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the final three contests of the season due to Brad Hawkins' injury. • Recorded 36 stops, three tack- les for loss, two fumble recov- eries, four passes broken up and one interception in 2019. • Recorded 93 tackles, nine stops for loss, two interceptions and nine passes broken up in his senior season at Booker T. Washington. • Landed on the USA Today All-America first team and MaxPreps All-America second team in 2018. • Named the 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year in Oklahoma. • Tabbed as a semifinalist for the 2018 Maxwell Football Club Defensive Player of the Year. • Competed in the All-American Bowl in San An- tonio. • Regarded by Rivals as a five-star talent, and the No. 1 safety and No. 24 overall player nationally. Year GP/GS Tkls. TFL PBU INT 2019 13/3 36 3.0 4 1 GEORGE JOHNSON • CB R-Fr. • Stuart, Fla. Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 193 • Transitioned from wide re- ceiver to cornerback this off- season. • Did not see any game action in 2019. • Played a bevy of positions in his career at Martin County, including wide receiver, running back and quarterback. • Named to the Class7A All-State second team as a wide receiver in 2016 by the Associated Press. • Rated as a three-star recruit in the athlete cat- egory by Rivals. QUINTEN JOHNSON • S R-Fr. • Washington, D.C. Ht.: 5-10 • Wt.: 198 • Did not see game action during his freshman season. • Recorded 106 stops, 16 stops for loss, seven interceptions, 16 passes broken up, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery over his final two seasons at St. John's College High School. • Competed in the 2018 Under Armour All Ameri- can game, recording a tackle and one pass bro- ken up. • Ranked as a four-star prospect, and the No. 16 safety and No. 182 overall talent in the country by Rivals. JALEN PERRY • CB R-Fr. • Dacula, Ga. Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 190 • Did not participate in any con- tests his freshman campaign, after enrolling early. • Tallied 78 tackles, six intercep- tions and 27 passes broken up over his junior and senior seasons at Dacula High. • Named first-team All-State by USA Today and second-team All-State by The Atlanta Journal Constitution as a senior. • Awarded the Region 8-AAAAAA Player of the Year in 2017 and Athlete of the Year in 2018 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. • Regarded by Rivals as a four-star talent, and the No. 17 cornerback and No. 190 overall prospect in the land. HUNTER REYNOLDS • DB R-Jr. • South Orange, N.J. Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 198 • Appeared in 12 games on spe- cial teams and played on de- fense in two during the 2019 season, and posted five tackles (one for loss). • Made two appearances in 2018. • Awarded the Scout Team Player of the Year on defense along with teammate Adam Shibley in 2018. • Walked on to Michigan, but was placed on schol- arship following the conclusion of the 2018 sea- son. AMBRY THOMAS • CB Sr. • Detroit Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 182 • Started all 13 games at corner- back in 2019, and finished with 38 stops, three tackles for loss, seven passes broken up, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. • Tabbed third-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and honorable mention by the media, and was named Michigan's Defensive Skill Player of the Year. • Played on offense, defense and special teams for the Wolverines in 2018, highlighted by returning 19 kickoffs for 412 yards (21.7 yards per attempt) and a touchdown (99 yards in the season opener against Notre Dame). • Tallied nine tackles and an interception, while adding three touches for 16 yards on offense. • Played in every game in 2017. • Ranked as a four-star prospect, and the No. 15 cornerback and No. 146 overall prospect in the country by Rivals. Year GP/GS Tkls. TFL PBU INT 2019 13/13 38 3.0 7 3 2018 13/0 9 0.0 2 1 2017 13/0 7 0.5 0 0 Totals 39/13 54 3.5 9 4 DJ TURNER II • CB R-Fr. • Suwanee, Ga. Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 180 • Totaled 78 stops, nine passes broken up and two intercep- tions in his junior season at North Gwinnett High School before transferring to powerhouse IMG Academy in Florida for his final prep campaign. • Landed on all-county, all-region and all-state lists in 2017. • Ranked by Rivals as a three-star talent and the No. 47 cornerback in the nation. NEWCOMERS EAMONN DENNIS • CB Fr. • Worcester, Mass. Ht.: 5-10 • Wt.: 173 • Named the Central Massachusetts Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2019. • Included on the MHSFCA Super 26 All-State team for Massachusetts as a senior. • Ranked by Rivals as a three-star prospect and the No. 5 player in Massachusetts. DARION GREEN-WARREN • CB Fr. • Torrance, Calif. Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 183 • Selected first-team All-State by USA Today as a junior. • Played in the 2020 All-American Bowl. • Regarded as a four-star recruit, the No. 17 prospect in California, and the No. 12 cornerback and No. 123 overall player in the nation by Rivals. JORDAN MORANT • S Fr. • Parsippany, N.J. Ht.: 5-11 • Wt.: 212 • Was named second-team All-State by as a junior and sophomore. • Participated in the All-American Bowl and Polyne- sian Bowl festivities, but did not play in those games due to an injury. • Tabbed as a four-star talent, the No. 7 player in New Jersey and the No. 23 safety nationally by Rivals. R.J. MOTEN • DB Fr. • Delran, N.J. Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 200 • Played in the All-American Bowl and was the East squad's second-leading tackler with four stops. • Finished his prep career with 3,500 all-purpose yards, 41 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. • Rivals rated him as a three-star recruit, the No. 15 player in New Jersey and the No. 28 safety in the land. MAKARI PAIGE • S Fr. • West Bloomfield, Mich. Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 192 • Enrolled early at U-M in January 2020. • 2019 Dream Team member of the All-State teams compiled by The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press and MLive. • Tabbed as an Associated Press Division 1-2 first- team All-State selection as a senior. • Listed as a four-star talent, the No. 8 player in Michigan and the No. 18 safety in the country. ANDRE SELDON • CB Fr. • Belleville, Mich. Ht.: 5-8 • Wt.: 154 • Enrolled early at U-M in January 2020. • Included on the 2019 All-State Dream Teams com- piled by The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press. • Also made MLive's Detroit Metro Dream Team in 2018 and 2019, and was named Associated Press first-team All-State for Division 1-2 both years. • Rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 2 player in Mich- igan and the No. 15 cornerback nationally by Rivals. THE WOLVERINE 2020 FOOTBALL PREVIEW ■ 117 DEFENSIVE BACKS

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