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Michigan Football Recruiting Update – December 18, 2016

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Michigan football recruiting update as of December 18, 2016. Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines picked up two highly touted wide receivers.


First thing’s first. There were two occasions in the last week when things did not go Michigan’s way. Four-star offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson chose to commit to Georgia despite being heavily favored to the Wolverines.

Four-star offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson chose to commit to Georgia despite being heavily favored to the Wolverines. And, earlier in the week, 3-star running back A.J. Dillon flipped his commitment to Boston College.

However, even without Wilson, Michigan still has four offensive linemen pledged in the 2017 recruiting class, and three of them are rated as 4-star prospects. Also, the loss of Dillon does not mean a whole lost, as Harbaugh’s staff also has commitments from 4-star halfback O’Maurey Samuels and 3-star halfback Kurt Taylor.

Plus, Dillon’s flip opens up a spot in the class for 5-star running back and Alabama commit Najee Harris. There is still potential for the nation’s No. 1 overall player to flip his commitment from the Crimson Tide to the Wolverines.

Even if Harris doesn’t flip, Michigan won’t be lacking for offensive playmakers. The Wolverines added commitments from 5-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and 4-star wide receiver Tarik Black last week.

But it doesn’t stop there. Four-star center Cesar Ruiz is scheduled to commit on Monday, and Michigan is the favorite to land him as well.

Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

Michigan Football Recruiting Update


Complete Class

  • No. 5 Overall Class
  • Total Commits: 22
  • 5-Star Commits: 1
  • 4-Star Commits: 14
  • 3-Star Commits: 7
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones: 5-Star, No. 4 WR, No. 32 Overall
  • O’Maury Samuels: 4-Star, No. 22 RB, Unranked Overall
  • Jaylen Kelly-Powell: 4-Star, No. 24 S, No. 271 Overall
  • Ambry Thomas: 4-Star, No. 5 CB, No. 58 Overall
  • Tarik Black: 4-Star, No. 13 WR, No. 99 Overall
  • Luiji Vilain: 4-Star, No. 10 DE, No. 105 Overall
  • Kai-Leon Herbert: 4-Star, No. 26 OT, No. 253 Overall
  • Andrew Stueber: 4-Star, No. 27 OT, No. 264 Overall
  • Donovan Jeter: 4-Star, No. 31 DE, No. Unranked Overall
  • Corey Malone-Hatcher: 4-Star, No. 29 DE, No. 295 Overall
  • J’Marick Woods: 4-Star, No. 26 S, No. 282 Overall
  • Dylan McCaffrey: 4-Star, No. 8 QB, No. 109 Overall
  • Josh Ross: 4-Star, No. 8 ILB, No. 196 Overall
  • JaRaymond Hall: 4-Star, No. 34 OT, Unranked Overall
  • James Hudson: 4-Star, No. 25 DT, Unranked Overall
  • Joel Honigford: 3-Star, No. 53 OT, Unranked Overall
  • Kurt Taylor: 3-Star No. 56 RB, Unranked Overall
  • Ben Mason: 3-Star, No. 64 DE, Unranked Overall
  • Benjamin St. Juste: 3-Star No. 37 CB, Unranked Overall
  • Phil Paea: 3-Star, No. 27 DT, Unranked Overall
  • Brad Hawkins: 3-Star WR, Unranked Overall
  • Kwity Paye: 3-Star, No. 71 DE, Unranked Overall

Top Targets

  • Najee Harris: 5-Star, No. 1 RB, No. 1 Overall
  • Tedarrell Slaton: 5-Star, No. 2 OG, No. 34 Overall
  • Aubrey Solomon: 5-Star, No. 2 DT, No. 20 Overall
  • Nico Collins: 4-Star, No. 21 WR, No. 147 Overall
  • Jordan Anthony: 4-Star, No. 13 OLB, No. 185 Overall

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Five-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is a huge addition for Michigan.

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