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 is a big timer. He’s one of the most physically impressive recruits in the class and should only continue to grow into a freak athlete with time at IMG and in Ann Arbor. His athleticism, instincts and physical playing style should make him an early contributor, fan favorite, and future “Dude” for Don Brown’s defense throughout his collegiate career.

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  • Commitment Date: 6/24/17
  • First on BGRC: June 2017
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*, #28 OLB) – 247Sports (4*, #275 overall) – ESPN (4*, #293 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-Star, #390 Overall, #16 ILB, #54 in Georgia

2. OG: Nolan Rumler, 6’4” 300lbs. Akron, OH (Archbishop Hoban) 

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Rumler is one of those old-school offensive lineman that Michigan has been known to have throughout the years. Since his freshmen year of high school, he’s been a dominant, physical road grader and has continued to improve into a more well-rounded lineman since then. Though there’s plenty of time to go until he actually enrolls at Michigan, he has the look of a multiple year starter in the Maize and Blue. Whether that’s at guard or tackle is remained to be seen.

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  • Commitment Date: 7/29/17
  • First on BGRC: June 2017
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #110 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #156 overall) – ESPN (4*, #180 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #129 Overall, #5 OG, #3 in Ohio

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

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Photo Credit: GACSpartans.com

Hinton is one of the best high school football players in the country, regardless of class. His mix of size, strength, athleticism, and physicality makes him a dominant force on the defensive side of the ball. But it’s not just his physical talents that make him stand out. Being the son of a former NFL standout definitely hasn’t hurt as he has a nose for the ball and an understanding of the game that truly separates him from the rest. Though he’s expected to come in as a defensive end, he could easily grow into a defensive tackle. Either way, he should be a good one.

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  • Commitment Date: 8/5/17
  • First on BGRC: June 2017
  • RankingsRivals (5*, #13 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #26 overall) – ESPN (4*, #38 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Five-star, #16 overall, #2 SDE, #3 in Georgia

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

Trente Jones 247Sports

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Jones is a big, physical lineman that played the majority of his snaps on the right side of the line. He shows good bend and athleticism throughout his junior tape, excelling most on run blocking as he just physically dominates a lot of defensive ends. And though that’s normally not too big of a shocker for a 6’5” 290lb high schooler, Jones and Grayson HS play against some of the best programs in one of the most talented states in the country on a weekly basis. He still has plenty to work on as he’s pretty raw as a prospect, like most lineman, but he also has all of the physical features and tenacity to develop into a good lineman in college.

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  • Commitment Date: 2/21/18
  • First on BGRC: February 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #418 overall) – ESPN (4*, #157 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #290 Overall, #32 OT, #30 in Georgia

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

Photo Credit: Cade McNamara/Twitter

Photo Credit: Cade McNamara/Twitter

McNamara’s skill set matches his offer list. He isn’t the biggest, fastest, strongest armed quarterback but he excels in all of those aspects. With a similar style to other shorter, not super-athletic, pocket passing quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Jake Fromm, he shows off fantastic pocket awareness and the ability to make all the throws.throughout his tape. That includes throws from different levels, angles, with pressure, and on the run. He still has to tighten up his mechanics and decision making under pressure but you can see why the top programs and coaches in the country offered him.

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  • Commitment Date: 3/16/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #9 Pro-QB) – 247Sports (4*, #311 overall) – ESPN (4*, #240 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #257 Overall, #10 Pro-QB, #1 in Nevada

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

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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.  Add in his go-to spin move, that gives offensive lineman fits, and his quick first step, and he’s a guy who could be a nice addition to Greg Mattison’s defensive line depth. With an elite frame and a wrestling background, time spent in the weight room and with the coaching staff could turn him into a productive force in pass rushing situations.

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  • Commitment Date: 4/2/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #53 WDE) – 247Sports (3*, #56 WDE) – ESPN (3*, #60 DE)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #643 Overall, #47 WDE, #29 in Ohio

7. OL: Jack Stewart, 6’5” 285lbs. New Canaan, CT (New Canaan) 

Photo Credit; Dave Stewart/New Canaan Advertiser

Photo Credit; Dave Stewart/New Canaan Advertiser

After the first 30 seconds of Stewart’s junior highlight tape, I asked the age old question, “how is this guy ranked this low?”. Stewart is a big, athletic, physical tackle that can use his strength to open holes and his athleticism to get in the open field and clear a path. He also has a tendency to bury his opponents or drive them out of bounds whenever given the chance. He’s also a standout high school wrestler. Competition level is obviously part of it, as it is for most recruits, as is the fact that he’s not a recruiting camper. But either way, I’m not looking into that too much. I believe Stewart has the natural size and raw talent to develop into a productive, versatile lineman for Michigan.

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  • Commitment Date: 4/16/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #46 OT) – ESPN (3*, #43 OT)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #593 Overall, #57 OT, #5 in Connecticut

8. OL: Karsen Barnhart, 6’5” 285lbs. Paw Paw, MI (Paw Paw) 

Barnhart is 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. At what position exactly? He could play throughout the line but his athleticism may keep him on the outside.

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  • Commitments Date: 4/30/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #44 OT) – 247Sports (4*, #236 overall) – ESPN (3*, #37 OT)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #379 Overall, #38 OT, #10 in Michigan

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

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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.

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  • Commitment Date: 5/30/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #15 OG) – 247Sports (3*, #21 OG) – ESPN (3*, #34 OG)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #490 Overall, #19 OG, #18 in Ohio

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

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Photo Credit: PouringPurple.com

Velazquez 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.

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  • Commitment Date: 6/22/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*)- 247Sports (3*, #52 S) – ESPN (NR)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #968 Overall, #79 S, #43 in Ohio

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

Photo Credit: Erick All/Twitter

Photo Credit: Erick All/Twitter

All is a very intriguing prospect. He’s far from a finished tight end as he has plenty of size to add to his frame and things to tighten up with his blocking but he has the natural size, athleticism, route running ability and hands to be a problem in the passing game. Targeted by some as a wide receiver, he is a mismatch nightmare for cornerbacks because of his size and linebackers because of his fluidness. Luckily with the depth chart, he’ll have time to put on the size needed to play at the next level. Once he does, he could become a favorite target for the Wolverines signal callers.

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  • Commitment Date: 6/24/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #23 TE) – 247Sports (3*, #22 TE) – ESPN (3*, #13 TE)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-Star, #504 Overall, #22 TE, #18 in Ohio

12. RB: Zach Charbonnet, 6’2” 215lbs. Westlake Village, CA (Oaks Christian) 

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I’m a big fan of Charbonnet’s game. He’s a strong runner that can change direction on a dime and shows off his agility on each run. He can bounce and cut with the best of them and has more than enough speed to beat defenders down the field. Though not the most physical running back in the world, he isn’t afraid to lower his shoulder and can break tackles with both his power and elusiveness. He’s a guy I see potentially contributing early on in his career if he can get the playbook and pass blocking down.

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  • Commitment Date: 6/24/18
  • First on BGRC: 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

13. DT: Mazi Smith, 6’3” 290lbs. East Kentwood, MI (East Kentwood) 

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Photo Credit: Scout.com

Smith is a beast of an interior lineman. He’s big, he’s mean, he has a high motor, good feet, and looks to be a great fit at nose tackle for Michigan. His ability to shed lineman and find the ball carrier to make plays in the backfield will give him a chance to play right away in Ann Arbor. The staff was in need of more depth at nose tackle and there may not have been a better addition in this class than Smith.

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  • Commitment Date: 6/24/18
  • First on BGRC: September 2017
  • RankingsRivals (4* #160 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #225 overall) – ESPN (4*, #29 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #123 Overall, #7 DT, #4 in Michigan

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

Photo Credit: DJ Turner/Twitter

Photo Credit: DJ Turner/Twitter

Turner is a versatile defensive back with a nose for the football. He flashes his athleticism and ball-hawking ability at both the corner position and free safety position in high school. He looks most likely to end up playing at corner in college and has the ceiling to be a star. While he may not be the highest rated corner in this class, there’s a reason why the top programs in the country extended offers to him. With some time in the weight room and with the coaches, he’s a guy I see starting during his collegiate career.

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  • Commitment Date: 6/25/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #52 CB) – 247Sports (3*, #41 CB) – ESPN (4*, #23 CB)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #440 Overall, #41 CB, #47 in Georgia

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

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Photo Credit: TCPalm.com

 

It makes sense that he held an offer from Georgia Tech because he’d be a perfect fit in Paul Johnson’s flexbone offense. George Johnson, not Paul, is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback/wide receiver that flashes big-time playmaking ability. He’s not the biggest guy in the world but he’s tough and has a ridiculous burst. When he plants his foot in the ground, he goes and is hard to catch. Making the move from quarterback to full-time wide receiver/every now and then wildcat quarterback may take a little time. But he’s the type of player that you find a way to get the ball to. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a top return man option for Michigan at some point during his career.

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  • Commitment Date: 6/25/18
  • First on BGRC: July 2018
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #96 ATH) – ESPN (N/R)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #953 Overall, #85 ATH, #141 in Florida

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

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Photo Credit: Irish Sports Daily

Ojabo is Nigerian-born and has only played one year of organized football in the United States after moving to New Jersey from Scotland. Though new to the game, he has all of the physical traits defensive line coaches are looking for in a prospect. He’s athletic with great size and a good motor. While he may start off at strong side defensive end, he has the frame to play on the inside once he puts on some more size.

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  • Commitment Date: 6/25/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingRivals (3*, #41 SDE) – 247Sports (3*, #36 SDE) -ESPN (4*, #37 DE)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #488 Overall, #32 SDE, #10 in New Jersey

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

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Photo Credit: TONY MARABLE | HERALD-CITIZEN

Gray is a shifty, quicker than fast running back but has more than enough speed to break off home runs, and is also a threat in the passing game. He reminds me a bit of Chris Evans in both his running style and his recruitment. He was kind of a forgotten target on the board but has elite potential. He’s a tough, natural runner with a great sense of balance and low center of gravity, which allows him to break tackles and be a go-to around the goal line. His game-breaking ability and pass-catching skills, as well as the unsolidified future depth chart, should help him have the chance to see the field quickly for Michigan.

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

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

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Photo Credit: SEN.com

Johnson is another hybrid safety prospect that could play multiple positions in Don Brown’s defense. He can cover on the outside or inside from nickel, play up in the box to blitz, cover or defend the run, and can ballhawk from centerfield. Johnson is also a standout on offense as his junior tape is full of him catching touchdowns from one-time 2018 Michigan commit QB Kevin Doyle. He’s the type of player that just knows how to make plays with the ball in his hands. He may not have a set position but Viper or strong safety look like good fits in Don Brown’s defense.

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  • Commitment Date: 6/25/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #24 S) – 247Sports (3*, #37 S) – ESPN (3*, #38 S)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #470 Overall, #37 S, #4 in DC

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

Photo Credit: Quintel Kent/Twitter

Photo Credit: Quintel Kent/Twitter

Kent is a sure-handed possession receiver that has the speed to get over the top and make big plays. He’s a good route-runner on his tape and looks to be a good fit on the inside at slot receiver. From a physical standpoint, he’ll need some time to get ready to play top-flight college football but thanks to playing against some of the top talent at the high school level, he should be ready to compete. He doesn’t have star rating fans will like but this a player that the staff clearly likes a lot after showing out in front of them at camp

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  • Commitment Date: 8/4/18
  • First on BGRC: September 2018
  • RankingsRivals (2*) – 247Sports (3*, #130 WR) – ESPN (N/A)
  • Composite Ranking: N/A