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Michigan offers Curtis Dunlap
It probably went unnoticed due to Saturday’s wild events, but Michigan offered 2018 Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 4-star offensive guard Curtis Dunlap. The 6-foot-6, 340-pounder has some room to grow mechanically. The size is there, and he definitely faces the stiffest competition as he attends a top-5 school nationally in IMG Academy. As a junior, especially at IMG, he’s expected to only get better and better as time moves forward.
As for his recruitment, it’s early and hard to tell what he will end up going. He’s a good bet to end up at Oklahoma or in-state Florida, as they’ve been in on him the longest.
Dunlap is the No. 10 guard in the country, No. 33 overall prospect in Florida and the nation’s No. 206-rated prospect in 2018.
Scouting report on Emil Ekiyor
Michigan landed a commitment from 2018 Indianapolis Cathedral offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor. Bryan Ault, an Indiana high school football analyst (@INFootballScout), shared some words on what he has seen from Ekiyor throughout his prep career at Cathedral.
“I know some think he’s the best in the state and I can see why. I think Hunter Johnson still deserves that nod, and I actually like his teammate, Markese Stepp, a lot. But Emil is definitely the best in his class.
“He’s a high-impact player, no question. Size and athleticism are top notch. To me his greatest quality is his feet and ability in space. He’s got a quick first step. He can pull, shoot through the LOS and hit a moving target. He also exhibits good strike timing with his hands. He’s an excellent finisher too.
“His dad played at Central Florida and the NFL, and he started as a freshman.
“It’s not necessarily a weakness but a key area of improvement, from my point of view, is learning to sink his weight and sit on a stool. He likes to bend at the waist in pass protection, but a lot of guys are like that. That can be corrected with college coaching.”
Ekiyor, whose father Emil Sr. played defensive end at Central Florida before a brief NFL career, let LandOf10.com know that he will be actively recruiting his teammate Markese Stepp, a 4-star running back in 2018 who’s committed to Notre Dame, and Detroit Cass Tech’s 4-star cornerback Kalon Gervin.
Jay Tufele visiting Michigan
In a huge development, Michigan is getting a visit from South Jordan (Utah) Bingham 4-star defensive tackle Jay Tufele. Tufele is the No. 56 overall prospect in the country, the No. 3 defensive tackle, and the No. 1 prospect in Utah.
Tufele looks to be between Oregon and Ohio State. The Buckeyes lean will be visiting Michigan on Oct. 22 for the game against Illinois.
What we saw this weekend were visits by a group of highly touted 4- and 5-stars who weren’t even thought to be considering Michigan before their visit. And now, Alex Leatherwood (5-star OT from Pensacola (Fla.) Washington), Chuck Filiaga (4-star OT from Aledo (Texas) High) and Jedrick Wills (4-star OT from Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette) are serious threats to become part of the Wolverines’ 2017 class.
There’s no doubting that Michigan’s top target at the defensive tackle position is Tufele, but his commitment is just a pipe dream right now. The Polynesian connection at Michigan is growing, however, so that will be the program’s main selling point with him going forward.
Other quick notes
- Michigan 3-star offensive lineman commit Joel Honigford is announcing some news Thursday. It looks to have something to do with him getting some interest from a postseason game.
- Filiaga has been in constant contact with Michigan’s staff following his visit. The Wolverines have made up significant ground with the longtime USC lean, and are in the race for his services more than ever before.
- There’s a lot of buzz lately with Stepp and Michigan. His visit last week with Ekiyor blew him away, and Michigan is the prime candidate to flip his Notre Dame commitment.
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