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Michigan makes 4-star DE Ronnie Perkins‘ final 12 list of schools
St. Louis (Mo.) Lutheran North DE prospect Ronnie Perkins released his top 12 schools on Wednesday afternoon, and among those making the cut was Michigan.
No interviews. 🤘🏽 pic.twitter.com/hgVaR7anlv
— Ronnie Perkins™ (@Legendary11_) May 24, 2017
The 247Sports composite 4-star recruit was offered by Michigan in early spring, and has since been focusing a lot on what the Wolverines have to offer him.
Michigan isn’t perceived as the favorite for Perkins, but this long list is a good sign of the amount of time the Wolverines have to make up significant ground.
Recruits who put out lists around this stage tend to commit to their school a bit later in the game, holding off on a spring or summertime commitment.
That fares well for the Wolverines, who trail LSU, Missouri and Oklahoma. The path to passing up the Tigers — both LSU and Mizzou — isn’t a tough terrain, as Michigan isn’t far behind them in the race. The biggest challenge is the Sooners, the crystal ball leader for the No. 7 defensive end in 2018.
We know that Michigan is efforting the recruitment of Perkins, as well as two other St. Louis natives in 4-star WR Kamryn Babb and 4-star DT Michael Thompson — dubbing them “The Big 3.”
The Big 3 pic.twitter.com/aBv6G1xYb4
— Ronnie Perkins™ (@Legendary11_) April 4, 2017
The Wolverines sit in the top 5 for each prospect and, with Perkins telling Land of 10 “The Big 3” movement has resonated well with him, we could see them passing up Missouri and competing for him if the effort continues.
Michigan makes another final list, this time for top-100 DT Keondre Coburn
Houston Westfield 4-star DT Keondre Coburn, like Perkins, released his list of the final schools in contention for his commitment this week.
And the Class of 2018’s No. 93 overall prospect has one of the longest final lists you’re going to come across, listing 16 schools. A less-dramatic version of the Sweet 16, perhaps?
Take a look.
My top 16. I know it's a lot but these The schools that got me thinking 👀 pic.twitter.com/a8Ee3hSQFA
— Keondre Coburn⁹⁹ (@slowburn99) May 23, 2017
The only other Big Ten to make the cut with Michigan? Penn State.
A majority of Michigan recruiting readers might not be familiar with much about Coburn, so here’s a little backstory.
He’s a big body to put in the interior; he’s a very prototypical big-man defensive tackle who can be your go-to run stuffer.
At 6 feet, 1 inch and 329 pounds — as a junior — he’s got a good chance to either put on some more weight or cut down some to get faster for the next level. I prefer a tackle as big as Coburn, so I wouldn’t change a thing. The No. 8 defensive tackle in 2018, he’s got some real potential to be a dominant interior guy in the Power 5.
He’s a Texas kid. That used to hold a lot of weight, particularly when it came to picking a college. Very rarely did a top star from Texas leave the state. Now, just take a look at how good Ohio State’s group of 2017 Texas signees are to see how much that has changed.
Coburn isn’t a part of that new stereotype, though. He’s widely considered to be a recruit that stays in Texas, despite the new movement of leaving it.
With 30 offers and 16 finalists, Coburn is tabbed a favorite to choose the Longhorns, who have a lot more momentum under new head coach Tom Herman.
No other predictions have come in since last summer, and seven of his eight crystal balls are for Texas.
Michigan likely sits in the bottom half of this very long list, and it has its sights set on landing Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep 4-star DT Tyler Friday as its sole tackle commitment this class.
And until Friday begins to trend elsewhere — an unlikely scenario — the focus won’t get too heavy on any others.