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Can Michigan pull of a West Coast upset?
Michigan made its presence felt on the West Coast in its 2016 recruiting class but not so much in its 2017 class, as it simply didn’t target as many recruits from that region. In 2018, its top target is from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman – the top high school program in the country.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson – a 4-star QB recruit, according to the 247Sports composite – is the Wolverines’ top guy in 2018. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has been keeping tabs on the dual-threat quarterback for a year now. Thompson-Robinson hasn’t even started a game yet in high school, as the guy who started in front of him was Tate Martell, the Ohio State signee who finished his prep career 43-0.
Regardless, this is the quarterback Michigan wants most of all in 2018. Here’s his highlights at receiver this past season:
— UnderTheRadar (@_UnderTheRadar_) September 18, 2016
What are Michigan’s chances?
His mother is a Michigan graduate, which fueled his original interest in the Wolverines.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for Thompson-Robinson have taken a big leap in Michigan’s favor since late winter. Of the 13 predictions, nine point to Michigan for the dual-threat star, including four new predictions since Christmas Eve and two in the first week of February.
We know that his mom wants him at Michigan, but his home is closer to UCLA – his dream school. And his former main recruiter at Michigan, Jedd Fisch, is now the offensive coordinator for the Bruins. But still, the Wolverines seem to right there or even ahead of UCLA.
And it sounds as if his favorite target, 4-star TE Brevin Jordan, will be a package deal with him. Both prospects are ranked inside the top 70 nationally.
The two are expected to make their decisions in May on the same day.
Michigan makes Nana Asiedu‘s top 10
We’re back to top-10 lists, spring visits, 7-on-7 and all of the things people take offense to with recruiting. It’s that time of the year: the slow period.
But these things are still very relevant. Perspective: Michigan was nowhere close to landing Aubrey Solomon (not even the first time), Chuck Filiaga or O’Maury Samuels this time last year. The relationships begin to get serious now.
Michigan made its first top-10 list of the new cycle with North Stafford (Va.) 4-star OT Nana Asiedu on Tuesday morning.
Top 10 ?❗️❗️ pic.twitter.com/DgeVQNcTeE
— Nana ❗️ (@BigNana_) February 7, 2017
The Wolverines are definitely in the market for a big tackle with good athleticism, and Asiedu is exactly that at 6-foot-6, 265 pounds.
Asiedu is expected to take a springtime visit, but he’s relatively quiet and not much is known about his recruitment other than he is a heavy favorite to choose Clemson.
The Tigers dominate his crystal ball predictions, possessing all 10 of the picks from experts.
Look for Michigan to keep tabs and hope for a visit to campus to make a serious push. As for now, it’s all Clemson until another school woos him.
Asiedu is ranked as the No. 105 prospect in the country and the No. 11 OT recruit.
Brad Robbins officially signs on
Michigan was still waiting on one more signee from its 2017 class to sign on the dotted line and make it official. Brad Robbins, the nation’s No. 1 punter, according to Kornblue Kicking, did just that on Tuesday morning.
Truly honored to officially be a Wolverine. Thank you for all of the support!〽️? pic.twitter.com/XBthtoObpy
— Brad Robbins (@brobb713) February 7, 2017
None of the primary recruiting services rank specialists higher than 3 stars, so we use the kicking rankings as our reference.
With Robbins’ signature, Michigan reeled in the No. 1 punter a year after signing the No. 1 kicker in the country in Quinn Nordin in 2016.
That’s pretty special – get it?