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Michigan gets cut from Joshua Moore‘s recruitment, who’s left at wide receiver?
On Tuesday afternoon, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 2018 WR prospect Joshua Moore put out his top 10 schools. While Michigan was thought to certainly be in his top 10, if not higher, the Wolverines didn’t make the cut for the 247Sports Composite 4-star recruit. Moore informed Land of 10 of his intentions to leave the Wolverines out of the top list Monday morning.
This has a lot to do with Michigan targeting only one receiver, two max, to add into its 2018 class. And among those options, Moore wasn’t the top one. And with a long list of high-profile schools after him, Moore no longer prioritized the Wolverines’ pursuit of him as he once did.
In an interview with Land of 10 in February, Moore said his relationship with the Michigan staff was “one of, if not the best, relationships” he had among all staffs recruiting him.
Obviously, that wasn’t enough to keep Michigan in the mix, thus leaving the Wolverines out of the race.
As far as where to turn to next, there are several options for the Wolverines, particularly with such a small number or receivers they are planning to offer.
Los Angeles Hawkins 5-star WR Jalen Hall is the ultimate dream for the Wolverines. But calling him a realistic option, as of right now, isn’t that realistic. There are 17 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions for Hall — all predict USC.
Another name that’s less than likely, but worth keeping an eye on, is Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 5-star WR Amon-Ra St. Brown. He and his father think very highly of Michigan’s program and longstanding tradition. He’s considered a Notre Dame lean, as 85 percent of his Crystal Ball Predictions give the luck to the Irish. But that doesn’t mean the Wolverines can’t make a run. His high interest in Notre Dame shows his willingness to leave the West Coast. The Wolverines can definitely assert themselves as contenders here, if it sees fit.
Other than those two, there aren’t many standing out right now. The Wolverines have a phenomenal standing in New Jersey, so keep that in mind when talking about Hightstown (N.J.) The Peddie School 4-star WR prospect Jahan Dotson.
Wide receiver will more than likely be a position Michigan positions itself to grab one high-end prospect in the late stages. As for now, the position isn’t as much of a priority, taking a backseat to defensive back, quarterback and tight end.
Daniel Faalele will play in the Under Armour All-American Game
Have you ever played football?
Daniel Faalele hasn’t.
Have you ever played in one of the nation’s most prestigious all-star games for high school football players?
Daniel Faalele is about to.
That’s right. Despite the fact that he has never lined up for a single snap of football, the 6-foot-9, 390-pound junior (you read that right) announced Monday night that he will participate in the annual Under Armour All-America Game for the 2018 class.
— Daniel Faalele (@DanielFaalele_) March 14, 2017
Faalele was discovered by Michigan’s football staff in Australia during one of its satellite camps last summer. Since then, Faalele has invested all of his time bettering his craft in American football, which eventually led to him move to a new continent and begin attending high school at one of the nation’s top factories for high school football: IMG Academy.
Has he played a down yet? Nope. Is he Michigan’s top overall O-line target? Not much to argue there.
Faalele’s ridiculous dimensions left schools in awe, but, despite that, schools didn’t know what he could do on the field yet. He was sort of a mystery man for a while.
The only taste of Faalele in organized football has been IMG Academy practices, but those aren’t taped for any of us to see. Nonetheless, 247Sports rates him as a 3-star prospect and one of the top 40 offensive tackles in the nation.
So as we all watched the multiple times IMG Academy was nationally televised last season, the only sight of Faalele was hanging out on the sidelines, waiting for his time.
Now, it is his time. And we got a taste of just how dominant he could end up being in 1-on-1 drills during the Under Armour Camp Series, as well as Nike’s The Opening regionals.
Prepare to be scared watching the video below.
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) March 3, 2017
Faalele is beginning to visit schools, as he’s made trips to Florida State, Georgia and Miami. Despite that, the edge is still being given to the school that discovered him a little less than a year ago at a satellite camp in Australia: Michigan.
This Australian-native-turned-football-experiment-turned-All-American will be a focal point of Michigan’s 2018 class.
Expect him to visit in the spring or summer. An official visit should be a firm possibility.