The Wolverine

October 2022

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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52 THE WOLVERINE OCTOBER 2022 BY EJ HOLLAND T he Wolverine sent me traveling around the country this summer to see Michigan football recruits perform live at several different camps and off- season events. Here are the five best I saw live based on their performances. 5. QB JADYN DAVIS, 6-0, 190 Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day (2024) It's clear Davis is the top overall target for the Wolverines at the quar- terback position regard- less of class. And it's not hard to see why. Davis immediately wowed me at the Overtime 7v7 event in Las Ve- gas this summer as he threw several beautiful deep balls for scores. Davis has arm talent similar to that of current Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy. He can sling it all over the field and make throws his peers simply can't. Davis can still improve his accuracy and touch, but his upside is through the roof. He is also an intelligent player and a respected leader — also similar to McCarthy. He should be in the discussion as the No. 1 quarterback for next cycle. Davis cur- rently is rated as a four-star, the No. 17 prospect and No. 3 quarterback nation- ally in the On3 Consensus. 4. OL AMIR HERRING, 6-3, 290 West Bloomfield (Mich.) High On3 has Herring ranked as a three-star prospect due to a lack of NFL po- tential. But much like I did with Mason Graham last cycle, I will continue to say I don't care about the NFL when evaluating high school recruits. I care about what they can do at the collegiate level — specifically at Michigan. Herring is one of the safest offensive line takes nationally this cy- cle. At a position that can be extremely difficult to evaluate, Herring checks a lot of boxes as an interior prospect. He plays with brute strength and elite technique, and he has improved his footwork this offseason. The Michi- gan commit was named one of the top offensive linemen at Under Armour's Future 50 event, where he won several 1-on-1 reps against some of the high- est-ranked defensive linemen nation- ally. Herring is rated as a four-star in the On3 Consensus, which equally weights ratings from the four major recruiting media services. 3. CB JAVIEN TOVIANO, 6-0, 185 Arlington (Texas) Martin Toviano is the most im- pressive 2023 defensive back I've seen all offsea- son outside of five-star prospect Cormani Mc- Clain. The No. 64 overall recruit according to On3 (and No. 36 in the On3 Consensus) has a terrific build at 6-foot, 185 pounds and knows how to use his length to his advantage. Toviano also likes to get physical on the outside and plays with outstanding technique. On3 lists To- viano as a safety, but he best projects as a corner at the next level. He flashed in 1-on-1's at Under Armour's Future 50 event, but he impressed me the most in the 7v7 portion, where he trailed Notre Dame commit Braylon James and held him without a catch. Toviano is one of Michigan's most important remaining targets in the 2023 recruiting class. 2. ATH BOO CARTER, 6-0, 180 Chattanooga (Tenn.) Christian T h e re 's Bo o C a r te r. That's all I heard all off- season long. Whether it was at Michigan's sat- ellite camp in Big Rap- ids or the Overtime 7v7 event in Las Vegas or the Pylon 7v7 National Championship in Chicago, Carter was all over the field making plays. The Consensus four-star prospect took reps at wide receiver, cor- nerback, safety and nickel, and he was dominant at each position. I love his compact build, playmaking ability, in- stincts and closing speed. I think he's an obvious nickel candidate for the Wol- MICHIGAN RECRUITING Five Best Prospects From The Summer At 6-foot-2, 325 pounds, Kayden McDonald is ranked as the No. 43 defensive lineman and No. 310 overall prospect nationally, per the On3 Consensus. He was at The Big House to see the Hawai'i game on his official visit weekend of Sept. 9-11. PHOTO BY EJ HOLLAND/ON3.COM

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