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Michigan four-star 2019 DT signee Christopher Hinton has received a fifth star from Rivals.

Rivals analyst Chad Simmons notes that the outlet was not completely sold previously on Hinton as a five-star candidate due to questions about his staying power as a defensive lineman -- and the possibility that he might actually have more upside working on the offensive side of the ball. The 6-foot-4, 274-pounder sealed his case for five-star status at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month, where he played exclusively as a defender while showcasing improved quickness and power. Rivals now ranks Hinton as the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: Rivals
Jan 15 - 6:04 PM

Michigan redshirt senior T Nolan Ulizio is listed in the transfer portal.

Ulizio has had inconsistent playing time since enrolling with the Wolverines in 2015, but did start five games at right tackle for Michigan in 2017. Because he'll leave with his degree, he'll be immediately eligible to play for whatever team he does transfer to. It's also worth noting that being in the transfer portal doesn't guarantee a transfer, but it sounds like Ulizio will finish his collegiate career elsewhere.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 14 - 6:05 PM

According to 247Sports.com, Boston College co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Anthony Campanile will be joining Jim Harbaugh's staff at Michigan.

While it's unknown what Campanile's responsibilities will be in Ann Arbor, this is the second major staff hire that Harbaugh has made since the end of the season with the addition of former Alabama co-defensive coordinator Josh Gattis being the first. Not only is Campanile a good hire when it comes to his coaching acumen, as he's led a very good secondary at BC the last three seasons, but his recruiting connections in northern New Jersey (he's the son of NJ HS coaching legend Nunzio Campanile) should also benefit Michigan moving forward.
Jan 11 - 1:13 PM

The Athletic's Bruce Feldman reports that expected Michigan OC Josh Gattis will call plays for the Wolverines.

Feldman earlier on Thursday reported that Michigan would be hiring the Alabama wide receivers coach to serve as offensive coordinator, in a move that has the CFB community abuzz. All earlier signs -- including several earlier reports -- had him ticketed for Mike Locksley's Maryland staff. And, according to 247Sports' Jeff Ermann, even those at Alabama and Michigan were stunned by this move. Michigan was apparently very, very quiet in how they went about this. We are here for the new Stealth Wolverines.
Jan 10 - 4:29 PM

The Athletic's Bruce Feldman reports that Michigan will hire Alabama WR coach/co-OC Josh Gattis to serve as offensive coordinator.

The Ballad of Josh Gattis takes an unexpected turn. He was reported by Football Scoop as Maryland-bound in early December. Feldman almost immediately offered a contrary report at that juncture. All quiet on the Western Front for about a month, but on Thursday it was once again reported -- this time by Rivals -- that he would be on his way to Maryland. Feldman coming back strong once again, this time with word of a move to Michigan. If Ann Arbor is, indeed, going to be his final resting place, he would take over an offensive-coordinating position which was essentially vacant this past season. Passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton had been working as something of a quasi-OC, though without the title official.
Jan 10 - 3:31 PM

Rivals' Tony Tsoukalas reports that Maryland will hire Alabama WR coach/co-OC Josh Gattis to serve as offensive coordinator.

Multiple reports on Friday have Gattis saying farewell to the Crimson Tide, with Tsoukalas provided specific detail on his landing spot. Doug Samuels of Football Scoop had actually reported at the beginning of December that Gattis would be on the move to Maryland, but that report had subsequently been refuted by The Athletic's Bruce Feldman. Looks like the initial intel might have been correct, here. Gattis joined Tide HC Nick Saban's staff a year ago after spending the previous four campaigns working as receivers coach under James Franklin at Penn State.
Source: Rivals
Jan 10 - 11:53 AM

247Sports' Tim Watts reports that Alabama co-OC/WR coach Josh Gattis will be leaving the program and is "in line for a promotion elsewhere."

There was smoke in early December that had Gattis joining Mike Locksley's Maryland staff as offensive coordinator, though that was a notion shot down by the ever-plugged-in Bruce Feldman and we've not seen any real news surfacing on Gattis in the interim. We'll see if this new report comes through. Watts floats Maryland (them again) and Temple as two programs to watch. Gattis joined HC Nick Saban's staff last winter after spending the previous four seasons at Penn State.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 10 - 11:22 AM

Michigan 2019 WR Cornelius Johnson was listed as a riser for his performance at the All-American Game.

Johnson (6'3/195) was one of the few Rivals' three-star prospects at the event, but it was clear to them that he had the size and ability to hang with the best recruits in the country. Johnson caught two touchdowns which "came on great routes." Rivals' No. 69 wide receiver in the 2019 class, Johnson will be a name to monitor over the next three or four years.
Source: Rivals
Jan 6 - 2:25 PM

Michigan junior "viper" Khaleke Hudson will return for his senior season.

Michigan is going to lose a ton of talent on the defensive side of the football, but they return a pretty good one. The "viper" position for the Wolverines is a safety/linebacker hybrid, and the 6-foot, 205-pound Hudson has played well as both a cover man and someone who can attack the line of scrimmage, a la Jabril Peppers. A strong senior season should see Hudson improve his draft stock, as he's currently viewed by most analysts as a Day 2 talent.
Jan 4 - 5:00 PM

Michigan redshirt junior TE Zach Gentry declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

This was rumored earlier on Wednesday, and it's now official, with Gentry reportedly signing with an agent. The 6-foot-8, 262-pound tight end caught 32 passes for 514 yards with two touchdowns in 2018. Reports from analysts like Kyle Crabbs note Gentry's ability to be a "mismatch" because of his size and mobility, but the blocking leaves a lot to be desired, and he can struggle with press coverage. He's viewed as a Day 3 prospect at this point, but if he tests well at the combine or gets invited to an event -- he's eligible as a fourth-year junior -- that stock could rise.
Jan 2 - 6:46 PM

Michigan junior CB David Long declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Long (5'11/198) graded out fantastically by Pro Football Focus metrics this past season, allowing a passer rating of just 36.9 when targeted -- the top mark in the Big Ten. By traditional statistics, the junior registered 17 tackles with an interception and six passes defended for the 2018 campaign. We dig his physical approach to the game, though The Draft Network's Kyle Crabbs notes that he can occasionally have a tendency to get a little too obvious with opposing receivers, which can run the risk of drawing penalties. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Long as the No. 8 draft-eligible corner prospect for the spring.
Jan 2 - 2:44 PM

Rivals' Austin Fox reports that Michigan redshirt junior TE Zach Gentry will declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Yet another talented tight end joining the draft fray, with Gentry joining the likes of Iowa's Noah Fant, UCLA's Caleb Wilson and Stanford's Kaden Smith in what will be a deep positional class for April. The 6-foot-8, 262-pounder recorded a 32-514-2 receiving line in 2018. Digging into his profile, The Draft Network's Kyle Crabbs views Gentry as "a seam-buster tight end prospect who has attractive size and mobility to be considered a receiving asset at the next level." Crabbs is keen on the Michigan product as a matchup mismatch when pitted against linebackers and safety, but cautions that he has some concerns over Gentry's functional strength. At this juncture, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. does not rank Gentry among the top-10 tight end prospects in the 2019 draft-eligible class.
Source: Rivals
Jan 2 - 2:37 PM

Michigan junior S Josh Metellus is returning for his senior season.

Michigan will get both Metellus (6'0/204) and CB Lavert Hill back in 2019, so it's a much better day for the Wolverines than yesterday was. Metellus had a quality junior season, grabbing three interceptions and making 47 total tackles, but he must have received negative feedback after requesting a draft grade from the NFL. With Shea Patterson also returning at quarterback, expectations for Michigan next year will obviously be high.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 02:32:00 PM

Michigan junior CB Lavert Hill is returning for his senior season.

Hill (5'11/181) was a fringe top-10 corner in this draft, but he is returning for his senior season to improve his draft stock and to get his degree. The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard likes Hill's decision to return, as it "was clear watching him this season that he was not ready for the jump yet." As a junior, Hill had one interception and 14 tackles.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 02:15:00 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh indicated that he is not expecting to make major changes on his coaching staff.

"I think we’re going to take what we have and reload," Harbaugh said following Saturday's blowout loss to Florida in the Peach Bowl. We saw Michigan turn over a large portion of their staff following their bowl loss to South Carolina a year ago, including changes at OC and offensive line coach, plus two staff adds to bolster recruiting. UM is still trying to put it all together for a Playoff berth. They came close this season prior to falling to Ohio State at the end of the campaign.
Source: mlive.com
Sat, Dec 29, 2018 08:42:00 PM


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