A look at Michigan’s target numbers at each position for 2018 recruiting class
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Taking a look at Michigan’s positional numbers in the 2018 class
Early in the 2018 recruiting cycle, not much news will surface. So on this St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll provide a deep look at how many recruits Michigan should/will target at each position in its 2018 class.
Here’s a breakdown of each position.
Michigan will look to add one at the most important position of each class. The Wolverines have one name in mind: Las Vegas Bishop Gorman’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson – a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite.
Michigan has no other targets being seriously pursued right now, so look for this one to be all-or-nothing until Thompson-Robinson makes his decision this summer.
If Michigan loses out to UCLA, then the focus shifts elsewhere.
The number of running backs in this class could be three, but as of right now Michigan isn’t confident of getting a commitment from any running back. With the lack options out there, it’s more likely the Wolverines add two as they did in 2017.
A position that received five commitments in the 2017 class should receive only one in 2018. And that one will be a speedy, smaller receiver. Michigan added three big wideouts in 2017 on top of having sophomore Kekoa Crawford, another outside guy, already on campus.
New assistant head coach Pep Hamilton has told recruits of his plans to take one receiver in this class.
Michigan didn’t take a tight end in its 2017 class, but that was before it found out that freshman Devin Asiasi intended to transfer, ending up at UCLA.
With the loss of Asiasi and senior Jake Butt, Michigan is pursuing five tight ends: 4-star prospects Mustapha Muhammad (Missouri City, Texas), Jeremy Ruckert (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), Brevin Jordan (Las Vegas) and Will Mallory (Jacksonville, Fla.) and 3-star prospect Zach Sheffer (Ponte Verda Beach, Fla.).
Expect Michigan to add three, and some new names might surface down the line. Adding just two wouldn’t surprise, either.
The Wolverines wanted to add eight to nine linemen in 2017 but signed just five. That opens three spots on top of the four or five spots they would have had open.
Despite that fact, look for the Wolverines to add a similar number as last year, with the top target being IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 3-star OT Daniel Faalele, a 6-foot-9, 390-pound tackle.
This is Michigan’s top position priority in this class after losing three cornerbacks and two safeties.
Look for the Wolverines to add five to six recruits to a unit that it added four to in the 2017 class. Expect more corners than safeties to be taken.
San Diego 4-star prospect Isaac Taylor-Stuart is positioning himself to be the top target at the position.
Michigan took a hefty load of defensive linemen in 2017 with eight. The Wolverines will likely add three or four in the 2018 class.
Michigan will want to focus on adding a high-impact end with Aubrey Solomon (2017 5-star prospect) and freshman Rashan Gary manning the interior going forward.
Michigan added four linebackers in 2017. That number will probably be the same, or one less, in 2018.
Ohio’s Dallas Gant, a 4-star prospect, is a realistic option. Michigan already has one of its OLB recruits committed in Lee County (Ga.) 4-star prospect Otis Reese.
Overall, this class will consist of fewer prospects than the 30-member class in 2017 and 28-member class in 2016.
Expect this Michigan class to end up with 20 to 25 players.