Michigan capped a red-hot May in a fitting way this weekend, added to a growing crop of offensive linemen in 2018 with a key in-state recruit.
On Saturday, Traverse City (Mich.) West OT Ryan Hayes committed to Michigan. The 247Sports composite 4-star recruit had only visited Notre Dame and the Wolverines.
So what’s the impact of Hayes choosing Michigan?
Here’s a breakdown.
What Ryan Hayes means for Michigan’s 2018 class
We saw the Wolverines pick up another O-line commit last week in Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central 4-star OT Jalen Mayfield.
They kept the pedal moving by adding Hayes, now the class’ third offensive line commitment and its second tackle. Another 4-star prospect, OG Emil Ekiyor is the Wolverines’ other commit on the O-line (and their top-ranked commit thus far).
Hayes’ 6-foot-7 stature is one that brings a ton of potential to Ann Arbor. Though his weight, at 252 pounds, is going to need to move up next fall. And with more than a year’s time to work, fans should expect it to.
Hayes’ size and technique give fans a lot to be excited about. The Irish were chasing hard after him. But the Wolverines made it look easy by landing the nation’s No. 205 overall prospect.
The impact of Ryan Hayes committing to Michigan
Hayes’ commitment vaulted the Wolverines from the nation’s No. 10 overall class to No. 7.
Michigan passed up fellow Big Ten team Nebraska in the rankings, while still trailing Ohio State and Penn State — two schools that Michigan probably won’t pass up in this cycle.
Will Michigan add another offensive line commit?
It’s May, but could Michigan’s offensive line class already be set?
Not many options are left on Michigan’s board and the three current commitments are good enough to call it a day.
But the Wolverines are expected to still actively recruit 6-8, 400-pound Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 3-star OT Daniel Faalele.