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OK, how many scholarships does Michigan even have?
Michigan landed its sixth commitment in nine days on Friday night in the person of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic 4-star LB (247Sports) Drew Singleton.
Michigan can get to 32 commitments in the class, assuming at least two current scholarship players transfer and two more don’t exercise a fifth-year option.
You can read my full analysis on the Singleton commitment here.
Is the linebacker class done?
Michigan now has four linebacker commitments for the Class of 2017.
Here’s a look at each one and their potential in Ann Arbor, and the likelihood of the Wolverines adding a fifth member.
4-star Drew Singleton: Singleton is your prototypical outside linebacker. And he’s been Michigan’s top linebacker target for quite some time. At 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, Singleton’s long and wide torso complements well with his strong lower base. His speed and blitzing skill bode well for his tackling ability. I’m not sure if any linebacker will play early with Mike McCray and Devin Bush Jr. returning. But if one of these four are ready, it’s Singleton.
4-star Jordan Anthony: Of the four, I think Anthony’s game excites me the most. He’s aggressive, he’s lightning on the blitz, and he fits perfectly into Michigan’s scheme. He might have the best highlight reel of them all when it’s all said and done.
4-star Joshua Ross: I think Ross is the most overrated of the three 4-stars. He’s a little slower than the others and struggled against good competition at The Opening regional combine. (He didn’t do so hot at the national combine, either.) Given his brother went to Michigan was on the Chargers roster earlier this season, you have to like his potential. He’s stronger than his brother James, and might turn out to be even better.
3-star Ben Mason: The Connecticut native might not even end up a linebacker. He scored double-digit touchdowns as a senior — at fullback. He’s a great middle linebacker, though. He’s your typical grounded, stocky, gritty linebacker that you want on your team. Built kind of like Brian Urlacher, though not the same talent. So don’t jump at the idea he will become a fullback — especially with Khalid Hill announcing Thursday night he is returning for next season — but surely don’t be surprised if he becomes one.
Who’s next: As far as any the potential of adding another linebackers to the class, there’s one option: Willie Gay. A 4-star prospect out of Starkville, Miss., Gay has a talent that the Michigan staff is absolutely enamored with, and for good reason. He’s one of the fastest, most athletic, linebackers I’ve seen out of high school. Michigan doesn’t need a fifth linebacker, but if Gay says he’s on board, then the Wolverines will gladly take him. He’s a guy that can legitimately right away.
The chances for Michigan are very high, if Gay can qualify academically. If he can, he should be in the class. But if he doesn’t, then the Wolverines will have to pass. Michigan’s primary competition for Gay are in-state Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Gay decommitted from the Rebels after his Michigan official visit in October.