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@LandOfJustice Does Michigan lead for the monster Faalele?
— Ric Moody (@Moodini31) March 2, 2017
Answer: Referencing Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s 6-foot-8, 400-pound OT prospect Daniel Faalele, the Wolverines’ current chances with him are right where they want them to be.
Unranked by most services, as he has never played a snap of American Football, Faalele received his first ranking from 247Sports, coming in as a 3-star recruit and the No. 340 overall prospect in the country. That ranking comes from just two camps in Florida … no games.
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) February 26, 2017
So, if Faalele continues to live up to the hype, then we could see his stock rise exponentially in the fall, after he plays some real games.
There’s not a doubt he has 5-star potential, hence why Michigan will be making him a priority. Only one 247Sports Crystal Ball has come in for him, and it’s favoring the Wolverines.
Based on what we know, there’s no true “leader” for the big man from Melbourne, Australia, but the Wolverines definitely have a slight edge for the time being.
— Atrain (@aaronhill1845) March 2, 2017
Answer: Houston Lamar 4-star WR Al’vonte Woodard, the 247Sports composite’s No. 85 overall prospect, has yet to receive a Michigan offer.
The biggest reason the Wolverines haven’t offered – and probably won’t – is mostly because of its heavy concentration on every position but receiver.
The Wolverines took on five receiver commitments in its 2017 class, so they will only look to add one commitment in that position group in their 2018 class.
With Woodard being in Texas, favoring staying home, it might not be worth the time for Michigan, given it likely won’t find itself a serious contender in his recruitment.
@LandOfJustice who do you feel is the most valuable get for Michigan?
— Anthony Merz (@anthonymerz33) March 2, 2017
Answer: Early on, this an easy answer for me: A quarterback. Particularly, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 4-star QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the country’s No. 51 overall prospect.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh has told Thompson-Robinson of Michigan’s plans to recruit a dual-threat QB prospect for the 2018 class.
Holding true to that statement, the only other quarterback really being pursued is Orlando (Fla.) Olympia 3-star dual-threat QB Joe Milton – again, another dual-threat under center.
The reason I’m saying Thompson-Robinson is because I see him as a guy with superstar potential. He has all the tools to be a great college quarterback, and he comes from a winning program and the nation’s No. 1 overall high school football school.
— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) February 25, 2017
We’ll be seeing a lot of him on ESPN this fall, as Bishop Gorman gets all of the national spotlight.
He’s set to make his decision in June, and I see it down to three: Miami, Michigan and UCLA. But, this, really, has always been a race between the Bruins and the Wolverines.
I’ll say it’s even for now.