It’s early to start talking about the Class of 2019. But that doesn’t mean the Wolverines and their staff aren’t keeping a close eye on the next cycle’s biggest names.
From a top-notch quarterback to multiple defensive pieces, the Wolverines are keeping a close eye on multiple rising juniors across the country.
Here’s a look at who we see as the top three players Michigan will be watching in the 2019 class.
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 5-star QB JT Daniels
The last time the Wolverines landed a 5-star QB, it was 2007 and Lloyd Carr was building his final class at Michigan. Of course, we never saw exactly what that 5-star recruit could do in a Wolverines uniform as it was Ryan Mallett, who transferred to Arkansas following his first year in Ann Arbor.
JT Daniels is the No. 5 overall prospect in the country. There are only three 5-star recruits currently in the 2019 class, as opposed to more than 20 in the 2018 class.
At 6-foot-1, he’s not the tallest player under center, but his arm strength and mobility more than make up for it.
The good news is that he is just 16, so he’s bound to grow some before his signing day rolls around in 2019.
He the top target at quarterback for a number of schools, including Michigan.
Stanford, Notre Dame and Southern Cal all have Crystal Ball Predictions, with Stanford having eight of 10.
Belleville (Mich.) 5-star OT Devontae Dobbs
Composite 5-star recruit Devontae Dobbs is in Michigan’s backyard. Really. He lives about 15 minutes from Ann Arbor.
The No. 8 overall prospect in the country, Dobbs displayed tremendous skill when I saw him at The Opening Cleveland in April.
Given his tools, from his footwork to his raw strength, Dobbs is a strong candidate to start immediately at whatever school he chooses.
Ohio State is pushing harder than any school. It would be a devastating blow for the Wolverines to see a player as talented at his position as Dobbs is taken out of its backyard.
It’s too early to judge Michigan’s patient recruitment of Dobbs. Expect the Wolverines to push very hard once Dobbs starts to inch toward a decision.
He is the biggest must-get in the 2019 class for the Wolverines, if you ask me.
Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian School 5-star DE Chris Hinton
What do you know … another 5-star recruit for whom Michigan is considered a serious contender.
Again, it’s early, but this 2019 class is shaping up as one that has the potential to rank among the country’s three best classes.
Chris Hinton is the country’s No. 13 overall prospect and a defensive end who is, like the others, a first-year impact player.
His 6-foot-4, 265-pound frame is a freakish one that fits well into the scheme that the Wolverines draw up. He gets to the quarterback, and he can draw double teams to free the blitzing outside linebacker the Wolverines love to send.
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The recruitment of Hinton gained momentum for Michigan following his visit to Ann Arbor last week.
The Wolverines are an early, and heavy, favorite with six Crystal Ball predictions. A commitment could come soon.