The Wolverine

November 2018

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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68 THE WOLVERINE NOVEMBER 2018   FOOTBALL RECRUITING Stadium holds just 57,236 people — only a bit more than half of the more than 111,000 that were inside Michi- gan Stadium for the Wisconsin game. Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton 2020 four- star outside linebacker Jaheim Thomas At 6-5, 218 pounds, Thomas looks like a college player already as a high school junior. The No. 11 out- side linebacker and No. 151 overall prospect nationally loved his time in Ann Arbor and really took notice of Don Brown's unit. "What surprised me the most was the defense," he said. "The defense was great, and how they ran their outside linebackers was cool to see. I watched No. 6 [Josh Uche]. Coach [Al] Washington told me to watch him and how he plays because I play like him. "My favorite part was probably just the game in general. After the game I got to talk to the coaches and players and build relationships." Thomas called The Big House a "great atmosphere" and plans to be back for Michigan's game against Penn State, which should be another marquee matchup during the first week of November. Mosley (Va.) Cosby 2020 four-star outside linebacker Ethan West Even though he's from out of re- gion in the state of Virginia, West has been extremely high on Michigan, and it only went up a notch after he visited for the Wisconsin game. "It was awesome," he said. "I didn't tour since I had seen every- thing before. I just hung out with the coaches. The love they showed definitely stood out along with the game-day atmosphere." At 6-3, 217 pounds, West is consid- ered the No. 17 outside linebacker and No. 241 overall prospect nationally, and the junior has 17 offers. Michigan is in a great spot with him, and the visit for the Wisconsin game is a big reason why. West would love to come back for another game, but will be in weekly contact with the U-M staff regardless. ESPN's GameDay crew of Rece Da- vis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and of course Desmond Howard; the 7:30 kickoff; the cool, crisp fall weather; the salute to more than 25 former Wolverine offensive linemen who played in the NFL; and Michigan's 25-point shellacking of the Badgers all came together for the perfect cock- tail of recruiting success. Michigan director of recruiting Matt Dudek summed up the situa- tion up perfectly when asked how he was feeling after the game. "Incredible," he said. ❏ On The Web For regular reports on Michigan football recruiting plus videos of U-M commitments and targets visit Wisconsin game visitors included Cincinnati Princeton junior Jaheim Thomas, the No. 11 outside linebacker and No. 151 overall pros- pect nationally in his class. PHOTO BY JOSH HELMHOLDT/COURTESY RIVALS.COM Complete Visitor List For Wisconsin Game Name Pos. Year Hometown Status Erick All TE 2019 Fairfield, Ohio Commit Karsen Barnhart OL 2019 Paw Paw, Mich. Commit John Branham Jr. RB 2019 Columbus, Ohio Unoffered Clayton Burton WR 2019 Lake Forest, Ill. Unoffered Zach Harrison DE 2019 Lewis Center, Ohio Offered Ren Hefley QB 2019 Bryant, Ark. Unoffered Giles Jackson RB 2019 Oakley, Calif. Commit Trente Jones OL 2019 Loganville, Ga. Commit Trevor Keegan* OL 2019 Crystal Lake, Ill. Offered Andy Maddox QB 2019 Prairie Village, Kan. Unoffered Kobe Myers ATH 2019 Waterford, Mich. Unoffered Gabe Newburg DE 2019 Clayton, Ohio Commit Jalen Perry CB 2019 Dacula, Ga. Offered Mazi Smith DT 2019 Kentwood, Mich. Commit Jack Stewart* OL 2019 New Canaan, Conn. Commit Charles Thomas* LB 2019 Oakdale, Conn. Commit Joey Velazquez S 2019 Columbus, Ohio Commit Beau Allen QB 2020 Lexington, Ky. Offered David Baker WR 2020 Indianapolis Offered Kalil Branham WR 2020 Columbus, Ohio Commit Jay Butterfield QB 2020 Brentwood, Calif. Offered Deontae Craig DE 2020 Fort Wayne, Ind. Unoffered Brandon Fields RB 2020 Orlando, Fla. Offered Darrion Henry DE 2020 Cincinnati Offered Karamab Kaba WR 2020 Ann Arbor Unoffered Riley Keller QB 2020 Toledo, Ohio Unoffered Braiden McGregor LB 2020 Port Huron, Mich. Offered Nick Patterson TE 2020 San Antonio Commit Kevin Suttles Jr. WR 2020 Cincinnati Unoffered Brandon Taylor DE 2020 Lima, Ohio Unoffered Jaheim Thomas LB 2020 Cincinnati Offered Grant Toutant OL 2020 Warren, Mich. Unoffered Devell Washington WR 2020 Bay City, Mich. Offered Ethan West LB 2020 Mosley, Va. Offered Cornell Wheeler LB 2020 West Bloomfield, Mich. Commit Charles Brantley CB 2021 Tampa, Fla. Unoffered Jamari Buddin ATH 2021 Belleville, Mich. Unoffered Garrett Dellinger OL 2021 Clarkston, Mich. Offered Yanni Karlaftis LB 2021 West Lafayette, Ind. Offered Dante Moore QB 2023 Detroit Offered * Indicates an official visit

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