Monday, July 2, 2018

Michigan Monday: Eric Gray and Breaking News David Ojabo Commits To Michigan

Eric Gray is one of the top "All Purpose Backs" in the 2019 class.  His skill set allows him to run off tackle or catch passes down field for first downs.   Which is exactly the type of RB that Jimmy loves.   See Chris Evans on the roster for an example of Eric's doppelganger. 

Eric is a 4 star rated to all the services minus Rivals which lists him as a 3.  He is 5'10 and just under 200 pounds.  He is also at Nike's Opening this weekend and already lighting up the drills.   His offer list is a crazy one with the headliners being: Bama, Ole Miss, PSU, Tennessee, Texas, A&M, Arkansas, Miami, and many more.   Eric has been named Mr. Tennessee in back-to-back years and clearly a big loss for the Tennessee's program not keeping him at home.

Michigan now has 2 RB's in the 2019 class and probably the best duo in the country.  They are completely done at RB, unless 5 star Quavaris Couch wants to play at the Big House.  (even though he can play a handful of positions).

While I was writing up the Eric Gray commitment, Dave Ojabo committed to the Wolverines this morning.    Dave is a pure athlete at DE and maybe the recruit with the highest ceiling in the country.  He has been playing football only for a year and could sky rocket in his skills as he continues to learn the game.

Here is his path to the football field:

“(David Ojabo) was born in Nigeria, then he moved to Scotland when he was about seven, eight-years-old,” Saylor said. “Parents live in Scotland now but goes back and forth from Scotland to Nigeria – works for Shell Oil.
“He came to Blair Academy two years ago. As a junior, he played basketball and soccer. He was on the basketball team with [2018 top-100 Penn State DE] Jayson (Oweh), saw how Jayson was blowing up, came into my office and said, ‘hey coach. I’m more athletic and I’m tougher than Jayson. Do you mind if I play football next year?’ He’s 6-5, 240-pounds. I looked at him and said, ‘Oh yeah. You can play some football next year.’

As you see David has the frame at 6'5 and 240 pounds but lacks experience playing football which  pretty much guarantees him 3 stars.   His offer list is impressive which rounds out over 30, with the likes of BC, Harvard, Ohio State, Clemson, ASU, Baylor, ND, MSU, Ole Miss, PSU, Duke, Nebraska, and many more.

Remember when I wrote about Michigan needing a DE if Stephen Herron Jr. decides to go to Stanford over Michigan?  This commit feels that void.   If Herron stays in the class, Michigan still has a guy they can develop in his football skills and in weight room. Don't be surprised if Coach Mattison turns David into a strong NFL prospect.  Don't forget DE George Karlaftis who committed to home town team Purdue but I'm sure is watching what is going on in Ann Arbor and still might visit Ann Arbor before he signs with Purdue. 

Welcome both Eric and David!!!

  • Nik Stauskas signed a free agent deal to play with the Trial Blazers.

  • GR3 is coming home and signed with the Pistons.

I will leave this here as commit-a-palooza part 2 could continue today and/or Tuesday. 

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