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The State of Michigan Recruiting

The State of Michigan Recruiting

The State of Michigan Recruiting

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Michigan's 2023 Recruiting Cycle

Michigan recruiting has always been solid with coach Jim Harbaugh with the team finishing in the top ten in the past two cycles. The Wolverines' current class is ranked 36th in the nation and holds 12 commits going into late July. Despite having a slow start to this year's cycle, the Wolverines have managed to earn commitments from star players like Enow EttaCollins AcheampongCole Cabana, and Amir Herring.

Current Commits

Four-star defensive lineman Enow Etta out of Covenant Christian Academy (TX) highlights this class (at least at the moment). His best tool is his outstanding speed for his size, but also has exceptional hand placement to disrupt plays at a high level.

Running back Cole Cabana is from Dexter (MI) and committed to the Wolverines back in February, and has stayed solid to the team ever since. Cole is ranked 220th in the nation and 3rd best player in Michigan. Cabana, one of the faster backs in the class, uses his elite vision to make swift cuts to sneak past defenders and break free for long runs, which should help him succeed at the next level.

Amir Herring, a 6-3, 300-pound lineman committed to the Wolverines on July 7th. Amir attends West Bloomfield (MI) and is ranked 284th nationally and 4th in the state of Michigan. Amir is a massive force to be reckoned with on the offensive line. Amir uses his size to pull defenders away from the ball, which is great for Michigan, seeing as he can play both guard and tackle in college. 

Collins Acheampong is currently the 4th best player in the class, ranked 299th nationally and 17th in the state of California. Collins attends Santa Margarita Catholic (CA) and projects to be either a tight end or defensive end when he arrives in Ann Arbor. Collins is massive at 6-7. Acheampong looks to be one of the big risers in this 2023 class.

Linebacker Semaj Bridgeman out of Imhotep Charter (PA) ranks 308th nationally and 6th in the state of Pennsylvania. Bridgeman racked up 32 offers during his recruitment and showed himself as one of the best talents in this class. A physical presence already at 6-2 and 230 pounds, his football IQ is top notch, making him a player with huge upside.

Deakon Tonielli is the 6th player in this class. The 6-6 215-pound tight end attends Oswego high school in Illinois and is ranked 7th in the state and 431st nationally. Tonielli uses this size to go up and grab balls out of the air, which should be beneficial for the Wolverines. 

Semaj Morgan is one of the longest-tenured commits in this class, committing back in December of 2021. Like fellow Michigan commit Amir Herring, he attends West Bloomfield High School (MI) where he plays wide receiver. Morgan is ranked 464th in the 2023 class along with 10th in the state of Michigan. The 5-10 receiver makes up for his size with his elusiveness and ability to track balls while they are in the air. 

Frederick Moore is next. The second wide receiver in this class is from Saint Louis (MO) and attends Cardinal Ritter High School. Moore is ranked 492nd nationally and 12th in Missouri. He's a skilled route runner with an excellent feel for the game.

Brooks Bahr is another defensive lineman Michigan pulled in the 2023 class. The 9th best commit ranks 563rd nationally and 9th in Illinois. Brooks attends Loyola Academy where he dominated opposing offenses all year. At 6-6, 270-pounds, he's got a great frame, but is going to need a couple of years in a college strength program.

Benjamin Hall ranks 667th nationally and 63rd in the state of Georgia. Hall is the second back in this class for the Wolverines and plays for North Cobb (GA). He recently won the UA All-American MVP at a camp in Atlanta, and he continues proving why rankings should not define a player. Like fellow running back commit Cole Cabana, he's a physical, punishing back who will continue to grind defenses down.

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Adam Samaha is next. Kickers traditionally do not get a lot of love; however, Samaha should. He plays at Huron High School in Michigan and is ranked 28th in the state and 1,428th nationally. Samaha has exceptional accuracy and shows great promise as a future college kicker.

Rounding out the class is Aymeric Koumba. Committing on July 15th, Koumba hails from France, where he plays for Pionniers de Touraine. He is currently unranked and held five total offers before choosing the Wolverines. While the film on him is limited, his size shows promise for him to be a solid edge rusher in Ann Arbor.

The Targets

Nyckoles Harbor - The 9th overall player in the class out of Washington D.C. is one of the fastest players in the class and even has aspirations to compete in the Olympics. Michigan has a solid track and field program which should give them an edge in his recruitment. Georgia and Maryland are also pushing for him, and schools like Alabama always have a chance to get involved as well. 

Javien Toviano - The talented corner from Arlington, Texas, is believed to have a top 2 of Michigan and Texas. With the commitments of Zeke Berry and Keon Sabb in the last class, it would not surprise me to see Toviano in a Wolverines uniform.

Jaiden Ausberry - Norte Dame currently holds the only prediction for the talented corner; however, Michigan is closing the gap and could be a factor for the 102nd-best player in the class.

Jyaire Hill - The Kankakee Kays star player's recruitment had been pretty quiet; however, the Wolverines hold an expert crystal ball prediction via insider Steve Lorenz on 247 Sports to land him. However, that prediction is from December of last year. On June 21st this year, Rivals Michigan insider Josh Henschke flipped his prediction from Michigan to Illinois. Additionally, as of July 21st, the ON3 Recruiting Prediction Machine gives the Illini a 91.2% chance to land Hill, with Michigan in second at 6%. 247 Sports insiders usually have better accuracy in predicting where athletes commit. This split opinion among experts on different sites is rare nowadays. It will be interesting to see how this recruitment shakes out and who ends up being right. 

Kenyon Sadiq - Sadiq comes from Idaho and is ranked 315th in the nation. Iowa State and Washington are the only competitors in the race for the talented athlete who will most likely play receiver in college.

Shawn Russ - The 4-star corner ranked 390th in the nation is currently considering FSU, Louisville, South Carolina, and Michigan. The Wolverines are in a good spot here and could end up with Russ. 

My'Keil Gardner - Gardner, ranked 500th in the nation, holds four predictions for the Wolverines which means there is a great chance he will be in their class come signing day.

WR Mikey Matthews- Mikey is from Mission Viejo, California, and holds 20 offers. Mikey has taken one of his three visits to Michigan which should put them in a good spot to land that talented receiver.

The Impact

Michigan has a solid class so far and is in the running for many other talented players. The one thing that seems to stand out for me is Michigan recruiting overseas. The Wolverines constantly land unranked European players who will likely end up as 3-stars in their respective classes. Academics seem to help the Wolverines a lot as we now see many commits joining for both the academic prowess and the prestigious football program the university offers. Brooks Bahr is one of the more vocal players in the class. He sat down with me to discuss what makes Michigan recruiting so special. 

“In addition to their football program, the school offers everything I am looking for academically.”

Brooks also praised the defensive coaches and believes their vision for players is why they land so many on the defensive side of the ball. Despite this, Michigan struggles with recruiting five stars and may need to find new tactics to land the most touted prospects each year, or else they could be in the shadows of Ohio State every year, which is a nightmare for Michigan and its fans.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]