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Jim Harbaugh likes attitude, aptitude of 2018 class
The first request of coach Jim Harbaugh at a press conference on Wednesday night regarding the 2018 recruiting class was: “Tell us what you like best about the guys you have on the dotted line.”
The first day of the early signing period ended with Michigan getting back national letters of intent from 16 of the 19 players committed to it. Harbaugh thought about what it was that could commonly bond the group. He started to answer, then stopped and started again. Once he got into the answer, he found the phrase he was searching for.
“They really want to be at Michigan and appreciate what Michigan has to offer,” Harbaugh said. “They understand it’s a football powerhouse and an academic powerhouse.
“Nobody in there that really thinks they’re doing us the favor.”
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The 247Sports composite system ranks Michigan’s class at No. 12 nationally at this point, with seven players rated as 4-star prospects.
Harbaugh didn’t talk about star ratings or rankings. He mentioned how much he liked the on-field production of players, such as running back Hassan Haskins rushing for more the 2,000 yards for Eureka (Mo.) this season, but he said he and his staff are taking the same approach to recruiting this cycle as they have in the past.
“We get the guys that get the best grades, win the most awards and excel at sports,” Harbaugh said.
Three of those players will arrive in Ann Arbor sooner rather than later. Cornerback Myles Sims, quarterback Joe Milton and defensive end Taylor Upshaw are enrolling for classes next month. Sims announced his good news on Thursday.
WE LITTT!!!🤘🏽Just received my acceptance letter!! 💙💛
✈️One more week‼️ pic.twitter.com/ThmmRnO5Ec
— SPIDER (@simsmyles) December 21, 2017
Michigan misses on Eyabi Anoma
Michigan lost out on one of its top targets Wednesday when defensive end Eyabi Anoma chose Alabama over the Wolverines. It wasn’t a big shock that Anoma picked the Crimson Tide but there had been speculation among recruiting analysts that Michigan could be a surprise choice.
Anoma, who played at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, is ranked No. 7 overall in the country by the 247Sports composite. He was coached there by Biff Poggi, a former Michigan staff member and the father of Michigan fifth-year senior fullback Henry Poggi.
The Wolverines signed three defensive ends on Wednesday: Upshaw, Aidan Hutchinson and Julius Welschof. Defensive lineman Tyler Friday of New Jersey is one of their top targets in the final seven weeks before the Feb. 7 National Signing Day. Friday is rated as a 4-star prospect and ranked the No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 84 player overall in the country.
All-Georgia teams well-connected with Wolverines
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution released its all-state teams for Georgia on Thursday, and several Michigan connections made the lists.
- 2018 commit Otis Reese of Lee County was named the Class AAAAAA defensive player of the year. Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio was named the Class AAAAAA coach of the year after the Trojans won their first state championship. Rivals.com credited Reese with 10 tackles and 1 forced fumble in a 28-21 overtime victory in the state title game against Coffee. Reese had 131 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 4 pass breakups and 5 forced fumbles this season.
- 2019 commit Christopher Hinton of Greater Atlanta Christian was named to the first-team Class AAA defense as a lineman.
- 2018 prospects Michael Barrett and Jalen Goss of Lowndes visited Michigan on Dec. 9. Barrett was named the Class AAAAAAA offensive player of the year as an athlete even though he played quarterback for Lowndes. Goss, a tackle, was named to the first-team offense in Georgia’s big school division.
- 2019 prospect Harry Miller of Buford was one of the big guys up front blocking for 2018 Michigan signee Christian Turner. Miller was named honorable mention all-state in Class AAAAA
— AJC Sports (@AJCsports) December 21, 2017
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