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‘Tis the season to focus on the Class of 2018, but let’s not forget that while there are just six weeks left before National Signing Day, the 2019 class is being shaped as well. Michigan has four players committed to that class, including two of the top four ranked defensive ends in the 247Sports composite.
While there is a lull in the recruiting calendar with a dead period in effect through Jan. 11, Land of 10 Michigan has decided to take look at the 2019 class and some of the news, notes and storylines surrounding it.
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One of the changes that came from last year’s NCAA Division I Council rulings is that high school juniors may now take official visits to campuses. The visits must take place between April 1 and the Sunday prior to the last Wednesday of June, which in 2018 means June 24. The visits may not be held in conjunction with a college’s camp or clinic.
There is a long time to go between now and next December when 2019 recruits can go from announced commits to signing national letters of intent, but Michigan is off to a good start. Three of its four commits are ranked in the top 80 overall in the country, and all of them are considered among the top 11 players in their respective position group.
- DE Christopher Hinton, Atlanta, Ga., 5-star, No. 15 overall, No. 1 position
- DE Stephen Herron Jr., Louisville, Ky., 4-star, No. 34 overall, No. 4 position
- T Nolan Rumler, Akron, Ohio, 4-star, No. 78 overall, No. 11 position
- ILB Charles Thomas, Fairburn, Ga., 4-star, No. 309 overall, No. 7 position
Hinton is the son of former longtime NFL offensive lineman Chris Hinton. He had 39 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery for Greater Atlanta Christian as GAC went 12-2 and reached the Georgia Class AAA state semifinals. Younger brother Myles Hinton is a 2020 tackle Michigan has already begun recruiting.
Herron helped Louisville Trinity to the Kentucky 6A championship by accumulating 43.5 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks.
Rumler has been a three-year starter for Akron Hoban and helped the Knights to three consecutive Ohio state titles, including a 42-14 win against Cincinnati Winton Woods in the Division II championship game this season.
Thomas just finished his first season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he ended up with 52 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 2 interceptions.
The field is wide open at this point, but Michigan is looking to add a high-end running back and is in the running with Quavaris Crouch of Charlotte, N.C., the No. 3-ranked running back in the country, and Eric Gray of Memphis, the No. 2-ranked all-purpose back in the country. Gray participated in Michigan’s Elite Camp last June.
Wide receiver Marcus Washington and quarterback/athlete Isaiah Williams are teammates at Trinity Catholic in St. Louis. They visited Ann Arbor during the 2017 season, and there is high mutual interest between the Wolverines and both players.
Tackle Harry Miller has been to Michigan a couple times and would have a familiar face on the team should he eventually sign with the Wolverines. Miller blocked for 2018 Michigan signee Christian Turner at Buford (Ga.) High School.
The top three ranked players in Michigan for 2019 are looking elsewhere, but the Wolverines are heavily pursuing defensive tackle Mazi Smith of East Kentwood and safety Marvin Grant of Detroit Martin Luther King. Grant has a strong relationship with current Michigan cornerback Ambry Thomas and other Detroit natives, and is being looked at as a possible viper.
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