Mazi Smith commitment tops Michigan’s big recruiting week
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Welcome to the Blue and Mazi … I mean Maize. — Heidi Wilson, via Facebook.
Michigan has received commitments from six players in the 2019 class this week, none more important than defensive tackle Mazi Smith.
The Wolverines hadn’t had much luck with top 2019 prospects in the state before Smith said yes to them on Sunday. Smith, a 4-star player from East Kentwood High School near Grand Rapids, is ranked the No. 4 player in the state by the 247Sports composite and has been a top target for the Wolverines. The top-3 players have committed to other Big Ten schools, including Belleville teammates Devontae Dobbs and Julian Barnett with Michigan State. Smith chose Michigan over Notre Dame and Penn State. He also held offers from Georgia and Ohio State.
He joins tackle Karsen Barnhart, ranked No. 10, as in-state players committed to Michigan for 2019. That’s a departure from the past couple of years when the Wolverines signed 13 players from the state. They missed on several top national targets in 2018, but Smith’s commitment adds to the excitement of one of the best classes in the country.
Smith is the highest-rated of the six new commits. The class now totals 16 and is No. 5 in the national rankings and No. 1 in the Big Ten. Michigan has commitments from defensive ends Christopher Hinton, Stephen Herron Jr. and Gabe Newburg but Smith is the first interior defensive lineman in the class.
The Wolverines also added 4-star running back Zach Charbonnet, 3-star cornerback D.J. Turner II, 3-star tight end Erick All, 3-star safety Joey Velazquez and 3-star athlete George Johnson III after weekend visits.
Michigan isn’t done with this recruiting surge. It also hosted 5-star defensive end Zach Harrison, the No. 4-ranked player in the country, 4-star safety Lewis Cine, 4-star running back Eric Gray among several targets last weekend.
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