Michigan recruiting mailbag: Quavaris Crouch tops Wolverines’ 2019 targets; Devontae Dobbs also in picture
Have Michigan football recruiting questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Wednesday for the Land of 10 Michigan recruiting mailbag to discuss Wolverines recruiting. This week, how is the 2019 class taking shape, what chance does Michigan have with 5-star running back Quavaris Crouch, and is the relationship with in-state 5-star tackle Devontae Dobbs getting better?
Q: 2019 looks like it could be an amazing class. Besides the verbals who else is really high on Michigan? — Jason Lawrence via Facebook
A: Michigan is off to a good start with its 2019 class. It has commitments from defensive ends Christopher Hinton and Stephen Herron Jr., as well as tackle Nolan Rumler and linebacker Charles Thomas. Hinton is a 5-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, and the top-ranked strongside defensive end in the country. The other three players are rated as 4-star prospects.
The Wolverines are already investing a lot of time and effort into several other 5-star players, such as cornerback Chris Steele (Bellflower, Calif.), athlete Isaiah Williams (St. Louis), defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher (Amite, La.) and running back Quavaris Crouch (Charlotte, N.C.). They are spending a considerable amount of time in the state of Georgia. Hinton is from Norcross, outside of Atlanta, as is Buford 4-star tackle Harry Miller, who was a teammate of 2018 signee Christian Turner. Michigan has also offered 4-star running back Derrian Brown, who shared the Buford backfield with Turner. Wide receiver Marcus Washington is a 4-star teammate of Williams at Trinity Catholic in St. Louis
There is a long way to go with this class but Michigan has its recruiting net cast wide for players.
Q: Any chance with Crouch? — Leslie Bret Allen via Facebook
A: Absolutely, Michigan has an excellent chance with Quavaris Crouch.
Crouch is a 6-foot-2, 230-pound running back who is ranked the No. 17 overall player in the country and the No. 2 at the position. He’s also a special enough athlete that his coach at Harding University High School, Sam Greiner, told the Charlotte Observer that Crouch might play on defense once he gets to college. That remains to be seen because after he rushed for 3,283 yards and 33 touchdowns last season, it’s going to be hard for college teams not to see him as their lead back.
Crouch has mentioned Michigan and South Carolina as two of his favorites so far in the process. The fact that Michigan runs a pro-style offense that features power running is a plus for him and his skill set. Clemson, Alabama and multiple other top programs will court Crouch, but Michigan definitely is in the mix.
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Q: Think we will lose any of these kids from Georgia now that UGA is getting better? — Mechelle Herbert Mahnke via Facebook
A: Georgia and coach Kirby Smart have as much momentum as any program in college football, and it showed as linebacker Otis Reese flipped his commitment from Michigan to Georgia. It is going to be hard to get a lot of the top players out of the state. Michigan isn’t the only program that will face this problem. The Bulldogs flipped 2018 4-star cornerback Nadab Joseph from Alabama in December and did the same to the Crimson Tide with 4-star outside linebacker Quay Walker on National Signing Day.
Michigan has made a public display of its desire to recruit the state of Georgia and recruit it successfully. It is bound to lose some players to the Bulldogs, like Reese, but don’t expect the Wolverines to back off recruiting the state.
Q: Why did (Jim) Harbaugh lay so low during this recruiting season? ― Paul Mailloux via Facebook
A: The final record of 8-5 had a lot to do with it. It’s hard to make public scenes when the results on the field don’t match. Jim Harbaugh spent the last couple of years building the Michigan brand back up and raising the expectation levels beyond what already was a high standard. It’s safe to say now that the focus is more on substance, less on hype.
Q: Are Devontae Dobbs and Michigan on better footing now? ― Zack Gerard via Facebook
A: They are, but given that the Wolverines hadn’t previously done much communicating with Devontae Dobb ― he’s a Belleville, Mich., 2019 5-star tackle who goes to school 20 minutes from campus ― it’s hard not to have improved relations.
Dobbs has been to Michigan on a couple of occasions but there hadn’t been much serious dialogue with the coaching staff until recently. He went on an unofficial visit last month, and then passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton visited Belleville a few days later to talk with Dobbs and cornerback Julian Barnett, who has committed to Michigan State. The Spartans have been given the edge in Dobbs’ recruitment up to this point but Hamilton’s visit was a good start.
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