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Michigan Football Recruiting Update – October 23, 2016

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Michigan football recruiting update as of October 23, 2016. 


The Wolverines continue to steamroll the competition. They absolutely destroyed Lovie Smith’s Illinois team, 41-8. And there were some big-time recruits in Ann Arbor to witness the win.

Four-star prospect Donovan Jeter, who decommitted from Notre Dame only a few weeks after he committed to the Fighting Irish, was on campus. That visit must have been pretty great because the nation’s No. 30 defensive end committed to Michigan Sunday afternoon.

Jeter was joined by 4-star offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert, 4-star defensive tackle Jay Tufele, 4-star outside linebacker Willie Gay, 3-star defensive end Robert Porcher IV and 3-star cornerback Matt Hankins.

The fight for Herbert is real. The Plantation, Florida native remains committed to the Wolverines, but both the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes are trying to flip the nation’s No. 26 offensive tackle. With Michigan chasing 5-star offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, 5-star offensive guard Tedarrell Slaton and 4-star center Cesar Ruiz, that window for a Herbert flip is as big as it’s ever been.

The Wolverines will be on the road at rival Michigan State next week, but when they get back and host Maryland on Nov. 5, the focus will be on 4-star wide receiver Nico Collins. Alabama is the biggest threat to Michigan for his commitment, but it seems as though Collins is still leaning toward the Wolverines. A great visit could seal the deal.

Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

Michigan Football Recruiting Update


Complete Class

  • No. 8 Overall Class
  • Total Commits: 17
  • 5-Star Commits: 0
  • 4-Star Commits: 10
  • 3-Star Commits: 7
  • O’Maury Samuels: 4-Star, No. 23 RB, Unranked Overall
  • Luiji Vilain: 4-Star, No. 11 DE, No. 139 Overall
  • Kai-Leon Herbert: 4-Star, No. 21 OT, No. 180 Overall
  • Donovan Jeter: 4-Star, No. 30 DE, No. 300 Overall
  • Corey Malone-Hatcher: 4-Star, No. 27 DE, No. 296 Overall
  • J’Marick Woods: 4-Star, No. 26 S, Unranked Overall
  • Dylan McCaffrey: 4-Star, No. 9 QB, No. 102 Overall
  • Josh Ross: 4-Star, No. 8 ILB, No. 230 Overall
  • Jaraymond Hall: 4-Star, No. 34 OT, Unranked Overall
  • A.J. Dillon: 3-Star, No. 39 RB, Unranked Overall
  • James Hudson: 3-Star, No. 27 DE, Unranked Overall
  • Andrew Stueber: 3-Star, No. 43 OT, Unranked Overall
  • Joel Honigford: 3-Star, No. 46 OT, Unranked Overall
  • Kurt Taylor: 3-Star No. 48 RB, Unranked Overall
  • Ben Mason: 3-Star, No. 65 DE, Unranked Overall
  • Benjamin St. Juste: 3-Star No. 33 CB, Unranked Overall
  • Phil Paea: 3-Star, No. 25 DT, Unranked Overall

Top Targets

  • Tedarrell Slaton: 5-Star, No. 2 OG, No. 31 Overall
  • Jaylen Kelly-Powell: 4-Star, No. 24 S, No. 276 Overall
  • Nico Collins: 4-Star, No. 17 WR, No. 113 Overall
  • Isaiah Wilson: 4-Star, No. 11 OT, No. 68 Overall
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones: 4-Star, No. 4 WR, No. 34 Overall

Tweet of the Week

Four-star defensive end commit Corey Malone-Hatcher celebrated Penn State’s victory over Ohio State with an appropriate gif.

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