Adding more dynamic playmakers to the roster was a clear priority for the coaching staff in this class. They’ve added two lightning fast receivers and two playmaking defensive backs already and just added on of the top two-way standouts in the country as 2019 Everett (MA) ATH Mike Sainristil has committed to Michigan.
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— Mike Sainristil 🍬 (@MikeSainristil) November 4, 2018
It doesn’t take long to see why elite defensive coordinators like Don Brown and Bud Foster want Sainristil on their respected defenses. He may not be the biggest guy in the world but his quickness, smarts, and his nose for the ball is something every secondary needs. But he’s far from just a cornerback prospect and Michigan knows that well as he’s reportedly wanted by the offensive staff at wide receiver. Throughout his tape, he shows his raw explosiveness, footwork, and home run hitting ability in the slot, on reverses, out of the backfield and on returns. He’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
Whether he ends up playing on offense, defense, special teams or a mix of all three, “Sweetness” Sainristil could be a standout for the Wolverines. The competition level can be a question with northeast recruits but he’s athletic and talented enough to play anywhere. This is a player the coaches have to be (and I think fans should be) very happy about landing. Look for him to be another three-star recruit that becomes a real contributor for Michigan.
Though Michigan offered Sainristil back in January (just a couple weeks before he committed to Virginia Tech), his name didn’t pop up on the Michigan recruiting front until he secretly visited Ann Arbor for the mega recruiting weekend in June. As a Hokies commit, he wanted to keep the visit under wraps, especially with multiple reports coming out during the visit that he was expected to flip his commitment.
But the wait was a lot longer than expected. Most of the commits from that weekend dropped within a week of the visit. Sainristil went quiet for a couple months before announcing his decommitment from Virginia Tech. With another visit already in the works to Ann Arbor and commit SR Giles Jackson hinting at an upcoming commitment on Twtitter, the writing was on the wall.
Sainristil committed to Michigan during his unofficial visit for the Penn State game, giving the Wolverines staff one of the most dynamic classes in the country.
- Height: 5’9”
- Weight: 175lbs
- Hometown (School): Everett, MA (Everett)
- Notable Offers: Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, North Carolina
- Rankings: Rivals (3*, #63 ATH) – 247Sports (3*, #75 CB) – ESPN (3*, #47 ATH)
- Composite Ranking: Three-star, #674 Overall, #62 CB, #1 in Massachusetts
As for the Rest of the Class
Sainristil is the 24th overall commitment in this class, the 2nd cornerback/slot receiver, and the first commitment out of Massachusettes. His addition tightens up the remaining spots even more as the staff may already be exceeding the total scholarship allotment at the current status. Either way, the staff is pushing this class to the limits with plenty of top names remaining on the board. That includes elite targets in DE Zach Harrison, DE George Karlaftis, and LB/RB Quavaris Crouch.
As for who could be the next to drop, recently offered ATH Amauri Pesek-Hickson looks like he could drop as soon as he gets the green light. Other names Michigan is sitting pretty with includes its top three targets in Harrison, Crouch and OT Trevor Keegan.
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