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #9 Pro-QB) – 247Sports (4*, #302 overall) – ESPN (3*, #296 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #316 Overall, #9 Pro-QB, #1 in Nevada

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

Bursting onto the Michigan recruiting scene after picking up his offer from the staff during an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor with his parents at the end of March. And it didn’t take long for the Wolverines to become the favorite and the trendy Crystal Ball pick for the Northmont standout. Though Newburg received offers from the likes of Michigan State and Iowa around the same time as his Michigan offer, and was also reportedly told to wait before making his commitment by Urban Meyer and Ohio State, the straight-A student followed his heart and committed to the Wolverines on Monday night just prior to the basketball team’s National Championship game appearance.

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  • Commitment Date: 4/2/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #53 WDE) – 247Sports (3*, #55 WDE) – ESPN (NR)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #798 Overall, #53 WDE, #36 in Ohio

8. CB: Te’Cory Couch, 5’11” 160lbs. Hollywood, FL (Chaminade-Madonna Prep)

Photo Credit: CBS Sports

Photo Credit: CBS Sports

Couch is an athletic defensive back that could play either cornerback or safety thanks to his length and willingness to tackle, but looks to be set for corner at Michigan. He flashes his ability to read the offense throughout his tape, blowing up screens and counters with his electric closing speed. Though he may need a little time to put on the necessary size to play in Michigan’s defense, he’s a guy I could see pushing for playing time by his sophomore season.

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  • Commitment Date: 4/15/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #20 S) – 247Sports (4*, #330 overall) – ESPN (4*, #272 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four star, #292 Overall, #27 ATH, #46 in Florida

9. 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 was a heavily recruited prospect, holding offers from some big name programs all over the country. However, that interest didn’t really come about until the turn of the new year, where he ended up receiving 13 offers in the first three months of 2018. But it was the offer and visit in early April that clearly stood out the most. That trip to Michigan quickly moved the Wolverines to the top of his list ($). Just a week after leaving Ann Arbor with an offer in hand, and making a quick trip to Texas to visit TCU, Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M, he made the decision to commit to Michigan.

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  • Commitment Date: 4/16/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (2*) – 247Sports (3*, #56 OT) – ESPN (NR)
  • Composite Ranking: Three star, #1012 Overall, #83 OT, #7 in Connecticut