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7:30 a.m. Michigan will likely start processing letters shortly. But some have already been sent. 

Zach Carpenter, a 3-star offensive lineman from Cincinnati, has signed already this morning. Carpenter is an inside offensive lineman, guard or center, who is probably better than his overall rating. He played at a great program (Moeller) and is more polished than most. 

Also, per 247sports, 3-star linebacker/safety Joey Velazquez (from Columbus, Ohio) has already sent his letter. Velazquez is a project, as he came to Michigan after having a baseball scholarship at Ohio State. 

7:05 a.m. Paw Paw offensive lineman Karsen Barnhart has been a dirt bike racing enthusiast since the age of three. 

Later today he’ll officially become a Michigan football player. Here’s a look at Barnhart’s path from the great Mick McCabe. 

Barnhart was a versatile offensive weapon for Paw Paw. An offensive lineman and a tight end. He’ll be a new wave offensive line prospect at Michigan. He also plays through the whistle harder than any player in this class. 

6:47 a.m. Signing day has arrived. 

Michigan will begin taking letters from its 2019 class shortly and continue that process throughout the morning and perhaps early afternoon. The school have no plans to make Jim Harbaugh available for a signing day presser, which is absolutely a first. 

But Harbaugh is expected to speak at an episode of his radio show later tonight. 

Either way, “enjoy the struggle.” 


Previewing the day

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh said this week there would be “fireworks” on signing day

We’ll find out. 

The Wolverines will enter the second ever early signing period, beginning Wednesday, with 25 public commitments and the hope of possibly adding more. The Wolverines expect to receive signatures from most of their current class Wednesday.  

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Michigan football recruiting: Analyzing standouts from the 2019 class

Michigan entered the week hoping to land the services of 5-star defensive end Zach Harrison (Lewis Center, Ohio), though most recruiting analysts have him leaning toward staying home at Ohio State. 

Harrison is expected to take part in a live stream announcement at his high school at around 12:30 p.m., though he may announce his decision via Twitter in the morning. 

The Wolverines are also still hoping to get a signature from 5-star safety Daxton Hill (Tulsa, Okla.). He committed to Michigan in September before decommitting and flipping to Alabama less than two weeks ago. Michigan has not stopped recruiting Hill, and believes it still has hope. Hill has been quiet and has not said whether he’ll sign this week or in February. 

Michigan is also in the mix for 4-star receiver Cornelius Johnson, a 6-foot-3 wideout from Greenwich, Conn. Johnson is expected to make his college choice Wednesday. Michigan appears to be in a good spot. 

Michigan enters the day with the No. 9 class in America, according to the 247Sports Composite. We’ll find out where it winds up at day’s end. Ohio State is No. 10.

We’ll be providing updates throughout the day. 

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