alternate headline: man does job
— Allen Gant (@allengant_93) January 22, 2016
Tony Gant’s son is moving on. With all the various configurations of Michigan’s defense requiring a lot of range from safeties, and with Peppers (in their standard 4-2-5) and James Ross (in the rare 4-3) taking nickel and SAM duties, Gant had a tough path to playing time throughout his career. With Ross’s graduation Michigan seemed content to let him try out in spring for a senior Cam Gordon role. But with a degree in hand and plenty of younger competition—including Peppers—ahead of him, it was obvious that Gant’s best chance of seeing the field regularly will be somewhere else. As a grad transfer, he’ll be able to play immediately wherever he lands.
Despite being the last listed “SAM” on the roster, his departure won’t affect Michigan too badly. Michigan now has 22 open spots, and further attrition is still expected to get that to 28-30.
On the roundtable this week:
- A solid hour of talking about Erik Swenson, hooray
- two minutes of basketball at the end
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Per the man himself, Stephen Spanellis just flipped his commitment from Virginia to Michigan:
— Stephen Spanellis (@Big_Spanellis78) January 22, 2016
The three star offensive tackle from Baltimore, Maryland committed following last weekend’s official visit to Ann Arbor. Informative update to come.
Photos: Isaiah Hole/247 (L) and David Long (R)
Jim Harbaugh and company climbed to the top of Los Angeles (CA) Loyola CB David Long's list over the last couple months, and this evening the top-100 prospect announced his commitment to Michigan on ESPNU. Long, a one-time Stanford commit, chose the Wolverines over Washington; Notre Dame also made a strong push for him after his Stanford decommitment.
Long is the 21st commit in Michigan's 2016 class; with today's decommitment from Antwaine Richardson, Long is currently the only cornerback in that group.
4*, #5 CB,
4*, #9 CB,
4*, 83, #5 ATH,
4*, 95, #8 CB,
4*, #8 CB,
Long's rankings are in a relatively tight grouping; that consistency helps push his composite ranking to the upper bounds of that spread. For what it's worth, if ESPN had ranked him as a corner instead of an athlete, he'd be the #11 CB in their position rankings.
Scout, Rivals, and 247 all list Long at 6'0" and either 170 or 175 pounds. ESPN pegs him at 5'10", 176—they even go so far as to say he "lacks ideal height" in their evaluation. I'm not going to attempt to guess a player's height based on film and still photos; he's not Jeremy Clark, but he looks tall enough—he's definitely bigger than Jourdan Lewis—and he plays the ball well in the air.
[Hit THE JUMP for the informative portion.]
Uncommitted recruit other than Gary you most want in the class?
Seth: Here, have some Khaleke Hudson highlights and a jump, then I'm making you all pick someone else.
[After the jump: OTHER than Gary, or Hudson. Or Long for that matter.]
Antwaine Richardson has decommitted from Michigan's class.
While most of the decommits Michigan has suffered over the past couple weeks were a long time coming, Richardson's comes out of left field. I had not heard a peep about his status being in question; in fact I heard the coaches really liked him as late as a few weeks ago. We were not accounting for a potential departure from him in our best guess list.
So… Michigan has 20 commits in this class and we are still expecting a couple more decommits. In addition, Nate Johnson and Jordan Elliott are shaky. Buckle up, it's a wild ride to Signing Day.