Michigan recruiting mailbag: Rumors floating about 2019 commits; Wolverines in mix for big-name players
Have Michigan football recruiting questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Wednesday for the Land of 10 Michigan recruiting mailbag to discuss Wolverines recruiting. This week, we tackle the questions of how the 2019 class is shaping up compared to 2018, take a look a Michigan’s latest commit, and review how deep the Wolverines are at cornerback.
Q: What’s the rumors on Herron and Rumler? — Jimmy Bailey via Facebook
A: Stephen Herron Jr. and Nolan Rumler are two of the five players who have committed to Michigan’s 2019 class. Herron is a 4-star defensive end from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity, while Rumler is a 4-star offensive lineman from Akron (Ohio) Hoban. They both committed after visiting Michigan for the BBQ at the Big House last summer, and both of them have plenty of other programs still recruiting them.
Herron is being pursued hard by Stanford, so much so that 247Sports recruiting analysts Steve Wiltfong, Allen Trieu and Bill Greene switched previous predictions to now favor the Cardinal. Herron (6-foot-3½, 235 pounds) is the top-ranked player in the state of Kentucky, the No. 5 weakside end and the No. 68 player overall in the country, according to the 247Sports composite. His 18 offers include Florida, Alabama and Ohio State. Michigan has its work cut out for it if it wants to turn Herron’s commitment into a signed letter of intent.
Rumler is also drawing interest, especially from Ohio State. He recently was invited to play in the 2019 Under Armour All-America Game. Rumler would seem to be a stronger commit to the Wolverines than most because of family ties to Michigan and his long being a fan of the program. Never say never, however.
Q: How many players from Georgia do you think will commit to Michigan in 2019 class? — Carlton S. Roberts — via Facebook
A: The Wolverines will take as many players from talent-rich Georgia as they can possibly get. Don’t be surprised if the final total is as high as five.
So far they have three players from the state committed for 2019: 5-star defensive end Christopher Hinton, 4-star tackle Trente Jones and 3-star linebacker Charles Thomas. Recruitment in the Peach State won’t stop there. The Wolverines have offered scholarships to more than 35 players from Georgia in the Class of 2019, nearly 20 in the Class of 2020 and a handful more in the Class of 2021.
Kenyatta Watson Sr. is the Southeast-area recruiting coordinator for Under Armour, and the father of 4-star 2019 safety prospect Kenyatta Watson II. He said the level of talent in the state began rising within the last decade with the development of better quarterbacks and with more high school teams turning away from option offenses. The improved play at quarterback ― players such as Deshaun Watson, Josh Dobbs and Jake Fromm are Georgians ― has had a trickle-down effect at wide receiver, linebacker and defensive back.
Watson was also complimented Michigan assistant coaches Chris Partridge and Al Washington as recruiters.
“If they’re down here, every year they should get two or three high-level guys out of Georgia,” Watson Sr. told Land of 10.
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Q: What are our chances of getting Fletcher in the class of 2019? — Scott Norcross via Facebook
A: Michael Fletcher is a 4-star defensive end from Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Mich., who stands 6-6 and weighs 240 pounds. He is ranked No. 10 overall in Michigan and has received 16 offers. Besides the Wolverines, Michigan State, Nebraska, Kentucky and Georgia have offered Fletcher. He recently went to Georgia for an unofficial visit.
Michigan was successful in recruiting defensive end Deron Irving-Bey from Flint as part of the 2017 class. It will have a good shot at Fletcher, who is one of the in-state players Michigan is trying to keep home and away from the likes of rival Michigan State. The two schools don’t always go after the same players but this is one instance where the rivalry will be played out off the field.
Q: Is Michigan in the hunt for any big names anymore? ― Justin Curry via Facebook
Running back Quavaris Crouch of Charlotte, N.C., is the No. 18 player in the Class of 2019 rankings, and the most prominent name on the target list who has the Wolverines among his top teams. St. Louis Trinity Catholic teammates Isaiah Williams (No. 28) and Marcus Washington (No. 61) are two other names to keep tabs on, but they’re hardly the only ones.
The Wolverines are maintaining their recruiting philosophy of recruiting anywhere and everywhere for talent. The next couple of months will be telling. The annual junior day is coming up on March 17 and spring practices begin March 23. Rising seniors are allowed to take official visits beginning in April. It will be interesting to see how many players Michigan can get on campus this spring, and that will give everyone a better read on just where 2019 recruiting stands.
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