2018 Recruiting: Joe Milton

2018 Recruiting: Joe Milton Comment Count

Brian August 17th, 2018 at 3:14 PM

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, RB Christian Turner.

 
Pahokee, FL — 6'5", 234
 

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24/7 3*, #449 overall
#15 PRO, #60 FL
Rivals 4*, #200 overall
#11 DUAL, #37 FL
ESPN 4*, #119 overall
#7 DUAL, #27 FL
Composite 4*, #204 overall
#9 PRO, #35 FL
Other Suitors UF, UGA
YMRMFSPA Pahokee Ryan Mallett
Previously On MGoBlog Hello post from Ace.
Notes Twitter. Early Enrollee.

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Joe Milton is either going to be the greatest quarterback in the history of the game or a malfunctioning sprinkler system. There is no in-between! Unless there is!

This is to say that Milton is one of those quarterbacks: the guy with the proverbial cannon arm. The cannon's dial goes to 11, starts at 11, and all numbers between are also 11:

Upon being asked for his assessment of the Michigan quarterbacks, redshirt junior tight end Zach Gentry immediately said, “Joe Milton throws the hardest ball of all time.”

Nico Collins:

"That boy can sling it. Those slants and curls ... you can feel it in your palms, they'll sting a bit."

SBN's Bud Elliott provided a thorough scouting report on Milton after watching 100+ of his throws at a 7 on 7 tournament:

...one of the strongest arms in the country. It’s really something to see in person. One of Milton’s receivers told me his chest hurts after games, and indeed some of his best throws were dropped by receivers who are not as good as the players he will throw to at the next level. The 6’4.5, 222-pound QB fires rockets all over the field. He can make throws others cannot. ... Right now, he is like a pitcher with a 100-mile-per-hour fastball who needs to develop his other pitches. ... If Milton can learn to change the speed and arc on his throws to fit the situation and read defenses more quickly, he could be a beast at the college level.

(That post has 20-30 of those passes in a video if you'd like to confirm or dis-confirm that for yourself.) Even Harbaugh, who's seen a QB or two, is impressed:

“Joe did fantastic, better than you’d expect a freshman at mid-year to be. He’s really talented. Very high ceiling. Big arm. You’d really have to be there to see it. You may have heard (it’s strong), but to see it in person … you’ve got to be there. Pretty good.”

There are passing mentions of 85-yard throws, naturally. There is a distressing high school completion percentage, naturally. And there is the usual scramble to go get the guy from the lingering pro-style wing of college football. Michigan won out and either has Andrew Luck, but with a good arm, or a paperweight.

[After THE JUMP: could be good, could be not good. But Pahokee!]

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2018 Recruiting: Christian Turner

2018 Recruiting: Christian Turner Comment Count

Brian August 15th, 2018 at 3:57 PM

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
Previously On MGoBlog Hello post from Ace.
Notes Twitter.

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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]

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2018 Recruiting: Hassan Haskins

2018 Recruiting: Hassan Haskins Comment Count

Brian August 14th, 2018 at 1:07 PM

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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[Kaylee Todd]

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
Previously On MGoBlog Hello post from Ace.
Notes Twitter. Twitch.

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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]

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2018 Recruiting: Ben VanSumeren

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Brian August 10th, 2018 at 12:36 PM

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.

 
Essexville, MI — 6'3", 236
 

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24/7 3*, #739 overall
#63 ATH, #15 MI
Rivals 3*, 5.7 rating
#34 ATH, #15 MI
ESPN 3*, 78 rating
#52 ATH, #14 MI
Composite 3*, #626 overall
#50 ATH, #12 MI
Other Suitors Iowa, ND, Mizzou, Minn
YMRMFSPA Khalid Hill
Previously On MGoBlog Hello post from Ace.
Notes Twitter. Instagram. Has a 2022 brother.

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Ace started Ben VanSumeren's Hello post by saying his commitment was "about as Harbaugh as it gets," and he had no idea how correct this was. A subsequent Mick McCabe article is almost Beyond Harbaugh, describing a footbaw player who:

  • quit basketball because he has to go to bed at 9PM and "my body is my temple"
  • decided in fifth grade to be a football player and told no one
  • gets up at 5 AM to get in a lifting session and then lifts again after school
  • has slept with a football since he fumbled once in seventh grade

This is a man who can have hours-long conversations about milk with his head coach. I have no idea how it took so long for Michigan and VanSumeren to finally hook up. This is like when Dawson and Joey spent like FOREVER just circling each other you know what let's just move on.

VanSumeren committed to WMU early. After there wasn't much movement for a bit since small schools near Bay City aren't recruiting hotbeds. Then he put up some absurd numbers at an Opening regional:

At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, he ran a 4.76 in the 40-yard dash. He ran 4.03 in the shuttle, the same time as the nation’s top overall tester Christian Morgan ran. He had over a 40-inch vertical.

Morgan is a safety headed to Baylor who was 20 pounds lighter than VanSumeren then; that vert is an inch off a national best; his overall SPARQ score of 127 is a few points short of the national leader, a 5'8" kid headed to Louisville. H-back and linebacker types never rank that high because only one of the four events—a powerball throw—is really up their alley. VanSumeren's numbers are truly absurd.

[After THE JUMP: brick body men still catch]

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2018 Recruiting: Michael Barrett

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Brian August 8th, 2018 at 4:22 PM

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.

 
Valdosta, GA— 6'0", 224
 

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24/7 3*, #873 overall
#70 ATH, #90 GA
Rivals 3*, 5.6 rating
#69 GA
ESPN 3*, 78 rating
#49 ATH, #64 GA
Composite 3*, #753 overall
#61 ATH, #72 GA
Other Suitors GT, Neb, FSU, MSU, Tenn
YMRMFSPA Jaylen Samuels
Previously On MGoBlog Hello post from Ace.
Notes M also recruited teammate Jalen Goss.

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Michael Barrett is the kind of football player who gives serious thought to being a Georgia Tech quarterback. If that doesn't immediately paint a picture, you don't watch enough college football. Barrett is a high school quarterback who's an odd fit for most college teams because he's generously listed at 6-foot, shaped like a barrel, and mean as all git out. He makes perfect sense for Georgia Tech and a newly Scott-Frost-infused Nebraska. For everyone else, he takes some figuring out.

There's no better proof of this than the title of a Rivals post shortly after his commitment: "Analyst: Michael Barrett Is A Football Player." Inside we find out that Barrett is a "football player first and foremost" and "could be used in many ways." Indeed. Jim Harbaugh's initial take was more specific, and also strange:

"“Envision him getting the ball in his hands. Wide receiver, slot receiver, running back – those two areas, primarily, for him. Spent time with Anquan Boldin, who was also a high school quarterback, and I think some quarterback in college and eventually wide receiver. Somebody who can get the ball and make yards after the catch or yards after contact. A receiver who can run like a running back and I think will also have the ability to be a running back.”

Anquan Boldin showed up at the NFL combine as a 6'1", 214 pound receiver. Barrett's a couple inches shorter and already ten pounds heavier. So maybe not.

Running back? Yeah, that makes sense. He's running back shaped. As of January, Barrett said he was "mainly RB" at Michigan but would get his shot at QB, and during his recruitment it appeared that most of the school pursuing him were doing so there. Tennessee was comparing him to Alvin Kamara, a 5'10, 215-pound ball-of-knives kind of tailback, and that's a pretty good shout.

Quarterback? Probably not, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that he's a useful option in short yardage and the redzone. His highlights above... I mean, he could definitely play QB for Rich Rod. His stats are... uh... significantly better than Joe Milton's:

Barrett has been terrific under center over the last two seasons completing 63 percent of his passes for 1,705 yards and 16 touchdowns to just two interceptions with another 1,195 yards rushing and 13 scores. As a junior he emerged as a name to know with a 62-percent completion rate and 2,753 yards passing and 27 touchdowns to just six interceptions. He also gained 1,283 yards and scored 21 more times.

And then there's defense. Barrett recently tweeted that he's playing both ways, and his dad told 24/7 that "first he's going to have special packages at quarterback and then they want to use him at the viper position." And he might be too big for viper already? Maybe? I don't know. When Florida State started poking around their 24/7 analysts said Willie Taggart liked Barrett as an offensive weapon... and a middle linebacker, where he played as an underclassman. (There are also scattered LB snaps in his junior highlight reel above.)

Let's just go with Ace's theory: "thicc Curtis Samuel."

[After THE JUMP: scanty scouting and Lorenz banging the table]

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2018 Recruiting: Ronnie Bell

2018 Recruiting: Ronnie Bell Comment Count

Brian August 7th, 2018 at 10:30 AM

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.

 
Kansas City, MO — 6'1", 170
 

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[Nick Ingram]

24/7 3*, #1178 overall
#13 MO, #169 WR
Rivals 2*, 5.2 rating
NR
ESPN 3*, 73 rating
#16 MO, #210 WR
Composite 3*, #1477 overall
#18 MO, #213 WR
Other Suitors K-State
YMRMFSPA Jeremy Gallon
Previously On MGoBlog Hello post from Ace.
Notes No twitter! Missouri State basketball decommit.

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Ronnie Bell is the kind of recruit who assumes that Bill in Social Studies is at it again when someone tells him Michigan's on the phone:

“I went through the entire football season, and it wasn’t until a month after football season ended [that Michigan reached out]. Mentally, I was like, ‘Dang, football isn’t going to happen.’ I can’t even explain how surprised I was. I was like, ‘What?!’ I thought for sure I was being pranked.”

At the time Bell was headed to Missouri State for basketball, which he'd committed to before an 89-catch, 1600+ yard senior season on the gridiron. He was the Kansas City area's player of the year, and that's a fairly large area with several P5 recruits annually. But still the phone did not ring unless Bill in Social Studies had managed to slip his minders yet again.

Michigan only stumbled on him because Harbaugh's brother-in-law is a basketball coach in the area and tipped him off towards the end of that monster season. Michigan put on the tape, and:

"There's got to be a problem here," Harbaugh thought.

There was not. And Harbaugh isn't just blowing smoke about a flier Michigan took. Let's take the unusual step of embedding his highlights in the body of the post, because you may as well scout the guy too:

That is good tape.

[After the JUMP: hermit story]

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2018 Recruiting: Mustapha Muhammad

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Brian July 31st, 2018 at 12:51 PM

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.

 
Missouri City, TX — 6'4", 244
 

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24/7 4*, #227 overall
#7 TE, #26 TX
Rivals 4*, 5.8 rating
#17 TE, #29 TX
ESPN 4*, #46 overall
#2 TE-Y, #4 TX
Composite 4*, #168 overall
#6 TE, #16 TX
Other Suitors Clemson, UCLA, OU, Texas, A&M, LSU
YMRMFSPA Kevin Koger
Previously On MGoBlog Hello post from Ace.
Notes Twitter.

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Mustapha Muhammad had one of the more understandable recruiting slides of the last few cycles. As you can tell by his set-in-amber ESPN ranking, Muhammad started the cycle in the running for top tight end in the class. By the end of it he'd slid significantly at the two sites that update themselves, and unlike a few other guys (cough cough Khaleke Hudson) the main criticism is a sensible and important one: he didn't really do much. His senior year saw a drop in receptions from 29 to 20, and while the vagaries of high school quarterbacking can play havoc with receiving stats you'd hope an elite receiving TE prospect could crack 300 yards.

Then he went to the UA game. Content about him from both Rivals and 24/7 is limited to "I vaguely remember he was in practice." Rivals:

Of all the tight ends in attendance at the Under Armour game, Muhammad was seen least often on the receiving ends of passes.

24/7:

Allen Trieu: “He had a fairly non-descript week I would say. He wasn't targeted much, or at all in the game. The tight ends did one-on-ones for one day and he had a drop and only one other rep in that, so not a week where he was able to stand out.”

A guy with Muhammad's scanty senior stats and lofty ranking probably should have slid if he didn't make a case for himself at an All-Star game; he did not and did slide, going from 155th to 227 on 24/7 in their final update... and that was after some earlier drops. Muhammad did rebound a bit in the Polynesian Bowl despite absurd circumstances:

...the most consistent weapon for the Makai offense on Thursday. On a day where the Makai defense had nine takeaways, the Michigan signee was a bright spot, consistently getting open and making tough catches to give the offense a little bit of a spark.

That was practice: IE, his offense had nine turnovers. Woo!

[After THE JUMP: why he was touted in the first place.]

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2018 Recruiting: Luke Schoonmaker

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Brian July 24th, 2018 at 12:55 PM

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.

 
Hamden, CT — 6'6", 229
 

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24/7 3*, #920 overall
#42 TE, #3 CT
Rivals 3*, 5.6 rating
#39 TE, #3 CT
ESPN 3*, 77 rating
#21 TE-Y, #3 CT
Composite 3*, #798 overall
#39 TE, #3 CT
Other Suitors Indiana, BC, Pitt
YMRMFSPA Zach Gentry
Previously On MGoBlog Hello post from Ace.
Notes Twitter.

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Luke Schoonmaker is the kind of recruit whose first appearance on this site is a Hello post about seven months from Signing Day in which two sites (of the four at the time) don't even have a page for him and one that does rank him has him at #1748—EMU range. That post unsurprisingly starts with "since we don't have scouting."

So why would Michigan take a swing at him?

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Just seems like a Harbaugh kind of guy. Even if that's not quite a direct quote from the quote board. It's okay. I get references wrong all the time. Seth thinks I do nothing else. "Ol' Can't Get A Reference Right," he calls me. Very Michigan Man trait, confidently making an incorrect reference.

Anyway: if there's anyone on the planet who can pluck a tight-end-shaped dude no one's heard of from deepest New England without complaint it's Jim Harbaugh. Sean McKeon, the most recent example, is on track to be a four-year starter. And in Schoonmaker's case, his obscurity was... by design?

"There is no recruiting ranking for him because we never broadcast him to anybody,” [Hamden Hall HC Joe] Linta explained. “When he first started getting offers, I didn’t call Rivals or ESPN. It was kind of funny, because college coaches would call and ask who’d all offered him, and I’d tell them not to worry about it – if you like him, that’s all that matters."

Per Rivals's Adam Friedman, Linta and Don Brown are bros and it was no coincidence that Michigan stumbled over the guy because they had a local satellite camp that he attended; they offered after the 6'6" 230-pound guy banged out multiple 4.6 40s, and nobody told anyone about it for a month. There is a croots scale. On one end there is a dude releasing a top 27 on instagram who will commit to three different schools. On the other is Luke Schoonmaker.

[After THE JUMP: man stalks scholarship like jaguar, evades scouting]

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2018 Recruiting: Ryan Hayes

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Brian July 23rd, 2018 at 12:30 PM

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.

 
Traverse City, MI — 6'7", 262
 

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24/7 4*, #140 overall
#12 OT, #3 MI
Rivals 3*, 5.6 rating
#48 OT, #17 MI
ESPN 4*, NR overall
#29 OT, #7 MI
Composite 4*, #335 overall
#23 OT, #5 MI
Other Suitors ND, MSU
YMRMFSPA OK, JAKE FISHER GEEZ
Previously On MGoBlog Hello post from Ace. Future Blue Originals and Derivatives from Adam.
Notes Twitter. Brother played at Pitt. TC West (yup, Jake Fisher).

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I was tempted to copy and paste this post from Jalen Mayfield's and see if anyone noticed a difference. The two prospects are near identical, as was the recruiting world's reaction to them. 24/7 is enthusiastic about both. In Mayfield's case ESPN ranked him as a MAC prospect and Rivals was eventually persuaded; in Hayes's ESPN fired off a generic four star ranking with no explanation and Rivals continues to rank him deep in the weeds.

The reasons here are the same. 24/7 sees a high-upside frame on a three-sport athlete and trusts that meat can be slapped on that frame; Rivals sees the current player; ESPN can't be bothered. But let's double check to make sure! Yep:

Very good athlete, a three-sport athlete who is coordinated, has good balance and flexibility. Used as a blocker as a tight end, so he has experience in the run game and does well in that aspect. Must learn to play tackle and continue to add weight and strength to play left tackle in the future, but has a very high ceiling as a tackle.

Traverse City West runs a wing-T so Hayes does a lot of run blocking.

TCW is also the alma mater of the other guy Hayes is constantly compared to: erstwhile Michigan commitment and current Bengal Jake Fisher. In addition to this post's YMRMFSPA, here's his coach:

TC West coach Tim Wooer was impressed with Hayes, saying: “He was an incredible player for us. Defensively, most teams ran away from him. He was long and athletic and used his arms really well for separation. In my 27 years of coaching, he was the best player in terms of creating matchup issues for defensive backs and linebackers.”

Wooer said Hayes is a carbon copy of former TC West lineman Jake Fisher, which should make Michigan fans excited for the future.

[After the JUMP: will more people compare Ryan Hayes to Jake Fisher? You never know! Maybe they'll compare him to Shakira! It could happen!]

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2018 Recruiting: Jalen Mayfield

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Brian July 20th, 2018 at 2:39 PM

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.

 
Grand Rapids, MI — 6'5", 273
 

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24/7 4*, #126 overall
#9 OT, #2 MI
Rivals 4*, 5.8 rating
#17 OT, #4 MI
ESPN 3*, NR overall
#72 OT, #17 MI
Composite 4*, #268 overall
#16 OT, #4 MI
Other Suitors ND, MSU, Neb, Iowa, Minn
YMRMFSPA Taylor Lewan
Previously On MGoBlog Hello post from Ace. Future Blue Originals and Derivatives from Dave and Adam.
Notes Twitter. Army game. Minnesota decommit.

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The theme of this year's recruiting profiles is "what happened to recruiting?!" and few players in the class are a better exemplar of this than Jalen Mayfield. Mayfield was a wee offensive lineman indeed when he committed to Minnesota super early, whereupon he got the kind of ratings a 250 pound kid committed to the Gophers does. Then he got bigger, hit some camps, and started drawing more serious attention. The way the three remaining major recruiting sites reacted is emblematic of the new State of The Recruiting Industry.

ESPN did nothing, because they fired all their people. He remains in MAC territory in their ranking system and has no scouting at all.

Rivals got defensive and spent much of the recruiting cycle with Mayfield rated even lower than ESPN did. Even after Mayfield committed to Michigan, an event that should precipitate some rethinking, Rivals doubled down on their initial assessment with handwaving from the regional analyst. This was somewhat huffily documented in this space last June:

Rivals's rankings of instate OL Ryan Hayes and Jalen Mayfield are two of the biggest outliers of the cycle so far. Both are composite four stars despite Rivals ranking them 16th and 19th in the state, behind a 5'8" King DB headed to Iowa State amongst others. ... Rivals currently ranks both instate Michigan OL commitments behind OL headed to Wake Forest, Duke, BC, and Kansas. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But because Rivals still exists, unlike ESPN, they were able to correct course after seeing him at the Army game and give him the solid-ish four star rating you see above. Yes, they had a guy headed to the Army game rated as barely a P5 prospect. Yes, it took them the whole cycle to correct this, and the regional analyst was apparently overruled:

Q: Michigan only signed two offensive linemen and they're both from Michigan. What do you think about the duo?

A: ...I’ll be interested to see how they pan out. I don’t think that we had them as highly valued as Michigan did or as other places did. We’ll have an interesting look back in four to five years and see who was closer to being accurate with that.

No, no reasoning was offered by the regional analyst. Yes, this is a familiar storyline.

24/7 took the spate of bigger offers Mayfield got as a cue to observe more closely and more or less immediately flung him into their top 100.

[Mayfield's] ranking skyrocketed to 106th overall in the country after 247Sports Director of Scouting Barton Simmons and Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong watched him live at the Nike event in Chicago. After a rerun through his junior film, 247Sports doubled down on Mayfield, moving him up to 86th overall in the country and first in the state of Michigan in the 2018 cycle.

After, Mayfield had one of those characteristic slow slides that any highly rated prospect whose evaluation doesn't change suffers as more guys burst onto the scene. Despite the slight drop, 24/7stood pat on their assessment of Mayfield as a top ten OT prospect in the class.

[After THE JUMP: mean, fast, and burgeoning]

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