The Justice Report: Relax, Michigan’s class is fine
Tap the brakes, Michigan fans — despite two decommitments, the Wolverines’ recruiting class is just fine in 2017 and 2018.
The elephant in the room
Michigan lost Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice 3-star tight end Carter Dunaway — the first commitment of the 2017 class — on Friday morning when he announced his plans to reopen his recruitment. If you read closely through the context, he said the decision came after a “talk with coach Harbaugh.”
It’s not anyone’s place to say what that may or may not mean, but you can take away from it what you will. Either way, losing the No. 33 player in the state of Michigan — and a 3-star prospect at a position that the team carries 12 players — doesn’t hurt the class at all. It makes room for a possible higher-rated prospect.
The 2018 class isn’t due to make their final decision for another year-and-a-half. Rushed early commitments are very common for the class that sits second fiddle each season, and that’s what happened with 4-star Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar linebacker Antwuan Johnson. The Wolverines had their priorities elsewhere, and linebackers coach Chris Partridge was, according to Johnson, the biggest factor in his decision to decommit.
“I decommitted because Chris Partridge and I didn’t have a great relationship. I feel like I wasn’t a priority for the university so I made the best decision for myself,” Johnson said. “We got along. The connection just wasn’t there and he’s never reached out to me and made me feel like a priority.”
Take that for what it is — Michigan didn’t find it necessary to talk to Johnson as much as he would have liked. Whether that means they backed off him a bit — or they run a Big Ten football program so they’re kind of busy elsewhere sometimes — is unknown. What is known, is that losing a low 4-star linebacker — like Dunaway’s decommitment — won’t hurt this class in the grand scheme of things. Not only that, but by this time next season he could hear from Partridge every day and he could commit again. That’s if the staff wants to.
The visit list for UCF is — like the competition — weak
Not to bring the whole decommitment situation up again but it now affects Saturday’s visiting list for the UCF game. The already weak list that includes no headline official visitors had two prolific 2018 visitors in Detroit Cass Tech 4-star cornerback Kalon Gervin and the now decommitted Antwuan Johnson. Johnson is no longer visiting, and now the list has just one noticeable name — Gervin.
This doesn’t mean anything bad for Michigan because it’s a game against the worst team in the AAC and nobody expected much from it. One thing that goes unnoticed, though, is that Gervin will get the solo treatment.
The 2018 defensive back has been out with an ankle injury, so getting inside the Big House as the prime face in attendance will probably make a great impression on the nation’s No. 201 player in 2018. He seems to be the top target at cornerback for Michigan in the class next season, and one of their top in-state targets along with Oak Park’s (Mich.) Marquan McCall.
Detroit hustles harder
There’s no doubt that the 2017 class is one of Detroit’s strongest ever. The city’s most nationally recognized school is the aforementioned Cass Tech. Cass took on Pershing on Friday afternoon and Landof10.com was in attendance.
The game ended with a 57-0 final in Cass Tech’s favor — and a running clock in the second half — so a big media crew on the sidelines didn’t get to see much of what they came for. Donovan Peoples-Jones, a 5-star wide receiver, played an estimated 12 plays, while 4-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell saw about 20 on defense. In a game where the opposing team had two punts go backwards — literally backwards — it wasn’t the best game to scout but it was easy to see Peoples-Jones’ ridiculous size, as seen below.
The upcoming Detroit Cass Tech vs. Detroit King game on Oct. 1 will feature some prolific names. From the stars already mentioned from Cass Tech to top 100 4-star CB Ambry Thomas from King.
The scary part of all of that? Every kid mentioned is favored to choose the Wolverines.
Enjoy game day!
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