Don’t let Freddy P. Soft tell you not to read The Justice Report. Just flick him off you like Harbaugh’s booger and read away.
Who is Matt Hankins and why did Michigan offer him?
Michigan went more than a month without offering a recruit from the 2017 class. They offered two 2017 prospect this week at the same position — cornerback — and both are committed to other schools. Cheshire (Conn.) 3-star cornerback Brandon Sebastian was offered Tuesday night and is a Boston College commit — learn more about him here — and 3-star Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus High School cornerback Matt Hankins was offered on Wednesday night.
Hankins is a 6-foot, 148-pound player from the heart of Texas. An Iowa commit, Hankins’ offer comes as a surprise to most as he is ranked below No. 800 among the top players in the country. Despite his low ranking, his film does catch the eye. He’s a very physical corner who has a strength for pass breakups — he finished with 16 as a junior last season. Much like Michigan’s defensive backs, Hankins brings physicality and up-in-your- face mentality/confidence that is needed in Don Brown’s defense.
The best advice when you are confused about a Michigan offer is this: trust Jim Harbaugh’s judgment of talent.
Why is Michigan just now offering numerous cornerbacks?
Michigan hands out a lot of offers to players. But to hand out offers to 2017 kids at this stage of the game typically means that the ones coaches have already offered don’t seem to be trending toward their school. So what do coaches do? They get backup plans and are forced to go out and get new ones.
The top candidate for a cornerback prospect who was once trending toward Michigan, and has since seen his recruitment head elsewhere, is Darnay Holmes. The 5-star Calabasas (Calif.) cornerback was hot off his BBQ at the Big House visit on Aug. 6 when a majority of the fan base figured he would head to Ann Arbor on signing day. Some recruiting insiders — including myself — mentioned to all that UCLA was still the presumed leader. With his dad’s childhood best friend on staff at UCLA, family seems to always be the toughest to say no to.
So when it came to getting a possible backup plan for Holmes, Jim Harbaugh didn’t play nicely — he offered the two aforementioned Boston College and Iowa commits.
Trying to poach a Boston College commit puts Michigan in a good position initially. Not only is the Wolverines’ program light-years ahead of the Eagles, but defensive coordinator Don Brown held the same position at Boston College before Harbaugh brought him to Ann Arbor. Could Brandon Sebastian be next? It’s possible, and he will take that official visit at the end of his season.
Trying to poach an Iowa commit is a little bit of a different story. While Hankins is a great offer, he doesn’t look like he is going to budge on his pledge to the Hawkeyes. A source close to his circle said he’s unlikely to consider the offer, and at first didn’t even want to report he had received it.
Who should we go watch tomorrow?
We’re going to give this new feature a try where we ask readers which prospect you want to see/hear about from Landof10.com.
This week, the first candidate is Josh Ross, a 4-star Michigan linebacker commit from Bloomfield (Mich.) St. Mary’s. Ross is a legacy commit, as his brother James played for Michigan from 2011-2015 and is now with theSan Diego Chargers. Ross’ team will face the University of Detroit Jesuit in their homecoming game. The Eaglets of St. Mary’s are 1-2 on the season.
The second option is James Hudson, a 4-star defensive end and a Michigan commit from Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic. Hudson committed just over a month ago to the Wolverines in a race that was as tight as it gets between Michigan and Michigan State. Hudson is 6-foot-5, 255 pounds and is a fast pass rusher for how big he is. Hudson’s team takes on Oregon (Ohio) Clay to try to keep their 3-0 undefeated season alive.
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