Michigan recruiting mailbag: Wolverines’ strong O-line work this cycle leading to future prospects
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, Michigan’s focus on the offensive line has produced a good class of commits for 2019 and it’s leading to top 2020 prospects taking the Wolverines seriously, plus a look at recruiting in Texas.
Q: How is Michigan doing with the OL in recruiting? — David E. Thomas via Facebook
A: Michigan is doing well, in my estimation, when it comes to offensive linemen in the 2019 class. There are currently four O-linemen committed, led by guard Nolan Rumler. He’s rated a 4-star player by the 247Sports composite and ranked the No. 6 guard in the country. He has helped Akron (Ohio) Hoban win three straight state titles.
The Wolverines also have commitments from 4-star tackle Trente Jones of Logansville, Ga., and 3-star tackles Karsen Barnhart of Paw Paw, Mich., and Jack Stewart of New Canaan, Conn. They are still pursuing 4-star tackles William Harrod, Trevor Keegan and Xavier Truss, with Harrod of Fort Washington, Md., viewed by many analysts as the player leaning most toward the Wolverines.
Focus is shifting to the 2020 and ’21 classes. I’ll give you four names to keep an eye on in the former: tackle Paris Johnson Jr. of Cincinnati, tackle Myles Hinton — the younger brother of 2019 defensive end commit Christopher Hinton — of Norcross, Ga., tackle Kevin Pyne of Willis, Mass., and guard Justin Rogers of Oak Park, Mich. Johnson Jr., Hinton and Pyne are ranked in the top 20 of all players in the country by 247Sports, while Rogers is ranked No. 55.
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Q: Where is Michigan with recruiting safeties? — Melvin Marshall Jr. via Facebook
A: The safety position is going at a slower pace than the offensive line. The only defensive back committed to the 2019 class currently is cornerback Te’Cory Couch of Hollywood, Fla., but that shouldn’t be a big concern. Michigan has signed 14 defensive backs in the last three recruiting classes, including safeties/vipers Khaleke Hudson, Josh Metellus, J’Marick Woods, Jaylen Kelly-Powell and Brad Hawkins in the 2016 and 2017 classes.
The Wolverines are among the final choices for Daxton Hill of Tulsa, Okla., and Lewis Cine of Cedar Hill, Texas, the Nos. 1 and 3 safeties in the country, respectively. But analysts are predicting Hill will end up at Oklahoma and Cine at Penn State.
A name that popped up a few weeks ago was Joey Velazquez of Columbus, Ohio. He is an Ohio State baseball commit but Michigan offered in late April.
Q: What do you think about the Green brothers? — Roy Mohrlock via Facebook
A: Twin brothers Ge’mon Green and German Green of DeSoto, Texas, should fit right in with the aggressive defensive style Michigan coordinator Don Brown plays. They’re tall — Ge’mon is 6-foot-2½ and German is 6-3 — with long arms. They ran track their first three years in high school (they didn’t this year to focus on football training), competing in the long jump, triple jump and sprint events. So they have plenty of speed to go with that height and length.
Ge’mon played cornerback and German safety at DeSoto, which won the Texas state 6A-II state title two seasons ago and went 10-2 last season. DeSoto plays a lot of man coverage with blitzes, a similar style to what Brown uses. The defensive backfield is crowded going into 2018, which will make it tough for freshmen to break through this season, but the Greens have a bright future with the Wolverines.
Q: Any recruiting in Texas going on there for Michigan? — Ryan Markham via Facebook
A: Michigan has signed four players from Texas in the last two classes and is trying to keep its presence in one of the most talent-rich states in the country. The Green twins and 4-star tight end Mustapha Muhammad of Fort Bend in the Houston area signed in this class, and tackle Chuck Filiaga of Aledo will be a redshirt freshman this season. Filiaga is in contention to earn a starting job.
The prospects for 2019 aren’t as strong right now; Cine is the lone target giving Michigan a hard look in this class. Muhammad has said Michigan coaches have asked him to talk with other prospects and help recruit.
New tight ends coach Sherrone Moore has connections in the area, having played at Oklahoma. Michigan has placed a lot of focus on recruiting Georgia but it will go wherever there are good players.
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