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Michigan offers a new cornerback in Noah Boykin
Despite having three cornerbacks already committed to its 2018 class, Michigan offered another at the position on Wednesday.
Washington Woodson H.D. High CB Noah Boykin, just a day after receiving an offer from Georgia, got one from the Wolverines.
The 247Sports Composite 3-star recruit fits the mold for what the Wolverines look for in their cornerbacks. He’s tall (6 feet, 2 inches), plays man defense, and has an aggressive style that defensive coordinator Don Brown looks for in his scheme.
He has nearly 30 offers, and his stock might be rising soon. 247Sports now ranks him as a 4-star recruit in its own rankings. Should others follow suit, Boykin could gain a star to his composite ranking.
As far as his recruitment goes, coastal schools seem to be sticking out.
His other May offer came from USC. Additionally, Clemson and Maryland have been names making noise recently, while North Carolina has the sole crystal ball prediction for Boykin.
Other than that, this is a wide open race — so if the Wolverines want to get serious about Boykin, they entered at the right time.
Expect at least a visit to stem from this offer. The fit into the defense is uncanny and a visit to Ann Arbor could really shake things up.
The offer should also tell us all that the Wolverines are comfortable with taking on another cornerback commit, likely looking to make one of the current commitments a safety.
Boykin is the No. 441 overall prospect in the composite, but is nearly 200 spots higher — 267 — in the 247Sports solo rankings.
In-state 2019 target Devontae Dobbs one of six underclassmen invited to The Opening final
One of Michigan’s top targets in 2019 just beefed up his résumé.
Belleville (Mich.), 4-Star OT Devontae Dobbs is the top-ranked player from Michigan in the class. He has a real shot at becoming a 5-star recruit. And as of Wednesday, he is an invitee to the country’s most premier offseason recruiting camp.
Dobbs is one of six underclassmen who received an invitation to Nike’s The Opening final, being held in Beaverton, Ore., this summer.
— The Opening (@TheOpening) May 31, 2017
Currently ranked as 247Sports’ No. 9 overall prospect in in 2019, Dobbs is as close as it gets to 5-star status.
After seeing him live at The Opening Cleveland regional in April, I can agree with most everyone that the hype surrounding this Michigan native is very real.
The 6-4, 270-pounder displays elite strength with footwork of a college-ready tackle that will push the incumbent starter in his true freshman season wherever he goes.
Michigan isn’t pushing for any 2019 recruits right now with far more than a year left until those decisions come around. But if there’s one 2019 prospect who might be more important than any 2018 recruit, it’s Dobbs.
He is undoubtedly the guy who Michigan cannot get beaten out on. But …
Ohio State is already giving the Wolverines a run for their money, and will until the very end. The SEC, particularly Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee, will be serious threats in this race, as well.