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Michigan has extended a lot of offers to 2018 recruits since National Signing Day (Feb. 1) officially put a close on the 2017 cycle.
Here’s a breakdown of each offer, along with some updates on Michigan’s chances.
Quindarious Monday, 4-star ATH, Carver (Atlanta)
Michigan got acquainted with Georgia recruits in 2017 when it landed the state’s third-best recruit in Aubrey Solomon — a defensive tackle given a 5-star rating by the 247Sports Composite.
The Wolverines are attempting to dip into the Peach State early in 2018 cycle by offering Monday, having already received one 2018 class commitment from another Georgia prospect in 4-star safety Otis Reese — a former teammate of Solomon’s.
Monday lines up a lot at linebacker, the expected position for Michigan to pursue him at. A hard-hitting, rangy, outside backer, Monday is a undersized at 175 pounds but his speed and power at the position make up for what’s lost in that department.
Expect Michigan’s pursuit of this Georgia prospect to be strong as the cycle goes on. According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions, Monday is a Georgia favorite.
Lawrence Keys III, 4-star WR, New Orleans McDonogh 35
Keys received his offer from the Wolverines on Friday.
Sam Spiegelman, who covers Louisiana recruiting for our SEC affiliate at SECCountry.com, offered some words on Keys’ recruitment, and what he brings to the table:
“He’s a smaller, burner type. Blowing up since last spring, but that’s translated over to the big offers this past week — LSU, Ole Miss and Michigan,” he said. “A few weeks ago, I heard he was high on TCU and Texas A&M — more spread attacks that pass the ball a lot. But, he was high on the LSU offer, too. Michigan hasn’t traditionally recruited Louisiana well. His school traditionally produces LSU, TCU, TAMU, Southern schools (SEC); because it’s all about visits, and usually you have be driving distance to make those unofficial visits … I don’t think he’s close to a decision, though.”
Speaking to his point, Michigan hasn’t recruited Louisiana well at all in years, if ever. Not one player on Michigan’s 2016 roster hailed from Louisiana, nor did anyone from the 2017 recruiting class.
Michigan doesn’t look like it will stand much of a chance with Keys right now. But we’ve got 11 months until the clock stops ticking.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball projects him to LSU for now.
Lyn-J Dixon, 3-star RB, Butler (Ga.) Taylor County
Another Georgia recruit, Dixon received an offer from the Wolverines on Friday night, as well.
A small, shifty back at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Dixon reminds me a lot of Michigan sophomore back Karan Higdon. His frame makes him look like he’s only capable of running east and west off-tackle, but he has a strong presence going north and south, too — between the tackles, much like Higdon.
Something tells me the similarities between the two backs played a bit of a role in offering Dixon. Both are 5-10, weigh less than 190 pounds, and play nearly the exact same style.
Again, with Michigan beginning to dip more and more into Georgia, this could be an interesting recruitment if the Wolverines decide to actively pursue Dixon.
Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee are the biggest competition right now, as the Crystal Ball lists the Vols as the favorite.
Josh Vann, 4-star WR, Tucker (Ga.)
Sensing a trend? Yup, another Georgia recruit who received Michigan offer.
Vann’s film begins with 7 straight touchdowns. The 5-11, 175-pounder reminds me a lot of Devin Smith, current New York Jet and former Ohio State Buckeye. As a junior, Vann is an inch or so shorter than Smith, but the two are true-blue deep threats who teams drool over the opportunity to have in their offensive set.
That is something Michigan hasn’t had in its back pocket in a while — a player that win off the LOS with speed, both on long passes, and in the red zone.
Again, if the Wolverines get serious about its pursuit of Georgia talent, Vann could be a top option for them.
Georgia is the favorite right now, with Alabama as the other big competitor.
Tre Douglas, 4-star CB, McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Academy
Yeah, I know. Another Georgia recruit, another Friday offer from Michigan.
Douglas is a big corner at 6-3, but he’s also a good tackler in the open field. On top of that, he had 5 interceptions and 13 pass breakups, making for quite the ball hawk.
A Georgia favorite (surprise), Douglas matches what Michigan needs as a corner who can be good in outside run support, along with being a ball hawk.
Chris Smith, 3-star CB, Atlanta Hapeville Charter
Another Georgian, another good-tackling cornerback prospect. And Michigan has set its eyes on landing at least one of those in this 2018 class.
Smith plays a bit more man-on-man than Douglas, thanks in part to his 6-foot frame allowing him to keep up with quicker receivers on the outside.
Smith is a Georgia favorite with Alabama and Auburn in the mix, too.
Dare Rosenthal, 4-star DT, Ferriday (La.)
Rosenthal is a monster at 6-7, 290 pounds, and he received his offer on Tuesday.
A former Alabama commit, Rosenthal is a heavy LSU favorite as things stand right now. Again, Michigan struggles in Louisiana.
And while it would be nice to start to bounce back in the state with an addition as big as Rosenthal, it just doesn’t look very likely headed into spring.