The Wolverine

September 2017

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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66 THE WOLVERINE SEPTEMBER 2017   FOOTBALL RECRUITING Quarterback Joe Milton, 6-5, 210, Orlando, Fla. (Olympia) Committed May 7 and appears to be the only quarterback target for Michigan in 2018. Running Back Christian Turner, 5-10, 180, Buford, Ga. (Buford) Pledged to the Wolverines April 10 and has been active on Twitter recruiting other players. Wide Receiver Kamryn Babb, 6-1, 175, St. Louis (Christian Brothers College High) Is one of Michigan's top targets at wide receiver and is part of a trio being recruited from the Gateway City. Jahan Dotson, 6-0, 165, Nazareth, Pa. (Nazareth Area) Has Michigan in his top three, but Penn State and Ohio State may actually both be ahead of the Maize and Blue. He played in New Jersey last year, but returned home to Pennsylvania for his upcoming senior campaign. Michael Ezeike, 6-5, 210, Ontario, Calif. (Colony) The fairly recent offeree is intrigued by Michigan. He's raw, but has great size, and U-M is one of his bigger offers. Jalen Hall, 6-3, 182, Los Angeles (Augustus Hawkins) Rivals' No. 5 wideout and No. 23 overall player nationally is wanted by everyone. He's going to be tough to pry away from the West Coast. Kearis Jackson, 6-0, 191, Fort Valley, Ga. (Peach County) He has a top group consisting of Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Michigan, LSU, Florida State, Ohio State and Florida, and planned to make his decision Aug. 19. He'll likely stay in the South. Amon-Ra St. Brown, 6-1, 187, Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei) The No. 1 receiver in the country could very well end up at Notre Dame or Stanford with one of his brothers, but USC landing 2019 quarterback JT Daniels from Mater Dei could lead to him being a Trojan. Tight End Malcolm Epps, 6-6, 225, Spring, Texas (Dekaney) The former Alabama pledge is now considering 10 programs, including Michigan. He's not the Wolverines' top option at the position, but he's on the board. Luke Ford, 6-7, 247, Carterville, Ill. (Carterville) Visited Ann Arbor a couple of times in July and is definitely considering the Wolverines. Most people think that the former Arkansas commit will end up at Alabama, but the nation's No. 5 tight end is still looking around. Mustapha Muhammad, 6-5, 225, Missouri City, Texas (Ridge Point) It's believed that the country's No. 18 tight end will eventually commit to the Wolverines. He plans to decide closer to National Signing Day, and if nothing changes it'll likely be the Wolverines. Luke Schoonmaker, 6-6, 229, Hamden, Conn. (Hamden Hall Country Day School) He surprised many when he committed to Michigan. The Wol- verine coaching staff spotted him, scouted him and offered him during a satellite camp earlier this summer, and the speedy tight end was a member of the class within two months. Offensive Line Jerome Carvin, 6-4, 305, Cordova, Tenn. (Cordova) Michigan offered him in May and has been giving him a lot of atten- tion. There's still room in the class for an offensive tackle or two, and the nation's No. 19 player at the position is one of the top targets. Emil Ekiyor, 6-4, 315, Indianapolis (Cathedral) Is still being recruited by Florida State, Alabama and Georgia, but he continues to say that he's solid to Michigan. Daniel Faalele, 6-9, 390, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) He is tough to figure out because he has no prior knowledge of what football in the United States is all about. A lot of eyes will be on him during his senior season at IMG, and Michigan is one school that will be watching extra close. Rafiti Ghirmai, 6-5, 285, Frisco, Texas (Wakeland) It looked like he had eliminated Michigan, but then he showed up for the BBQ indicating that he still has pretty strong interest in the Wolverines. Ryan Hayes, 6-7, 250, Traverse City, Mich. (West) In true, northern Michigan, low-key fashion, the No. 16 player in the state committed to U-M very discretely in late May. Jalen Mayfield, 6-5, 250, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Catholic Central) Just four days before Hayes, the No. 19 in-state player committed to the Wolverines. James Ohonba, 6-5, 320, Stockbridge, Ga. (Woodland) The No. 13 offensive guard in the land checked out Ann Arbor earlier this year and has U-M in his top group along with USC, Alabama and LSU. Nick Petit-Frere, 6-5, 265, Tampa, Fla. (Berkeley Prep) The nation's No. 13 offensive tackle is exactly what offensive line coach Greg Frey is looking for at the position. He's long and athletic, and is probably the top offensive line target remaining for Michigan. Defensive End Eyabi Anoma, 6-5, 225, Baltimore (St. Frances) The extremely long, athletic prospect is one of Michigan's top edge rusher targets remaining. With former U-M analyst Biff Poggi now coaching at St. Frances, the recruitment of the coun- try's No. 5 weakside end is intriguing. Bobby Brown, 6-5, 270, Arlington, Texas (Lamar) He picked up a Michigan offer in May. Jim Harbaugh is still trying to get a strong grip on the state of Texas and the nation's No. 9 strongside end is one of the targets. Tyler Friday, 6-3, 260, Ramsey, N.J. (Don Bosco Prep) The Wolverines are still in very good shape with New Jersey's top player and the nation's No. 4 strongside end, but it's really hard to get a bead on what he's thinking. Aidan Hutchinson, 6-6, 248, Dearborn, Mich. (Divine Child) He's as solid as any recruit ever as a Michigan legacy, and the country's No. 18 strongside end has physically developed very well over the past year or so. 2018 Scholarship Offer Master List Rk. School Commits 1. Miami 19 2. Penn State 22 3. Ohio State 16 4. Tennessee 20 5. Oregon 22 6. Texas 16 Rk. School Commits 7. LSU 20 8. Florida 17 9. Florida State 17 10. UCLA 21 23. Michigan 13 RIVALS' 2018 TEAM RECRUITING RANKINGS As of Aug. 8

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