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Today is June 8, and here is The Winged Helmet …
Michigan makes 4-star RB Mychale Salahuddin final 11
Less than a month after Michigan offered a 247Sports composite 4-star running back from Washington, D.C., the effort seems to have paid off. For now.
The Wolverines on Wednesday made the final 11 for Woodson H.D. rising senior Mychale Salahuddin, who tweeted out his list.
— M.Salahuddin (@_TopProspect_) June 7, 2017
The 5-foot-10, 193-pound Salahuddin has only been receiving attention from Michigan since May 14, the day the Wolverines offered him. So the fact they were able to make the cut in such a short time shows the seriousness of his interest.
With one running back committed in the class — Buford (Ga.) 3-star prospect Christian Turner — the Wolverines have actively recruited only a few others. And it sounds like Salahuddin’s interest is only going to rise as his decision inches closer.
“It’s a dream school that I always wanted to have [an offer from],” Salahuddin said in an interview with Isaiah Hole of 247Sports. “I’ve always wanted to put on for a legacy like Michigan. It’s just a joy.”
Salahuddin also told Hole that he would be making a trip to Ann Arbor “sometime in early June or July,” having just found out that the drive is eight hours, shorter than he thought.
If that visit happens, the Wolverines have a chance to make themselves a serious contender in the race for the all-purpose back that has range to play in the backfield, the slot and even on defense.
As for the big picture for Salahuddin, there are just two predictions on his 247Sports profile — one for North Carolina and one for USC. A visit to Ann Arbor by Salahuddin could change the landscape of his recruitment.
If the Wolverines do not land Salahuddin, they will likely stick with just one running back in the class.
Communication improving with 4-star commit Emil Ekiyor
Earlier in the spring, Indianapolis Cathedral 4-star guard Emil Ekiyor told Brandon Brown of TheWolverine.com that he was trying to figure out if the Michigan staff still wanted him in the class.
In the three weeks since, Land of 10 checked in with the guard who’s been committed to the Wolverines since Oct. 2, following his visit to Ann Arbor for its game against Wisconsin.
— Emil Ekiyor Jr. (@bigE__18) June 6, 2017
What he said will make Wolverines fans happy.
“[The communication] has been great,” Ekiyor said Thursday.
Ekiyor added that since the interview with Brown came out, the staff has really picked up its prioritization of its top-rated recruit.
Of all the players on Michigan’s commitment list, Ekiyor would be the last one we would imagine the team would fall out of communication with. At No. 97 overall, he is the Wolverines’ only 2018 commit inside the composite’s top-100 recruits.
Ekiyor did mention that the communication did pick up after his comments. That shows how serious the Wolverines pay attention to what recruits say about them.
As far as our evaluation of the situation: The Wolverines should 100-percent prioritize holding onto Ekiyor. He might not have the impact of, say 4-star QB Joe Milton, but he’s got the potential to be the future at the guard position for the Wolverines. (He is currently ranked the No. 3 guard in the 2018 class.)
And if none of the above is enough to believe that Ekiyor and Michigan have officially smoothed over that rough patch, he told Evan Petzold of Scout.com that he’s ‘100-percent committed’ to the Wolverines.
Ekiyor fans: You can finally breathe.