While recruiting was the focus Wednesday, it’s also looking like Michigan football will have both David Long and Lavert Hill for the Peach Bowl.
It has been a fast and furious day of news for Michigan football and its fans, but thanks to some great reporting from Wolverines Wire, it looks like the news isn’t done.
Of course, the big focus for everyone when it comes to Michigan football on early national signing day has been recruiting. Yet, some other big stories have come out Wednesday that will also have an impact on the Wolverines.
The first had to do with Devin Bush, as the linebacker announced he was leaving for the NFL draft and would not play in the Peach Bowl because of injury. However, Michigan football isn’t going to be as shorthanded as some expected it to be, because according to Wolverines Wire, both Lavert Hill and David Long will play against Florida.
The post stresses that neither Long or Hill have made decisions about their NFL futures. Both players have a year left of eligibility and are exploring the NFL draft, so we don’t know about their status for next season, but as in terms of the Peach Bowl, they are playing.
Sources have indicated to @wolverineswire what #Michigan cornerbacks David Long and Lavert Hill’s immediate future, participation in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. https://t.co/uVp3h8mcj1 pic.twitter.com/n3lwyenEBz
— Isaiah Hole (@isaiahhole) December 19, 2018
It will be huge for Michigan football to have both corners against Florida and that looks like it will leave the Wolverines with everyone on the roster except Rashan Gary and Bush, the two sure-fire first-round picks.
When it comes to Long and Hill, playing in the Peach Bowl is a smart move. Neither played well against Ohio State and even at this point, neither is considered a first-round prospect. Each will play in the NFL, there is no question about that, but the ceiling for both players seems like round two or three at best.
Certainly, they could change that perception and facing Florida, a team full of athletes, will give Hill and Long a chance to show they can be fluid in space after the disastrous showing against Ohio State.
A good bowl game performance would help improve draft stock, so it’s hard to rule out anything for Hill or Long. But, since they are playing, they must realize their stock needs some work, which could mean they end up coming back to Michigan next season.
Either way, when Michigan football takes the field Dec. 29 in search of its 11th win, expect both Hill and Long to be in the starting lineup.