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Michigan offers 4 CBs in 4 days
Entering the offseason having lost its three starting cornerbacks to graduation, Michigan isn’t playing any games when it comes to recruiting in the secondary. After signing two corners to the 2017 class, Jim Harbaugh’s staff has hit the trail hard for 2018, offering four cornerbacks in just four days recently.
Here’s a look at Michigan’s chances with each, along with a blurb on what each player brings to the table.
— ⚜Al Blades⚜ (@AlBlades_Jr) February 8, 2017
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 4-star CB Al Blades Jr.
A Miami legacy, Blades is heavily favored to choose the Hurricanes. But, as the 247Sports Composite’s No. 42 overall prospect in 2018, Michigan is going to give it the old college try here.
— ⚜Al Blades⚜ (@AlBlades_Jr) February 1, 2017
At 6-foot, 170 pounds, Blades is an in-your-face corner that is very versatile in his coverage with some elite range for a corner. He blocked a pair of field goals in the junior film you can watch above, as well.
— Isaac Taylor-Stuart (@Kingathlete5) February 8, 2017
San Diego St. Augustine 4-star CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart
Michigan is getting after it in its cornerback recruiting in 2018. On top of offering Blades, Michigan offered another top-50 prospect in Taylor-Stuart, the nation’s No. 49 overall prospect.
Taylor-Stuart is currently a favorite to choose Alabama, so hats off to Tide assistant Tosh Lupoi for getting a head start already in California with some momentum there from the 2017 class. But Taylor-Stuart sounds very interested in the Wolverines.
Might this be another Wolverines-Tide battle?
Another versatile corner, Taylor-Stuart can lay the lumber in the secondary, as well. He’s hard-hitting with good versatility in both man and zone coverages.
Expect the Wolverines to pursue him closely until they’re either out of it or land him.
— King Green (@GreenGemon) February 7, 2017
DeSoto (Texas) 3-star CB Gemon Green
Gemon Green not only has a really cool name, but he’s pretty good at playing cornerback, too. A little different than the previous two offers, Green is the No. 427 overall prospect — so he isn’t as highly touted. But he jumps out at you when you watch his film. He plays very similar to what is taught by Ann Arbor’s coaches: In-your-face, man defense.
On top of that, he’s quite the ball hawk, too. Watch the film to see those intangibles.
Green is a Texas kid, so pulling him out of the state might be a task. But Michigan is easily his biggest offer right now, with the biggest competitors being Colorado, and his 247Sports Crystal Ball leader, TCU.
If Michigan wants to jump and make him a take right away, Green could commit to the Wolverines once he visits.
— Stanley Garner Ⓜ️ (@StanleyG_9) February 7, 2017
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard 3-star CB Stanley Garner
Like Green, Garner isn’t as highly ranked as Blades or Taylor-Stuart. Ranked as the No. 586 overall prospect in the nation, Garner is the second from Fort Lauderdale to get offered this week, though he and Blades attend different schools.
A very good tackling corner that can play a nice role in run support, Garner isn’t as polished in coverage as you’d like. But his big-time 6-3, 180-pound frame gives any college staff a whole lot to work with. He reminds me a lot of recently graduated Michigan CB Channing Stribling — except he can tackle in the open field.
Michigan has a good shot with Garner early on, due to the lack of competition in the race right now.