Wednesday, April 10, 2024

2024 Season Countdown: #127 Manuel Beigel

 

Wallingford (CT) Choate Rosemary Hall DT Manuel Beigel

Name: Manuel Beigel
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
280 lbs.
High school:
Wallingford (CT) Choate Rosemary Hall
Position:
Defensive tackle
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Beigel was a senior in high school. He made 10 tackles and 4 sacks.
TTB Rating:
79

Beigel is a transplant from Germany who is a blank slate. Jim Harbaugh tried to go heavy on international prospects over the past several years, recruiting Beigel, fellow German Julius Welschof, Frenchman Aymeric Koumba, Canadian Luiji Vilain, Canadian Benjamin St-Juste, and several other foreign players who did not end up signing with the Wolverines.

I'm not sure what to think of Beigel so far because his film is so limited, but athletically, he looks to be top-notch when it comes to movement for his size. A soccer player when he was younger, he maintains foot quickness and change-of-direction skills rarely seen in players his size. The real questions are about his technique and strength, both of which seem to have a way to go. Already at 6'5" and 280 pounds, he is likely to end up as a 3-tech defensive tackle, but he looks like a guy who might get pushed around and washed out of the play in the Big Ten. My guess is that he redshirts this season while learning some nuances of big-time college football.

Prediction: Redshirt

Monday, April 8, 2024

2024 Season Countdown: #128 Zach Ludwig

 

Zach Ludwig (image via MGoBlue)

Name: Zach Ludwig
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
202 lbs.
High school:
South Park (PA) South Park
Position:
Linebacker
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Ludwig was a senior in high school.
TTB Rating:
55

Ludwig is one of the most interesting commitments during my time covering Michigan football. The nephew of (former) strength coach Ben Herbert, Ludwig got an offer from the Wolverines and committed, without seeming to have any other schools pursuing him. When scouring his film, it was hard to see where he might fit in - quarterback, tight end, linebacker, long snapper? Nobody really seems to know. Even the status of his "scholarship offer" seems to have been in question.

Now that Herbert is the strength coach for the Los Angeles Chargers, one has to wonder if Ludwig will stick around in Ann Arbor. Regardless, at a listed 6'3" and 202 pounds, Ludwig is unlikely to play as a freshman. Perhaps when he adds some strength down the road, he can be considered a threat to play some special teams.

Prediction: Redshirt

Sunday, April 7, 2024

2024 Season Countdown: #129 Liam Groulx

 

Liam Groulx (image via Twitter)

Name: Liam Groulx
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
227 lbs.
High school:
Charlotte (NC) Providence Day
Position:
Linebacker
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#53
Last year:
I did not rank Groulx. He redshirted.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Groulx attended the same high school as freshman quarterback Jadyn Davis and freshman wide receiver Channing Goodwin. He played some outside linebacker in high school, but he lacks the quickness to play in space and currently lacks adequate size to play his current position of inside linebacker. If he wants to see the field in the future, he will likely have to continue bulking up for another year or two. On top of that, Michigan currently has ten scholarship inside linebackers on the roster, and that doesn't include special teams demon Christian Boivin, who has been earning a little bit of praise so far this spring. This will likely be another "redshirt" year for Groulx.

Prediction: Backup linebacker

Thursday, April 4, 2024

2024 Season Countdown: #130 Grayson Dee

 

Grayson Dee (image via Twitter)

Name: Grayson Dee
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
228 lbs.
High school:
Pittsburgh (PA) Mt. Lebanon
Position:
Linebacker
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#38
Last year:
I did not rank Dee. He redshirted.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Dee was a high school defensive end and tight end who has the body of an old-school Michigan fullback. I get Kevin Dudley vibes when watching his high school Hudl film, and he's now listed at 6'1", 228 lbs. (Dudley was 6'0", 238).

There are too many talented inside linebackers on the roster for Dee to get much playing time consideration, but perhaps some special teams time or - if the coaches want to know what's good for them - a move to fullback could pay off down the line.

Prediction: Backup linebacker

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

The 2023 Season Countdown is Coming!

 

Every year since 2009, I have counted down from the least important player on that year’s roster to the most important player, including starters, scholarship players, preferred walk-ons, special teams players, student body walk-ons, and everyone in between.

In case you want a look back at last year’s list, here it is (LINK). Michigan was very lucky to keep its top players healthy, including #1 overall J.J. McCarthy, who is poised to be a top-10 draft pick here in a few weeks.

YEARLY DISCLAIMER: The countdown is by the player’s importance to the team, not his overall talent. A talented player at a deep position won’t necessarily be missed a lot if he gets injured, but an injury to a moderately talented player at a thin position could be devastating. For example, I had cornerback Ambry Thomas ranked at #2 in 2020 because he was the team's only proven cornerback. Naturally, he opted out of the season and the team as a whole was an unmitigated disaster. Meanwhile, first round pick Kwity Paye was #6 because more talent was returning on the defensive line.

Another thing to note is the transfer portal, which causes players to jump in and out with more frequency than in the past. So despite my having a list already put together, there are going to be guys who enter and leave the program in the interceding months between now and August.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Visitors: March 29-31, 2024

 

Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei RB Jordon Davison (image via John Bowers)

2025

Spencer Beckeman - OT - Rochester (MI) Stoney Creek: Beckeman is a 6'6", 280 lb. prospect with offers from a handful of MAC and Ivy League teams.

Michael Carroll - OT - Doylestown (PA) Central Bucks East: Carroll is a 6'5", 290-pounder with offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State, Texas, and USC, among others. He's a 4-star, the #15 offensive tackle, and #243 overall.

Jordon Davison - RB - Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei: Davison is a 5'11", 203 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, USC, and lots of others. He's a 4-star, the #7 running back, and #83 overall. New running backs coach Tony Alford was recruiting him to Ohio State and now is trying to pull him in for the Wolverines.

Hit the jump for more.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Karmello English, Ex-Wolverine

 

Karmello English

Rising sophomore wide receiver Karmello English is no longer a part of Michigan's football program and is headed to the transfer portal. English played in six games last season. He caught 1 pass for a 4-yard touchdown and returned 1 punt for 8 yards.

English was a 4-star, the #26 wide receiver, and #189 overall in the class of 2023. I gave him a TTB Rating of 82 (LINK).

English was the highest rated of Michigan's three wide receivers in 2023 (four if you include QB-turned-WR Kendrick Bell), but he was very clearly the lowest on the depth chart (except for Bell). Fellow freshman Semaj Morgan became a key component of the offense down the stretch, and classmate Frederick Moore played quite a bit as well. Meanwhile, English played in just six games, none of them after October. Perhaps the depth chart was an issue, and perhaps English just wants to play closer to home.

Michigan lost two receivers to the NFL this off-season (Roman Wilson and Cornelius Johnson) and isn't bringing in any game-ready prospects in 2024, so I assume the Wolverines will be in the market for a receiver or two via the transfer portal. Channing Goodwin and I'Marion Stewart are both solid prospects, but neither one is expected to be an immediate star. While Tyler Morris and Morgan have both shown promise, the receiving corps is made up of mostly small wideouts who are short and intermediate targets, but the downfield speed and size are somewhat lacking with this roster.

English is the second member of the 2023 class to depart, following cornerback Cam Calhoun, who transferred to Utah.