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An update on 4-star WR Jahan Dotson and Michigan, others
Michigan’s 2018 receiver class is going to be a small one, thanks in large part to the Wolverines signing five in 2017.
In fact, we are hearing that there will be just one signee at the position this cycle, and among the top targets is Hightstown (N.J.) The Peddie School WR Jahan Dotson — a 4-star prospect per the 247Sports Composite. Michigan was among the 18 schools on the list Dotson released April 18.
— Jahan Dotson (@H55ZY) April 19, 2017
New Land of 10 Penn State recruiting analyst Tyler Donohue (a definite must-follow), attended The Opening regional in New Jersey on Sunday and caught up with Dotson, a relatively quiet-to-the-media recruit who provided some good insight on his recent visit to Michigan.
“All the facilities were really nice, and I like how it was kind of in the city,” Dotson told Donohue of his Michigan visit.
Donohue added this about Dotson and the Wolverines:
Along with another visit to State College this summer, Dotson said he anticipates return trips to Michigan and Ohio State before announcing his decision.
He speaks frequently with Wolverines assistant Chris Partridge, a former New Jersey high school football coach whose efforts contribute greatly toward Michigan’s recent recruiting success in the area. Dotson visited Ann Arbor last summer.
Michigan’s situation with its receiving corps is very unique. It added three “big” wideouts last year who will focus on the “X” position. It added one prototypical slot guy, and one that can play both.
On the roster, Michigan has room for — what should be — a slot receiver. That single addition should be good for this class.
Dotson fits the bill for what the Wolverines need — built to play both wideout and slot, good hands and good speed (his Hudl profile shows he runs a 4.46-second 40-yard dash).
Yet, despite the Wolverines being so active with the top prospects in New Jersey every cycle in recent years, landing Dotson will be a bit more complicated for the Wolverines to pull off.
They have to fight off nearby Penn State (as they do for nearly every New Jersey kid), but Ohio State and Alabama are also giving a bit of a fight. So the usual two-team fight for a Jersey prospect is a four-team fight this time, and the Wolverines sit around third.
Instead, this looks more and more like it will be between Penn State and Ohio State. Dotson had two good visits to those schools that really shifted the tide in his recruitment. Add to that his dad being an Ohio State fan and Penn State’s proximity, and the Wolverines have their work cut out for them.
But they’ll be given another chance when Dotson takes those trips to see both Ann Arbor and Columbus. It’ll be a shot for the maize and blue to shift the tide, as they’ve done many times during recruits’ last trips before making commitments.
We’re unsure of when exactly Dotson will decide, but it’s paramount for the Wolverines to have a 10-out-of-10 visit in what could be his final time seeing Ann Arbor before he commits.
Michigan gives unranked 2019 CB Reddy Steward his first offer
Is there a better way to kick off a Monday than receiving your first scholarship offer from a program as top-notch as Michigan?
That’s exactly how Decatur (Ala.) Austin High CB Reddy Steward’s week got started.
— Rsteward (@ReddySteward) May 1, 2017
A teammate of 2018 4-star RB Asa Martin — also on Michigan’s board — Steward hasn’t been blowing up just yet. But that could follow for the 2019 prospect after this offer.
The 5-foot-11 Steward is already a long corner who, as a high school sophomore, has some promising potential to grow even bigger.
We’ve seen this trend lately with the Wolverines: The staff is beginning to fall in love with big corners. It’s offering the talented ones that are smaller, too, but it’s really only actively pursuing the big guys to cover the wideouts.
This became a priority upon defensive coordinator Don Brown’s overhaul of the defense last season. And it looks like it’s going to continue to become an even bigger priority. It has been the biggest priority thus far in defensive recruiting in the 2018 class.
Early on in his recruitment, Steward really impresses me. Forget all of the film breakdown I could give you on him — and if he commits to the Wolverines, I will — just look at his numbers.
Steward had 80 tackles to go with 10 pass breakups and an interception as a sophomore. That’s exactly what Brown & Co. look for in their corners: Length, tackling ability to help in run support, and ability to cover in man.
That’s exactly what Steward brings to the table. Don’t be surprised to see him heavily pursued going forward.