Monday, June 27, 2022

2023 Recruiting Update: June 27, 2022

 

New Orleans (LA) Isidore Newman QB Arch Manning (image via USA Today)

Normally this type of post is a rundown of new offers and commitments, but this is going to be mostly the latter. It's commitment season, and boy oh boy, kids are committing left and right. Michigan landed a tight end in Deakon Tonielli (LINK), but there are a ton of guys who went off the board recently.

OFF THE BOARD

Houston (TX) Strake Jesuit tight end Chico Holt committed to Northwestern. The 3-star, the #32 tight end, and #620 player overall had been crystal balled to Michigan by some, but right around the time the Deakon Tonielli buzz started to grow, things seemed to turn in Northwestern's favor.

New Orleans (LA) Isidore Newman quarterback Arch Manning committed to Texas. He's considered to be the #1 recruit in the country in the 247 Composite. Michigan was not really in the picture here - though they did offer - but it may affect the Wolverines tangentially as they battle Texas for some other players. For example, would 4-star receiver Johntay Cook II rather play with Arch Manning or with whoever Michigan gets as a quarterback in 2023?

  • 3-star Columbus (OH) St. Charles offensive tackle Ryan Carretta committed to Pitt
  • 3-star Lynden (WA) Lynden Christian tight end Kade Eldridge committed to USC
  • 4-star Tuscaloosa (AL) Northridge offensive tackle Wilkin Formby committed to Alabama
  • 4-star Washington (DC) St. John's cornerback Collin Gill committed to Oregon
  • 4-star Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy offensive guard Knijeah Harris committed to Florida
  • 4-star Atlanta (GA) Woodward Academy defensive end A.J. Hoffler committed to Clemson
  • 4-star Wylie (TX) East defensive tackle Anthony James II, a former Texas A&M commit, committed to Washington
  • 4-star Orange Park (FL) Orange Park offensive tackle Roderick Kearney committed to Florida State
  • 4-star Indianapolis (IN) Roncalli offensive tackle Trevor Lauck committed to Iowa
  • 4-star Kehuku (HI) Kehuku linebacker Liona Lefau committed to Texas
  • Woodberry Forest (VA) Woodberry Forest defensive tackle Rodney Lora committed to Virginia
  • 5-star Alabaster (AL) Thompson cornerback Tony Mitchell committed to Alabama
  • 4-star Selma (AL) Selma safety DaKaari Nelson committed to Penn State
  • 5-star El Campo (TX) El Campo running back Rueben Owens II committed to Louisville
  • 4-star Miami (FL) Christian cornerback Antonio Robinson committed to Wake Forest
  • 4-star Rolesville (NC) Rolesville wide receiver Noah Rogers committed to Ohio State
  • 5-star Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy wide receiver Carnell Tate committed to Ohio State

2022 Season Countdown: #81 Jimmy Rolder

 

Jimmy Rolder

Name: Jimmy Rolder
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
220 lbs.
High school:
Orland Park (IL) Marist
Position:
Linebacker
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Rolder was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 115 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles.
TTB Rating:
81

Rolder was a bit of a late bloomer. Originally planning to play baseball in college, his recruitment didn't really take off until he realized that hitting running backs is a whole lot easier to do than hitting baseballs. His first Power 5 offer didn't come until October of his senior season. He climbed in the rankings and eventually ended up as a 4-star, the #21 linebacker, and #222 overall in the 247 Composite, and Michigan bested Florida, Iowa, LSU, Ohio State, and Wisconsin for his services.

Rolder did not enroll at Michigan early and is just getting to campus this summer, so the chances of him playing much this fall are slim. Much like Deuce Spurlock (whom I profiled yesterday), if Rolder gets on the field, that means things have probably gone wrong with injuries and performance ahead of him. He also probably needs a year or two in the weight room. He could get some late game snaps to prepare him for 2023, when Michigan may need someone to take up snaps potentially vacated by Mike Barrett.

Prediction: Redshirt

Sunday, June 26, 2022

2022 Season Countdown: #82 Deuce Spurlock

 

Deuce Spurlock (image via Madison Record)

Name: Deuce Spurlock
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
220 lbs.
High school:
Madison (AL) Madison Academy
Position:
Linebacker
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Spurlock was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 186 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 2 pass breakups.
TTB Rating:
78

Spurlock is a good sized linebacker prospect who can run and somehow ended up ranked as the #994 overall prospect in the class and the #91 linebacker. I can't claim to have watched every linebacker ranked ahead of him, but I find it hard to believe that there are 90 linebackers in the country who are better. Then again, Auburn and South Carolina were Spurlock's two other best offers, so maybe I'm wrong.

Despite my evaluation that he's a pretty solid player, I rarely like placing freshman linebackers very high in the countdown. Linebacker is a difficult position to play from a mental standpoint, and naturally, making the transition from high school to college is a big task. However, the need at the position is pretty strong considering the lack of depth and experience. Nikhai Hill-Green and Junior Colson are pretty entrenched as two of the top three guys - with perhaps some Mike Barrett mixed in there - but after that, it's a roll of the dice to figure out which guy's next. I could see Spurlock redshirting, and I could also see him being a guy who runs downfield on kickoff and punt coverage in every single game.

Prediction: Backup linebacker

Saturday, June 25, 2022

2022 Season Countdown: #83 C.J. Stokes

 

C.J. Stokes (image via SI)

Name: C.J. Stokes
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
190 lbs.
High school:
Columbia (SC) Hammond
Position:
Running back
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Stokes was a senior in high school (LINK).
TTB Rating:
59 71

Michigan beat out Louisville, Minnesota, Missouri, Penn State, and South Carolina for South Carolina native C.J. Stokes. Stokes ended up ranked as a 3-star, the #63 running back, and #798 overall. Playing in a small school league, he dusted the competition on his way to 1,000+ yards in each of his final three seasons and a 13-0 record as a senior.

I have no real reason to distrust Michigan's running back evaluations. Jim Harbaugh has a track record of production there, even with guys whose talent I didn't love, such as Karan Higdon and De'Veon Smith. I think Stokes can be a solid college running back. He's built low to the ground, has some decent agility, and seems to have a good, hard-nosed attitude. Sometimes he seems a little slow to find holes and accelerate through them, and his top-end speed is a little questionable. But Hassan Haskins had some of the same issues, and he turned out just fine. Even so, Michigan has a great 1-2 punch at running back with Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards, and the big back role seems to be a battle between Tavierre Dunlap and Kalel Mullings. Add in walk-on Leon Franklin, who got a decent number of carries last year, and Stokes is going to be fighting for scraps or redshirting.

Prediction: Redshirt

Thursday, June 23, 2022

2022 Season Countdown: #84 Kody Jones

 

Kody Jones (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Kody Jones
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
175 lbs.
High school:
Memphis (TN) Germantown
Position:
Cornerback
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
#12
Last year:
Jones was a senior in high school (LINK).
TTB Rating:
80

There were some tense moments as Michigan tried to hold onto the 4-star, #13 athlete, and #311 overall player in the country, according to the 247 Composite. Despite a steady push from the home state Tennessee Volunteers, Jones chose the Wolverines and eventually decided to stick with the Wolverines. Despite being recruited as a defensive player, Jones played a lot of offense in 2021 as he stepped in to be a dynamic running back.

Jones could play a few positions in college. Originally thought to be a safety, Michigan employed him as a cornerback during the spring after he enrolled early. Jones held up fairly well, and unlike fellow freshman corner Myles Pollard, he did not look overmatched as an athlete. Jones will need to get bigger and work on his technique, but he looks like a young Blake Countess to me. Jones may need to wait a bit to get on the field, and he's probably not ready as a true freshman. I could see him getting his feet wet this season and maybe playing in just a few games to maintain his redshirt.

Prediction: Redshirt

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

2022 Season Countdown: #85 Dominick Giudice

 

Dominick Giudice

Name: Dominick Giudice
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
275 lbs.
High school:
Freehold (NJ) Mater Dei
Position:
Defensive tackle
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#56
Last year:
I ranked Giudice #122 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He played in two games.
TTB Rating:
58

Giudice has already exceeded my expectations in a way. Last year I did not expect him to see the field, and he did. Of course, the way Michigan was playing, a ton of players saw the field in blowouts. But still, Giudice could have remained on the bench all year long, and he played against Northern Illinois and Northwestern.

Coming into his second year on campus, it seems once again that Giudice will be languishing on the sideline most of the time. Along with a couple solid returning players, some of Giudice's classmates - Rayshaun Benny and George Rooks - have earned practice buzz from the spring. Add in a monster freshman nose tackle in Kenneth Grant and an early enrollee with some buzz in Mason Graham, and it's an uphill climb for Giudice to earn playing time. I do not expect him to factor much into the rotation in 2022.

Prediction: Backup defensive tackle

Visitors: June 24-26, 2022

 

Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep WR Jalen Brown (image via Miami Herald)

CLASS OF 2023 OFFICIAL VISITORS

Jaiden Ausberry - LB - Baton Rouge (LA) University Laboratory: Ausberry is a 6'2", 210 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Texas, among others. He has taken officials to Auburn, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M. Ausberry ranks as a 4-star, the #4 outside linebacker, and #80 overall. The FutureCast has him headed to LSU, but his older brother Austin signed with Auburn in the class of 2022.

Jalen Brown - WR - Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep: Brown is a 6'2", 178-pounder with offers from Georgia, LSU, Miami, and Michigan, among others. He's a 4-star, the #6 wide receiver, and #44 overall. Brown has a connection to former Michigan great Desmond Howard, but he also has connections elsewhere. LSU and Miami are also considered to be strong contenders for his services.

Malachi Coleman - DE - Lincoln (NE) East: Coleman is a 6'5", 196 lb. athlete with offers from Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Oregon, among others. He's a 4-star, the #2 athlete, and #96 overall. Coleman took an official visit to Nebraska earlier this month and the FutureCast has him as a future Cornhusker.

Hit the jump for more.