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Michigan aiming higher for 2018
Tight end Mustapha Muhammad of Missouri City, Texas, is the highest-rated player among the 15 prospects who have so far committed to Michigan for the 2018 class. According to the 247Sports composite, Muhammad is rated No. 109 overall in the country.
There are still nearly three months before the traditional National Signing Day on Feb. 7, but the last time Michigan didn’t sign a player rated among the top 100 in the country was 2011. In the last two recruiting cycles, the Wolverines have signed 14 players ― seven each year ― who were rated higher than Muhammad is now.
The class, as it stands now, is ranked No. 13 in the country and No. 3 in the Big Ten, so it’s not as if this is a subpar class. There are good players who will become important members of the Wolverines in the future. But, who are some of the players Michigan is targeting now who are in the top 100 that could push it higher?
Let’s take a look:
Position: Defensve end
247Sports composite: 41
Eyabi Anoma is one of many who will be visiting the Big House on Nov. 25 for the Ohio State game. Michigan’s big pull with any defensive lineman is the success of previous players in college who went on to reach the NFL. Most analysts have Anoma leaning to Alabama but there is genuine interest in the Wolverines.
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Position: Defensive end
247Sports composite: 42
Nicholas Petit-Frere visited Notre Dame last month but will also be on the Michigan campus Nov. 25. For a program looking to upgrade its offensive line, this is the kind of prospect who could start as a freshman. There has only been one other offensive lineman start the first game of the season as a freshman: current senior Mason Cole. That’s a lot to ask of a freshman, but Michigan is going hard after Petit-Frere. He has offers from Alabama, Auburn and Florida, among others.
Hometown: St. Louis
Position: Defensive tackle
247Sports composite: 58
Michael Thompson visited Michigan over the summer for the BBQ at the Big House. He is scheduled to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Thompson is scheduled to take an official visit at USC this weekend, and he also has offers from Alabama, LSU and Missouri.
Hometown: Ramsey, N.J.
Position: Defensive tackle
247Sports composite: 64
The Wolverines are among the five schools Friday listed as his finalists, along with Ohio State, Penn State, Miami and UCLA. The New Jersey connection with assistant coach Chris Partridge has been a great one for the Wolverines the past few years, and a lot of predictions have Friday leaning to Michigan. He is rated the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country, just behind Thompson.
Hometown: Metairie, La.
Position: Wide receiver
247Sports composite: 69
Ja’Marr Chase was committed to Florida but has changed his mind following the dismissal of coach Jim McElwain. He will be in attendance for the Ohio State game, also. While the Wolverines have come into his recruitment late, they are right in the thick of things along with TCU. They don’t have a wide receiver in the 2018 class as of yet, and Chase would be a welcomed addition.
Hometown: Gardena, Calif.
247Sports composite: 81
Bryan Addison is listed as an athlete but Michigan is looking at him as a safety, with defensive backs coach Brian Smith heading up his recruitment. He visited Michigan on Sept. 9 for the Cincinnati game, and there has been consistent contact ever since. Addison also is looking at Arizona State, Nebraska, Washington and Arizona.
Jayson Oweh to announce on Jan. 4
Michigan might not be perceived as the leader to sign 2018 defensive end Jayson Oweh but the Wolverines are definitely in the mix. Oweh, a 4-star prospect from Blairstown, N.J., has played competitive football for just two years after previously concentrating on basketball. He is considering Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame.
— Clout J (@JaysonOweh) November 14, 2017
Oweh is the No. 160 player in the country according to the 247Sports composite and will take an official visit to Ann Arbor on Nov. 25 for the Ohio State game. He is expected to make his commitment announcement at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4 in Orlando.
New Jersey DE Jayson Oweh is expected to announce 1/4 at @AllAmericaGame.
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) November 14, 2017
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