It’s been a fun weekend of Michigan recruiting. Two commitments have been pledged in two days, and more may come as Michigan State week rolls on.
Michigan landed 4-star Beaver Falls (Pa.) DL Donovan Jeter and 3-star Warwick (R.I.) DE/OLB Kwity Paye this weekend. Jeter decommited from Notre Dame a few days prior, while Paye flipped from Boston College to Michigan in a day.
Paye is listed as a DE, but he looks like he could become a serious problem for opposing offenses as an OLB at the next level.
Jeter, a former Irish commit, called Brian Kelly “not fun,” and had the feeling as if he had to make an appointment to talk to him, so Jim Harbaugh put on his cool new glasses to lure him north to Ann Arbor.
The ability to flip both of these commitments is a great accomplishment for the staff. Not only that, but both commitments are players that might not be highly ranked, but their style of play fits exactly what Don Brown wants on defense. I think it’s no mistake the two are East Coasters that will play for the East Coast legend Brown.
Eno Benjamin is really good; now, he’s available
Wylie East (Texas) 4-star RB Eno Benjamin decommitted from Iowa on Sunday night. Differences between he and staff members led to the two parties deciding that separating was best.
His academics are strong, he says he has a 3.86 GPA, and talent-wise, he’s ranked higher than any Michigan running back commit.
But the Wolverines staff likes what they have with speed in O’Maury Samuels, power in Kurt Taylor, and healthy balance of everything in AJ Dillon. If there’s any running back that would convince Michigan to take four in the class, it’s 5-star RB Najee Harris, who Michigan has a real shot with.
Nonetheless, Benjamin and Michigan RBs coach Tyrone Wheatley Sr. had a great relationship throughout his recruitment, and the Wolverines could probably get Benjamin soon if the staff decides it wants him.
He’s an Army All-American and the No. 159-ranked player overall. If I’m Michigan, I’m letting him commit if he wants to, as long as that commitment doesn’t void the chances with Harris. If one, or even two, of the three current commits decide to leave because of the commitment of Benjamin, so be it. I like his game that much.
“I think Coach Wheatley still feels the same about me as he did before I committed to Iowa,” Benjamin said.
Benjamin intends to visit for Michigan’s game against Indiana on Nov. 17. in Ann Arbor.
How Michigan commits performed
Michigan 4-star QB commit Dylan McCaffrey: 15-of-20 for 314 yards, 4 touchdowns; won, 43-7.
Michigan 4-star RB commit AJ Dillon: broke his fibula during his team’s first loss of the season; will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.
Michigan 4-star RB commit O’Maury Samuels: remained sidelined with an ankle injury.
Michigan 3-star RB commit Kurt Taylor: 18 carries for 117 yards, 1 touchdown. 2 receptions, 44 yards; won, 34-0.
Michigan 4-star DE commit Corey Malone-Hatcher: 15 tackles, 1 TFL; lost, 24-14.
Michigan 3-star DT commit Phillip Paea: 5 tackles, 1 TFL; won, 49-14.
Michigan 3-star LB commit Ben Mason: 4 tackles; 7 carries, 137 yards, 1 touchdown; 1 reception, 5 yards; won, 35-34.
Michigan 4-star CB commit Benjamin St-Juste: 3 tackles, 2 pass breakups; won, 24-17.
A quick, and good, stat about Michigan’s 2017 class: 8 of the 18 commitments’ play for undefeated teams, while 2 have just one loss.
All rankings are from 247Sports.com’s composite ranking system, unless otherwise noted.