Dytarious Johnson Appears Headed For Prep School

Submitted by Brian on June 22nd, 2016 at 12:06 PM

This tweet would seem to confirm the fact that Dytarious Johnson won't be enrolling at Michigan this fall:

That doesn't come as much of a surprise. Johnson didn't sign a LOI for what he described as a "transcript issue" on Signing Day. I'm not aware that LOIs have any academic restrictions—SEC schools will still sign-and-place guys who have little shot at qualifying—so that's a little odd. It seemed unlikely a player who did not sign had much of a shot at arriving on campus, especially since Michigan signed a couple of other guys who were rumored to have some work to do.

Michigan might circle back around to Johnson after a prep semester or year. Their 2017 linebacker recruiting implies that they won't; we'll see. We'd been assuming that Johnson would not be a member of the 2016 class so this doesn't change our projected 2017 class size or 2016 roster.


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June 22nd, 2016 at 12:34 PM ^

To expound, prep school is still considered high school for NCAA eligibility purposes and thus it doesn't count against your years of eligibility to play football - you still have the 5 years to play 4 years. 

It's more common in basketball. Spike is an example, a family friend of mine did it as well, go play a 5th year out east to play against better competition, fill out more if you're a skinny dude (friend was a 6'8" beanpole), get seen by more schools, and get a D-1 scholarship out of it.


June 22nd, 2016 at 1:04 PM ^

Even if it means he ends up at Alabama or Auburn in another year.  

Interesting thing to note is that this is the first year for the Prep Academy that he's attending.  My cynical side is wondering how the SEC will pervert the prep school route and blame Harbaugh for it.


June 22nd, 2016 at 1:36 PM ^

Hawkins wobble: stand down? Brad Hawkins was recently the subject of a bunch of internet rumormongering based on the fact that he scrubbed his twitter page of any Michigan mentions and was not yet in the student directory—everyone else is accounted for. Ominous, but unless something drastic happened in the last few days it seems like it's a false alarm. Philly.com just named him their South Jersey player of the year, and the article to accompany the honor is pretty explicit about Hawkins's near future:

Hawkins has signed to attend the University of Michigan on a football scholarship. He plans to depart Friday for Ann Arbor to begin summer workouts.

Hawkins, who also is a strong student, stood outside the fence at Camden's football field at Farnham Park the other day and marveled at the speed with which his high school career had passed.

If he's not on campus by this weekend then you can start running in circles.


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