Thursday Recruitin' Goes To The Source

Thursday Recruitin' Goes To The Source

Submitted by Ace on August 17th, 2017 at 2:29 PM

Chris Hinton Slides Into Your DMs

ESPN released their initial Junior 300 for the 2019 class, and they're a major outlier for Michigan's top commit, five-star defensive lineman Chris Hinton. They rank Hinton, who's no lower than 14th overall and 2nd among SDEs on the other three sites, at 97th overall and 9th among DTs, with the rationale that they believe he's a better prospect on the offensive line:

Highly touted Hinton should switch to offense
Defensive tackle Christopher Hinton is the son of a former All-Pro offensive linemen. The younger Hinton should follow in his father's footsteps and switch to OL. The four-star Michigan commit is a stout run-defender, but defensively he would be more of role player and run stopper. As an OL, he possesses good flexibility, feet and a frame that can support more size and on that side of the ball, by contrast he can be an excellent, "full-time" player.

Many prospects would ignore this perceived slight or lash out at the site in question. Hinton chose a different tack and went straight to the source to see how he could improve:

That's certainly not how High School Me would've handled things.

Meanwhile, Michigan still did well in ESPN's rankings. The rest of the commits:

  • OH OG Nolan Rumler: #3 OG, #48 overall
  • KY DE Stephen Herron: #11 DE, #82 overall
  • IMG ILB Charles Thomas: #3 ILB, #250 overall

Two players in the top three at their position and two more in the top 100 overall. Not too shabby for a four-person class.

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Friday Recruitin' Tips Domino

Friday Recruitin' Tips Domino

Submitted by Ace on June 30th, 2017 at 12:18 PM

Hoops: Johns To Michigan, Nance To Northwestern

If you missed it yesterday, Michigan picked up a commitment from East Lansing four-star Brandon Johns, who could be a day-one starter at power forward for the Wolverines. The pace of basketball recruiting has picked up in a major way, and this commitment looks like it's going to tip a couple more dominoes.

Fast-rising Belleville wing Gabe Brown, a potential backup plan for Michigan's top choices, committed to Michigan State a couple weeks ago—perhaps a sign MSU knew where it stood with Johns. Shortly after Johns committed, four-star OH wing Pete Nance, who was expected to take an official visit to Ann Arbor this weekend and likely commit, pledged to Northwestern; to be clear, this was not a case of Michigan passing on a prospect after landing their top target—they still wanted Nance even though he's had an underwhelming spring.

This afternoon another in-state spring standout, Grand Rapid Catholic Central four-star PF Marcus Bingham, also pledged to the Spartans. Meanwhile, Michigan is hosting three-star NC wing Hunter Tyson on an unofficial visit today, and he's an offer candidate with Nance off the board.

Michigan currently has two open spots in the 2018 class with point guard David DeJulius also in the fold. With Beilein now recruiting with attrition in mind it's likely they'll bring in a five-man class. They'd like to take another combo forward—top candidates include Jerome Hunter, Ignas Brazdeikis, and Tyson—and a shooting guard, where they've zeroed in on Noah Locke (Tyson could also be a fit there but a recent growth spurt got him to 6'7", so that may not be ideal).

That third spot in the class could go to another wing—the pipe dream is a Hunter/Brazdeikis haul—but a rumor emerged from The Michigan Insider mod DOTMAN this morning that could change those plans: big man Taylor Currie, currently a 2019 commit, says he's reclassifying to 2018. That gives Michigan insurance against Moe Wagner departing early for the NBA; it also means they'll likely only be able to grab one of the highly touted combo forwards. While that kills the pipe dream, Michigan isn't the outright leader for either player; Scout's Brian Snow has mentioned that Hunter may be a Xavier lean, and there's plenty of competition for Brazdeikis, who isn't expected to decide any time soon.

There are a number of possibilities, and as Nance's surprise commitment to Northwestern yesterday shows, it's tough to confidently predict any one outcome.

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Hello From The Future: Charles Thomas

Hello From The Future: Charles Thomas

Submitted by Ace on June 26th, 2017 at 11:54 AM


[Isaiah Hole/247]

Michigan picked up their first commit of the 2019 class on Saturday in inside linebacker Charles Thomas, a Georgia native who'll suit up for IMG Academy to finish out his high school career. Yes, Chris Partridge was the lead recruiter for yet another Peach State product.

Once Thomas saw how he'd be utilized by Don Brown and saw the campus for the first time this weekend, he made his decision:

Thomas’ appreciation for the Wolverines started because of his connection with primary recruiter Chris Partridge, but it went to another level when Brown got involved a few months ago. That’s when he really began seeing himself in a winged helmet.

“Because of the way (the defense) is ran, how it (utilizes) blitzes, and how (Brown) just uses linebackers,” said Thomas.

Other schools will surely continue to make the case that their defenses are even better fits, but Thomas insists he won’t be swayed.

“At this point I know where I stand,” he said.  “I know where my loyalty is at, and it’s at Michigan and I don’t plan on changing.”

This is an impressive early pickup for Michigan; Thomas had made several trips to Clemson, which offered him last summer, in the past year. It only took one trip to Ann Arbor to overcome that, and he's already preparing to be a Wolverine.

GURU RATINGS

Scout Rivals ESPN 247 247 Comp
NR ILB NR OLB NR ILB 4*, 90, #4 ILB,
#196 Ovr
NR ILB

It's still early for 2019 rankings. Despite being a high-profile recruit transferring to the highest-profile program in the country, Thomas didn't even have an ESPN profile until yesterday, and the only site that's ranked him so far is 247, which considers him a solid four-star.

Thomas is listed at 6'0", 222 pounds by both Scout and 247. Rivals has him a few pounds lighter, while ESPN pegs him at 5'10, 216. He's in the Devin Bush Jr. mold; a smaller, explosive inside linebacker whose best asset is knifing into the backfield. Bush is listed at 5'11", 232, and Thomas should be around that size by the time he gets to campus.

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Charles Thomas Commits to Michigan

Charles Thomas Commits to Michigan

Submitted by Adam Schnepp on June 24th, 2017 at 6:05 PM

charles thomas

[via Charles Thomas’ twitter]

Michigan just picked up their first commit from the class of 2019 in IMG linebacker Charles Thomas, the highest rated ILB on 247’s list of 2019 M targets. According to 247’s Brandon Justice, Thomas committed to Michigan in April; today’s visit reinforced that decision. Today’s unofficial visit is the first for Thomas since he unofficially visited Clemson in March, which might be worth noting since his only other unofficial before that was last October to—you guessed it—Clemson.

Thomas is a 6’0”, 222-pound inside linebacker who, if his sophomore film is any indication, is a hard-hitting, very intuitive ‘backer whose athleticism will play well in Don Brown’s system. He doesn’t have a ranking in the 247 composite yet, but he’s a four-star to 247, which ranks him 196th overall and fourth among ILBs.

Ace will have a full Hello post in the next day or so.

Friday Recruitin' Sneaks Onto Campus

Friday Recruitin' Sneaks Onto Campus

Submitted by Ace on June 23rd, 2017 at 2:57 PM

Give This Kid A Raise

Michigan hosted one of their top targets on the defensive line last week in four-star TN DT Rick Sandidge, and the word from M recruiting gurus is universal: they knocked this one out of the park. While the likes of Jim Harbaugh or Greg Mattison are normally the focus when prospects and their families discuss these visits, Sandidge's mom couldn't stop raving about a support staff member when recapping the visit with Sam Webb:

In most cases the meeting with the headman serves as the crescendo for any school’s campus visit. While that is true typically at Michigan also, it wasn’t the case this time. The visit-show was stolen by a student recruiting assistant named Sam Popper, who served as one of the Sandidge’s tour guides.

"Sam is the best ever,” Sandidge’s mom Keshia said. “He should be the superstar of that school, I promise you. He made our visit absolutely wonderful. I wish there was a Sam at every program that we've been to thus far."

“He was down to our level trying to understand how our dynamics are built as a family.  He just kind of became one of us that day and let it all hang out. Usually folks don't do that.”

I haven't ever seen something like this before:

Getting mom in your corner is always a plus. Rick himself was also impressed with the trip, per The Wolverine's Brandon Brown:

"I know that Michigan’s defense is amazing," he said. "I know that they run a four-man front which is something that I like. Those are definitely a couple of things that stand out. I also know that they don’t play all of their defensive linemen the whole game and that’s there’s a solid rotation to keep everyone fresh."

247's Steve Lorenz added that Michigan will be a "real factor" going forward in Sandidge's recruitment. Sandidge, Tyler Friday, and Michael Thompson are the top three targets at DT after Alim McNeill omitted Michigan from his top six. (No, I don't want to talk about it.)

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