The rumors are true. The Justice Report has committed to giving another daily update on Michigan recruiting.
Good news on Jordan Anthony
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 4-star linebacker Jordan Anthony has been really interested in Michigan for a little more than a year now. When he visited for the Michigan spring game back on Apr. 1, the Wolverines were thought to be the leader. Although he never said it publicly, Anthony has always shown Michigan a lot more love than other schools.
When he visited for the Wisconsin game on Oct. 1, a source close to his circle let LandOf10.com know that it cemented how much he likes the Wolverines. It’s not official, but it seems that Anthony’s love for Michigan is at an all-time high.
There’s rumors swirling that he has some non-football issues to figure out. I’ve received no confirmation on that, but situations like this happen a lot. Nonetheless, I fully expect him to sort them out and choose Michigan.
The details on Kwity Paye
As you undoubtedly know by now, Michigan got a commitment on Monday from Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) 3-star DE/LB Kwity Paye. Originally committed to Boston College, Paye flipped from the Eagles to the Wolverines on Monday morning two weeks after his visit to Michigan, and two days after his final visit to Boston College.
Why did Michigan offer Paye? He is a 3-star from Rhode Island, a state that Michigan has one commit from in years. Obviously, the staff can’t give away why they offered him, because that’s illegal until he’s enrolled. But his explosiveness as both a defensive end and linebacker, along with his great athleticism, is a huge reason I would offer Paye. He’s as athletic as it gets thus far in this class.
Why did he flip?: “(Michigan is) a better football team with equivalent academics,” Paye said as the best way to explain why he flipped to Michigan.
Boston College pitched to Paye that he would be the star at Boston College, and closer to his parents in Rhode Island, so they could come watch. But Paye’s parents loved Michigan, he said, and Ann Arbor will be his new home.
This is the first “Don Brown recruit” to come to Michigan. The defensive coordinator at Michigan, Brown was the defensive coordinator at Boston College a season ago, and he was the one who offered Paye at BC. He can definitely be a big-time player in this defensive scheme, and that’s what Michigan realized when they offered him.
Now for something a little different. Michigan’s best defensive unit is its defensive line. A question that’s always asked is, “Do stars really matter?” So, I wanted to evaluate that question with a sample size of the nation’s best defensive unit (in my opinion). It’s an eight-man rotation, so I’ll include all of them with their star ranking, national ranking and position ranking to see just how much stars mattered in terms of this unit, coached by Greg Mattison.
Redshirt senior DE Chris Wormley: Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer, class of 2012; 4-star, No. 6 SDE nationally and No. 129 overall.
Senior DE Taco Charlton: Pickerington Central (Ohio), class of 2013; 4-star, No. 3 overall WDE and No. 132 overall.
Senior DT Ryan Glasgow: Marmion Academy (Aurora, Ill.), class of 2013; No stars, recruited as an OL and a walk-on.
Redshirt sophomore DT Bryan Mone: Salt Lake City Highland, class of 2014; 4-star, No. 8 DT nationally and No. 111 overall prospect.
Redshirt junior DT Maurice Hurst: Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers, class of 2013; 4-star, No. 21 DT nationally and No. 258 overall.
Junior DE Chase Winovich: Clairton (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson, class of 2014; 4-star, recruited as an OLB ranked No. 23 nationally, and No. 287 overall.
Senior DE Matt Godin: Novi (Mich.) Catholic Central , class of 2013; 3-star, No. 22 SDE nationally and No. 374 overall.
Freshman hybrid DL Rashan Gary: Paramus Catholic (N.J.) , class of 2016; 5-star, No. 1 DT nationally and No. 1 overall.
So, except for the case of preferred walk-on Ryan Glasgow, stars mattered in Michigan recruiting its best unit. Every starter, besides Glasgow, was a 4-star, and ranked inside the top-300 players overall. All, minus Glasgow, were ranked in the top-25 at their position.
The belief that “stars don’t matters” remains a topic when looking at one or two players on a national contender like Michigan. So, you’ll find the Ryan Glasgows of the world that have beaten the odds. But as this list shows, most were top-notch recruits.
As I always say, this is why we cover recruiting.
All ratings are from the 247Sports.com composite rating system, unless otherwise noted.