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December 2017

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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DECEMBER 2017 THE WOLVERINE 55   FOOTBALL RECRUITING Defensive End Eyabi Anoma, 6-5, 225, Baltimore (St. Frances) He doesn't say much, so it's difficult to figure him out. Former Michigan analyst Biff Poggi is now the head coach at St. Frances, which is a bit in- triguing in terms of U-M's involvement with the talented pass rusher. The No. 5 weakside defensive end and No. 99 overall prospect nationally is considering U-M, but Alabama and Maryland are also heavily involved. Tyler Friday, 6-3, 260, Ramsey, N.J. (Don Bosco Prep) He just put U-M in his top five along with Ohio State, Penn State, UCLA and Miami. The No. 6 strongside defensive end and No. 60 overall prospect nationally is pretty quiet, but most believe he's considering Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State the most. Aidan Hutchinson, 6-6, 248, Dearborn, Mich. (Divine Child) As a Michigan legacy, he is 100 percent solid and will sign in December. The country's No. 18 strongside defensive end has developed into a solid pass rusher. Jayson Oweh, 6-5, 240, Blairstown, N.J. (Blair Academy) Michigan just got involved with the four-star pass rusher in October and should have a shot with him. U-M has had a lot of recent success with prospects out of New Jersey, and it could pay off with him. He is the No. 9 strongside defensive end and No. 179 overall prospect nationally. Taylor Upshaw, 6-5, 240, Bradenton, Fla. (Braden River)* He is clinging to his Florida commitment, but that didn't stop Michigan from offering in late October. The three-star is planning to officially visit Ann Arbor for the Ohio State game and may rethink his pledge once he gets out and sees some other schools. The No. 24 strongside defensive end is going to at least give U-M a serious look before deciding if he'll stick with the Gators or head elsewhere. Defensive Tackle Jordan Davis, 6-6, 320, Charlotte. N.C. (Mallard Creek) Unofficially checked out North Carolina State, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina, and says he will likely visit Michigan in an official capacity after the season. The No. 16 defensive tackle and No. 223 over- all prospect nationally keeps quiet and will focus on his recruitment more after November. Rick Sandidge, 6-5, 263, Concord, N.C. (Concord) The country's No. 2 defensive tackle and No. 32 overall prospect nationally is extremely high on South Carolina and is considered a Gamecocks lean. He and his family checked out Ann Arbor earlier this year and were impressed, but it's going to take a lot to pluck him away from his mom's alma mater. Michael Thompson, 6-4, 273, St. Louis (Parkway North) The No. 4 defensive tackle and No. 55 overall prospect nationally has a top group consisting of Michigan, Alabama, LSU, Missouri and Ohio State. U-M defensive line coach Greg Mattison stopped by his high school during the bye week and continues to recruit him. Linebacker Cameron McGrone, 6-1, 210, Indianapolis (Lawrence Central) The No. 18 outside linebacker and No. 238 overall prospect nationally was in Ann Arbor for his official visit for the Michigan State game and really enjoyed himself. He's as solid as can be to U-M and won't be check- ing out any other schools. Otis Reese, 6-2, 195, Leesburg, Ga. (Lee County) The nation's No. 6 outside linebacker and No. 116 overall prospect nationally has been committed to Michigan for over a year, but he continues to flirt with Georgia and stop by Athens. He's been to UGA many times and a lot of people close to the situation think he's destined to end up there. Cornerback Sammy Faustin, 6-2, 170, Naples, Fla. (Naples) The No. 53 cornerback received a bye-week visit from safeties coach Brian Smith solidifying his pledge to U-M. He hasn't looked around at any other schools since committing to Michigan back in July. Gemon Green, 6-2, 173, DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto) The No. 36 cornerback nationally was in Ann Arbor for an official visit for the Michigan State game and enjoyed his time. After the loss, he tweeted out that he's as solid as ever. Myles Sims, 6-3, 173, Atlanta (Westlake) At 6-3, he is long and thrives in press coverage — perfect for what Don Brown and Mike Zordich do. He is rated as the No. 8 cornerback and No. 68 overall prospect in the class of 2018, and he'll sign with the Wolverines in December. Safety Aashari Crosswell, 6-1, 185, Long Beach, Calif. (Poly) The nation's No. 11 safety and No. 119 overall player in the land named USC, UCLA, Oregon, Washington and Michigan as the schools he hears from the most, and he still claims that he'd like to visit each one. He doesn't seem like a priority for Michigan, but he always mentions U-M as a school he's interested in. German Green, 6-2, 180, DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto) Like his twin brother Gemon, the three-star is long and athletic and has a cornerback background. He is solidly committed to U-M after of- ficially visiting for the Michigan State game with his brother and several other future teammates. Julius Irvin, 6-1, 180, Anaheim, Calif. (Servite) The country's No. 26 safety dropped a top five consisting of Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Utah and Washington this summer, and was also in Ann Arbor for the Michigan State game in an official capacity. He loves U-M, but admitted that the distance is a bit troublesome. Athlete Bryan Addison, 6-5, 175, Gardena, Calif. (Junipero Serra) The No. 3 athlete and No. 59 overall prospect nationally was also in Ann Arbor for an official visit for the Michigan State game and really enjoyed everything he experienced. The U-M staff is recruiting him on both sides of the ball, and he likes that. Michael Barrett, 6-0, 200, Valdosta, Ga. (Lowndes) Despite having two running back commits, Michigan is still recruiting the three-star athlete as a ball carrier. He's just the No. 78 player in Geor- gia, but the staff loves him and sent two coaches to his school during the bye week. He plans to be in Ann Arbor for the Ohio State game. Talanoa Hufanga, 6-1, 194, Corvallis, Ore. (Crescent Valley) Has a wide-open top 10 of Notre Dame, Utah, Oregon, Alabama, Washington, USC, Michigan, Oregon State, UCLA and Nebraska. The No. 2 athlete and No. 57 overall prospect nationally will visit Michigan for the game against Ohio State in an official capacity and seems to have connected with running backs coach Jay Harbaugh. Commitments in bold italics * Received a Michigan offer between Oct. 17 and Nov. 13 Master List Notes Committed To Michigan: RB Hassan Haskins and TE Mustapha Muhammad. Decommitted From Michigan: OG Emil Ekiyor. Added To The List: WR Ja'Marr Chase, WR Chris Olave, OT Jar- rett Patterson and DE Taylor Upshaw. Removed From The List: DE Ronnie Perkins (recently com- mitted to Oklahoma) and CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart (isn't part of Michigan's picture). For regular reports on Michigan football recruiting plus videos of U-M commitments and targets visit

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