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Christian Turner signing early, will report in June
Running back Christian Turner tells Land of 10 that he plans on signing his national letter of intent on Dec. 20, but the running back from Buford, Ga., is not going to be an early enrollee. It’s a similar story for most of the 16 players committed to Michigan for the 2018 class.
“It was brought up but I really wanted to enjoy my time with my friends since I’m going so far away,” Turner said. “I’m just going to finish up high school and enjoy the high school experience.”
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Turner runs track in the spring. Ryan Hayes of Traverse City West is playing basketball and plans on playing baseball in the spring. Linebacker Cameron McGrone has expressed a similar desire to spend the remainder of his senior year with friends and classmates at Lawrence Central High School near Indianapolis.
Michigan had 11 players enroll early out of the 30 who signed in the 2017 class.
The Wolverines’ 2018 class size is likely to be in the range of 25 players, but don’t expect them to garner many more early enrollees. Unlike last season, when the Wolverines returned just five starters combined on offense and defense, the vast majority of starters will be returning in 2018.
Otis Reese named Player of Year
Otis Reese of Lee County (Ga.) has been named the Georgia Class AAAAAA Region 1 Player of the Year. The award is based on voting by coaches.
Reese is a 2018 Michigan commit, although speculation persists that he is considering a flip to Georgia. He plays safety for Lee County, but Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown and linebackers coach Chris Partridge envision Reese (6-foot-4, 206 pounds) playing viper because of his size and his ability to cover in space.
Kermit Solomon, a senior defensive back and the younger brother of Michigan freshman defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon, was named second team all-region.
Lee County (13-1) plays Friday night in the state championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta against region rival Coffee (10-3). Lee County is making its first appearance in the championship game. It beat Coffee, 23-7, on Nov. 3 to clinch the Region 1 title.
— Kaion Hamilton Sr. (@bigcuz59) December 6, 2017
Christian Turner, Jarrett Patterson to visit this weekend
Add a couple more recruits to the list of visitors for this weekend. Turner told Land of 10 on Wednesday that he will be taking his official visit. Michigan is also bringing in tackle Jarrett Patterson to Ann Arbor. Patterson is an Arizona State commit, but Michigan has been pursuing him with vigor. UCLA is also in the mix for Patterson.
— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) December 4, 2017
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