Monday, January 25, 2016

Michigan Monday Helps LB Depth

Michigan has been recruiting some big names at CB, DT and WR.  Which are very important positions, but the one position that needs depth is at LB.   Before Sunday, Michigan had the two star Johnson and four star Bush in the class at the LB position.   Sunday at 8:00 changed that quickly as two LB's committed together:  4 star Elysee Mbem-Bosse and 3 star Joshua Uche.

Elysee plays inside and Joshua plays outside and could also be considered a DE.   There was a rumor floating around on Saturday that Jimmy wanted guys to silently commit and not make it public until the Signing Day Event he is planning on NSD.   That is clearly not the class as both of the LB's made it official on Sunday.

EMB has been a priority for some time as Michigan looked to be finishing second to ND in the Jon Jones recruitment.   He is a Don Brown type of player at 6'3 230 he has the strength and power to play early.   He is known as a tackling machine that might struggle in coverage.   He is rated 4 stars by ESPN and Rivals but 3 stars to the other services.  

His offer list is an impressive one with the likes of Nebraska, NC, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tenn., Texas AM and many more. 

It would be great to get EMB to redshirt but my gut tells me he probably will make the two deep in the fall if he gets to school in the summer and works with the defense in summer workouts. 

Joshua Uche is pretty much a 3 star across the board.  He was a former Miami commit and another Don Brown commit.  Don had offered him at BC and now Josh has followed him to Ann Arbor.   Josh is 6'1 and 210 and for sure will need a redshirt year to add some weight and strength before competing for a spot at DE or OLB.

Josh's offer list is also impressive with the likes of Alabama, NC, Florida, Miami, Auburn, Syracuse and Louisville. 

Josh is speed guy, whether he is running down a RB or getting to the edge for a QB sack.   I love that Don Brown and GMat will be able to mold him into a very good player.    This is a very important pick up for the future of the defense. 

  • The rumor mill is predicting that Jordan Elliot is most likely flipping again and this time to Texas.

  • It also was starting to sound like LaVert Hill might be trending away from the Wolverines.  Hill is on campus today for another un-official.  I guess we will see what happens here.

  • Gary will announce on NSD at 3:00 on ESPN

  • Mike Dwumfour de-committed from PSU this morning.  He said on twitter that his "heart is somewhere else".   :-)  UpdateHe is totally blue and committed to Michigan this morning!
So what does the board look like today?

1. Gary
2. Hill
3. Dwumfour
4. Hudson
5. McDoom
6. Stewart
7. Allen

The class has 24 recruits in it right now.  I expect 2-3 de-commitments still to come from the likes of Weaver, Elliot and Nate Johnson.   Dytarious Johnson could also be a gray shirt. 

14 comments:

Harbaugh NationA2 said...

GoBlue!!!

Mike T said...

Good stuff Bob....

With the 2 commits last night we are now 3 over the 85 limit... meaning 3 current commits or current players need to go to get to 85 ships...

For every added commit going forward another has to go (Going to be interesting)

Expect Dwumfour to commit today / tomorrow... I guess if we lose Elliot and get Dwumfour it could be considered a wash between the 2 of them....but makes a Gary commit almost a slam dunk ...

Bob said...

I actually would like to get Boss or Murphy to replace Elliot. Either of those guys would be frosting on the cake.

Scott K said...

I agree, BUT.... if Dwumfour ices Gary to MI..... i'll take that.

Bob said...

Scott your right about that!

Scott K said...

And it just happened.... Dwumfour is a Wolverine.

Mike T said...

2 thumbs up

Tim said...

I sure hope you guys are right about Gary being a slam dunk if Dwumfour goes Blue.

Scott K said...

I don't know that it makes it a slam dunk. They're close friends so it is just one more thing that hopefully makes A2 a more appealing place to be.

GO BLUE!

Bob said...

I'm not 100% comfortable with Gary visiting Bama or Auburn this weekend, but with all his NJ's boys at Michigan, I think it looks really good for him to be Blue. What would be even better is if Fuller joined him. That would be a NJ sweep!

Scott K said...

Jimmy and Drev are visiting EJ Price. On the day of his OV to Auburn he tweeted "pockets full of money, hard to keep my pants up".

I wonder where he's committing?....

Scott K said...

Raulerson is going to UCLA... that kinda sucks.

Renegade said...

Baseball news. Michigan is ranked 15th in preseason poll (m-live). I am old enough (sigh) to remember Freehan and Michigan winning the College World Series over Santa Barbara in 1960 (I think that was the year).

Mike T said...

Weaver de-committed as expected