The Wolverine

February 2017

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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FEBRUARY 2017 THE WOLVERINE 49   MICHIGAN RECRUITING put in by Brown and Drevno. "Coach Brown has been to my school a couple of times, and he has a ton of knowledge of the area up here and played a huge role in getting me to Michigan," Stueber said. "I think it's great that Coach Brown is bringing players from our region to a place like Michigan. "Coach Drevno is great. I love talk- ing with him about my position. I've watched film with him, and it's always so insightful." With both Drevno and Brown each running a side of the ball in Ann Arbor, Michigan football should be very com- petitive for the foreseeable future — on the field and on the recruiting trail. WOLVERINE COMMITS IN ALL-STAR GAMES The Under Armour All-America Game took place Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla., and six future Wolverines were involved in the action. Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage four-star offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert ('s No. 25 offensive tackle and No. 250 overall prospect nationally) and Para- mus (N.J.) Catholic four-star outside linebacker Drew Singleton (Rivals' No. 4 outside linebacker and No. 52 overall prospect) arrived later in the week, but did not play due to injuries. Detroit Cass Tech three-star Jaylen Kelly-Powell (Rivals' No. 34 safety) also failed to record a stat. Warwick (R.I.) Bishop Hendricken three-star Kwity Paye (Rivals' No. 34 weakside defen- sive end) registered one tackle for a loss and was also credited with a quarter- back hurry. Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal four-star Luiji Vilain (Rivals' No. 5 weakside de- fensive end and No. 74 overall pros- pect) showed very well and notched three tackles and three quarterback hurries. Rivals selected Vilain as one of the top dozen players of the Un- der Armour All-America Game week, writing: "He used that great speed that we've seen but showed more power than expected and it caught the offen- sive linemen by surprise. Vilain was consistently one of the best defensive ends in Orlando and got a lot of pres- sure on quarterbacks in the game." Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four- star Cesar Ruiz (Rivals' No. 1 center and No. 41 overall prospect) earned the starting nod for his team and played plenty of snaps. While the Under Armour contest got most of the attention on New Year's Day, Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic four-star James Hudson was compet- ing down in Atlanta in the Offense- Defense All-American Bowl. Hudson (Rivals' No. 8 strongside defensive end and No. 240 prospect overall) recorded three tackles, including one for loss, in the contest. A week later, six more Wolverines were in action for the U.S. Army All- American Bowl in San Antonio. Aledo (Texas) High four-star Chuck Filiaga (Rivals' No. 16 offensive tackle and No. 175 overall player) didn't leave a mark in the box score as a blocker for the West team, but he will be remem- bered for pledging to the Wolverines on live television. A pair of wide receivers in Cheshire (Conn.) Academy four-star Tarik Black (Rivals' No. 11 wide receiver and No. 76 overall prospect) and Detroit Cass Tech five-star Donovan Peoples-Jones (Rivals' No. 1 wide receiver and No. 12 overall player) lined up for the East team and had a minimal impact on the game. Black caught one pass for 11 yards, while Peoples-Jones contributed two catches for 22 yards. Detroit Martin Luther King four-star Ambry Thomas (Rivals' No. 15 cor- nerback and No. 146 prospect over- all) played sparingly for the East team. Flint (Mich.) Southwestern Academy three-star Deron Irving-Bey (Rivals' No. 18 strongside defensive end) didn't find his way on to the field much either. Finally, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian four-star Dylan McCaf- frey (Rivals' No. 7 pro-style quarter- back and No. 131 prospect overall) was the most seldom-used quarterback for the West squad, but he technically had the best day, completing 2 of 4 passes for 40 yards. ❏ On The Web For regular reports on Michigan football recruiting plus videos of U-M commitments and targets visit 2017 Michigan Commitment List Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School) Jordan Anthony LB 6-1 220 Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) Tarik Black WR 6-3 201 Cheshire, Conn. (Cheshire Academy) Chuck Filiaga OT 6-6 335 Aledo, Texas (Aledo) Ja'Raymond Hall OL 6-5 255 Oak Park, Mich. (Oak Park) Brad Hawkins WR 6-2 195 Suffield, Conn. (Suffield Academy) Kai-Leon Herbert OT 6-4 279 Plantation, Fla. (American Heritage) Joel Honigford OT 6-5 277 Sugarcreek, Ohio (Garaway Local School) James Hudson DE 6-5 271 Toledo, Ohio (Central Catholic) Deron Irving-Bey DE 6-5 245 Flint, Mich. (Southwestern Academy) Donovan Jeter DT 6-5 255 Beaver Falls, Pa. (Beaver Falls) Jaylen Kelly-Powell S 6-0 180 Detroit (Cass Tech) Corey Malone-Hatcher DE 6-3 246 Saint Joseph, Mich. (Saint Joseph) Ben Mason LB 6-3 230 Sandy Hook, Conn. (Newton) Dylan McCaffrey QB 6-4 185 Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Valor Christian) Phillip Paea OL 6-4 277 Berrien Springs, Mich. (Berrien Springs) Kwity Paye DE 6-3 225 Warwick, R.I. (Bishop Hendricken) Donovan Peoples-Jones WR 6-1 188 Detroit (Cass Tech) Joshua Ross LB 6-0 219 Orchard Lake, Mich. (St. Mary's) Cesar Ruiz C 6-3 313 Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) O'Maury Samuels RB 5-10 190 Los Lunas, N.M. (Los Lunas) Drew Singleton LB 6-2 218 Paramus, N.J. (Paramus Catholic) Andrew Stueber OT 6-6 305 Darien, Conn. (Darien) Benjamin St-Juste CB 6-3 185 Montreal, Quebec (Vieux-Montreal) Kurt Taylor RB 5-9 201 Covington, Ga. (Newton) Ambry Thomas CB 5-11 165 Detroit (Martin Luther King) Luiji Vilain DE 6-4 240 Alexandria, Va. (Episcopal) J'Marick Woods DB 6-3 198 Florence, Ala. (Florence) 2018 Michigan Commitment List Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School) Emil Ekiyor OL 6-4 315 Indianapolis (Cathedral) Otis Reese S 6-2 195 Leesburg, Ga. (Lee County)

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