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Michigan makes Mekhi Becton’s top 5
Mekhi Becton announced his top-5 schools on Sunday and, to no one’s surprise, and Michigan made the cut.
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Becton — a 3-star prospect and the No. 41 offensive tackle according to the 247Sports — included Louisville, Michigan State, and in-state rivals Virginia and Virginia Tech in his final five. He plays at Highland Springs (Va.) High.
From what I can gather, this one is a two-horse race between the Wolverines and Cavaliers. The Richmond, Va., native favored Virginia for a long time, but a lot of that had to do with Michigan being distant in his recruitment. The staff in Ann Arbor had a lot of confidence in its ability to land fellow OT Isaiah Wilson, but Wilson is now committed to Georgia. When Wilson made that announcement, Michigan quickly turned to Becton to replace what was Wilson’s spot.
At 6 feet 7, Becton is as big as Wilson but also has the same struggles with mechanics. Becton isn’t as athletic as Wilson, but he has a potential similar trajectory due to a ceiling that could be as high.
Becton has always been enamored with Michigan, the program’s tradition, and the championship caliber it has compared to Virginia.
As for now, I have him in my final projected class for the Wolverines. And should Michigan continue to want him, I think it should get him in the end.
Becton will decide on National Signing Day on Feb. 1.
Brandon Sebastian will visit Jan. 14
Brandon Sebastian is from the same high school as Michigan 4-star WR commit Tarik Black. They’re pretty close friends, too. Now, could they become college teammates?
Sebastian, a Boston College commit, was being pursued by Michigan early in the fall, even receiving an offer. But come October, things cooled down big time.
But with Michigan now more than likely missing out on 5-star CB Darnay Holmes, Sebastian — a 3-star CB and the No. 7 player in Connecticut according to 247Sports — could become the Wolverines’ final corner target.
With 4-star CBs Ambry Thomas and Benjamin St-Juste in the fold, Michigan might not need another. But Sebastian’s athleticism is top-notch, and he comes from one of the top schools in the Northeast in Cheshire Academy.
He has a close relationship with Jim Harbaugh, as well, talking to the head coach more than any other Michigan staff member.
Sebastian will be on campus on Jan. 14. His teammate, Black, will be an early enrollee. It’s highly likely that Black has a big role in Sebastian’s visit.
Might Michigan flip this Boston College commit?