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Who should be Michigan’s top 3 targets on offense?
There’s a lot of time until National Signing Day 2018, but that doesn’t mean Michigan doesn’t already have its sights set on a group of main targets.
So let’s take an early look at Michigan’s top targets on offense for the 2018 class.
The list may fluctuate, but No. 1 will stay constant until his decision is made.
Let’s take a look.
1. Las Vegas Bishop Gorman duo of QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson and TE Brevin Jordan
The two 247Sports composite 4-star prospects, QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson and TE Brevin Jordan, look to be a package deal for one lucky school, and they are the two main targets on offense for the Wolverines.
Assuming the teammates at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas do end up at the same school, both have similar interests, with Michigan, Miami and UCLA being the three standouts for both prospects.
Thompson-Robinson is a dual-threat quarterback. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been telling him for a year now that the Wolverines are ready to move to more of a spread offense, and a dual-threat in 2018 will be the main focus in quarterbacks.
With 4-star pro-style QB Artur Sitkowski committed to Miami, and no other quarterbacks being seriously pursued, the Wolverines must hope for Thompson-Robinson to choose Michigan or it might be forced to offer a Plan B option.
Luckily, the plan for Thompson-Robinson is to decide in May, which gives the Wolverines ample time to begin targeting a Plan B, should they need one.
As for Jordan, Michigan has a strong enough shot with other highly touted tight ends that losing out on him wouldn’t hurt as badly.
Regardless, Jordan is a surefire future star at tight end at the next level.
Landing this duo would be enough to call this offensive class a good one.
2. A high-impact running back
Michigan landed an underwhelming running back class in 2017 with 4-star recruit O’Maury Samuels and 3-star prospect Kurt Taylor.
Their fit in the offense has been questioned, but the big hurt in 2017 came when 5-star prospect Najee Harris chose Alabama over Michigan and 3-star A.J. Dillon flipped his commitment from the Wolverines to Boston College.
The Wolverines will target at least one high-impact running back prospect in the 2018 class.
Names like IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 4-star prospect T.J. Pledger – the nation’s 31st-ranked player — Decatur, Ala., 4-star RB Asa Martin and recently offered Butler, Ga., 3-star prospect Lyn-J Dixon all stand out right now.
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) February 19, 2017
But it sounds as if the Wolverines might not begin carving out their running back class until the fall, and perhaps all the way to National Signing Day.
3. Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy OT Daniel Faalele
Still unranked, and without having played a game of American football, IMG Academy 6-foot-9 prospect Daniel Faalele has 16 offers and is coveted by many elite programs.
Having participated in his first football camp at Michigan’s satellite camp in Melbourne, Australia, Faalele has a deep relationship with the Michigan staff.
— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) February 26, 2017
The Wolverines missed on their big tackle targets in 2017 — 6-foot-8 Isaiah Wilson and 6-foot-7 Mekhi Becton.
That left a gap that’s perfect for the big man Faalele to fill, and the Wolverines will be giving it their all to have him step into that role for the 2018 class.
The offensive line class in 2017 was just below great. So while Michigan needs to land one more big tackle (particularly Faalele), it already has one of the two guards it needed in this class with 4-star prospect Emil Ekiyor (Indianapolis Cathedral) already committed.