Thursday, June 30, 2016

Michigan Thursday: Jimmy Gets Another Surprise Recruit

When the NFL folks were saying Jimmy would never come back to Ann Arbor, things like "he hates recruiting" were being thrown around.   Then he got the job in December, and some of us thought 5 star players were just going to line up to play for him in a month 1/2 recruiting cycle.   Neither happened and you have to work at recruiting if your going to be good at it.

Michigan just landed a highly ranked 4 star DL from Georgia that nobody expected was heading to A2.   Yesterday, Michigan landed a 3/4 star OT from Ohio that had 100% Crystal Ball predictions on 24/7 going to MSU.   That player is Joel Honigford from Sugarcreek, Ohio and is second OT commit in about a week.

Joel is 6'6 275 pound tackle with a high upside, as he still looks light at 275.    He is rated as a 3 star to all services outside of ESPN who ranks him as a 4 star and #199 player in the nation.    The scouts say he has a great frame but needs work on technique, while adding power and strength.    This is a kid with a high upside that is nowhere near his ceiling.  You pack him away for a couple of years, with the hopes he turns into a NFL quality tackle.   His HS video below shows a player that looks more like Jake Butt then Jake Long.   He will need a couple years with the training table, weight room and Coach D.

His offer list includes the likes of:   Auburn, Boston College, Colorado State, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, TCU, Tennessee, Vandy, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

Michigan is looking to land a big offensive lineman class and will still have room for probably 3 more guys.  Joel is the 17th commit to the 2017 class.  The class projection is around 24-25.  So rooms are filling up at the Inn.   Time to get some WR's, DB's and LB's!


ScottyDoggs said...

I have been a big antagonist against the star system... but over the years still conditioned to rave over 5 stars vs. 3 stars... hard to break old habits... but "jimmy knows football"... enough said.

Scott K said...

Mike Hart was a 3* recruit and Boubacar Cissoko was a 5*
enough said

Mike Tebbe said...

Hard to figure out how we can have a class 24 to 25... Would need 3 to 4 current non graduating players to leave.... Could happen..

My big board looks like this (8 spots)
OT Isaiah Wilson
OC Ceser Ruiz
WR Donovan peoples-Jones
OT Tedarrell Slaton
LB Drew Singleton
CB Ambry Thomas
S Jaylen Kelly-Powell
WR Nico Collins

Scott K said...

Could he be afraid of losing his offer because of the recent OL commits?

Last year I said I thought Speight wasn't getting the credit he deserved and thought he was probably a better QB in the making than Morris. I'm going to double down and say he starts all season, barring injury. I think he's a Brian Griese kinda QB. A guy that will get the job done, not flashy, quick or overly athletic, just solid and capable.

Just 9 Saturdays away..... GO BLUE

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