Zach Charbonnet Has Committed To Michigan

Zach Charbonnet Has Committed To Michigan

Submitted by Ace on June 24th, 2018 at 8:33 PM

It's one of those weekends.

Michigan added their second commit of the day and fifth of the week when four-star Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian running back Zach Charbonnet announced his pledge on Twitter. Charbonnet was among the many prospects on campus this weekend and the official visit led to him choosing the Wolverines over offers from UCLA, USC, Washington, Wisconsin, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and many others. It's not too difficult to see why so many power programs were in pursuit after watching his junior highlights, or even the first few plays on it:

All three recruiting sites list Charbonnet as a four-star; 247 is the most bullish, ranking him ninth among running backs and inside the top 250 overall, while Rivals (#20 RB) and ESPN (#26 RB) have him outside their respective top 300s for now.

A full Hello post will go up early this week. Here's a teaser provided by 247's Barton Simmons:

"Zach Charbonnet out of Oaks Christian in California caught my eye," Simmons wrote. "He’s got the prerequisite production having topped 2,000 yards as a junior against elite competition. At first glance a 11.2 100 meter time in track may restrict him from that elite future first rounder tier until you realize that Saquon Barkley and Rashaad Penny had similar track times in high school. His listed height at 6-foot-2 can be seen as a positive or a negative. Certainly he can carry the big back label but considering the ‘busts’ of Ty Isaac and Chris Warren, the late-round brand on Bo Scarbrough and the still-pending fate of Jalen Hurd, is a 6-foot-2 frame too big? Turn on the film and I see great feet, suddenness and twitch out of Charbonnet and I lean towards optimism on his trajectory."

Charbonnet is the 13th commit in the 2019 class, which ranks 15th nationally and second in the Big Ten.

Hello From The Future: Andre Seldon

Hello From The Future: Andre Seldon

Submitted by Brian on June 22nd, 2018 at 3:34 PM

Michigan's second 2020 commit came quick on the heels of their first, and in a similar situation: a camp offer to a life-long Michigan fan who pulled the trigger. In Andre Seldon's case it took him a couple of days to make it official, but once the offer was out it was pretty much over.

Seldon is a very different kind of cornerback than the guys Michigan piled into their 2018 class. Those guys are 6'2" fade annihilators to a man; Seldon is listed at 5'9", 160 and might be a little smaller than that. But dude has been in the hip pocket of everyone in camps this spring and put down a couple of 4.3 40s at Michigan's camp, making him hard to overlook even if he's literally easy to overlook.

GURU RATINGS

247 ESPN Rivals Composite
3*, #351 overall
#24 CB, #8 MI
NR 3*, NR overall
#26 CB
3*, #416 overall
#29 CB, #11 MI

Both sites that have ranked Seldon have him in the 3.5 star range. Given his camp performances, which are detailed after the jump, those rankings are conservative early takes based on his size. If he's really 5'9" and grows an inch or two—very possible for rising juniors—he could have significant upward mobility. If he's really 5'7" and not sprouting further his size will put a hard cap on his rankings around about where they are now.

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Hello: Jack Stewart

Hello: Jack Stewart

Submitted by Ace on April 17th, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Michigan picked up their second commitment in two days yesterday when three-star New Caanan (CT) offensive lineman Jack Stewart announced his pledge on Twitter. As a Connecticut prospect, Stewart hails from Don Brown Country, which means at this juncture he's all but unscouted by the recruiting services.

Stewart has picked up increasingly impressive offers over the last couple months, however, starting with a trip out west that netted Arizona and ASU offers. Michigan offered a couple weeks ago and—despite picking up offers from Baylor, Ole Miss, TCU, and Texas A&M—Stewart didn't wait long to jump on it. He's the ninth commit in the 2019 class, which moved up a spot to fourth nationally, and the third on the offensive line, joining top-100 OG Nolan Rumler and four-star OT Trente Jones.

GURU RATINGS

Rivals ESPN 247 247 Comp
2*, 5.4, NR OT NR OT 3*, 87, #56 OT,
#616 Ovr
3*, #83 OT,
#1012 Ovr

These should be ignored, despite what you may have read in the comments on the initial commitment post. There isn't a single scouting report on Stewart from an analyst on any of the three recruiting sites. His ESPN page didn't exist until today; Rivals didn't mention anything about his recruitment until after yesterday's commitment. 247 appears to be the only site that's at least looked at his film and they have him as a decent three-star; it's hard to get far above that before an in-person evaluation without being an obvious monster athlete.

Stewart has solid size for a future interior lineman. All three sites list him at 6'5" and either 280 or 285 pounds, and he doesn't look to be carrying a lot of bad weight on film.

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Hello: Michael Barrett

Hello: Michael Barrett

Submitted by Ace on January 23rd, 2018 at 7:58 PM


Despite gaudy passing stats, this is a running back. [Valdosta Daily]

At somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-foot-even, 215-pounds, Valdosta (GA) Lowndes athlete Michael Barrett faced a choice: remain at quarterback in an option system, likely at in-state Georgia Tech, or give that up in favor of being more of an Ohio State-style H-back (think thicc Curtis Samuel):

Looking at the two pictures above, you'd probably want to see Barrett in more of a running back role for his future NFL prospects. Barrett apparently agreed, choosing the Wolverines over the Yellow Jackets this evening with a post on Twitter. He's the 21st commit in the 2018 class, the second to pledge in three days, and the third who should spend a large portion of his time at running back, joining Hassan Haskins and Christian Turner.

In semi-related news, Michael Barrett the football player rather difficult to google these days.

GURU RATINGS

Rivals ESPN 247 247 Comp
3*, 5.6, NR ATH,
#72 GA
3*, 78, #50 ATH,
#63 GA
3*, 86, #70 ATH,
#84 GA, #811 Ovr
3*, #64 ATH,
#72 GA, #733 Ovr

I'm honestly not sure how to reconcile Barrett's very middling rankings with his decent offer sheet, solid tape, and remarkable high school production. I know Georgia is loaded with talent, but he looks like he deserves a higher placement than, at best, 63rd in the state.

All three sites list Barrett at 6'0" (except 247, which docks him a half-inch) and somewhere between 200 and 215 pounds. That is very much a running back build.

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Hello: Ronnie Bell

Hello: Ronnie Bell

Submitted by Ace on December 19th, 2017 at 2:44 PM


[Darryl Woods/810 Varsity]

Ronnie Bell's football recruitment lasted all of a week. Michigan first contacted the Kansas City (MO) Park Hill wide receiver last Thursday. At the time, Bell intended to play college basketball at Missouri State, and held no offers for football despite a productive senior year. Michigan changed that, Bell changed his Twitter bio to read "University of Michigan Commit," and suddenly he's ticketed for the gridiron:

"They were shocked that I didn’t have any football offers," Bell said of the U-M staff. "I’m sure they were shocked that I was committed somewhere to play basketball and not football. I’m not really sure how my name got on their desk or how they found me. God works in amazing ways and he found a way to put my name on their desk.

"I never though this would happen. There were nights I would pray and I would just hope that a football school would give me an opportunity but for Michigan to be the school that did it I could’ve never imagined that. You can’t make something like that up."

Kansas State sniffed around before Bell make his commitment, but it doesn't look like anyone else will get a chance to change his mind; Bell plans to sign his LOI tomorrow, the first day of the new early signing period.

He is the 18th commit in the 2018 class and currently the only wide receiver.

GURU RATINGS

Rivals ESPN 247 247 Comp
2* WR NR WR 3*, 85, #160 WR,
#1078 Ovr
3*, #226 WR,
#1517 Ovr

Bell got a cursory two-star grade from Rivals after they created his profile yesterday; ESPN hasn't ranked him yet after doing the same. 247 is the only site to attempt to give Bell a real evaluation, but as Allen Trieu explained on The Victors Board, his ceiling is capped by the current lack of information beyond his senior film:

Bell is a tough eval because we have never seen him in person. We looked at his film, but hard to gauge competition and what he's built like on just a highlight tape. We have him a conversative mid-ish three-star to start. I think that's fair for a guy without a huge offer list, without testing numbers we can see, without having been evaluated at camps on in-game.

Michigan has done an in-person evaluation of Bell.

Bell is listed at 6'1", 170 by Rivals and 247; ESPN docks him an inch.

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Ronnie Bell Commits To Michigan

Ronnie Bell Commits To Michigan

Submitted by Ace on December 18th, 2017 at 8:27 PM

TMI's Brice Marich reports that Park Hill (MO) wide receiver Ronnie Bell has committed to Michigan:

Kansas City (MO.) Park Hill Ronnie Bell was slated to play basketball for the Missouri State Bears, but decided to pursue football and a few weeks later, he landed his biggest offer to date from Michigan. It didn't long for him to ponder the scholarship offer as he pledged to the Wolverines on Monday night.

Bell added his offer on Saturday. I assume because he was expected to play hoops in college, nobody's done a full scouting report yet; Rivals just created his profile, ESPN hasn't even gotten that far, and 247 only has articles since the Michigan offer went out. Bell has some impressive film, though, and numbers to match:

It's somewhat hard to believe that up until December 14, this year's Simone Award winner, given each year to the top football player in the Kansas City metro, was all set to play basketball in college.

That was the case for Ronnie Bell, a talented member of Team Rush (AAU) and once Missouri State commitment. Yet in a stunning announcement, Bell did what football fans had been hoping for since September by rescinding that verbal pledge, officially opening the door to college football.

Well, as you might've guessed, it didn't take long for programs to come calling on the Park Hill Trojan.

After catching 89 passes for 1,605 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior, Bell held an offer from Jim Harbaugh and Michigan within two days of being on the market.

Bell is the 18th commit in the 2018 class and the second in two days following in-state ATH Ben VanSumeren. I'll have a full Hello post on him tomorrow, hopefully after some more evaluations are posted. At first glance, it looks like Michigan got in early on an unheralded football talent. Expect him to finish higher than his current composite ranking of #1517 overall.

Hello From The Future: Stephen Herron

Hello From The Future: Stephen Herron

Submitted by Ace on July 29th, 2017 at 8:28 PM

While there's a great deal of anticipation for Michigan's 2019 recruiting class, they entered today's BBQ at the Big House with only one commit. Four-star Ohio offensive lineman Nolan Rumler became the second pledge this morning. Moments ago, five-star Louisville (KY) Trinity defensive end Stephen Herron Jr. became the third.

Herron is currently ranked as the #4 WDE in the 2019 class. He chose Michigan over an extensive list of power programs that included Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Stanford, and Texas.

GURU RATINGS

Scout Rivals ESPN 247 247 Comp
4*, #5 WDE,
#41 Ovr
4* WDE NR DE 4*, 94, #4 WDE,
#34 Ovr
5*, #4 WDE,
#34 Ovr

While Herron was given four-star ratings in the early going, he's in normal five-star range by numerical ranking, so he adds the coveted fifth star in the composite. Rivals included him in their initial, unordered list of four-stars, and hinted at the possibility of moving him into five-star territory after the Rivals camp in Columbus this summer. ESPN fired an eval and forgot to rank him.

Herron is listed at 6'3" or 6'4" (Scout and 247 split the difference) and somewhere in the range of 225 (Rivals) to 244 (ESPN) pounds. He looks lanky on film; there's plenty of room on that frame for him to add weight until he's big enough to play weakside defensive end, and it'll help that he's played on a three-man line in a high school. He told Scout's Allen Trieu after a visit in February that Michigan said they envisioned him as another Taco Charlton, so the coaches may even believe he has the potential to bulk up and play SDE.

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Hello Hello: Gemon & German Green

Hello Hello: Gemon & German Green

Submitted by Ace on April 20th, 2017 at 3:29 PM


German Green (left) and Gemon Green, Wolverines. [Horns247]

Never has the "commitments come in pairs" tag been more fitting. DeSoto (Texas) twin defensive backs Gemon and German Green both committed to Michigan this afternoon, becoming the sixth and seventh commits in the 2018 class. The Wolverines got a leg up on the competition by offering both brothers; Gemon is the higher-rated and more sought-after recruit at least in part because German missed his junior year with a torn ACL. Their recent unofficial sealed the deal, per 247's EJ Holland:

“The reason why we have chosen to commit to Michigan is because when we got down there, it felt like family,” German said. “The coaches are father-type role models. They each have their own personality.

“They all have the same goals as me and my brother. They want to get us better, succeed in life and win a national championship.”

I can't wait to see their uniform nameplates. Please, please go the full name route, Isiah Thomas-style.

GURU RATINGS

Let's start with Gemon, the higher-ranked of the two:

Scout Rivals ESPN 247 247 Comp
4*, #17 CB,
#181 Ovr
3* CB 4*, 80, #42 CB 3*, 88, #35 CB,
#368 Ovr
3*, #32 CB,
#340 Ovr

Scout is easily the most bullish on Gemon, while ESPN and 247 have him as a fringe 3/4-star and Rivals has given only a cursory three-star rating.

As for German:

Scout Rivals ESPN 247 247 Comp
3*, #62 S 3* S NR CB 3*, 84, #74 CB,
#808 Ovr
3*, #84 CB,
#933 Ovr

The sites are split on whether German projects as a safety or cornerback, and he's either a middling three-star or unranked—not a surprise for a prospect who missed his junior year.

The twins fit Michigan's recent predilection for lanky defensive backs; both are listed at 6'2" and in the neighborhood of 170 pounds.

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German and Gemon Green Commit

German and Gemon Green Commit

Submitted by Seth on April 20th, 2017 at 1:31 PM

Green bros2

Gemon (#9) is on the left, German (#10) on the right. [via Scout]

The Green twins, 2018 defensive backs German and Gemon Green of DeSoto, Texas, have gone blue, beginning the greatest adventure in nameplates since Terrance and Terry Talbott.

German was out with an ACL injury last year so there’s not as much on him. Both fit the tall and lanky mold this staff has favored.

GURU RATINGS

Gemon Green:

Scout Rivals ESPN 24/7 247/7 Comp

4*, #17 CB, #181 Ovr

3*, 5.6,
NR CB

4*, 80, #42 CB

3*, 88, #35 CB,
#368 Ovr

3*, 0.8877, #32 CB, #340 Ovr

German Green:

Scout Rivals ESPN 24/7 247/7 Comp

3*, #62 S

NR, safety

NR, CB

3*, 84, #74 CB, #808 Ovr 3*, 0.8367, #84 CB, #933 Ovr

Informative update cometh.

Hello: Deron Irving-Bey

Hello: Deron Irving-Bey

Submitted by Ace on December 19th, 2016 at 4:06 PM


[Dave Nasternak/MGoBlog]

Four-star Flint Southwestern DL Deron Irving-Bey committed to Michigan this afternoon to end a long in-state battle between the Wolverines and Michigan State. The Spartans were long thought to be the leader in Irving-Bey's recruitment. SpartanTailgate expected him to be an imminent addition to the class after MSU offered in May:

Per a source, Michigan State had the lead for Irving-Bey even before he had an offer from MSU. Michigan State co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett has been in touch with Irving-Bey since January and has done an outstanding job recruiting him. Irving-Bey plans to visit Michigan State again very soon. A source added that if MSU stays on Irving-Bey that he’ll end up a Spartan soon.

In October, SpartanTailgate posted a slideshow of MSU's top five most-wanted recruits. Irving-Bey topped the list*:

Some recruiting insiders are hearing Irving-Bey is leaning towards Michigan, but a source close to him told Spartan Tailgate, "I know he loves Michigan State and I'm surprised he hasn't already committed." Irving-Bey plans to take an official visit Tennessee later on this month. We are also told Irving-Bey plans to visit Michigan State again in the near future. Irving-Bey is a high priority for Michigan State because he has the ability to play the same positions for MSU as Malik McDowell does. He can play multiple positions on the defensive line and with McDowell likely to declare for the NFL after his junior season, Irving-Bey is a must get for the Spartans in the class of 2017.

By that time, however, Irving-Bey had become an increasingly frequent visitor to Ann Arbor. A visit to East Lansing (for the Michigan game, incidentally) was sandwiched between an October unofficial and December official visit to Michigan. As Crystal Ball picks to Michigan came flooding in, SpartanTailgate sources changed their tune:

According to a Wolverine source, "The only way Michigan doesn't get Irving-Bey is if he waits too long."

Irving-Bey has taken official visits to Maryland on Dec. 3 and Michigan on Dec. 10. Irving-Bey is announcing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and likely to select Michigan but could still visit MSU.

A source close to Irving-Bey said, "Deron is still looking at Michigan State and plans to visit there in January."

A separate source said, "A darkhorse in Irving-Bey's recruitment is Maryland." ...

247Sports ranks Irving-Bey as the No. 5 strong-side defensive end in the country. Michigan State is recruiting to Irving-Bey play defensive tackle.

A source added that, "Irving-Bey's senior film wasn't that impressive and doesn't play with a high motor."

Spartan Tailgate was told Irving-Bey is not likely to end up at Michigan State unless they miss out on several other defensive linemen targets ahead of him. That's one of the reasons why Irving-Bey hasn't taken an official visit to Michigan State yet.

Here are a couple totally unrelated screenshots:

Here is a full list of 2017 Michigan State commits on the defensive line along with their 247 Composite rankings:

Three-star SDE Jacub Panasiuk (#26 SDE, #641 overall)
Three-star WDE Lashawn Paulino-Bell (#39 WDE, #709 overall)
Three-star WDE Donovan Winter (#73 WDE, NR overall)

The Spartans do not have a defensive tackle in the class and zero of the 13 DTs in the 247 database holding offers from MSU are listed with more than "cool" interest in the Spartans. Seven of them have already committed to other schools, including Michigan commit Phil Paea. The remaining six don't have a single MSU Crystal Ball selection between them. The only strongside end listed as "warm" for MSU weighs 215 pounds and is ranked 1240th overall. They're expected to pick up a commitment from a 230-pound weakside end they offered yesterday who's ranked 2106th.

But, yeah, I'm sure they passed on the consensus four-star from Flint because he was too far down their board.

A source tells me Irving-Bey is not expected to make that January visit to East Lansing.

*The rest of the list: #5 Christian Cumber (Colorado State commit), #4 Lynn Bowden (Kentucky holds large lead on Crystal Ball), #3 Ambry Thomas (heh), and #2 KJ Hamler (Penn State). I'm noting this both for the lols and to save for posterity in case it mysteriously disappears from SpartanTailgate's archives.

GURU RATINGS

Scout Rivals ESPN 247 247 Comp
4*, #24 DE,
#279 Ovr
3*, #18 SDE 4*, 81, #18 DT,
#258 Ovr
4*, 93, #5 SDE,
#186 Ovr
4*, #9 SDE,
#270 Ovr

Scout and ESPN both have Irving-Bey at the tail end of their top 300 lists; 247 is the bullish outlier, Rivals the bearish. His position rankings are all over the place because there isn't a consensus on whether he'll wind up on the inside or outside of the defensive line. Like fellow 2017 commits James Hudson and Donovan Jeter, Irving-Bey could be a DT or SDE at Michigan, and like Hudson he even has some potential as an offensive tackle.

Irving-Bey is listed at 6'5" by every site save ESPN (6'4") and somewhere between 265 and 284 pounds to every site save Rivals (a comically low/outdated 245).

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