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In an interview on SiriusXM, Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said of his recent recruiting jaunt, "I'm having more fun than I can remember in a long time."

Harbaugh termed himself a "people person" and indicated that he liked connecting with Wolverines-to-be. It's easy to turn Harbaugh into something of an Internet meme due to his (at times) wacky tactics, but there's no arguing with the results. Michigan finished the 2016 cycle with Rivals' No. 4 class, including consensus No. 1 player DT Rashan Gary and Top-50 TE prospect Devin Asiasi. In all, he totaled the one five-star recruit in Gary, plus 15 four-star recruits and 13 more three-star names. Whatever he's doing, it's working.
Feb 5 - 1:28 PM

Michigan signed four-star G Michael Onwenu.

Onwenu signed with Michigan in June after seeing a few nibbles from Alabama, Illinois and Miami (among others). He's a Detroit native, which should help make for an easy enough transition to the Wolverines. Scout.com's at least somewhat concerned with the 6-foot-3, 370-pound offensive lineman's weight, noting that if he can shed just a bit, "it would improve [his] overall quickness and mobility." On the more positive side, they're already keen on his technical ability.
Source: scout.com
Feb 4 - 10:14 PM

Four-star CB Lavert Hill signed with Michigan.

Hill also drew interest from UM conference rivals Michigan State and Indiana, but Jim Harbaugh's dark voodoo was too much to resist. The 5-foot-10, 176-pounder hails from Detroit, so his signature with the Wolverines isn't a huge surprise. Scout.com ranks him at No. 97. Noted the outlet, "[Hill] has a natural knack for reading and jumping routes. Good, quick feet and ability to change directions. Technically sound and smooth in his backpedal and transition." His tackling needs work, but that should come along as he adds muscle.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 3 - 5:05 PM

Four-star TE Devin Asiasi committed to Michigan.

Asiasi was being courted by the likes of Alabama, UCLA and USC, but the California native decided to throw his lot in with the Wolverines. Given how thoroughly Michigan used TE Jake Butt last season, this seems like a nice outward fit. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder would be considered a huge target by NFL standards. That he's just coming out of high school is scary on a number of levels. Scout.com notes that their No. 4 tight end prospect "surprises people...with his ability to run and catch. He's a very coordinated athlete for his size and can get down the field." Plus, a nice pair of soft hands. They believe if he can keep his weight in check, he has NFL potential down the road.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 3 - 4:16 PM

Consensus No. 1 overall recruit DT Rashan Gary committed to Michigan.

And with that, our long national nightmare is over. Gary was the biggest name left on the board, regardless of your scouting outlet of choice. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound baby Wolverine was long thought to be leaning HC Jim Harbaugh's way, but a late Clemson visit muddied the waters. The water's have cleared now. As for Gary's talent, that's never been unclear. He should start out of the gate and barring unforeseen circumstance, he has the defensive skill-set to dominate at the college level before cashing his lottery ticket as a potential Top-5 draft pick. We've seen highly-touted prospects burn out before, but Gary's ascension is a pretty good bet and this is a huge signing for Harbaugh as Michigan looks to build on their surprising 2015 campaign.
Feb 3 - 1:28 PM

Michigan junior CB Jourdan Lewis was Pro Football Focus' top-graded corner in the nation last season.

The site says he's the seventh-best overall player returning to campus. "Lewis is one of several standout defensive players returning for Michigan this season," wrote Jeff Dooley. "He earned the No. 1 coverage grade, allowing a very low 46.3 passer rating into his coverage, but he wasn’t a slouch against the run, either, having earned a top-20 grade in run defense. The Wolverines defense could be the best in college football in 2016." While the 5-foot-10, 176-pound Lewis may eventually struggle with lengthy NFL receivers, he managed a top-five FBS finish with 21 passes defended last season.
Feb 2 - 3:56 PM

The family of ESPN 300 No. 1 overall recruit DT Rashan Gary indicated that he's narrowed his signing decision down to Clemson and Michigan.

As with any good race, this one will go down to the wire. "As it stands right now," his mother, Jennifer Coney said, "if signing day was [Tuesday], Rashan would go on and say he hasn't decided yet." Michigan's been considered the front-runner for the 6-foot-5, 290-pound phenom-to-be, but it's the Tigers who got to make a last impression. Gary visited Clemson over the weekend. Said Coney, "The football players [who he met] didn't feel threatened. They were embracing him. Rashan liked that. They were giving Rashan so much love, and I liked that." She added "those kids, oh my gosh."
Source: scout.com
Feb 1 - 8:30 PM

Four-star DE Ronald Johnson Jr. committed to Michigan in June.

Michigan fended off Alabama, Boston College and Michigan State (among others) in securing a commitment from Johnson over the summer. The 6-foot-4, 226-pound defensive linemen checks into the ESPN 300 at No. 109. He'll need to work on his consistency in terms of the technical aspect, but the Worldwide Leader's scouting department already likes his potential as a pass rusher. They noted that he has "nice upside in this area with length and ability to quickly get off the ball" and that he "flashes ability to attack half-man and work a quick swim, but needs to continue to develop use of his weapons."
Feb 1 - 8:18 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree noted that if Michigan is able to land No. 1 DT recruit Rashan Gary, "that should put the Wolverines in contention for the nation’s No. 1 class."

"The Wolverines already have one of the nation’s best classes, but anytime you’re involved with the nation’s No. 1 overall player that’s going to give you a shot to close strong," Crabtree wrote. While HC Jim Harbaugh's come under fire after several commitments to the university had their scholarships unceremoniously yanked, that doesn't change the fact that he's bringing in a boatload of talent in the 2016 draft class, including expected signings from RB Kareem Walker (No. 45 on the ESPN 300), OT Ben Bredeson (No. 50), QB Brandon Phillips (No. 60) and do-everything-athlete David Long (No. 104). Earning a commitment from No. 1 Gary, though, would be an absolute coup.
Jan 30 - 2:53 PM

Three-star TE Nick Eubanks committed to Michigan on Thursday.

While Eubanks is currently committed to the Wolverines, he's taking an official visit to USC this weekend. Should he opt to stick with Michigan, he'll make a nice piece. We've already seen Jim Harbaugh run TE-oriented playbooks, be it with Jake Butt in recent days or Vernon Davis at the NFL level. ESPN's Craig Haubert calls the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder out of American Heritage High School in Florida a "tall, athletic prospect who is more of a big wide receiver at this stage." The physicality as a blocker isn't quite there yet, but Haubert already likes his ability to stretch the field deep. He also compares Eubanks to former Michigan TE Devin Funchess.
Jan 30 - 12:54 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh defended his recruiting practices, saying that "it's a meritocracy with everything we do in our program. It's going to continue to be that."

"We're very much out there," Harbaugh said. "We don't hide how we operate and what we do." Several Wolverine commitments have reportedly had their scholarships yanked out from under them. Among them, four-star tackle Erik Swenson, who was caught off guard when his scholarship was pulled earlier this month. Harbaugh wouldn't dive into specifics--the NCAA forbids coaches from discussing individual recruits--but indicated that verbal commitments are expected to continue to (per ESPN's Dan Murphy) "perform up to standards in the classroom, on the field and in the community to keep their scholarship offers." Harbaugh was asked whether he had acted transparently and openly with recruits. He answered "yes."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 29 - 7:23 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Mark Snyder and David Jesse report that Michigan will hire UConn AD Warde Manuel to serve in the same capacity.

Manuel's reportedly receiving a five-year contract worth more than $700,000 annually. He'll be replacing interim AD Jim Hackett, who himself stepped in for Dave Brandon in 2014. A press conference could come by the end of the week. Manuel and Wolverine HC Jim Harbaugh crossed paths on the football field in 1986, when the former was a freshman.
Jan 28 - 5:13 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris says it's "safe to say" that Michigan C Graham Glasgow "likely starts games during his NFL career."

"During the season, head coach Jim Harbaugh called Graham Glasgow a future NFL player," Norris wrote. "After this week, I think it is safe to say that Glasgow likely starts games during his NFL career. The center class is one of the best positions in the draft, partially due to Glasgow." There will be no rest for the wary in the case of Glasgow. He's already down in Mobile preparing to play in this weekend's Senior Bowl. Our draft analyst pegged Glasgow as the fourth-best prospect who participated in the Shrine Game.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 25 - 5:08 PM

ESPN calls Michigan redshirt junior QB John O'Korn the most important transfer of the 2016 season.

Take notice: Baker Mayfield, Jake Coker, Chad Kelly, Jeremy Cash and Vernon Adams are just a few transfers who played pivotal roles in how last season played out. As a true frosh at Houston in 2013, O'Korn threw for more than 3,000 yards and was named American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. "Given the lofty expectations for the Wolverines in 2016, O'Korn could follow Mayfield and Coker as transfer quarterbacks to make the playoff," wrote Andrea Adelson.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 25 - 1:16 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said that Michigan QB Jake Rudock is "smart" and "tough."

"[Rudock's] smart, he's tough, and he's going to get you in the right checks," Jeremiah said during the broadcast of Saturday's East-West Shrine Game. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Michigan grad completed 8-of-14 passes for 77 yards and an interception in the contest. Following a strong second half of the 2015 campaign, he's slowly drawn talk of a sixth or seventh-round selection in the draft. There's not a ton of upside here, but he could find himself a role as a backup at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 7:10 PM


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