Happy Friday, and welcome to the final recruiting roundup of the week.
It’s been a wild few days with how much ‘crootin news there has been. But I love recruiting, so I’m not complaining.
With most of the 2019 class signed, I figured I would start to look ahead a bit to the 2020 class. There are a lot of prospects to keep an eye on in next year’s class, but here are five of those players you should remember moving forward.
5-star offensive lineman Justin Rogers
The top-ranked player in the state of Michigan in 2020, and the top-ranked guard in the country, Rogers should be at the top of Ed Warinner’s board.
At 6-foot-2.5 and 311 pounds, Rogers is an absolute mauler in the run game, as evidenced in his most recent highlight video.
The Wolverines missed out on the two 5-star offensive linemen in the 2019 class, so it will be vital for them to get in on the race before it’s too late.
4-star wide receiver Rashawn Williams
The other in-state player on this list, Williams is one of the top receivers on Michigan’s board, and for good reason.
Williams is 6-foot-1 and is a superb athlete. He does a nice job of adjusting his body to make tough catches, reminiscent of Kekoa Crawford coming out of high school. He has good speed — and is a return specialist in high school, too.
Ohio State is the big threat to Michigan for landing the talented receiver from Detroit, but 88 percent of the crystal balls so far are in Michigan’s favor. Still, this will be an interesting recruitment to watch as we shift gears to the 2020 class.
5-star offensive lineman Myles Hinton
The second 5-star offensive lineman Michigan is going after in the 2020 class, Hinton is another future stud.
Hinton is the younger brother of incoming freshman Chris Hinton, and most recruiting experts have him favoring the Wolverines at the moment. Stanford is another school Hinton has been looking at, but Michigan is in the lead, as of now.
At 6-foot-6 and 308 pounds, Hinton is another big boy on the offensive line. Check out some of his top junior season highlights below.
4-star linebacker Kalel Mullings
Mullings hails from Boston, Massachusetts — AKA: Don Brown territory.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker isn’t the fastest linebacker you’ll ever see, but he is a good hitter and quick to diagnose a play. He also plays running back at Milton Academy, so some of the tape below has him on offense, but he is being recruited as a linebacker.
The Wolverines were the first to offer Mullings, all the way back in Jan. 2017. Since then, he has seen offers come in from Clemson, Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and others.
He has unofficially visited Ann Arbor five times already, so needless to say, Michigan is the team to beat here.
4-star all-purpose back Michael Drennen II
Another recruiting battle is heating up between Michigan and Ohio State, and it is for one of the best all-purpose backs in the 2020 class.
Drennen II is a Dublin, Ohio native and is listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds. He is very much like a typical Ohio State all-purpose back — fast and shifty.
He’s also a pretty good route runner. Just take a look at the first play in the highlight video below for proof there.
You would expect to have an all-purpose back in Ohio stay in-state and head to Ohio State, but Michigan will have its shot at Drennen, too. He unofficially visited Ann Arbor back in September, but he also visited Ohio State just a week ago.
We will have to wait and see on all these kid’s recruitments (obviously) so sit back and enjoy the never-ending ride that is college football recruiting.
That’s all for this week! Tune in on Monday for more Michigan recruiting action.