The Wolverine

February 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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M ichigan commitments had mixed experiences in the final round of the prospect rankings updates. A few key play- ers rose in the rankings, while others saw their rankings fall. Though not committed to Michi- gan yet, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic de- fensive tackle Rashan Gary was the big winner by not moving at all. The 6-5, 290-pounder remained the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation. He is considering U-M along with Ole Miss, Auburn, USC and others, but the Maize and Blue are considered his favorite. Kareem Walker was one Michigan commit that took a major tumble. At one point a five-star prospect and the top running back in the class, he fell from a No. 41 postseason rank- ing to No. 181 overall nationally, and finished as the No. 8 running back in the rankings. The offensive line saw a bit of a bump, primarily in the form of Ben Bredeson and Michael Onwenu. The former, a guard from Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead rose five places to No. 60, while Detroit Cass Tech's Onwenu, a fellow guard, climbed 10 places to No. 147. New Michigan commit Dylan Crawford, a wide receiver from Ran- cho Santa Margarita, Calif., dropped from No. 115 to No. 129, though his close friend — and potential future teammate — David Long, a corner- back out of Los Angeles Loyola, rose from No. 94 to No. 81. Overall, the changes to the Riv- las250 saw the Maize and Blue drop from No. 4 in the team rankings to No. 6, with Notre Dame and Florida surging ahead. EARLY ENROLLEES Seven members of Michigan's 2016 class are on campus to go through their first semester as Wol-   MICHIGAN RECRUITING Wolverines Rise And Fall In New Rankings Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead offensive guard and U-M pledge Ben Bredeson was listed as the No. 60 overall player nationally in the updated rankings in mid-January, up five spots from his previous rating. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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