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You shouldn’t sweat the Marquan McCall commitment, if …
Oak Park (Mich.) OG Marquan McCall made a surprising commitment Monday, pledging to Kentucky.
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A 4-star prospect and the No. 1 recruit in Michigan per the 247Sports Composite, McCall was arguably one of Michigan’s top O-line prospects on the board for 2018.
But we didn’t see him as the best lineman on the Wolverines’ board.
First, the Wolverines already have one top-notch guard committed in Indianapolis Cathedral 4-star OG Emil Ekiyor.
Second, a bigger need for Michigan is to add a couple high-end tackles. And the Wolverines may not need to leave the state to find them: Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Jalen Mayfield and Traverse City West’s Ryan Hayes. Both are rated as 4-star prospects.
Mayfield we tabbed as our next prospect to commit to Michigan. He was a former Minnesota commit ranked below No. 500. Since de-committing in late March, he’s become the No. 315 overall prospect.
More significant is Mayfield’s 247Sports solo ranking, which sees him as the nation’s No. 105 overall prospect. If his rise continues, Mayfield could become a Composite top-150 prospect.
Hayes has had a similar recruitment. We didn’t know much, if anything, about Hayes this time last year.
Hayes is the Composite No. 202 overall prospect in the country. And like Mayfield, Hayes has an even better 247Sports solo ranking: No. 95. And at 6 feet 7, Hayes gives whatever school lands him one of the highest ceilings of any tackle in the country.
Since his visit to Ann Arbor in March, Hayes has become a heavy favorite to choose Michigan with 11 of 12 Crystal Ball predictions pointing to the Wolverines.
So yes, the Wolverines missed out on a talented guard in McCall, the best-known name in the state for this class.
But Michigan fans shouldn’t sweat, as we project both Mayfield and Hayes to commit to the Wolverines. And both could have higher ceilings.
Michigan offers LSU commit Damone Clark
Baton Rouge (La.) Southern University Lab School 4-star LB Damone Clark received an offer from Michigan on Tuesday.
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) May 9, 2017
The Class of 2018 prospect is already committed to LSU, and it’ll be a tough task to pull him away from the Tigers. But the Michigan staff wouldn’t have offered if it didn’t believe the Wolverines had a shot with the prospect.
Clark fits into Don Brown’s blitz-heavy defense that calls for very athletic linebackers. At 6-3 and 218 pounds, Clark is an intriguing prospect who is ranked No. 322 overall in 2018. He could be a serious weapon in the unique defense the Wolverines use.
Regardless, at this point we don’t see any school pulling the Baton Rouge native off of his commitment to the in-city Tigers.
Nonetheless, don’t be surprised if a visit to Ann Arbor happens as an official visit, as Clark will likely be seeing tons of SEC schools.