Previously: Last year's profiles. S Sammy Faustin, S German Green, CB Gemon Green, CB Vincent Gray, CB Myles "Spider" Sims, LB Cameron McGrone, DE Taylor Upshaw, DE Julius Welschof, DE Aidan Hutchinson, OL Jalen Mayfield, OL Ryan Hayes, TE Luke Schoonmaker, TE Mustapha Muhammad, WR Ronnie Bell, RB-ish Michael Barrett, FB Ben VanSumeren, RB Hassan Haskins.

 
Buford, GA — 5'11", 200
 

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24/7 4*, #672 overall
#37 RB, #60 GA
Rivals 3*, 5.7 rating
#18 RB, #47 GA
ESPN 4*, 80 rating
#21 RB, #45 GA
Composite 3*, #978 overall
#49 RB, #11 MO
Other Suitors ND, Wisc, VT, Miami, MSU, UF, Tenn
YMRMFSPA Darius Walker
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Junior:

 

 

There are a number of guys in this class who were thrown in the generic three-star bin for understandable reasons. If you take a deep dive on a kid you may come back with reasons he would outperform his ranking or even believe that a recruiting service or three was wrong, but you could still see why a QB in Connecticut slated for TE or a WR everyone expects will play basketball in college doesn't get a top 100 ranking.

There's nowhere to hide with Christian Turner, though. The subject of a rollercoaster Michigan-ND battle at one of the most talented schools in Georgia—Turner split carries with a 2018 FSU commit and 2019 four star—drawing the kind of the general yawning Turner did is weird. He even went to the Opening! Yeah, Turner didn't knock anyone's face off while there and had somewhat limited opportunities to blow up thanks to his crowded HS backfield. This still seems like an easy mid-four star kind of call, but other than ESPN that was not the case. C'est la vie.

Turner's in the bin he's in because he does not have a standout talent that recruiting sites pick up on. When they describe him they tend to say "solid" over and over again, or imply it:

"slasher ... good, not elite speed, but he is quick, he has a good burst up the field ... runs with patience ... solid [receiver]  ... flashes the ability to break tackles, but the consistency between the tackles is not there yet ... may not be one trait that blows me away, but he is solid in so many areas."

Chad Simmons:

"...knowing how he prepares and works at football makes him a safe bet. He’s not a flashy kid and he’s probably not the fastest, biggest or strongest back, but he's good at everything. He’s durable, he’s smart, he knows how to run and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. He’s just a productive running back."

Opposing coach:

“I don’t think he’s a 4.4 kid or anything, but he does run very well for his size. I just think he has an all-around game – you can tell he’s really worked on everything, and not just one area.”

Heck, Turner's self-scout is a very "solid" self-scout:

“I’d say my vision would be my best factor. Seeing things, really knowing the playbook – not just knowing the offensive side of the ball, but the defense; the different schemes and stuff they do. I think just knowing the game, is really what helps me out the most. My speed, toughness… you know I’m not the biggest running back, but I’m not afraid to lay a hit, either. I’m not afraid of contact.”

That is definitely true; a few of the plays that made his highlight reel are Turner laying the wood as a tiny middle linebacker. He gets under some pads when unblocked. And in there is where Turner impressed college coaches more than the industry guys. His coach provided the scouting report that might unravel this mystery:

“His number one strength is point of contact. His yards after contact is his strength — you better buckle up because he’s so explosive from the hips to the chest. He’s going to hit you and run you high, that’s what he’s gifted at. A lot of people don’t have that. ...  very physical ... very explosive, I think that’s what makes him so good, because he’s very fast in the hole, very explosive on contact. His footwork is really, really good.”

As a bonus, Turner is also "really good" at pass protection, in part because he understands the pickups and in part because he gets low to the ground and uses that explosion.

[After the JUMP: further unraveling the mystery]

Greetings once again, dear reader! I have missed each and every both of you. It’s good to be back.

Some years we stroll into the new season bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, eager for another jaunty season of sporting athletic matches with our familiar regional foot-ball opponents. This year, we’re feeling a little more like Robin Williams emerging from the Jumanji board, or Ernest Shackleton wandering into a bar on South Georgia Island saying “IT’S A LITTLE BRISK OUT THERE, FELLAS.”

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What season is it?

This was a rough offseason, both because of the disappointing way the 2017 season ended, and because of the Big Ten Conference’s apparent desire to destroy our faith in the decency of humanity. But the 2018 football season holds great promise, and schools have to be running low on cartoonishly evil schemes by now. So let us begin anew.

I’m sure both of you know this already, but each week during the season we take a look at how each of Michigan’s opponents fared, and what that tells us about Michigan, the road ahead, and the general nature of space and time. This is part one of our two-part preview. Ready? No? Too bad. You’re stuck here, at least until the dice read 5 or 8.

Notre Dame

Last year: 10-3, Beat LSU in the Citrus Bowl 21-17

Recap: I’m assuming you all did the required reading over the summer, so I don’t have to spend any time discussing Notre Dame’s 2017 season or the expectations for 2018. No? Dangit people. Not an auspicious start.

The nutshell version: Notre Dame started off 8-1, with only a lone one-point loss to eventual national runner-up Georgia blemishing their record, and were in fine position to make the CFB Playoff. Then they lost 41-8 to the Miami Fightin’ Turnover Chains and 38-20 to the Stanford Fightin’ Blockchain Technology Startups, and finished the season a respectable but disappointing 10-3.

When last we saw them: Certain rules of math and logic would dictate that, because there were previous games, and because those games took place at non-overlapping intervals, there therefore must be a most recent previous game. But that is not the case here. Michigan and Notre Dame played a series of games, many of which involved Michigan quarterbacks doing hilarious things to Charlie Weis and/or Brian Kelly… and then they just stopped playing. No need to delve much further.

I SAID NO DELVING.

This team is as frightening as:

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Fear Level = 7

Michigan should worry about: Notre Dame returns the majority of a defense that was very good last year.

Michigan can sleep soundly about: Brandon Wimbush struggles to, as the kids say, throw the football to his teammates in a repeatable fashion. He completed less than 50% of his passes on the year, and didn’t crack 53% in his final eight games. And given that Notre Dame loses Josh Adams and two Top-10 NFL Draft pick offensive linemen (and with running back Dexter Williams reportedly suspended), Notre Dame may have to rely more on his arm. And early fall camp reviews are not great.

When they play Michigan: Maybe Don Brown will have spent some time over the previous nine months thinking of something fun and interesting. Who knows. Could happen.

First game: vs. Michigan, 7:30 p.m., NBC

AFTER THE JUMP: Several more teams... but you'll never guess which ones.

Previously: Last year's profiles. S Sammy Faustin, S German Green, CB Gemon Green, CB Vincent Gray, CB Myles "Spider" Sims, LB Cameron McGrone, DE Taylor Upshaw, DE Julius Welschof, DE Aidan Hutchinson, OL Jalen Mayfield, OL Ryan Hayes, TE Luke Schoonmaker, TE Mustapha Muhammad, WR Ronnie Bell, RB-ish Michael Barrett, FB Ben VanSumeren.

[photo: Ron Rigdon, Jefferson County Leader]

 
Eureka, MO — 6'1", 212
 

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24/7 3*, #1094 overall
#70 RB, #11 MO
Rivals 3*, 5.6 rating
#40 RB, #12 MO
ESPN 3*, 75 rating
#55 RB, #14 MO
Composite 3*, #978 overall
#49 RB, #11 MO
Other Suitors Purdue, Wyoming
YMRMFSPA Brandon Minor
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Senior:

You know, you do a lot of these and they can get repetitive. I try to insulate you, the reader, from that by deleting most of the truly generic takes, but even the finished products can be a bit same-y. So it's with great pleasure that I present you with something never before seen in one of these posts or anywhere else: these three colors in one outfit.

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Eureka Senior High School has some classy Washington-esque purple and gold duds, some bad Nike gray upon gray upon gray outfits, and then these pink, purple, and highlighter-yellow monstrosities that were surely the work of a four-year-old or criminally insane maniac. Adidas and Nike should leak these before every uniform reveal just so their latest attempt to make your favorite football team look like a sexy pterodactyl seems brilliant and understated by comparison. Hassan's senior highlight film cuts between various games and whenever it strikes on... this... your author vomit-snickers. It's a thing.

Anyway, Hassan Haskins. He's a running back.

[After THE JUMP: more about these uniforms, surely]

3 star 3 tech gives Michigan the majority of the Belleville 3

somehow Johnny Depp gets mentioned in this post

How are we going to have a defense without any dreds?

Jon Teske's a big galoot, but a smart galoot

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