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Wolverines have Lee County connection
Aubrey Solomon was one of Michigan’s biggest recruits in the 2017 class. He hails from Lee County High School in Leesburg, Ga. Michigan is hoping its connection to Lee County helps win a recruiting battle with Georgia for highly touted Otis Reese this year.
The Wolverines are maintaining that connection to future classes at Lee County. They have offered scholarships to a trio of younger players in one of Georgia’s top high school programs: 2019 defensive back Tavian Mayo and the 2021 duo of Chauncey Magwood and Baron Hopson.
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Yes, 2021 means they were freshmen last season, but Magwood, a wide receiver, and Hopson, a linebacker, were good enough to be named second-team all-region by coaches in a region that produced a state champion (Lee County) and runner-up (Coffee).
Beyond blessed to receive my first offer from the university of Michigan 〽️💙💛💛💙 pic.twitter.com/mhSPUU64YJ
— Chauncey Magwood⚜️ (@illest_magg) February 1, 2018
— N I N E T E E N¹ᴷ (@hopson_baron) February 1, 2018
Lee County won its first state title with a 28-21 win in overtime against Coffee. The Trojans went 14-1 last season, including two wins against Coffee, and outscored opponents 533-208. Reese was named Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Region 1 Player of the Year by coaches.
Mayo was chosen first-team all-region.
Pursuit of Calvin Anderson a national story
We’ve written a lot about Rice grad-transfer left tackle Calvin Anderson here in the spaces of The Winged Helmet, but we’re not the only ones taking notice.
National college football writer Bruce Feldman spoke with Anderson about his recruitment, and he told Feldman that Michigan and Texas are at the top of his leaderboard, ahead of Auburn, Oklahoma and TCU. Anderson also says that offensive coordinator/line coach Tim Drevno is a big reason why he has the Wolverines so high on his list.
“A big plus for me with Michigan is [Drevno] has coached in the NFL before,” Anderson told Feldman. “Sitting down talking Xs and Os with him, he just understands the process and how that transition works. He knows the guys who are in the draft room and what they’re looking for. That’s a big deal.”
Drevno has been to Houston to visit Anderson three times, including once this week when they went bowling. Anderson took an official visit to Ann Arbor last weekend.
Anderson would immediately become a favorite to start at left tackle should he choose the Wolverines. Mason Cole has graduated and the return of Grant Newsome from a knee injury in 2016 is anything but certain, although Newsome is confident he’ll be ready to play by the time preseason camp begins.
#Rice LT Calvin Anderson is the hottest commodity on the grad transfer market. He told me he’s got a Top 5: “Texas & Michigan are first tier. Behind them is Auburn, and then OU and then TCU.” Here’s my story on him: https://t.co/a7FQAQPFs8
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 1, 2018
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