It’s that time of the week again.
Every Thursday, we open some letters from the readers and answer their hard-hitting questions about the latest developments in Michigan recruiting.
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Let’s get to it.
@LandOfJustice is DTR the only quarterback we are recruiting?
— Alex Uram (@alex_uram6) March 9, 2017
Answer: As of right now, Michigan is actively pursuing only one QB prospect, 247Sports composite 4-star dual-threat QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman.
The Wolverines offered Orlando (Fla.) Olympia 4-star QB prospect Joe Milton in February, though that sounds more like a Plan B if Thompson-Robinson elects to go elsewhere.
Back to the question at hand: Michigan has one name in mind for its 2018 quarterback: Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
@LandOfJustice what state will Michigan be looking at the hardest for 2018?
— JB (@Jacobbr73715465) March 9, 2017
Answer: Florida. The state that I’ve always found to be the most talent-loaded in recruiting, is getting infiltrated by Jim Harbaugh in the 2018 cycle.
That’s not saying he’s going to land all of his targets, but the Wolverines could actively pursue about 20 kids in the state this cycle and have a realistic shot with anywhere from three to 10 of them.
IMG Academy (Bradenton) 4-star CB Houston Griffith, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) 4-star DE Nik Bonitto, Tampa Cambridge Christian School 4-star OT Richard Gouriage, Jacksonville Providence 4-star TE Will Mallory and IMG Academy 3-star OT Daniel Faalele are all serious names to keep an eye on in Florida for the Wolverines.
@LandOfJustice What do you think our chances are of landing a top 3 class this year?
— Cory Moisan (@codymoi98) March 9, 2017
Answer: That’s a hard one to answer so early on, but as things stand right now, it will be tough for Michigan to crack the top 3 in the 2018 recruiting class rankings.
Right now, it definitely projects to be a top-10 class, mostly because of how strong Harbaugh’s finishes have been in his two full cycles in Ann Arbor – i.e. Aubrey Solomon, Rashan Gary.
There isn’t a high-profile, top-5 prospect that Michigan is honing in on right now, as it did with Gary in 2016 and Donovan Peoples-Jones in 2017. The highest-rated prospect that Michigan has made good progress with right now is the No. 39 overall prospect, Tyler Friday, a 4-star DT out of Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep.
Again, it’s way too early to be saying Michigan can’t crack the top 3. This time last year, Solomon didn’t even have an offer from Michigan. Now he’s a signee. Chuck Filiaga hadn’t even moved to Texas yet, nor did he even see Michigan in his top 10. He also signed.
We’ll have a better understanding of the chances Michigan has to crack the top 5 during the fall.