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Tyler Friday begins official visits
Michigan has been viewed by many recruiting analysts as the top contender for 2018 Don Bosco (N.J.) defensive tackle Tyler Friday, but the Wolverines aren’t the only school in play for Friday. Last month, Friday named Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Miami, and UCLA as his top five choices.
Friday, a 4-star prospect rated as the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country in the 2018 class by the 247Sports composite, spent last weekend on an official visit at Ohio State. The Buckeyes beat Illinois, 52-14, to clinch the Big Ten East title ahead of the regular-season finale at Michigan on Saturday.
Friday told Bill Kurelic of 247Sports that he had “no complaints” about the visit. It is his first official visit. He has visited Michigan twice unofficially, most recently in March. Friday has not announced when he will take his other official visits.
The defensive line is an important focus for Michigan in this class. Four-star defensive end Aidan Hutchinson of Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child is the lone defensive lineman committed to the class at this point.
Michigan is scheduled to host ends Eyabi Anoma, Taylor Upshaw and Jayson Oweh, as well as tackles Alim McNeill and Rick Sandidge for official visits this weekend for the game against Ohio State.
Wolverines lose out on Logan Brown
Michigan took a loss to Wisconsin on and off the field over the weekend. A day after the Badgers beat the Wolverines, 24-10, in Madison, they got a commitment from 2019 offensive tackle Logan Brown of East Kentwood in the Grand Rapids area.
Brown is the No. 3-ranked player in Michigan for the 2019 class and has been a main target for Jim Harbaugh’s staff. He has been a frequent visitor to Ann Arbor the last couple of years, including for the Michigan State game on Oct. 7. Brown was scheduled to be at Michigan Stadium this Saturday for the Ohio State game.
Brown visited Wisconsin on Saturday and made his announcement on Sunday.
— Logan Brown (@loganbrown53) November 19, 2017
This is a blow to the Wolverines in-state. The two top-rated players in the state for 2019 are Belleville teammates Devontae Dobbs (offensive tackle) and Julian Barnett (cornerback). Michigan has offered Dobbs, the No. 8 overall player nationally in the class. But there isn’t much momentum there as analysts view Dobbs as leaning toward Michigan State and Ohio State.
Michigan has not offered Barnett.
The Wolverines are very much in contention for defensive tackle Mazi Smith, Brown’s teammate at East Kentwood, and safety Marvin Grant of Detroit Martin Luther King, the Nos. 4-5 players in the 2019 state ratings.
It was an impressive weekend for Michigan commits as the 12 players from the 2018 and 2019 classes still playing in their high school postseasons went 11-0. Twins Gemon and German Green were part of DeSoto taking a first step toward duplicating its 2016 Texas Class 6A Division 2 state championship with a 44-10 victory over Copperas Cove.
Land of 10 Michigan has a roundup of other games and a loo ahead to the next round of play here.
— Ridge Point HS (@RidgePointHS) November 18, 2017
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