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LSU commit coming up for final home game
Lee County (Ga.) 3-star fullback Tory Carter has been committed to LSU since May 21. But the 6-foot-2, 255 pound Carter announced early Wednesday that he would take an official visit to Michigan for its game Saturday at Indiana.
Ann Arbor〽️this weekend?❄️❄️
— TORY CARTER (@Tory44Carter) November 16, 2016
Carter isn’t highly ranked, but no fullback is. Carter is the No. 1-ranked fullback but just the No. 1,189 prospect in the country.
A flip of Carter certainly wouldn’t do anything for Michigan’s class ranking. But his skill set at a position Jim Harbaugh values most on the goal line could do wonders next season. The Wolverines lose two fullbacks to graduation in Khalid Hill and Henry Poggi. Carter could make an immediate impact should he commit to Michigan.
It’s also worth noting that the coach Carter committed to originally at LSU, former Tigers head coach Les Miles, will be in Michigan Stadium on Saturday to cheer on his alma mater.
— Land Of 10 (@landof10) November 9, 2016
It sounds like a coincidence, but hey, in recruiting, you just never know.
Carter is a teammate of Michigan’s No. 1 target at defensive tackle, Aubrey Solomon.
Our weekly recruiting mailbag is heating up each week we get closer to the offseason, AKA recruiting season.
Here are this week’s questions:
@LandOfJustice has the chances of landing Najee increased or decreased these last few weeks?
— Mr.M (@MrMsider) November 16, 2016
Answer: The “mystery man” as I like to call him, Najee Harris has been as discreet as he’s ever been in recent weeks. The 5-star running back out of Antioch (Calif.) is the best running back prospect since Leonard Fournette at LSU, and his playing style is reminiscent of All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson. Michigan has a stronger chance with him than Alabama reporters will admit, but you can’t call this anything but what it is: a mystery.
We know two things about Harris:
- He wants to win. Alabama gives him that. And he’s committed there.
- He grew up watching and loving Jim Harbaugh at the 49ers. Michigan has him.
The biggest factor for Michigan is the head coach. Their relationship, in my opinion, is better than that of Harris’ with Nick Saban. But Alabama continues to be Goliath, and if it rolls to a national title, Harris probably won’t have any doubts about his choice.
He’s an early enrollee, has changed his mind again, and the clock is ticking. I think he sticks with the Tide.
@LandOfJustice out of the RB's Michigan is linked to; Najee Harris, Cam Akers, and Stephen Car. Who do they have the best shot with?
— Jerrad Savage (@Aesop0884) November 16, 2016
Answer: Michigan has no shot with Stephen Carr, a 5-star running back out of Fontana, Calif. But at one point, they were close to flipping him from his USC commitment. Now he’s flirting a bit with UCLA. This one has been a pipe dream for Michigan since the start. He hasn’t been interested since July.
Clinton (Miss.) 5-star running back Cam Akers is visiting for the Indiana game. While that’s great, it doesn’t mean Michigan is close to his leaders: Ohio State, Ole Miss and Florida State. Akers hasn’t been seen as a Michigan target in quite a while. The Wolverines staff have shifted all of its focus onto Harris, and when Akers announced his visit, I was surprised. Michigan is known for putting on a one-of-a-kind visit for 5-star players, so this one could get interesting. But they are sitting around No. 5 on his list, trailing by a wide margin.
As for Harris, refer to the last answer on an update with him. Of those three, he’s the one Michigan has the best shot with.
@LandOfJustice How many true-FR & what true-FR could you see starting in 17' if Cole declares and Newsome physically can't go?
— Jackie Moon (@Moon33Jackie) November 16, 2016
Answer: Based on the ending of the question referring to Michigan possibly being without offensive linemen Mason Cole (center, NFL draft) and Grant Newsome (left tackle, injury), I’ll assume the question specifically is regarding Michigan’s expected large haul of offensive linemen in the class.
The staff wants eight at the offensive line position. There are still a few left on the board that I think Michigan lands — 5-star prospect Isaiah Wilson and 4-star recruits Tedarrell Slaton, Chuck Filiaga and Cesar Ruiz. Add that to Michigan’s current commitments on the offensive line — 4-star recruit Kai-Leon Herbert and 3-star prospects Ja’Raymond Hall, Andrew Stueber and Joel Honigford — and you get your eight.
Of those, three could get a chance to make an impact early on.
Ruiz is the nation’s No. 1-rated center. Mason Cole, should he declare for the NFL draft, leaves Michigan without a center for 2017. Michigan can transition someone like Stephen Spanellis or Nolan Ulizio to the position, or they can start the nation’s top incoming center and be set at the position for at least three seasons.
And I think that’s what’s going to happen, if Ruiz commits to Michigan, which I think he will.
The other two are Wilson and Filiaga.
Wilson is massive at 6-foot-7 and has and NFL-ready body already. But his mechanics aren’t there just yet, and I’m not sure fall camp will be enough to fix those issues. What I do know is that if Newsome isn’t healthy next season, Wilson might have to be the guy because he’s far better than the competition. If freshman Ben Bredeson continues at guard, Wilson and sophomore Juwan Bushell-Beatty could fill the tackle spots.
And as for Filiaga, I think he has the mechanics down to make an early impact. He has very active hands and is one of the country’s very best at tackle. He moved to Texas to play in a state with the best defensive linemen, and his team is undefeated in large part because of his protection of the quarterback’s blind side. He’s athletic enough to slide over to guard, depending on where Bushell-Beatty and Bredeson figure into the equation.
Send in your recruiting questions every Wednesday to @LandOfJustice.
- Logansville (Ga.) Grayson 3-star RB Kurt Taylor will visit Michigan for the Indiana game. He’s been committed to the Wolverines since October 2015.
- Montreal (Quebec) 4-star cornerback and Michigan commit Benjamin St-Juste will be on hand for the Indiana game as well. St-Juste visited Virginia Tech last week. The visit didn’t seem to affect his commitment.
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