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Michigan looking to build on Georgia momentum with 2019 RB Steele Chambers
Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity Catholic RB Steele Chambers took a visit to Michigan at the beginning of the week, then wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: “Thanks to the University of Michigan for the most authentic recruiting visit I have had so far.”
— Steele Chambers (@steelechambers) April 18, 2017
With rankings for 2019 prospects limited, Chambers has yet to have a national evaluation, aka a star rating. But the fact he already has offers from Michigan, North Carolina and Vanderbilt speaks for itself.
Chambers, whose film you can watch here, is difficult to bring down — both in how he sheds would-be tacklers, and bulldozes through them.
Chambers, who stands somewhere between 6 feet and 6-2 and weighs 210 pounds, is a mammoth of a back. He has great legs that never stop running, and his speed isn’t a weakness, as he was clocked at a 4.55 40-yard dash.
He does, however, lack vision, something that was a constant problem for past Wolverines backs such as De’Veon Smith. While he dominates in school, that lack of vision could severely hold him back at the next level.
Lucky for him, he’s just a high school sophomore, and that’s something that he could see as his best trait by his senior campaign.
Regardless, keep an eye locked on Chambers — what a name — as Michigan continues its efforts to make the Peach State its newest pipeline.
Who can Michigan realistically land from Georgia in 2018?
Let’s keep the focus on Georgia a little longer.
Michigan’s recruiting in the state has become a particularly hot topic to debate since landing 5-star DT Aubrey Solomon on National Signing Day 2017. Solomon was recruited heavily by Georgia and Alabama, but Michigan was the school that walked away with his commitment.
Already in the 2018 class, the Wolverines have commitments from a trio of Georgians — 4-star LB Otis Reese, 4-star S Myles Sims and 3-star RB Christian Turner.
Those 3 make for 60 percent of Michigan’s 5-man 2018 class right now.
So is time to take the possibility of a pipeline from Michigan to Georgia seriously? Perhaps it is — despite the daily naysayers.
Here’s a look at some guys that the Wolverines will target from Georgia in the 2018 class. We made sure to only include ones that Michigan has a realistic shot with:
McDonough Eagles Landing Christian Academy 4-star CB Tre Douglas
Douglas has an open mind right now. Only 2 Crystal Ball predictions are in right now, 1 each to Georgia and Ohio State.
Is Michigan a top option right now for Douglas? No.
But were they a top option for Solomon at this time last year? Not even close.
Both parties are keeping tabs, and some momentum later in the cycle wouldn’t surprise us.
Suwanee North Gwinnett 3-star OG Warren Ericson
A completely different situation here: Michigan could lead for Ericson, as he has paid his own way to visit Ann Arbor — twice. Florida, Notre Dame and Ole Miss are all heavily in the mix, too.
We think it comes down to whether or not he’s a take for the Wolverines. If he is, we see him inevitably choosing them.
Atlanta Hapeville Charter 3-star CB Chris Smith
A similar situation to Douglas, Michigan probably sits in the top 5 for Smith.
The Wolverines will have to hope for a visit here soon to gain some sort of momentum, as the in-state Bulldogs carry all of it for now.
Fitzgerald 3-star QB James Graham
This 1 is weird, odd, confusing — all of those adjectives.
Graham is virtually unknown to Michigan recruiting fans, yet the Wolverines could be the favorite to land him should they miss out on top target Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who decides on Sunday.
After 4-star QB Joe Milton, Graham is a Plan C for the Wolverines’ hunt for a dual-threat man under center.
Alabama offered recently, so Graham should see his No. 642 national ranking rise exponentially.
Michigan will likely land 4-star pro-style QB Tyler Shough if Thompson-Robinson chooses UCLA. But, if Harbaugh Co. still want a dual-threat quarterback, then adding a second to the class would be the move.