It’s Thursday, which means it’s mailbag day.
On a weekly basis, we answer your hard-hitting, and sometimes controversial, questions about Michigan recruiting.
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@LandOfJustice Over under 1.5 Five star recruits this class?
— Eric True (@ErRaTr) May 18, 2017
Answer: I’m sure some of Michigan’s prospects will rise in the rankings as the cycle moves on, but none of the current commits in Michigan’s class has a favorable shot to land at 5-star status.
Of the Wolverines’ targets, there’s only one current 5-star in Anaheim (Calif.) Mater Dei WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, but a couple of players could end up garnering 5-star status.
Some names to look out for are San Diego St. Augustine 4-star CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep 4-star DT Tyler Friday and St. Louis Christian Brothers College 4-star WR Kamryn Babb.
The Wolverines only have a favorable shot with Friday.
So I’ll take the under – big-time – for Michigan to land under 1.5 5-star recruits.
@LandOfJustice What state would you say is Michigan's biggest pipeline State outside of Michigan and New Jersey?
— Brian Hall (@15bshall97) May 18, 2017
Answer: Georgia. After beating out Alabama and Georgia for Lee County (Ga.) 5-star DT Aubrey Solomon in 2017, the Wolverines’ 2018 class from The Peach State is growing.
Michigan already has three commitments from Georgia in its 2018 class. Two of three are 4-star recruits still being recruited by SEC schools.
The Wolverines could land a couple of more players in this class from Georgia but likely won’t. Regardless, it’s offered more than 10 prospects from Georgia already from the 2019 class.
And this pipeline is just getting started.
@LandOfJustice why do people feel that we are going to lose out on Emil Ekiyor? Last I heard he loved michigan?
— Matt Hicks (@hicks_84) May 18, 2017
Answer: Michigan’s top-ranked commit – Indianapolis Cathedral 4-star OG Emil Ekiyor – isn’t going anywhere, at least as of right now.
Despite an offer from Alabama over a month ago that’s definitely making him think, Ekiyor and the Tide don’t have anything serious enough to spark a decommitment from the Wolverines for the 4-star recruit.
His fit into Michigan’s offensive line plans going forward is uncanny. He’s been committed longer than any other in the class, other than Lee County (Ga.) 4-star OLB Otis Reese, and it’s hard to imagine Ekiyor going anywhere else.
So, yes, there’s a threat in Alabama. And it’s definitely a thought in the back of his mind, we believe. He might even visit in the summer or for an official visit. But to begin counting on a decommitment at this stage is a stretch.
Where things get tricky is his communication with the Michigan staff. During a Rivals Camp over the weekend, he told Brandon Brown of TheWolverine.com that he’s unsure of how wanted he is by the Wolverines coaches. He told Brown that he plans to visit Ann Arbor to get a better understanding.
We think Michigan wants his commitment still. And as long as that holds true, then he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.