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A closer look at Tyler Friday‘s decision
Tyler Friday’s decision to choose Ohio State over Michigan and several other programs, including national champion Alabama, stings more from a rivalry standpoint than from a personnel view. That fact that Friday, a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite, chose the Buckeyes over the Wolverines is another jab at the wound Michigan carries around because of its lack of recent success against its oldest rival.
Michigan is 2-15 against Ohio State in its past 17 football games, a stretch that followed Michigan dominating the series to the tune of a 13-4-1 record in the previous 18 games.
Losing out on a recruit to the Buckeyes hurts more than against any other program, even Michigan State.
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The fact is, however, that the Wolverines are well-prepared to succeed on the defensive line for 2018 and beyond.
Friday definitely would have been an outstanding addition to the roster, but Michigan signed 10 defensive linemen in the 2016-17 classes, including 5-star recruits Rashan Gary and Aubrey Solomon. It has three more defensive linemen signed to the 2018 class in Aidan Hutchinson, Taylor Upshaw and Julius Welschof.
The 2019 class already has commitments from 5-star defensive end Christopher Hinton of Atlanta and 4-star end Stephen Herron Jr. of Louisville.
Throw in the fact that Chase Winovich is coming back as a fifth-year senior and Michigan is OK on the defensive line. It just stings that Friday chose whom he chose.
Wolverines welcome Bryan Bresee
One other top talent who will be in Ann Arbor over the weekend is 2020 defensive end Bryan Bresee of Damascus, Md. The early 247Sports composite rankings for this class have Bresee (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) at the top.
The heavy focus of recruiting now is on completing the 2018 class and putting a foundation down for 2019, but 2020 is not that far away.
First visit out to Michigan this weekend #goblue !!
— Bryan Bresee (@bryan_bresee) January 16, 2018
Utah grad transfer on Michigan’s radar
Michigan made overtures to Rice offensive tackle grad transfer Calvin Anderson this week, and now the Wolverines are hosting another grad transfer prospect, Utah defensive back Casey Hughes.
Sam Bell of 247Sports and the Michigan Insider reports that Hughes will be on the Michigan campus this weekend. Hughes started 11 games last season for the Utes, but a late-season injury forced him to miss games against Washington and West Virginia, the latter of which was in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
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