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Nico Collins to play in the Polynesian Bowl
The Polynesian Hall of Fame Bowl, held in Hawaii, is the newest All-American Game and will be hosting some big name recruits on Jan. 21.
The game, which already had four Michigan commits and a couple of targets, got another Monday night when it was announced on Twitter that the Wolverines’ top receiver target – 4-star (247Sports) Nico Collins – joined the game’s impressive roster.
Collins is considering Alabama, Georgia and Michigan. The Tide have backed off with the reaffirmed commitment of Jerry Jeudy and the expected commitment from Henry Ruggs. The Bulldogs and Wolverines are in a great spot with Collins. But Michigan has had the edge in his recruitment since early summer when Collins took his first of what has become four visits since June.
Collins won’t be playing in the two bigger-name All-American Games – Under Armour and U.S. Army – so this game will be the best way to showcase how well he performs against the nation’s elite talent.
What position Michigan needs most in its 2018 class
Michigan has made its two lines the top priority numbers-wise in the 2017 class. Both position groups should end up with between seven and nine commitments apiece.
But what’s the plan for next year?
The position with the biggest need is inside linebacker. You can consider two committed this year, but it’s very possible 3-star Ben Mason ends up as a fullback, as 247Sports now has him listed as an athlete.
The only other commit at the inside linebacker spot is Willie Gay. That leaves Michigan with the options of Noah Furbush, Elysee Mbem-Bosse and 2017 commit Josh Ross.
Of that group, no one really stands above the others to start at the position next season. Furbush has a great shot, but both Mbem-Bosse and Ross aren’t too far away.
The top target at the position right now is Detroit Country Day 4-star prospect Kolin Demens, brother of former Wolverines player Kenny Demens.
Virginia Beach (Va.) Teradja Mitchell is a 5-star player and the best in the class at the position. He has a Michigan offer but is a strong Florida State lean.
Mekhi Becton expected to announce on National Signing Day
Michigan’s top target at offensive tackle is Chuck Filiaga, but there is another left on the board the Wolverines would like to land in Richmond (Va.) 3-star Mekhi Becton.
Immediately following top Michigan offensive tackle target Isaiah Wilson’s decision to go to Georgia, the Wolverines shifted their focus to Becton. And he became an immediate favorite to land at Michigan.
Becton, enamored with the program and tradition of Michigan, is expected to announce on National Signing Day.
“Possibly signing day,” Becton told Land of 10. “We’ll see what happens.”
If Becton decides to visit Michigan in January, then I definitely wouldn’t rule out him committing on that visit.
But, until then, look for the 6-foot-7 offensive tackle to decide on Feb. 1.