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ESPN's Tom Luginbill compares Michigan freshman Daxton Hill to Alabama S Deionte Thompson.

This is interesting if only because Hill is being compared to an Alabama safety, and the five-star recruit was once an Alabama commit. It's also interesting because Thompson is considered by many -- if not most -- to be the top safety in this class, so it's high praise. "Long, rangy and explosive," Luginbill writes. "Both Thompson and Hill possess a head-hunting mentality but they are versatile enough to be a factor in pass coverage." It's those traits that make HIll a candidate to start immediately for Michigan, and be an impact player while doing so.
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 6:28 PM

Michigan RB Karan Higdon measured 5-foot-9, 203 pounds at the Reese's Senior Bowl.

While Higdon is undersized on the height front, he is not a back to be easily tossed around. Of his 203-pound weigh-in, NFL.com's Chase Goodbread wrote to Twitter that the Michigan product "[l]ooks like he was born in the weight room." The Draft Network's Kyle Crabbs, meanwhile, believes that Higdon may ease some concerns about durability with his measurements in Mobile.
Jan 22 - 1:11 PM

Michigan DE Rashan Gary has started up his own agency in Rashan Gary Sports.

We have seen prospects handle their own agency during the draft season -- Lamar Jackson notably did so a year ago -- but this would be the first time in memory that a draft-bound player has started up an entire agency coming out of college. Said Gary, "It's going to change the game. Now players know the power they have, and taking this step is big for me, my family and my dream." His mother, Jennifer Coney-Shepherd, is president of the agency, while traditional agent Ian Clarke will be handling Gary's contract and the like come the spring (but will be drawing salary as an agency employee, rather than cashing in on percentage). Rashan Gary Sports already has one client beyond the namesake in the fold, in Bowling Green DB Montre Gregory. The eventual hope, here, is that Gary's new enterprise will eventually have clients across multiple sports.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 22 - 12:55 PM

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard projects the Seahawks to take Michigan DL Rashan Gary with their first-round pick in his latest mock draft.

Gary (6'5/287) was once projected as a top-three pick, but an inconsistent -- and injury-riddled -- junior season has seen his draft stock stagnate. The Seahawks got quality pass-rush from Frank Clark and Jarran Reed, but Seattle didn't get much pressure from anyone else, and Gary can get to the quarterback as either an interior rusher or from the edge. No one loves this ability more than Pete Carroll, so if he is on the board this long, we wouldn't be shocked to see him drafted here at all.
Jan 21 - 5:48 PM

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard lists Michigan S Tyree Kinnel as a disappointment from the practices at the East-West Shrine Game.

Ledyard notes that Kinnel didn't stand out at all, and when he was on display in one-on-one opportunities, he was "smoked." He does not that Kinnel (5'11/215) was more of a box player in his time with the Wolverines, so asking him to stand out in that sort of situation was probably asking too much. Still, Ledyard's summary paints a bit of a bleak picture. "...But Kinnel didn’t really move the needle for me in any capacity, which was not the end result I was hoping for."
Jan 18 - 3:49 PM

Michigan EDGE Chase Winovich (ankle) will not participate in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Winovich (6'3/255) has been dealing with an ankle injury requiring surgery, but as of late December had been planning on delaying that procedure to push through to take part in the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. It's not immediately clear whether he has since gone under the knife. We'll update Winovich's status and outlook as information becomes available. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline stamps him with a Round 4 grade at this juncture.
Jan 17 - 12:15 PM

Michigan is hiring Arizona State DL coach Shaun Nua to serve in the same capacity.

Nua came over to Arizona State after spending five years with Navy, but he'll have spent just one year with the Sun Devils. He also worked at Brigham Young as a grad transfer -- BYU is his alma mater -- and he also spend three years in the NFL players for the Bills and Steelers.
Source: AZ Central
Jan 16 - 5:15 PM

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


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