The Justice Report is cooler than Ken Bone, and today it’s full of info.
Matt Hankins visit
Flower Mound (Texas) 3-star CB Matt Hankins is taking an official visit to Michigan this weekend for the No. 3 Wolverines’ game against Illinois. The latest name on what is now a stacked Michigan visitor’s list this weekend, Hankins will be one of the staff’s priorities as they seem to really like his game. For a 3-star, Hankins is exceptional and plays a lot like current Michigan All-American Jourdan Lewis. He plays physical, press coverage — exactly what Michigan looks from the cornerback position.
As far as the Wolverines’ chances to land him, Hankins is an Iowa commit and seemed to be set on the Hawkeyes before the Michigan offer. Iowa’s recruiting class has a big Texas-to-Iowa movement going right now, and Hankins has been a pig part of that. An Iowa commit told me that at first Hankins wasn’t really considering the Michigan offer, and that he didn’t expect him to visit. Well, now, with confidence on California 5-star CB Darnay Holmes low, and 3-star CB Elijah Hicks‘ (also from California) recent commitment to Notre Dame, Michigan is running out of options.
I think the Wolverines should offer Detroit Cass Tech 3-star CB Donovan Johnson, but that still hasn’t happened yet — and it may never happen. Hankins, aside from Ambry Thomas and Benjamin St-Juste, is one of very few left on Michigan’s board. He’s probably the best 3-star CB I’ve seen this season, and is having a tremendous senior campaign. Can they flip him?
Donovan Jeter making up for canceled visit
Beaver Falls (Penn.) 4-star DT Donovan Jeter decommitted from Notre Dame on Monday morning. I noted in yesterday’s TJR that Jeter was originally supposed to visit for the Wisconsin game, and since he left Notre Dame, I expected to see him make up for that canceled visit. Well, it only took him a day to make up for it, and he’ll be in town for the Illinois game Saturday, as well.
Much like the Hawkins situation, Michigan isn’t really “in” on Jeter right now. He said Notre Dame is his top school still (which I don’t believe for a second) but in-state Pitt and Penn State are two other top options. Jeter hasn’t visited Ann Arbor for a game yet, and we see every home game how that can change a player’s recruitment. With highly ranked 4-star DT Jay Tufele on the scene too, it will be interesting to see how Michigan handles this another crazy weekend of visitors.
Either way, Michigan must land at least one more defensive tackle. Tufele and Jeter are the best available, unless the Wolverines can convince 4-star Aubrey Solomon to come back. All three are “outside-looking-in” situations right now, and Michigan will press the gas hard to get one of the three.
Dissecting the best guess list released today
I released my best guess list for the 2017 recruiting class earlier Wednesday. In case you missed it, you can read it here. I would like to clarify some questions I have been asked subsequent to the list’s release, and explain some more about the list.
The list is at 31 kids. That’s more than the usual, by a country mile. If someone — recruiting writer, beat reporter, news personality, etc. — says they know the exact number that Michigan will add to a recruiting class, they’re probably making it up. I would be surprised if Jim Harbaugh even knew how many he wanted to take.
Nonetheless, 31 is a lot, and I expect the final list to be between 26 and 31. I’m sure the October list will be longer than the February best guess list, though, and we’ll get to that when the time comes. As for now, though, Michigan has a good enough shot with all of those listed.