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Should Michigan add another running back … and if so, who?
Michigan doesn’t have many options left on its 2018 running back board as things sit right now.
Now, they don’t stand much of a chance with any remaining big names, and it doesn’t sound like they’ve been focusing too much on building their running back core any further.
So should they?
Turner has potential to be a back who can start off a series, but I question if he’s a true three-down back — something we haven’t seen in Ann Arbor in years.
Of course, there’s a reason behind not adding another back right now. There’s a lot of hope in a certain sophomore already on the roster. Chris Evans showed his potential in a true freshman season that started with a touchdown run against Hawaii and ended with one against Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
But can he be that three-down back?
That question is up in the air. We saw the Wolverines mix in multiple running backs each game by choice last season. They wanted to mix up the running game as much as possible, never focusing on one back.
But the true blue running backs who succeed — and win Heismans — are a part of teams that contend for titles. Think Alabama with Derrick Henry, Ohio State with Ezekiel Elliott and so on.
Bottom line is: Every team could use a three-down back. But that doesn’t mean the Wolverines need to force taking one in this class if he isn’t good enough to flourish in Ann Arbor.
Turner might not be that kind of back out of high school, but he could bulk up and become one at Michigan. The same goes for Evans — he could become that in his sophomore season.
But in a 2018 class that has very limited space for commitments, there’s no need to take a chance on a back that might prove to be a waste of a scholarship.
Wolverines comfortable with taking multiple receivers, if talent is there
It’s been reported by about every outlet that the Wolverines’ staff is looking to add just one receiver in 2018.
A few months ago, I brought up the idea that the Wolverines could take multiple receivers if the situation — and the players — were right.
After speaking with a source, it seems the Wolverines are staying the course for now … they still plan on adding just one receiver, but are open to the idea of more.
There are other options, but those two — along with names such as Jahan Dotson — are the top names to look out for.