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Running back Eric Gray wowed Michigan coaches at a 2017 camp and the Wolverines are set to welcome him for an official visit this weekend.

Michigan recruiting mailbag: Wolverines can be picky at positions of depth

Kevin Goheen

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Q: Any serious prospects at the running back position right now? Tony Harden via Facebook

A: Running back isn’t the highest priority position for Michigan in the 2019 class because of the number already on the roster. The Wolverines have seven scholarship running backs — this includes the reported transfer of Kareem Walker — and only Karan Higdon is a senior.

They will keep looking for playmakers and Eric Gray of Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tenn., is one to watch. Gray camped at Michigan last summer and told Land of 10 that he plans on making an official visit to Ann Arbor this Friday. He is ranked the No. 3 all-purpose back in the country and No. 252 player overall by the 247Sports composite. Gray’s style is similar to current Wolverines back Chris Evans, someone who can be used in multiple positions and is a threat for the big play whenever he touches the ball.

Michigan is also scheduled to host all-purpose back Wandale Robinson of Frankfort (Ky.) Western Hills and running back Kyren Williams of St. Louis St. John Vianney this weekend.

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Q: What freshman WR do we have coming in? Rob Sporcic via Facebook

A: The only wide receiver signed to the 2018 class is Ronnie Bell of Kansas City (Mo.) Park Hill. Bell is one of the more interesting stories of this class of freshmen because, despite producing gaudy stats his last two seasons (142 receptions for 2,244 yards and 31 total touchdowns scored), he didn’t receive a lot of attention on the recruiting trail. He signed a letter of intent last November to play basketball at Missouri State but when Michigan contacted him, he was able to get a release from that NLI.

Michigan signed four wide receivers in the 2017 class and have seven scholarship players at the position, including the reported transfer of Kekoa Crawford). There will be a lot of expectations on the 2017 class of Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black, Nico Collins and Oliver Martin but that won’t be the case for Bell. He’s likely to end up redshirting, but he could be a great example of how the new redshirt rule benefits players. Players can now play up to four games and not lose their redshirt option.

Q: How’s the safety position looking? C’mon Son Harper via Facebook

A:  Michigan is still searching for safeties in the 2019 class but, like the running back and wide receiver positions, the Wolverines have done a good job of recruiting the last couple of years and have plenty of talent already on the roster.

Michigan is expected to host Lewis Cine of Cedar Hill (Texas) Trinity School and Quinten Johnson of Washington (D.C.) St. John’s College High this weekend. Cine is one of the top targets for Michigan — and other programs. He is ranked the No. 3 safety in the country, the No. 7 player in Texas and the No. 48 player in the entire 2019. Cine has visited Penn State and Texas the last two weekends and the Wolverines are in his final mix of teams.

Johnson is a 3-star prospect who has also drawn interest from Alabama, Penn State, Boston College and Maryland.

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