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Michigan lands Jordan Anthony
Michigan landed its 25th commitment in the 2017 class on Thursday night in 4-star LB Jordan Anthony, out of IMG Academy (Fla.).
You can see all of my thoughts on his game, fit in the class, and what’s next, in my story on him here.
The final targets with some (not) final predictions
We know how recruiting works. So I’m not going to call these predictions final.
After Michigan landed five commitments in eight days, we need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. It’s going to be a more typical pace for Michigan from here-on-out, as it won’t be landing this many commitments in such a short period of a time for a while, if at all, for the remainder of the 2017 cycle.
With that in mind, and with now 25 members in the fold, what’s left on Michigan’s big board? And where are they going?
Here are my predictions:
Antioch (Calif.) 5-star RB Najee Harris: Harris is the nation’s top overall prospect in 2017, according to the 247Sports composite. He’s easily Michigan’s most wanted prospect by both the staff and the fans. His commitment to Alabama is up in the air, as the Wolverines have given it their all to flip Harris. Again, this may be one of the more mysterious recruitments ever. A lot of recruiting folks are beginning to lean Michigan’s way, but the majority still hold with Alabama. And that’s what I’m forced to do without any concrete evidence that Harris has informed Michigan of his intentions to head to Ann Arbor. Until then, it’s still the Tide for Harris.
Lee County (Ga.) 5-star DT Aubrey Solomon: A former Michigan commit, Solomon was all-in on his commitment to the Wolverines — until they sent him a letter spelling his name wrong and thanking him for being at an event he never actually attended. In-state Georgia, along with the power that is Alabama, are making things really tight. But Solomon had a blast on his official visit, and multiple sources added that it checked all of his mother’s boxes. He committed once, and I think he will again, to Michigan.
Calabasas (Calif.) 5-star CB Darnay Holmes: If he had a top 2, I don’t think Michigan would make the cut. He cancelled his visit to Michigan and is now between UCLA and Ohio State. And, I like Ohio State a lot right now.
South Jordan (Utah) 4-star DT Jay Tufele: Seen as a strong Ohio State lean for a long time, Tufele sounds like he is a lot more open than ever before. It sounds like it’s down to Michigan, Ohio State and in-state Utah. Tufele’s official visit for the Illinois game on Oct. 22 was a home run. But in order to get Tufele, Michigan will need a grand slam. Michigan has until February 1 to drive the lane and slam over the Buckeyes and Utes. Until that happens, though, I like the Buckeyes.
Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage 4-star OG Tedarrell Slaton: He was thought of as a strong Michigan lean since his visit in June, but some non-football stuff didn’t allow Slaton to even take an official visit to Ann Arbor. If he can figure that out, he will be able to visit in January, and that should set Michigan up nicely to land him. But those things have to happen, otherwise, it’s all Florida State.
Paramus Catholic (N.J.) 4-star LB Drew Singleton: This one is all wrapped up from what I know. Michigan has been the leader for nearly two years, and it’s going to come out on top to land him. And I think it will happen soon.
Aledo (Texas) 4-star OT Chuck Filiaga: An All-American potential tackle, Filiaga is a must-get for Michigan. His top 3 dropped on Thursday. It’s down to Michigan, Nebraska and Oklahoma. All three seem to be on an equal playing field, but I still like Michigan ever since his visit on Oct. 1. His great relationship with offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, accompanied with his pure fit and chance at early playing time, make for a solid case to choose the Wolverines. He announces Jan. 7 at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Pinson (Ala.) 4-star WR Nico Collins: This is another one that is similar to Singleton. I think Michigan has had it wrapped up for a while, but his decision won’t come until Feb. 1 on signing day. Alabama has backed off, and Georgia doesn’t seem like a real threat just yet. Michigan has a commanding lead headed into the holiday.
Starkville (Miss.) 4-star LB Willie Gay: Again, like Slaton, if Gay can figure out the non-football stuff, then he can come play football in Ann Arbor. He’s a huge fan of the staff, the program, and had it not been for this setback, he may have already committed. The staff is enamored with his abilities and his fit into defensive coordinator Don Brown’s scheme. Mississippi State, along with the school he committed to first, Ole Miss, are the others in the mix. But this all unfolds based on how he figures things out, and if he figures things out.
Wiley East (Texas) 4-star RB Eno Benjamin: Until Michigan knows its status with Harris, I don’t think it will pursue Benjamin very seriously. A Texas offer came a week ago, and I think, even if Michigan pursues hard, that’s where he will end up.
Richmond (Va.) 3-star OT Mekhi Becton: Once Michigan lost out on 6-foot-8 Isaiah Wilson, it went after the 6-foot-7 Becton. As long as they want Becton, they should get him. Virginia is the other school in contention.