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Wolverines begin U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices
Michigan has three players from its class of 2018 represented at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas: Tackle Jalen Mayfield, defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and linebacker Cameron McGrone.
Practices have gotten underway for the annual all-star game to be played Saturday at 1 p.m. ET
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) January 2, 2018
All three players signed their national letters of intent on Dec. 20. Michigan’s class of 16 signed players and three other commits is ranked No. 14 in the country by the 247Sports composite.
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The Wolverines signed 56 players in the last two recruiting cycles, 51 of whom are still on the roster. Mayfield, a 4-star prospect from Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central, is one of two offensive linemen signed so far in 2018. Hutchinson is a 4-star prospect from Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child and is one of three defensive linemen currently signed for 2018. McGrone is the lone 2018 linebacker signed. He’s a 4-star prospect from Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis who suffered a torn ACL late in his junior season but returned to have a standout senior season. The injury has had no lingering effect on McGrone, as you can see from the practice video below.
— Hank South (@HankSouth247) January 1, 2018
Hutchinson is the son of former Michigan captain Dr. Chris Hutchinson. He also played tight end and was the long snapper at Divine Child but this week he only has to concentrate on being a defensive end.
— Brandon Brown (@BSB_Wolverine) January 2, 2018
The news that Michigan may lose tight ends/tackles coach Greg Frey to Florida State surfaced last week, and Frey reportedly had an interview with new FSU coach Willie Taggert on Tuesday. He was an important figure in the recruitment of Mayfield, but Frey’s potential leaving doesn’t change how Mayfield feels about the Wolverines, Mayfield told Josh Newkirk of 247Sports.
Michigan target excels at Under Armour practices
We’ve mentioned tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere a lot lately, and for good reason. Michigan is making a strong push for the 5-star prospect from Tampa, Fla., who is ranked as the No. 17 player overall in the country and the No. 3 tackle. Petit-Frere is participating in the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, which will be played on Thursday. He won the offensive lineman skills competition during practice on Tuesday.
— All-America Game (@AllAmericaGame) January 2, 2018
Michigan and Notre Dame are the two schools Petit-Frere has made official visits to so far. He has three more visits available to him and wants to cut down his list of schools before the dead period for recruiting ends on Jan. 11, he told Brian Dohn of 247Sports.
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