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Busy two days see Michigan send out multiple 2019 offers
Most recruiting followers are currently focused on the 2018 class. But the Wolverines staff isn’t exactly neglecting the 2019 class.
Michigan’s staff has been busy this week offering 2019 prospects early and often, including some prospects already committed elsewhere and others who had no offer before the Wolverines extended theirs.
So let’s talk about who these kids are and what their recruitment could hold — and do a little film talk.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
Acworth (Ga.) Kennesaw Mountain 4-star TE Ryland Goede
There aren’t many composite scores out there for 2019 prospects right now, so we’re going by the 247Sports solo rankings. And they see Ryland Goede as one of the nation’s best.
— Ryland Goede (@rylandgoede10) May 3, 2017
Goede is ranked as the Class of 2019’s No. 4 tight end and No. 66 overall prospect. And while Michigan is usually a school that’s an early offer for most top prospects, it’s a little late to the party for this Georgia native.
Goede has 14 Power 5 offers, according to his 247Sports profile. Among his big-time offers are Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
At 6-foot-7 and 235 pounds, Goede is one of the more intriguing tight end prospects in years with his combination of size and athleticism.
He’s going to be a top target for multiple schools at tight end, and with Michigan’s recent momentum in Georgia, the Wolverines should begin to prioritize this mammoth of a pass catcher.
Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus OT Justin Osborne
Osborne carries no ranking on 247Sports and the Wolverines, unlike with Goede, are early to the party on Osborne — just the third school to offer him after Oklahoma and SMU.
Blessed to say I got an offer from University of Michigan pic.twitter.com/Pt4N3p1wcz
— BIG_J (@Justin_Osborne6) May 3, 2017
The 6-4, 251-pound lineman is undersized right now, but he’s just a sophomore and projects really well to grow into the prototypical tackle that would anchor the Michigan offensive line.
He shows great promise, but is barely 16 and is very raw.
Expect the Wolverines to continue their efforts to offer more prospects from Texas.
Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar 4-star DE Derick Hunter Jr.
Hunter is another well-known prospect and, like Goede, is a hot commodity right now.
Defensive ends from Florida have their own mantra — they’re fast and they get to the quarterback. After staying away from Florida for the 2017 class, the Wolverines are going to hammer away in The Sunshine State going forward.
— Derick hunter. jr (@hunterderick31) May 3, 2017
Hunter is an early Miami favorite, but there’s a lot of time left to convince him otherwise. Right now, it’s hard to steal any target away from the Hurricanes, as they possess the top class in 2018.
Ranked the No. 13 strongside defensive end in his class, Hunter will be a good candidate to consider taking a visit to Michigan early on, perhaps during this summer.
He fits the scheme that defensive coordinator Don Brown runs so keep a close eye on Michigan’s pursuit of him. Beating Miami for a prospect as sharp as Hunter Jr. would be an enormous grab for the maize and blue.