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Wolverines offer 2019 Michigan State commit
Friday was the first day of the final open recruiting period before National Signing Day on Feb. 7 and most attention is on teams working to complete their 2018 classes. Michigan certainly was doing that, but it also put a focus on 2019 when it offered cornerback Julian Barnett of Belleville, the No. 2-ranked player in the state and a commit of rival Michigan State.
— Julian Barnett (@_OfficialJB1) January 12, 2018
Barnett is a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, and ranked as the No. 59 player in the country for the 2019 class. He is the No. 3-ranked cornerback, and the only player ranked ahead of him in Michigan is tackle Devontae Dobbs, a Belleville teammate.
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Barnett committed to Michigan State last month, and at this point the Spartans are ahead in the recruiting race for the top players in the state for the 2019 class.
Michigan isn’t among the teams Dobbs is considering, with analysts having him leaning to Michigan State. East Kentwood offensive tackle Logan Brown, the No. 3-ranked player in the state, committed to Wisconsin over the Wolverines in November. Michigan is definitely in play for East Kentwood defensive tackle Mazi Smith and Detroit Martin Luther King safety Marvin Grant, the Nos. 4-5 players in the state, but the Wolverines are now looking to get into a battle with their in-state rivals for Barnett.
Michigan coaches on the road
Michigan coaches scattered throughout various regions on Friday. Coach Jim Harbaugh was in Kansas City, presumably to visit with wide receiver Ronnie Bell of Park Hill High School, a 2018 commit.
Thanks to @CoachJim4UM from @UMichFootball, @CoachHillMizzou from @MizzouFootball and @COACHJUICE_ from @KU_Recruiting for stopping by Park Hill today to see our student-athletes pic.twitter.com/Iv69OFZ7Yc
— PH Trojans Football (@PHTrojansFB) January 12, 2018
Al Washington, one of the newest additions to the staff, was on the road locally in Detroit.
The one 2018 player expected to be on campus for an official visit this weekend is cornerback Vincent Gray of Rochester (Mich.) Adams High School. The Wolverines offered Gray a scholarship last month.
Grad transfer interested in Michigan
Calvin Anderson is a left tackle from Rice who plans on being a graduate transfer, which means he would be eligible to play immediately. Michigan is one of the places he is interested in and, according to 247Sports, Harbaugh will meet with Anderson in Houston on Monday.
Michigan is losing senior Mason Cole to graduation and there is no guarantee Grant Newsome will return from the horrific right knee injury he suffered in 2016 to play at his previous level. Anderson was among the top 20 players in the country this past season in pass blocking efficiency, according to Pro Football Focus.
Finished 2017 with 98.1 PBE (pass blocking efficiency) according to PFF analytics pic.twitter.com/LYMCoMD6t3
— Calvin Anderson (@THE_CONDA25) January 7, 2018
The Michigan offensive line had its struggles throughout 2017. Shoring up the two tackle positions is a must in 2018.
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