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Offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor is one of four 2018 Michigan commits who will participate in Nike's The Opening finals this week.

The Opening finals offers Michigan opportunity to expand Class of 2018

Kevin Goheen

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize and Blue, your favorite team.

Today is Monday, June 26, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …


Four Michigan commits heading to The Opening finals

The Opening finals are happening this week at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., and four Michigan commits from the Class of 2018 are among the 166 players invited. Offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor, running back Christian Turner and defensive backs Gemon Green and Myles Sims earned their way to the competition through regional camps and evaluations.

They are four of the 10 players who have committed to Michigan for the Class of 2018, a class that currently is ranked No. 13 in the country and No. 3 in the Big Ten by the 247Sports composite. Michigan has room to add 10 more players to this class at this point. There will be several players targeted by Michigan at The Opening, so the quartet will have a chance to do some recruiting of their own.

Linebacker Cameron McGrone, who has Michigan among his final six school choices, is one of those players.

Ekiyor was at Michigan’s Big Man Big House camp on Saturday and talked to Land of 10 about his expectations for The Opening.

Offers and commitments

Michigan handed out a couple of offers to 2019 players on Saturday and received its first commitment for the Class of 2019 from linebacker Charles Thomas from IMG Academy.

Aubrey Solomon settling in well

Freshman defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon had one of the more eventful recruiting processes for the 2017 class, as he detailed at length with Land of 10 in a Next Generation series article.

Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com wrote about how Solomon is acclimating to life at Michigan with the help of Rashan Gary and others.

Amara Darboh a sleeper pick

The NFL Network likes what it sees from former Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh, a third-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks.

Two Wolverines selected in NHL draft

Two Michigan hockey players were selected in the NHL draft this past weekend, sophomore Luke Martin and 2017 signee Josh Norris.

Help wanted

The attrition on John Beilein’s basketball staff continues with the report that assistant coach Billy Donlon is leaving to join Chris Collins’ staff at Northwestern.

Play ball

Remember those 11 Michigan baseball players selected in the MLB draft this month? Ten of them have signed deals with their respective teams. Pitcher Michael Hendrickson (Cleveland, Round 28) is the only one who has not signed.

Those signed players are beginning the first steps of their pro ball careers. Center fielder Johnny Slater had a good start for the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League in the team’s season opener on Saturday.

Slater was selected by Seattle in the 28th round. He is teammates at Everett with pitcher Oliver Jaskie, the Mariners’ sixth-round pick. Jaskie struck out 2 batters in one perfect inning in his debut on Saturday.

Michigan moments

This year is the 100-year anniversary of the Big Ten.

Here at the Land of 10 Michigan page, we’re counting down the 100 greatest moments in Wolverines athletics history. We featured Nos. 60-56 last Friday. You can check out the entire collection here. We will continue counting down five moments every weekday until we get to the top 10. Then, we’ll tell those stories one day at a time.