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Free Press sports writer Nick Baumgardner breaks down the Michigan football recruits who signed letters of intent on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period (Note: This story will be updated as players sign):
S Daxton Hill
School: Booker T. Washington; Tulsa, Okla.
Vitals: 6-foot 186 pounds.
247 Composite ranking: 5 stars; No. 8, No. 1 safety.
The buzz: Michigan pulled off the rare double flip, getting Hill back after briefly losing him to Alabama. He’s a 4.3 40 athlete, perhaps the fastest player in the entire 2019 class — nationally, not just at Michigan. He should absolutely compete for time right away.
RB Zach Charbonnet
School: Oaks Christian; Westlake Village, Calif.
Vitals: 6-2, 215
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 42, No. 3 RB.
The buzz:A unique combination of size and speed, Charbonnet is one of the top overall running back prospects in this class. His field vision and ability to cut are both elite. He’s fast enough to run away from the pack and big enough to pound the ball. He’s physically ready to contribute now.
DL Chris Hinton
School: Greater Atlanta Christian; Norcross, Ga.
Vitals: 6-4, 280
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 49, No. 5 DT.
The buzz:The son of former NFL All-Pro lineman Chris Hinton Sr., Hinton Jr. is an explosive interior defensive line prospect who has the ability to both rush up the field while maintaining and defending his gap against the run. Once viewed as a possible offensive lineman, he now looks like a defensive tackle. Should compete for time right away.
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DT Mazi Smith
School: East Kentwood
Vitals: 6-3, 290
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 137, No. 9 DT.
The buzz: An elite athlete for a player this size, Smith is explosive off the ball as a projected nose tackle. Like Hinton, he’s not just a space eater. He can collapse the pocket from the middle of the line. Still needs a bit more polish, but is an outstanding physical prospect.
OL Nolan Rumler
School: Archbishop Hoban; Akron, Ohio
Vitals: 6-4, 290
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 146, No. 9 OG.
The buzz: A polished interior offensive line prospectwho played at a top-notch program in Akron. Rumler should fit in well with Michigan’s zone-run scheme both as a guard and possibly even a center, if Michigan wants him there, down the line. Great upper body strength and feet.
OL Trevor Keegan
School: Crystal Lake South; Crystal Lake, Ill.
Vitals: 6-6, 310
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 163, No. 17 OT.
The buzz: Keegan’s massive frame and athleticism as a well-built lineman who can move are the reasons for his lofty ranking. He’s still a bit raw, as he was able to maul some undersized competition without much technique in high school. Could be a guard or a tackle in college.
OT Trente Jones
School: Grayson; Loganville, Ga.
Vitals: 6-6, 282
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 164, No. 18 OT.
The buzz: Jones is a true right tackle prospect with outstanding feet and a great frame. Played in a competitive high school environment and is one of the more college-ready linemen in this class. Still room to grow, but a very promising and agile front-side tackle.
LB Anthony Solomon
School: St. Thomas Aquinas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Vitals: 6-0, 190
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 193, No. 10 OLB.
The buzz: A linebacker who is built and runs like a safety, Michigan projects Solomon as a possible viper outside linebacker. Though if he fills his frame out, it wouldn’t surprise to see him move inside. A terrific athlete in space, Solomon can play downhill and cover the field sideline-to-sideline. A versatile, valuable defender.
CB Jalen Perry
School: Dacula; Dacula, Ga.
Vitals: 6-1, 188
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 194, No. 22 CB.
The buzz: Perry was a two-way star at Dacula who has plenty of chops as a wide receiver on the offensive side of the ball. Though Michigan loves rangy corners who can be physical at the line of scrimmage. Perry is exactly that. The former Georgia pledge is versatile enough athletically to play corner or safety or possibly even offense, if Michigan wants to go there with him.
WR Cornelius Johnson
School: Brunswick School; Greenwich, Conn.
Vitals: 6-3, 195
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 256, No. 39 WR.
The buzz: Another one from the northeast who didn’t get a lot of pub based on competition. Michigan needed a big-bodied receiving target in this class. Johnson runs clean routes, he has huge hands, he catches most everything and he’s fast enough to finish plays. A very nice addition who could be ready sooner than later.
QB Cade McNamara
School: Damonte Ranch; Reno, Nevada
Vitals: 6-1, 206
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 275, No. 11 pro QB.
The buzz: A mobile pocket passer, McNamara put up huge numbers mostly out of a spread system in high school. Great pocket awareness and ability to make a play out of nothing. Takes a lot of chances, but is cut from the Jim Harbaugh cloth of being mobile enough to stay alive and extend a play.
WR Giles Jackson
School: Freedom; Oakley, Calif.
Vitals: 5-8, 175
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 298, No. 43 WR.
The buzz: A dynamic athlete in space with legit breakaway speed, Jackson is one of the more unique prospects in Michigan’s class in that the current roster doesn’t really have a player like him. A quick-twitch inside receiver, Jackson could be a real gem in this class if used properly.
DE David Ojabo
School: Blair Academy; Blairstown, N.J.
Vitals: 6-4, 233
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 311, No. 22 DE.
The buzz: Ojabo has only played two years of American football after moving to the U.S. from Scotland. You can tell he’s new to football. You can also tell why he had a terrific offer sheet. He’s an outstanding athlete who still needs to learn the position. Once he does, he could have a high ceiling.
OL Karsen Barnhart
School: Paw Paw
Vitals: 6-4, 273
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars ;No. 343, No. 19 OG.
The buzz: Like Ryan Hayes last year, Barnhart is an athletic high school tight end who will be a college offensive lineman. Probably an interior player in college. Barnhart played on the line and caught passes for Paw Paw. He played through the whistle on every snap, he was very physical and still has plenty of room to grow.
TE Erick All
School: Fairfield; Fairfield, Ohio
Vitals: 6-4, 225
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars; No. 351, No. 13 TE.
The buzz: He’s a Sean McKeon clone in that he has the ability to block on the line of scrimmage and catch passes underneath. More of an H-back than anything, All was a terrific willing blocker in high school who is athletic enough to be a factor in the pass game. Harbaugh loves guys like this.
DE Mike Morris
School: American Heritage B/D; Delray Beach, Fla.
Vitals: 6-5, 255
247sports Composite ranking: 3 stars; No. 389, No. 29 SDE.
The buzz: Still needs to grow into his body and will have to add a lot more size and strength before he’s ready to be an anchor defensive end at Michigan. But he’s athletic and long enough to be a presence on the edge. Needs some time in the weight room, though.
CB D.J. Turner II
School: IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.
Vitals: 6-0, 165
247sports Composite ranking: 3 stars; No. 409, No. 41 CB.
The buzz: Looked mostly like a safety in high school who showed good closing speed. An underrated athlete, to be sure. Played plenty of off coverage. Will have to fine-tune man-to-man skills. But versatile enough to fill a few roles for Michigan.
LB Charles Thomas
School: St. Thomas More; Oakdale, Conn.
Vitals: 6-0, 222
247sports Composite ranking: 3 stars; No. 437, No. 24 ILB.
The buzz: A downhill thumper and an inside linebacker prospect all the way, Thomas might be the best pure hitter in this class. Can be a bit hesitant at times, but when he knows where he’s going, he delivers very loudly. Should fit in well with what Michigan wants from its inside linebackers.
OL Zach Carpenter
School: Archbishop Moeller; Cincinnati
Vitals: 6-5, 310
247sports Composite ranking: 3 stars; No. 544, No. 32 OG.
The buzz: Looks like a center/guard prospect who could be an outstanding asset for Michigan in the zone blocking game once he gets acclimated to the college game. Like Rumler, he played at a great prep program. He knows what he’s doing. He’s underrated.
OL Jack Stewart
School: New Canaan; New Canaan, Conn.
Vitals: 6-5, 280
247sports Composite ranking: 3 stars; No. 665, No. 53 OT.
The buzz: Bit of a project as a tackle, but his frame and athleticism are the selling points here. A lot like Keegan in terms of being able to handle smaller players in high school without relying on technique. Might need some time to develop. But a promising athlete.
CB Mike Sainristil
School: Everett; Everett, Mass.
Vitals: 5-10, 175
247sports Composite ranking: 3 stars; No. 704, No. 64 CB.
The buzz: He’s an east coast version of Giles Jackson. Was recruited as a cornerback, but he could absolutely be an asset offensively if put in the right situation. A dynamic athlete in space, Sainristil could be a sleeper in this class if Michigan finds a role for him.
DE Gabe Newberg
School: Northmont; Clayton, Ohio
Vitals: 6-5, 230
247sports Composite ranking: 3 stars; No. 745, No. 49 WDE.
The buzz: A weakside end/pass rusher who is a steady, savvy player that possesses a great motor. Makes a lot of plays with second and third effort. Still needs to develop more strength. Will have to rely on motor to make up for lack of explosion.
ATH George Johnson III
School: Martin County; Stuart, Fla.
Vitals: 5-11, 180
247sports Composite ranking: 3 stars; No. 850, No. 58 ATH.
The buzz: This guy can fly. A high school quarterback/receiver who still needs to learn how to play the receiver position, Johnson is an electric athlete who – like Jackson and Sainristil – can bring a level of explosion to this offense that Michigan’s lacked. Needs skill work, but very promising.
WR Quintel Kent
School: St. Edward; Lakewood, Ohio
Vitals: 6-0, 170
247sports Composite ranking: 3 stars; No. 937, No. 120 WR.
The buzz: A possession receiver in high school, Kent was very productive at a very solid prep program. Not quite big enough to be a legit outside threat, will have to make his impact inside. But savvy enough as a route runner to have a chance.
LB/S Joey Velazquez
School: St. Francis De Sales; Columbus, Ohio
Vitals: 6-0, 205
247sports Composite ranking: N/A
The buzz: Velazquez was going to play baseball at Ohio State before Michigan offered him a football scholarship as a possible viper linebacker. He’s a raw football player who has work in front of him. But Michigan was obviously intrigued by his potential as a defender.
S Quinten Johnson
School: St. John’s College; Washington, D.C.
Vitals: 5-11, 190
247sports Composite ranking: 4 stars (No. 371, No. 29 safety)
The buzz: Translates to a safety prospect who can cover in space, which is exactly what Michigan wants. If he bulks up, he could turn into a viper linebacker, but safety seems like the best fit. Plays downhill very well as a willing tackler. Will reportedly announce his signing in February.
ATH Amauri Pesek-Hickson
School: Blue Valley North; Leawood, Kan.
Vitals: 6-3, 210
247sports Composite ranking: 3 stars (No. 785, No. 48 ATH)
The buzz: Didn’t play football as a sophomore or junior, but was a do-it-all athlete in Kansas as a senior. Very Khaleke Hudson-like in high school in that he could be used as a safety, a viper linebacker or even a receiver/running back in college. Also still pretty raw. Reportedly will sign in February.
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