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Wolverines concentrate on DBs
The commitment of cornerbacks Vincent Gray and Casey Hughes on Sunday pushes the Michigan secondary to potentially 18 scholarship players in 2018. Gray will be a member of the Class of 2018, while Hughes is a grad transfer from Utah.
The last three recruiting classes (2016-18) have resulted in 14 defensive backs, including the unsigned Gray. He is expected to sign on Feb. 7, National Signing Day.
|2016||Lavert Hill, David Long||Josh Metellus, Khaleke Hudson|
|2017||Benjamin St-Juste, Ambry Thomas||J’Marick Woods, Jaylen Kelly-Powell, Brad Hawkins|
|2018||Myles Sims, Ge’mon Green, Sammy Faustin, Vincent Gray||German Green|
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Three of four starters from 2017 — cornerbacks Lavert Hill and David Long, and safety Josh Metellus — were sophomores, as well as viper Khaleke Hudson. Tyree Kinnel was the lone exception. Freshman Ambry Thomas was part of the cornerback rotation early in the season, and classmates J’Marick Woods and Jaylen Kelly-Powell earned time later in the season.
Michigan doesn’t lose any members of the secondary to graduation from 2017. Brandon Watson and Hughes have fifth-year eligibility. Kinnel is a senior in 2018, while Jordan Glasgow is a redshirt junior.
The Wolverines have signed four defensive backs to the 2018 class so far. Myles Sims, who is an early enrollee, is rated a 4-star prospect by 247Sports and is the highest rated player of the group. Twins Ge’mon and German Green and Sammy Faustin are rated as 3-star players, but all them are at least 6-foot-2 with good length in their arms and an ability to play in man coverage. That’s a must in defensive coordinator Don Brown’s scheme.
Top-ranked 2020 prospect visits Ann Arbor
Michigan hosted a few players from the Class of 2020 last weekend, including defensive lineman Bryan Bresee of Damascus, Md. Bresee is the top-ranked player nationally in the class by 247Sports. He is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect who has also taken unofficial visits to Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Bresee came away impressed with the Wolverines for his first visit to campus, he told Brian Dohn of 247Sports.
Defensive line is another area the Wolverines have recruited heavily the past three cycles, signing 13 players in the position group. Two of their four commitments for the 2019 class are defensive ends: Christopher Hinton and Stephen Herron Jr.
Great time a Michigan this weekend! pic.twitter.com/CvBwIlClYK
— Bryan Bresee (@bryan_bresee) January 21, 2018
Michigan basketball gets visit from 2020 point guard prospect
The Wolverines basketball team hosted 2020 point guard Dominiq Penn of Dublin (Ohio) Coffman on Sunday for its 62-47 win against Rutgers. He is the son of former Ohio State guard Scoonie Penn, and already owns an offer from his father’s alma mater but he has also drawn interest from Notre Dame, Xavier and Indiana.
Had a good visit at the University of Michigan today !! pic.twitter.com/bwPEE86BKx
— Dominiq Penn 💮 (@dompenn_) January 21, 2018
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