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In an interview with MMQB, Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said, "It’s not like I ‘miss’ the NFL, because it didn’t go anywhere."

"Bottom line, it’s not something to miss," Harbaugh said. "It’s still there. … I’m happy and challenged every day with what I’m doing right now." He left the 49ers after the 2014 season. When MMQB's Albert Breer asked how happy he was at Michigan, Harbaugh responded, "Happy, happy, 10-out-of-10 happy," before adding, "And then I get to walk over to the stadium and do the offensive and defensive linemen too! You’re like a pig in slop out here. That’s how I feel. Drawing the long straw today."
Source: MMQB
Jun 23 - 12:14 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Steve Palazzolo wrote that Michigan senior CB Jourdan Lewis is "excellent at staying in phase in press."

Palazzolo is particularly impressed by Lewis' ability to "[play] through the receiver's hands." No surprise that Palazzolo loves what he sees with the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder. He graded out as PFF's No. 1 corner in the country for 2015. Lewis finished the season having recorded 52 tackles (3.5 for loss), a sack and a pair of interceptions while defending 21 passes. CBS Sports' Rob Rang has referred to him as "[perhaps] the most dynamic athlete" in the current senior class.
Jun 21 - 2:34 PM

Michigan four-star 2017 DT Aubrey Solomon's commitment surprised those in his inner circle.

Solomon had initially planned to visit Alabama over this last weekend, but he instead opted to visit Michigan with Lee County High WR coach Kevin Pych and teammate Otise Reese. At which point he committed. Needless to say, nobody saw this coming. "On the ride [to Ann Arbor]," Pych said, "he was saying that his official visits would be Alabama, Oregon, USC, Georgia and Clemson, so Michigan wasn’t even in the top five." And when the 6-foot-3, 305-pounder called his mother? "At first she was a little shocked because she’s never heard me trying to commit somewhere just like that." Solomon indicated that his talk with HC Jim Harbaugh was instrumental in his decision. "I just liked what he said and the [off-field] blueprint he set out for me." ESPN 300 ranks him as the No. 61 prospect for the 2017 cycle. Reese also committed during the weekend trip.
Jun 20 - 3:36 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compared Michigan four-star 2017 DT Aubrey Solomon to former Nebraska DT Maliek Collins.

"The new Michigan commit has a little more height and size potential," Haubert wrote of the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Solomon, "but like the former Nebraska defender, when everything is clicking, Solomon can be a handful." The analyst noted that he "can be a disruptive presence in the trenches" due to his "good get-off quickness," which allows him to move upfield in a hurry. On the ESPN 300, Solomon checks in at No. 61. He is Michigan's third ESPN 300 commitment this month. The Wolverines are tracking toward a top-10 or even a top-5 class for 2017.
Jun 19 - 3:00 PM

247Sports' Steve Lorenz reports that four-star 2018 S Otis Reese committed to Michigan.

Reese and four-star 2017 DT Aubrey Solomon began the week without commitments, but they fixed that on Saturday. The teammates from Lee County High in Georgia are on-campus at Michigan this weekend and both have reportedly committed to the Wolverines in the same breath (Solomon confirmed his pledge on Twitter). For his part, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Reese ranks as the 247Sports composite's No. 117 prospect for 2018.
Jun 18 - 4:41 PM

Four-star 2017 DT Aubrey Solomon committed to Michigan.

HC Jim Harbaugh ranged a ways for this one, as Solomon hails from Georgia. His commitment to Michigan is at least somewhat unexpected given that just last week -- following a visit to Georgia -- the 6-foot-3, 305-pounder said that he had no leader in the clubhouse (though he sounded mighty smitten with the Bulldogs). This weekend's visit to Ann Arbor apparently impressed him quite a bit. 247Sports' composite ranks Solomon as their No. 94 prospect for this cycle. Per ESPN 300's scouting breakdown, he "has the athleticism and drive to be a real disruptive presence in the trenches."
Jun 18 - 4:12 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyan believes a productive season from Michigan senior DL Taco Charlton "will make him a Day 2 pick."

As the Wolverines' top rotational reserve last year, Charlton posted 30 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries. The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder can play either 3-4 edge-rusher or 4-3 defensive end, versatility that will appeal to the NFL.
Jun 16 - 6:39 PM

Michigan true freshman DL Rashan Gary will begin his career at defensive end.

"Right now I'm 290, 6-foot-5 and when I get there they said they want to put 18 pounds of muscle on me. You'll see me change, my body will be different and I can't wait to see it," Gary said. "When I get there I'm going to start out at defensive end and then maybe I'll be able to move around. But I've got to learn the game first." Wolverines defensive line coach Greg Mattison told Gary to shadow seniors Chris Wormley and Taco Charlton, so that's what he's been doing. The nation's No. 1-ranked incoming freshman is expected to come off the bench as part of a rotation this fall.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 15 - 6:09 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah has heard many college coaches are "miserable" due to the time required to host and participate in satellite camps.

Portions of the summer used to be known as recharge sessions for coaches, who spend ridiculous hours on campus working on gameplans during the seasons. However, the growing trend of satellite camps keep coaches working during the summer and away from their family.
Jun 14 - 11:54 AM

ESPN's Craig Haubert wrote that Michigan four-star 2017 DE Luji Vilain is reminiscent of Kevin Dodd.

"Like the recent second-round NFL pick, Vilain can get off the ball and disrupt with his strength coming as a pass rusher," Haubert wrote. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder committed to Michigan over the weekend. The analyst believes that once Vilain has settled into his place with the Wolverines, he might "[develop] a little more quickly [than Dodd] and being a stronger contributor earlier in his college career." Nice month on the defensive line for HC Jim Harbaugh. In addition to Vilain, four-star DE Corey Malone-Hatcher also committed to Michigan's cause earlier this month.
Jun 13 - 12:28 PM

Four-star 2017 DE Luji Vilain committed to Michigan.

A Canadian by birth, Vilain ranks as Rivals' No. 180 prospect for the 2017 cycle. Outlet recruiting analyst Adam Friedman noted that the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder's "speed off the edge should help everybody on the inside find lanes to the quarterback." He is also of the belief that Vilain is athletic enough that he could chip in on coverage in a pinch.
Source: Rivals
Jun 12 - 7:49 PM

Four-star 2017 DT Aubrey Solomon indicated that following his weekend visit to Georgia, he no longer has a leader for his commitment.

Alabama was the front-runner for his commitment prior to his Georgia visit, but he said that the Bulldogs "made me forget all about 'Bama." The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder praised the atmosphere, saying, "They're my kind of people." ESPN 300 -- where Solomon ranks as the 61st overall prospect for 2017 -- notes that he is "[e]xtremely difficult to move off the ball and has the athleticism and drive to be a real disruptive presence in the trenches" and that he possesses "the burst and athleticism to be a productive pass rusher from the interior." The outlet would like to see him add size (the same can be said for most high school prospects) and work on his hand placement when his senior season rolls around at Lee County High.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 12 - 7:33 PM

An anonymous Big Ten offensive coach said that the best way to attack Michigan redshirt sophomore OLB/DB Jabrill Peppers is with the pass.

"I would go and make [Peppers] cover," the offensive coach said. "When he just plays in the run game and downhill, he's going to make plays. He can cover a little bit, but you can get some separation." Interestingly, the Wolverines transitioned the 6-foot-1, 202-pounder over to linebacker this spring and at the time, DC Don Brown said that "[f]rom a coverage standpoint, it's everything we expected." Clearly, the Wolverines aren't particularly worried about teams picking Peppers apart through the air.
Jun 11 - 6:52 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that he is "on board fully" with a renewal of the program's rivalry with Notre Dame.

"[It's] something that's been worked on for many months -- going on seven, eight, nine months now -- and still some T's to cross and I's to dot," Harbaugh said. His would-be counterpart in the series, Brian Kelly, told the South Bend Tribune that "[w]e want to do it as soon as we can." Kelly intimated that a game between the two teams could possibly be played after the 2017 season. The Wolverines lead the currently dormant series 24-17-1. Notre Dame called for the initial end to the showdowns in 2012 and the two teams last played in 2014 (a 31-0 win by Notre Dame).
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 1:12 PM

Michigan junior OLB Mike McCray was "probably Michigan's most pleasant surprise this spring," according to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.

McCray, who has assumed the starting weakside linebacker spot, finished the spring game with seven tackles, two TFL and one sack. "He made play after play in Florida during the first week of camp," Baumgardner wrote. "And when the session wrapped up with the spring game, he was at it again. In the backfield, making plays. He's big [6'4", 240 pounds] and he's fast enough to be in space when he has to." Don Brown, wrote Bamgardner, is hoping McCray and MLB Ben Gedeon "will barely leave the field."
Source: MLive.com
Jun 10 - 7:07 PM


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