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Sept 2023

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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48 THE WOLVERINE ❱ SEPTEMBER 2023 ❱ MICHIGAN RECRUITING NOTEBOOK said. "He's 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, and he can do a 360-degree dunk. He has incred- ible get-off and reach. "When he wants to get his arm out and extend, there isn't much offensive tack- les can do, especially at the high school level. When he puts that athleticism and strength to use, he can be pretty unstop- pable." While Nichols is likely to follow in the path of guys like Aidan Hutchinson and Mike Morris, Stein actually likened him to a different former Michigan great — David Ojabo. "Michigan is obviously an incredible program," Stein said. "I've followed them since I was a kid. They only recruit the best players in the country, so that's kudos to him. "Over the last two or three years, I'm not sure many programs have had better defensive linemen than Michigan. If that's a place where if you're trying to get devel- oped and get to the NFL, it's a good fit. "He's a lot like Ojabo with the length and athleticism. Ojabo was more raw than Hutchinson and got better and better. I think Dom's best football is way ahead of him." — EJ Holland FOUR-STAR EDGE DECOMMITS Four-star Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High edge rusher Elias Rudolph backed out of his verbal commitment to Michigan and flipped to Miami Aug. 12. Rudolph originally committed to U-M in early July and seemed happy with his decision. However, Miami never stopped pursuing him. The Hurricanes hosted Ru- dolph for their big recruiting event July 29, and that was where Miami made its move. The loss of Rudolph leaves Michigan with three edge recruits this cycle — Brandywine (Md.) Gwynn Park four-star Devon Baxter (the No. 28 edge nationally according to the On3 Industry Ranking), four-star Corbin (Ky.) High prospect Ja- cob Smith (No. 18 edge in the country) and three-star Ijamsville (Md.) Oakdale prospect Dominic Nichols (the No. 45 de- fensive lineman in the land). Michigan will need to fight to keep Smith and Nichols in the class. Smith visited Kentucky twice in July, while Clemson and Wisconsin have continued to keep in touch with Nichols. — EJ Holland 2024 MICHIGAN COMMITMENTS Player Rating Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School) Jadyn Davis HHHH QB 6-0 190 Charlotte, N.C. (Providence Day) Jordan Marshall HHHH RB 5-10 200 Cincinnati (Archbishop Moeller) Micah Ka'apana HHH RB 5-11 195 Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman) I'Marion Stewart HHH WR 5-10 180 Chicago (Kenwood) Channing Goodwin HHH WR 6-1 175 Charlotte, N.C. (Providence Day) Brady Prieskorn HHHH TE 6-5 225 Rochester, Mich. (Adams) Hogan Hansen HHHH TE 6-3 230 Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue) Andrew Sprague HHHH OT 6-8 295 Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst) Blake Frazier HHHH OT 6-5 270 Austin, Texas (Vandegrift) Ben Roebuck HHH OT 6-7 340 Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edward) Jake Guarnera HHH IOL 6-4 283 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Ponte Vedra) Luke Hamilton HHH IOL 6-4 290 Avon, Ohio (Avon) Manuel Beigel HHH IOL 6-5 282 Wallingford, Conn. (Choate Rosemary Hall) Ted Hammond HHH DL 6-4 265 Cincinnati (St. Xavier) Jerod Smith HHH DL 6-2 255 Corbin, Ky. (Corbin) Dominic Nichols HHH DL 6-5 255 Ijamsville, Md. (Oakdale) Owen Wafle HHH DL 6-2 267 Princeton, N.J. (Hun School) Devon Baxter HHHH EDGE 6-5 235 Brandywine, Md. (Gwynn Park) Jacob Smith HHH EDGE 6-4 230 Corbin, Ky. (Corbin) Mason Curtis HHHH LB 6-4 190 Nashville, Tenn. (Ensworth) Jaden Smith HHHH LB 6-2 195 Charlotte, N.C. (West Charlotte) Cole Sullivan HHHH LB 6-3 230 Pittsburgh (Central Catholic) Jeremiah Beasley HHHH LB 6-0 210 Belleville, Mich. (Belleville) Zach Ludwig HHH LB 6-2 205 South Park, Pa. (South Park) Jacob Oden HHHH S 6-0 185 Harper Woods, Mich. (Harper Woods) Jeremiah Lowe HHH CB 5-11 170 Lexington, Ky. (Frederick Douglass) Jo'Ziah Edmond HHH ATH 6-1 185 Nappanee, Ind. (Northwood) 2025 MICHIGAN COMMITMENTS Player Rating Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School) Chris Ewald HHHH CB 5-11 161 Miami (Chaminade-Madonna Prep) Bobby Kanka — DL 6-4 263 Howell, Mich. (Howell) Mantrez Walker — LB 5-11 215 Buford, Ga. (Buford) Dominic Nichols, who plays for Ijamsville (Md.) Oakdale, is ranked as the No. 45 edge in the coun- try, per the On3 Industry Ranking. PHOTO BY EJ HOLLAND

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