Michigan’s 30-man 2017 class is all signed, sealed and delivered.
With recruiting going relatively quiet over the next couple months, speculation about the 2017 class’ role as true freshmen will become a hot topic. So let’s have some fun, beginning with the offense, comparing some of Michigan’s offensive signees to a member of the 2016 roster. We won’t be comparing quarterbacks because, with just four on scholarship, there isn’t a big enough sample size.
WR Oliver Martin
A slot receiver that’s an even 6-foot with sure hands, gets after it blocking downfield and has a chance to make an impact as a true freshman. An easy comparison.
Comparison: WR Grant Perry. The same height, the same game, and Martin has a chance to make some serious noise right away – just like Perry did his true freshman season.
WR Tarik Black
At 6-foot-4, Black is a well-broadcasted future red-zone threat for the Wolverines. Donovan Peoples-Jones is the big talk of this receivers class, but Black could see the field early, too.
Comparison: WR Drake Harris. The same height, and, out of high school, also seen as a big-time red zone threat with great ball skills. Heading into his junior season, Harris hasn’t mapped out to his hype yet. But can Black?
OT Ja’Raymond Hall
At 6-foot-5, Hall has the same frame as Michigan’s top offensive lineman heading into 2017. A solid senior tape that backed up his 4-star ranking, Hall has about 20 pounds to put on before he’s a serious threat to be as good as his Wolverines doppelganger.
Comparison: OL Mason Cole. They’re both the same height – Cole has about 20 pounds on Hall – and both came in as tackles their freshman seasons. Cole made an impact immediately; Hall isn’t expected to, but don’t forget about him a couple years.
OT Chuck Filiaga
At 6-foot-6, Filiaga comes in even bigger than his comparison, who was arguably Michigan’s top lineman in 2016. With extremely good technique out of high school, Filiaga will have to add some strength to his 335-pound frame. With a chance to play right away, Filiaga might surpass his comparison’s great success.
Comparison: OT Erik Magnuson. An All-Big Ten player in his senior campaign, Magnuson was the Wolverines’ top performing linemen in 2016. Filiaga and Magnuson have a very comparable frame, technique and overall play style. Filiaga could make an impact quicker, but Michigan would kill for another Magnuson on its offensive line.
Join us next week when we compare some defensive players – with a lot more options.
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