The 2018 Michigan Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Michigan Recruiting Class Overview
It’s good, but it’s not the killer of the last few seasons. Part of problem is because the last two hauls have been so amazing – the program doesn’t need a whole lot other than a few upgrades.
And that’s what the superstar programs do. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and now Georgia – it doesn’t matter if established young players are in place. Get better ones.
But the talent coming in is hardly anything to blow off.
There isn’t too much for the receiving corps with so many great players already in place. Throw Joe Milton from Orlando and Kevin Doyle from Washington DC on the pile of quarterbacks in place – both have the Michigan quarterback look in terms of size and arm.
The defensive front isn’t getting much of anything for the interior, but the ends are strong thanks to the signing of Aidan Hutchinson out of Dearborn.
The Michigan Class Is Heavy On …
Jim Harbaugh and his staff did a great job of loading up for the secondary over the last two years, and he just did it again.
Myles Sims is a 6-3, next-level corner out of Atlanta, and Gemon Green is a 6-2 corner out of Texas – if they stay at corner. These two are very big, and very physical. Green’s brother, German, isn’t as good, but he’s coming along to add depth to the safeties.
The Star of the Michigan Class Is …
DE Aidan Hutchinson, 6-6, 265
The Wolverines had a star in LB Otis Reese – until Georgia stepped in and grabbed him. Hutchinson is right there in terms of talent, though with the right size and the upside to be the team’s most dangerous pass rusher in the next few years.
The Michigan Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Losing center Patrick Kugler is a problem, too. Mason Cole is done from the left side, and now it’ll be an open fight for the job. Juwann Bushell-Beatty has a fifth year of eligibility, but he’s a right tackle.
There aren’t a lot of offensive line prospects in this class, and there aren’t any sure-thing starters, but Jalen Mayfield has Big Ten backup skills – eventually.