It’s the best day of the week … mailbag day.
Every Thursday, we look over the questions that you send in and pick out the three best to answer to start off your afternoon.
Want your question answered? Tweet me @LandOfJustice.
Let’s get to it.
@LandOfJustice Who will finished as the highest ranked player in the class?
— Kyle Wright (@kwwright42) May 4, 2017
Answer: Cartersville (Ga.) QB Trevor Lawrence – the nation’s top player, according to the 247Sports Composite – is easily the country’s best player in the 2018 class and has been for two years.
Though I’ve been covering recruiting for just over two years, Lawrence is by far the best high school quarterback prospect I’ve seen. He does it all. He’s as accurate as they come, can throw the ball a mile and is mobile in the pocket. Add to that a very high football IQ.
Lawrence no doubt will end up as this class’s best player, but that won’t help Michigan fans. He’s already committed to Clemson, and barring any crazy circumstances, I don’t see him changing his mind.
@LandOfJustice Michigan's chances with top TE Mustapha Muhammad greatly increased after a visit, could we see the same with top TE Jeremy Ruckert?
— Brian Hall (@15bshall97) May 4, 2017
Answer: That’s an interesting one. The former is true: Michigan is heavily favored to land Missouri City (Texas) 4-star TE Mustapha Muhammad, who attended Michigan’s spring game.
But I’m not sure on the latter. Jeremy Ruckert (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) has had three successful visits to Ann Arbor, but it still sounds as if the Wolverines trail Ohio State for the commitment of the nation’s No. 2 tight end – though he’s the top one, if you ask me.
I think Ruckert takes his time and doesn’t commit until at least the fall, perhaps as late as the winter.
That’s good for Michigan.
The Wolverines gain a lot of top players who extend the amount of time they take to decide. See: Aubrey Solomon, Chuck Filiaga, Nico Collins and Rashan Gary.
With some time to work, expect Michigan to inch closer and closer and perhaps even land Ruckert. Still, the Buckeyes are the team to beat.
@LandOfJustice Tyler Friday going blue?
— Sonnie Rollins (@rollins_09) May 4, 2017
Answer: Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep 4-star DT Tyler Friday has been considered a Michigan lean for a few months now.
Michigan owns New Jersey – that much is obvious. It’s landed the state’s top prospect three out of the last four years in Jabrill Peppers (2014), Rashan Gary (2016) and Drew Singleton (2017).
Friday has a good relationship with the Wolverines’ staff, and like all other U-M defensive linemen, would thrive under the coaching of one of the most experienced assistants in the country in defensive line coach Greg Mattison.
Rutgers had some spark for Friday around a year ago, but that’s as good as gone.
If the Wolverines don’t land Friday, it would be a surprise. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any competition.
Alabama, Ohio State and Penn State are in the conversation for Friday and could give the Wolverines a run. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are recruiting him the hardest outside of Michigan, and Rutgers continues to make effort, too.
Still, as every week passes, it seems consistent that Friday intends to choose the Wolverines.