Levi Onwuzurike has named us as one of 5 teams to get an official. He’s 6-2 243 out of Allen texas. 3 star with 20 plus offers from power 5 schools.
As we reported earlier today 3* RB Kurt Taylor will be visiting for the BYU game. Kurt was supposed to visit for the Oregon St game but had a flight delay. Kurt told me he ended up watching the game in the airport and he loves Michigan. Having Kurt visit again is big time for us in his recruitment in our opinion. Any time you can get players that live far away on your campus it’s a good thing.
Yesterday Michigan hosted a ton of recruits for their game at home against UNLV. Big names include 2016 five star Linebacker Caleb Kelly, 2016 four star defensive tackle Keyshon Camp, and 2017 four star tight end Jimmy Jaggers. Kelly and Jaggers hail from California, While Camp is from Lakeland, FL. Michigan has a huge need at linebacker and defensive tackle in this years class and Kelly and Camp would be huge gets. Camp is currently committed to USC but has high interest in Michigan, due in part to his former teammate and current UM DE Reuben Jones. Jaggers would be a huge get as he is a tight end and an offense coached by jim Harbaugh can never have enough of them.
All three prospects seemed to have enjoyed their time in Ann Arbor, and Jaggers commented on his feelings on the visit.
“I had a great time from the start of the visit” Jaggers said. “I talked to Keyshon Camp and Caleb Kelly a little bit but not too much.”
The positive vibes are big news for Michigan as they look to have strong recruiting classes in 2016 and 2017 to really get the Harbaugh era going. Linebacker Caleb Kelly remains high on Oklahoma as well as Michigan, and while Camp remains committed to USC for the time being, Jaggers seems to be very high on Michigan as well as some local school including UCLA and Stanford (no offer yet). Stay tuned for the latest on the recruiting trail.
2018 four star QB target Allan Walters has informed me that he will most likely make the trip to Ann Arbor this weekend for the game against BYU. Walters is an up and coming QB out of New Jersey, who blew up on the recruiting trail this summer while picking up offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, and Kentucky among others. Walters plays for Paramus Catholic High School, the same school that 2016 five star defensive tackle target Rashan Gary and 2016 four star wide receiver target Donald Stewart play for. 2017 four stars Corey Bolds and Drew Singleton also hold down the defensive side of the ball for Paramus Catholic and are big time targets in their own class for Michigan. Walters would be visiting Michigan for his second time, the first time being during the summer, for a QB camp when he picked up his offer. Michigan is a favorite for Walters but he says “every offer is a blessing” and he isn’t in a rush to decide.
“This time next year I most likely will (commit to a school)” Walters said.
Walters is focused on the season right now and is looking to turn around the slow start that him and his team are going through. Personally, Walters says he’s had a good start to the year and that he’ll have a highlight tape out soon.
Walters is definitely a name to keep an eye on going forward. He’s a young player that has a ton of interest in Michigan despite his dad being an Alabama alum and growing up an Alabama fan himself. As of now, Walters seems to be the best bet to fill Michigan’s QB void in the 2018 class. Stay tuned.
As you know Michigan took on Utah yesterday night and lost their first game of the season. Overall, Michigan moved the ball pretty well on offense and had some big time stops on defense. Turnovers were the key reason Michigan was unable to win this game. Michigan equalled our outplayed Utah in every aspect of the game other than rushing. The offense showed explosiveness and development as the game progressed and the defense improved as the game carried on as well. Now for the player impressions.
Jake Rudock: Don’t overreact. Although Jake had some horrendous plays and made some mental errors he also displayed some great things you want from you’re quarterback, especially considering he’s a transfer player and it was his first game with the team. Rudock missed two deep throws that would have likely resulted in two touchdowns to Jehu Chesson and he had a blatant overthrow to a TE as well as a couple bad passes to Grant Perry. He also displayed some good things including quick decisive decision making. Rudock hit Jake Butt for a nice quick pass on a quick read in the first half and overall Rudock was good in the pocket. There was an instance in the second half where Rudock left the pocket way too early and gave himself limited time to pass and as a result threw a bad pass to Perry. Overall I will give Rudock a 5/10 for the game with a lot of room to improve.
Amara Darboh: Darboh looked wonderful! He looked like a new player and was absolutely outstanding last night. Drab displayed above average speed and maximized yardage after the catch. He also made a couple tough catches and really carried the receiving corps. If Darboh keeps this up he could very well be on his way to the NFL some day. 9/10.
Jehu Chesson: Chesson was another bright spot for the Wolverines last night. Although he didn’t fill up the stat sheet by any means, he was consistently open and showed off outstanding speed. And when he did catch the ball, he too maximized yardage after the catch. If Rudock doesn’t miss on two deep balls, Chesson could have easily gone for 130 yards and two touchdowns. 7/10.
Grant Perry: yes, Perry and Rudock miscommunicated on the first interception. That is to be expected from a true freshman like Perry. But given the circumstances, Perry had an outstanding game. He was making his college debut against a tough defense and he really looked comfortable and ready other than one miscue. He didn’t fill up the stat sheet, but he had a couple big catches late in the game and had two huge blocks in the game that freed up space for Darboh to run. For his first game as a Michigan Wolverine Perry deserves a 8/10.
Brian Cole: Again, there wasn’t much to go off of as Brian Cole didn’t really play much. He had just one catch for negative yardage but on that one catch, there was absolutely no blocking and he did display good quickness to get a much as he could. Cole will be a player to watch down the line.
Drake Harris: For some odd reason, Harris didn’t play on offense and Cole got reps over him. Surprising. But look for Harris more as the season goes on.
Jake Butt: His performance speaks for itself. Absolutely outstanding. Playing with a new QB and in a new role, Butt displayed great understanding of the game and great talent all game long. Butt really carried the offense at times and was always open when needed. If Butt keeps this up, then look for him to perhaps be the best TE in college football by the seasons end. 10/10.
Offensive line: As a unit it could have been much better. The run blocking was basically terrible. Yes, Utahs Defensive line is outstanding but the run blocking simply wasn’t good enough. Pass blocking was okay. There were some good pass blocking point and some bad. They can be much better. Overall grade: 6/10.
Deveon Smith: Smith looked absolutely great. There was practically no room to run all game. When Smith did have some successful runs he displayed outstanding power and good speed. He proved to be ver hard to tackle all game. Yes, he did miss a couple holes but it’s not as bad as it seems. One particular play, Smith ran to the line on a shirt yardage player with his head down thinking that he’d be going straight forward and powering through the line for short yardage. As a result, Smith missed a huge accidental hole on the left side of the line. Overall grade: 8/10.
Ty Isaac: Only had a few carries, but displayed fine speed and power when he got the chance. Again he didn’t have much room to run or much opportunity but it wasn’t bad at all. Overall grade, for the few carries he had: 9/10
Joe Bolden: Bolden started off the game with a bad missed tackle on one of the first couple plays, but overall the played well. He had 13 tackles and really led the team and was all over the place. He can play better, in terms of tackling, but he was good on the night. 8/10.
Desmond Morgan: Morgan had an underrated night. He was all over the field and displayed great effort and really was a key contributor to the team last night. ten tackles and an assisted sack. 8/10.
Chris Wormley: Wormley was outstanding all game. From start to finish Wormley dominated the line and really displayed some positive things for this defense. 9/10.
Jourdan Lewis: Was maybe the best player on the field for Michigan last night. Lewis, for the most part shut down the receiver opposite him and really played a great first game. 10/10.
Channing Stribling: Stripling played good as well. He showed good tackling on multiple occasions and was pretty good in coverage. 9/10.
Jabrill Peppers: Peppers had a very underrated performance. The expectations were so high that everyone expected him to be perfect. The facts are that Peppers made a couple of mistakes but also made a lot of highlights. Peppers was in the backfield a couple of times for tackles and also had pretty good coverage most of the game. Peppers also displayed great speed on his only kick return of the game. 8.5/10.
Kicking game: Onside kicks and field goal kicking is terrible. Punting and Kickoffs aren’t bad at all. Some positives and negatives. 6/10.
Game day! It is finally here. The day Michigan fans have been waiting for since the hire of Jim Harbaugh. So many questions, who will play qb, will we be able to run the ball, will we win? Glad you asked! I feel that Jake Ruddock will be the starter and will do well. The O-Line HAS to be improved. I don’t think it could be worse than it was last year. Will we win? I say YES! This team has what it takes to go into Salt Lake City and knock of the Utes. Utah is a strong team don’t get me wrong. I am not saying it will be a blow out win or something. I do not see a reason that Jake Ruddock with all the experience he has and what he has learned from the staff in a short time can’t be enough to take this team and win. My prediction is 28-21 MICHIGAN. What do you guys think? Leave us a comment below!
Cody Bowes is a 3* OL out of St Thomas Aquinas FL with current offers from Syracuse, Marshall, Temple, and a few others. Cody told me that as of today Syracuse leads but that would change if an offer from Michigan came through. Cody stands at 6’4″ and 280 lbs. and practices against current 5* and Ohio St. commit Nick Bosa. Cody feels that UCF and FL are close to being next to offer. One thing that really supprised me was the interest that Cody has for Michigan even though he is from FL. Cody stated that distance would not be a factor because his mom would move to whichever school he chose to play for. Keep an eye out for Cody as things move forward. Cody could be an addition to this class when its all said and done.
With last night at midnight was the first time college coaches were able to initiate contact with 2017 recruits. We are going to give you a list of them here. This information will come from various places 247 sport, rivals, scout and the recruits themselves letting us know. It will continue to be updated as we get more info gathered.
5* OL Austin Jackson
5* OL Foster Sarell
5* ATH Jeffery Okudah
5* DB Devon Hunter
5* WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
4* QB Dylan McCaffrey
4* LeAnthony Williams Jr.
4* LB Joshua Ross
4* WR Jacoby Stevens
4* WR Tarik Black
4* OL Tedarrell Slaton
4* Stanford Samuels
4* DT Fred Hansard
4* TE Tre Mckitty
4* DT Corey Bolds
4* WR KJ Hamler
4* WR Osiris St. Brown
4* LB Justin Foster
4* DB Jaylen Kelly-Powell
4* DE Corey Malone-Hatcher
4* DT Dalyn Wade-Perry
4* RB Allen Stritzinger
3* Kai-Leon Herbert
3* RB Kurt Taylor
3* ATH Allen Stritzinger
3* DB Meshael Custis
3* ATH Darrion Green
Per Rivals 2017 RB Kurt Taylor will visit Michigan again for the Oregon st vs Michigan season opener. If you remember Kurt visited Michigan for the BBQ and received and offer a day later. Jim gave Kurt a lofty comparison and stated that he reminded him of Frank Gore. Kurt was on commit watch for the BBQ but has decided to slow it down. Could he commit on this visit? Stay tuned.