It’s time for the daily recruiting mailbag. And I am here to answer your grilling questions.
We do this once a week. If you want a question answered: Tweet me @LandOfJustice.
Let’s get rolling.
@LandOfJustice If you had to guess. Most impactful Freshman in game one next year vs Florida?
— Levi Davia (@LeviDavia4) December 29, 2016
Answer: Easy: Donovan Peoples-Jones. The Detroit 5-star WR prospect is the nation’s top-ranked receiver. And for good reason. He has a Julio Jones-like frame, with the same potential. He’s not your typical long-armed, lanky, receiver out of high school. He’s one of those kids your grandpa looks at and says: “What are they feeding these kids nowadays?”
I think he’ll start without question. And he might even be Michigan’s top receiver in that opening game against Florida.
@LandOfJustice Who will be the starting corners week 1? And who is the top offensive line target for next years class?
— Kyle Wright (@kwwright42) December 29, 2016
Answer: I’ll answer the latter part of this tweet, since it pertains to recruiting. The top offensive line target in 2018 has to be, for now, Marquan McCall. He’s a 4-star guard prospect, one of the best in the country for next year’s class.
On top of his elite talent, he’s in Michigan’s backyard of Oak Park. He’s a teammate of Michigan signee Ja’Raymond Hall. You can bet Hall will be recruiting him to Michigan.
Michigan should be able to land McCall.
@LandOfJustice who do you think will be the highest rated kid that we land over the next 5 weeks.
— Gary Bennie (@gmoney_holla) December 29, 2016
Answer: There will be a lot. But as for before National Signing Day, I’ll say Chuck Filiaga will be the first high-rated prospect to commit. The Aledo (Texas) 4-star offensive tackle prospect fits right into Michigan’s scheme. And he may have a shot to play early. I think he sits in the 2-deep rotation as a freshman.
As for why I think he’ll choose Michigan: he has a great relationship with offensive coordinator Tim Drevno. The two talk a lot, and when he showed up for his official visit, they had a huge hug with a lot of laughs. You could just see the two really “get” each other.
On top of that, he’s a huge fan of Jim Harbaugh. Originally from California, Filiaga knew of Harbaugh when he coached the 49ers.
Oklahoma and Nebraska are still there, but I’ve believed his choice to be Michigan for a long time. And it isn’t changing now.