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Michigan signed four-star WR Brad Hawkins.

While five-star DT (and consensus No. 1 recruit) Rashan Gary rightfully drew most of the headlines on National Signing Day, HC Jim Harbaugh also added a slew of strong skill players, including ESPN 300 names in TE Devin Asiasi (44), RB Kareem Walker (45), ATH David Long (104) and wideouts Dylan Crawford (179), Eddie McDoom (184) and Hawkins (193). For his part, the 6-foot-1, 194-pound Hawkins hails from Camden, New Jersey, and ESPN notes that "the more you watch him, the faster and more sudden he becomes, especially for his size." They don't love his top-end speed and believe his route-running and blocking could be tighter. With so much talent flowing in, August camp figures to be crucial for this pack of baby Wolverines, because it's very possible that several of the above names could be impact factors for the 2016 campaign.
Feb 7 - 5:51 PM

Michigan DL coach Greg Mattison called five-star DT Rashan Gary, "a great talent but a great person also."

"[Gary]'s got great character, you're talking about a 6-foot-5, 300-pound defensive end that can run like he's an open-side end," Mattison said. He went on to compare Gary to former Gator end Ray McDonald. While the talent's undeniable here, Mattison and the Wolverines won't be handing out any free passes. Said the DL coach, "The way we deal with everything at the University of Michigan and the defensive line, it's like the NFL. When you're a freshman, you're a rookie." He also indicated that there will be a likely acclimation period in which the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder has to adjust to the more sophisticated schemes found in college ball.
Source: scout.com
Feb 7 - 1:08 PM

Michigan signed four-star WR Eddie McDoom.

While his name may sound more like that of a maniacal Bond villain than a football player, McDoom should probably leave the super-villain bit to HC Jim Harbaugh (whose only complaint about the new Star Wars movie was the lack of Darth Vader, whom he admires). The 5-foot-11, 178-pound McDoom hails from Winter Garden, Florida. He made a December visit to Oregon and was actually committed to the Ducks for a month, but it wouldn't last until National Signing Day. On the field, he plays "competitively fast," according to ESPN 300. The outlet notes that while he'll need to pack on some bulk with the Wolverines, he's already relatively sharp in his route-running and offers a bit more technical prowess at this point in his development than you usually see in high school prospects.
Feb 7 - 12:55 PM

Michigan signed four-star LB Devin Bush.

Bush visited both Auburn and Michigan in November, with Wolverine HC Jim Harbaugh winning out. The 5-foot-11, 227-pound linebacker's calling card is his frenetic playing style. As Scout.com notes, he's "best in attack mode," though the outlet ultimately assigns him a three-star rating, rather than a four-star mark ala ESPN 300. Bush ranks 181st on that list. ESPN's scouting report reads, in part, "We feel he has better short-range burst and overall tools that project best inside than out at the college level and with that projection he will need to continue adding size and strength before making an impact as an every-down linebacker."
Feb 6 - 9:00 PM

Rivals recruitng director Mike Farrell noted that four-star TE Devin Asiasi's decision to sign a NLI with Michigan, rather than UCLA, "stings badly."

Wrote Farrell, "UCLA had this one wrapped up as of Sunday I think and really could use a multi-talented kid who could play tight end or defensive end." Rivals rated the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder as the No. 46 prospect in the 2016 class. Per Farrell, it was believed that Asiasi and DT Boss Tagaloa were a package deal of sorts. Tagaloa ultimately did sign with the Bruins, but his buddy Asiasi couldn't resist the voodoo of Jim Harbaugh. He'll probably need to keep an eye on his weight with the Wolverines, but so long as he doesn't balloon up there, he could be an impact receiver early in his career.
Source: rivals.com
Feb 6 - 3:49 PM

Former Michigan interim AD Jim Hackett said that five-star DT Rashan Gary was offered "incentives" from unspecified teams during the recruiting process.

Hackett dropped this nugget--initially reported by SB Nation's Alejandro Zúñiga--during Michigan's NSD event on Wednesday. The former interim athletic director--UConn's Warde Manuel took over permanent duties in January--wouldn't elaborate as to which competing squads tossed incentives Gary's way, nor the exact nature of said incentives, merely saying that he was happy the consensus No. 1 recruit in this cycle chose a Michigan education. Clemson was the other team battling for the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder's heart come National Signing Day, but USC, Auburn and Ole Miss had also previously been in the picture. Whether there's anything substantive here remains to be seen.
Feb 6 - 2:17 PM

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


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