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Aubrey Solomon leaning blue
Lee County (Ga.) 4-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon decommitted from Michigan back in August. Since then, there’s been little-to-no optimism that he would return to the class.
Solomon is, and always has been, Michigan’s top priority at the position. They proved that to him on Saturday during his visit for the Maryland game. Solomon’s mother, who is extremely detailed during visits, joined him on the trip, making it that much more crucial for the staff to do a perfect job. And according to multiple reports, that’s exactly what happened.
Solomon walked away from the visit with Michigan as his leader once again. And just like that, the Wolverines have some confidence again. Alabama and Georgia are still the competition, but there is a lot of hope now on Michigan’s side.
Three bold predictions
Twice a month, I pull out the Skip Bayless in me, make three bold predictions about Michigan’s recruiting class. Here is the first November edition.
1. Michigan gets four commitments in December
A lot of recruits will decide in December and early January. The guys who play in the All-American games likely will pick either before or during to have fun in the game and not get questioned about recruiting after.
The one we do know that has a date set up is Bradenton (Fla.) 4-star center Cesar Ruiz for December 19. I’m about 90 percent sure that he chooses Michigan.
The other three candidates to decide are Detroit Cass Tech’s star duo, 5-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and 4-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, both early enrollees, and Detroit King 4-star cornerback Ambry Thomas, who said he would commit after his season ends.
I’m at a 51-49 percent confidence level on Thomas opting between Michigan and Michigan State. The other two continue to lean heavily toward Michigan.
Other names to keep in mind are Antioch (Calif.) 5-star running back Najee Harris, Starkville (Miss.) 4-star linebacker Willie Gay, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 4-star linebacker Jordan Anthony and Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep 4-star offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, who visits for the Indiana game Nov. 19.
2. Kelly-Powell is next to drop
Kelly-Powell said he would announce when his season ends. The clock is ticking. Although his team will probably win, or at least go to, the state championship, his decision nears. In about two or three weeks, Kelly-Powell will, in my opinion, be the next to commit to Michigan.
His father loves Michigan — he is almost always rocking maize and blue if he isn’t sporting Cass Tech gear. Kelly-Powell is one of the most hush-hush recruits in the country, similar to his teammate Peoples-Jones. So if you’re just one to watch interviews, or check his Twitter, then you probably see this race as one between Michigan and Alabama.
But, as I said earlier this season, Kelly-Powell is the uncommitted prospect that I’m most confident will choose Michigan.
3. If Peoples-Jones chooses Michigan, he starts as a freshman
I’m pretty confident that Peoples-Jones chooses Michigan. His top five are Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. But if he chooses any school other than the Wolverines, jaws will drop. The only real competition is Florida, who have long been in position to get close to Michigan’s lead, but it hasn’t happened.
He was once considering leaving home and playing in the warmth of Gainesville, Fla. But the desire to study in the medical field draws him toward one of the country’s best medical schools, and best football teams, at Michigan.
Assuming things work out as I expect, Peoples-Jones comes to Michigan as an early enrollee, and we get the first taste of what he can do in the spring game.
Michigan loses senior wide receivers Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson, opening up two spots. Current freshmen Kekoa Crawford and Eddie McDoom, along with Moe Ways, Drake Harris and Grant Perry, are all contenders for one of three starting spots. But none of them are as freakish of an athlete, or have as high of a ceiling, as Peoples-Jones.
If Peoples-Jones chooses Michigan, he will catch a touchdown in the opener against Florida, the school he almost picked over the Wolverines.