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June/July 2017

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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JUNE/JULY 2017 THE WOLVERINE 61   FOOTBALL RECRUITING Sandidge, who is ranked as the nation's No. 3 defensive tackle, can play both offense and defense and is one of Michigan's top big-man targets. Michael Thompson, 6-4, 273, Saint Louis (Parkway North) Thompson, the land's No. 5 defensive tackle, is another St. Louis product getting attention from the Wolverine staff. Tommy Togiai, 6-3, 293, Pocatello, Idaho (Highland) Michigan rarely recruits in Idaho, but has done a good job with Togiai and sits in his top group. Linebacker Kolin Demens, 6-2, 200, Beverly Hills, Mich. (Country Day) As the younger brother of former Wolverine Kenny Demens and the No. 8 player in the state, Kolin could end up in the class if U-M pushes for him. Dallas Gant, 6-3, 208, Toledo, Ohio (St. John's) Gant, the No. 19 outside linebacker in the nation, is one of Michigan's top targets, and he's definitely interested in the Maize and Blue. Teradja Mitchell, 6-3, 232, Virginia Beach, Va. (Bishop Sullivan) Mitchell doesn't appear to be into U-M as much as he once was, but he's still a target. Chris Oats, 6-4, 205, Cincinnati Winton Woods Michigan was one of the first offers for Oats, but he's a quite kid and is tough to figure out. Otis Reese, 6-2, 195, Leesburg, Ga. (Lee County) Reese, the nation's No. 13 outside linebacker, was the first Georgian to commit to Michigan in the class. Shayne Simon, 6-2, 195, Jersey City, N.J. (St. Peter's Prep) The No. 9 outside linebacker in the country and a perfect candidate for the Viper position, Simon is high on Michigan and visited Ann Arbor in April. Cornerback Sammy Faustin, 6-2, 170, Naples, Fla. (Naples) Faustin had great comments about Michigan after a spring visit, but might not be heavily pursued moving forward. Stanley Garner, 6-3, 180, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Dillard) Garner also doesn't seem to be a top target, but is intrigued by what Michigan is all about. Gemon Green, 6-2, 173, DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto) At 6-2, Green is the exact type of athlete U-M cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich likes. D'Shawn Jamison, 5-10, 174, Houston (Lamar) The No. 22 cornerback in the land, Jamison sees himself being used like Jabrill Peppers — a lofty goal, but the four-star has a lot of natural ability. Myles Sims, 6-3, 173, Atlanta (Westlake) Sims, the No. 8 cornerback in the class, is extremely long and fits per- fectly into Michigan's secondary. Isaac Taylor-Stuart, 6-2, 177, San Diego (St. Augustine) Taylor-Stuart, a borderline five-star and the nation's No. 4 cornerback, might be the only immediate take left on Michigan's cornerback board. Safety Aashari Crosswell, 6-1, 185, Long Beach, Calif. (Poly) Crosswell, the No. 7 safety nationally, is very interested in Michigan and continues to hear from the coaches. Trey Dean, 6-2, 180, Hampton, Ga. (Dutchtown) Another big-time prospect from Georgia, Dean is coveted by teams in the South. B.J. Foster, 6-2, 180, Angleton, Texas (Angleton) Foster, the No. 2-rated safety in the class, is another Texas product that Michigan would love to steal away. Joseph Foucha, 5-11, 190, New Orleans (McDonogh 35) Foucha is high on Michigan, but might not leave the state of Louisiana. German Green, 6-2, 180, DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto) Like his twin brother, German is long and athletic, but is coming off of an ACL tear. Josh Jobe, 6-0, 176, Miami (Columbus) — Miami commit Apparently done with the recruiting process, Jobe is still a top target of the Michigan staff. Isheem Young, 5-10, 180, Philadelphia (Imhotep Charter School) Young, the country's No. 12 safety, included Michigan in his top group in mid-April. Athlete Brian Asamoah, 6-1, 205, Columbus, Ohio (St. Francis DeSales) Asamoah doesn't hold an Ohio State offer and could easily end up in Ann Arbor. Michael Barrett, 6-0, 200, Valdosta, Ga. (Lowndes) Barrett would be an interesting backfield compliment of already com- mitted Christian Turner. Houston Griffith, 6-0, 185, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) Another Chicago native down at IMG and Rivals No. 2 athlete nationally, Griffith speaks highly of Michigan but likely has a few programs ahead of the Wolverines. Tre'Shaun Harrison, 6-1, 185, Seattle (Garfield) It'll be tough to pluck Harrison away from Washington, but the electric weapon and skilled defender is worth the effort. Talanoa Hufanga, 6-1, 194, Corvallis, Ore. (Crescent Valley) Everyone assumes Hufanga, the No. 8 athlete in the land, will follow his brother's footsteps to Oregon State, but he's maintained a high level of interest in U-M. Kearis Jackson, 6-0, 191, Fort Valley, Ga. (Peach County) An electric playmaker and crafty defender, Jackson continues to receiver Michigan attention. Kyler McMichael, 6-1, 185, Duluth, Ga. (Greater Atlanta Christian) McMichael excels most at running back and isn't much different from commit Christian Turner in the backfield, but he can do a lot on the football field. L'Christian Smith, 6-5, 215, Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne) At 6-5, Smith is a nightmare matchup at wide receiver, and the nation's top-rated athlete was blown away by Michigan during a late-April visit. Commitments in bold italics * Received a Michigan offer between April 12 and May 5 Master List Notes Committed To Michigan: CB Gemon Green and S German Green. Decommitted From Michigan: None. Added To The List: TE Malcolm Epps, OT Rasheed Walker, DT Tommy Togiai, OLB Chris Oats, S Aashari Crosswell, ATH Michael Barrett and ATH Kearis Jackson. Removed From The List: QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson (committed to UCLA), RB Iverson Clement (committed to Florida), RB Jashaun Corbin (committed to Tennessee), WR Marquis Spiker (committed to Washington), TE Brevin Jordan (committed to Miami), TE Will Mallory (committed to Miami), OT Nana Asiedu (committed to Penn State), OG Warren Eric- son (eliminated Michigan), OT Richard Gouraige (eliminated Michigan), OG Juice Scruggs (eliminated Michigan), DE Jar- ell Cherry (committed to LSU), CB Tre' Douglas (eliminated Michigan), S Josh Proctor (committed to Ohio State), ATH Ta- vion Thomas (eliminated Michigan) and ATH Marcus Murphy (committed to Mississippi State). Rk. School Commits 1. Miami 17 2. Penn State 13 3. LSU 15 4. Ohio State 9 5. Notre Dame 11 6. Clemson 8 Rk. School Commits 7. Florida State 9 8. Nebraska 10 9. Washington 8 10. USC 7 16. Michigan 8 RIVALS' 2018 TEAM RECRUITING RANKINGS As of May 8

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