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Lavert Hill And Josh Metellus Returning Comment Count

Brian December 30th, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Michigan will get two major pieces of their secondary back for next year as Lavert Hill and Josh Metellus have both announced that they'll forgo the NFL draft on social media. Hill was 8th on Kiper's CB board and would likely have been a second or third round pick; Metellus was a bit fringier as a prospect but is probably draftable.

Hill's return in particular is important for Michigan's secondary next year. Ambry Thomas is a highly touted guy entering his third year and should ascend a starting job. Now Hill will bookend him instead of a redshirt or true freshman.

Devin Bush and Rashan Gary have announced they're entering the draft; Shea Patterson and Ben Bredeson will return. David Long and Zach Gentry are still potential NFL departures. I'd been banking on four departures when ballparking the size of this class, but I also wasn't expecting a couple of the departures Michigan has suffered, so I'd guess Michigan has a couple spots they could fill in the February signing period.



December 30th, 2018 at 2:41 PM ^

This is huge for the program. Not only do they get a great player, but they get to let the younger develop a bit more and build up the depth in the secondary. If Long comes back, they'll have some insane talent in the back 7, and should be able to hold Ohio State to less than 62 points. 


December 30th, 2018 at 5:09 PM ^

I just stated that Michigan was in zone, Cover 2 and it didn't help.  

And your counter is to ask what they were in a on the TD run?  They were in Cover 2, again.  Florida had three bunch receivers to the field and one receiver to the boundary.  Michigan had one LB and two high safeties.  Thank you for helping me make my point.


December 30th, 2018 at 3:21 PM ^

That'll work and is a good choice by both guys - they each need a little more baking in the college game to get to where they'll do better at the pro level.


December 30th, 2018 at 5:09 PM ^

Any insight on Solomon’s decision? My gut says that it’s becasue the D is losing elite talent to NFL and will be mediocre in the next couple of years. Worth it to him too sit out a year? Maybe a surgury/health would keep him out anyway? Hope I’m wrong.


A lot of transfers, mostly on offense that I didn’t understand this year. Haven’t seen a lot of follow up. We were exposed as a very thin roster yesterday...





December 30th, 2018 at 7:01 PM ^

Doom!!! Gloom!!!

or we are going to have a pretty good and experienced team next year. First with a returning QB who made an entire season with out injury. 


December 31st, 2018 at 2:26 AM ^

Metellus had a terrible game against Florida. He's undraftable if anybody looks at that. He has much to work on, and hopefully will be a lot better by next year.

I hope Long stays.


December 31st, 2018 at 7:19 AM ^

Great player, great kid.  Having said that, if Jourdan Lewis is a 3rd rd pick I find it hard to believe that Hill is a potential 2nd rounder this year.  He could be next year though. 


December 31st, 2018 at 12:26 PM ^

What are the reasons if Long were to go pro, that he would leave and Hill stay? Or conversely, the reasons Hill is staying? Just curious as I thought they were pretty comparable players, size and results.