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Michigan makes top-10 list for 4-star WR L’Christian Smith
Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne WR prospect L’Christian ‘Blue’ Smith released his top-10 schools on Thursday night.
The 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite, released his final schools via Twitter. Michigan is among the final group.
— BLUE SMITH⁶? (@bluesmith_) April 27, 2017
The 6-foot-6 Smith certainly isn’t the best “fit” at Michigan based on its current roster. The Wolverines took three receivers 6-2 or taller in last year’s class, all of whom are likely remain at the position.
Michigan signed five receivers total in the 2017 class, making for limited space in this next class. We expect the Wolverines to add just one receiver in the 2018 class, and it’s hard to imagine the one guy being a pure wideout. We expect it to be a slot guy or, at the very least, a hybrid receiver that can split wide and play the slot.
Michigan’s other options include Anaheim (Calif.) Mater Dei 5-star Amon-Ra St. Brown, St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College 4-star Kamryn Babb, The Peddie School (N.J.) 4-star Jahan Datson, among a few others.
Smith is a top-100 talent, in my opinion, and if he ends up wanting to commit to Michigan, I don’t think any fans would question his fit into the program. When a 6-foot-6 athlete as versatile as Smith wants to be a part of your program, I think you might look past the fit he has.
Regardless, Smith is a heavy favorite to choose Kentucky, in what would be an enormous – both literally and figuratively – grab for the Wildacts.
Why our Crystal Ball is in for Charles Thomas to Michigan
Earlier this week, Land of 10 spoke with Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 4-star LB Charles Thomas, a 2019 prospect who transferred to IMG for this upcoming season from Fairburn (Ga.) Langston Hughes.
Following our conversation, Thomas had me thinking about how serious he was interested in the Wolverines, because it was a lot more interest than I perceived.
He’s visited Clemson and Tennessee multiple times, has offers from both, yet he can’t stop thinking about a trip to Michigan.
I asked around, spoke with a source, and touched base with Thomas as well. I don’t think anything concrete happens here until he visits, which he plans to do this summer. If and when he does visit, a commitment isn’t out of the realm of possibility. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if it happens on that summer trip. even though it’s more than a year from his signing date.
Current Michigan commit Otis Reese (Leesburgh (Ga) Lee County) did the same thing last summer, and he’s still committed to Michigan.
Thomas is a national talent that could end up being a top-50 guy following his season at the nation’s No. 2-ranked team.
It might not happen for a bit, but as for now, my Crystal Ball is the only one in and it’s favoring the Wolverines for the 2019 prospect.
3-star TE Zach Sheffer and Michigan have not spoke since his visit
After getting an early offer from Michigan last summer headed into his junior year, Ponte Verda Beach (Fla.) Nease 3-star TE Zach Sheffer says he has not heard from a Michigan staff member.
He told Land of 10 this week that he would enjoy hearing from them, and had a lot of interest early on. Sheffer said he had enough interest that he came up from Ponte Verda to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit on Nov. 19 when Michigan hosted Indiana – yeah, the snow game – and he said he really enjoyed it.
Last summer it felt like Sheffer could be one of Michigan’s main targets on its tight end board. As the cycle circled around, however, and more names started arising, it appears Sheffer’s is the one that fell down the bottom of the board.
With Michigan missing out on its two top targets at the position in Jacksonville (Fla.) 4-star Will Mallory and Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 4-star Brevin Jordan – both to Miami – I thought Sheffer would get the call for sure.
But that hasn’t happened yet, and it doesn’t sound like it will.
For what it’s worth, he’s being pursued by Ohio State, LSU, among others, so he’s no under-the-radar guy. He’s a bit undersized, but so is Jordan, so it’s a bit surprising that the Wolverines aren’t at least keeping tabs.
It’s early, and the staff is in Rome, so perhaps this relationship will be rekindled soon.