Michigan makes Top 8 for 2017 4* OL Jedrick Wills

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The Wolverines made the cut for one of 2017's top offensive lineman.

Jedrick Wills, a 2017 four-star offensive tackle, has included Michigan in his Top 8.

Wills had Michigan in his Top 10 and the Maize and Blue made the cut with Kentucky, Notre Dame, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, LSU and Florida for his Top 8. Ohio State and Michigan State did not make the cut.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive lineman is the 36th overall player in the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports. Wills is the seventh-best offensive tackle and the best player in the state of Kentucky. Wills played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was offered by Michigan on February 16th.

Michigan has secured an unofficial visit from Wills, according to Steve Lorenz of 247Sports.

Out of Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky, Wills has offers from Kentucky, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Army, Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, Miami (FL), South Carolina, Virginia and Western Kentucky.

Here is the 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction on Wills:

Three-star 2017 OL Joel Honigford Commits to Michigan

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The Wolverines added the 17th member of the 2017 class on Wednesday.

Michigan football has received a commitment from class of 2017 offensive lineman Joel Honigford (Sugarcreek, Ohio), according to his Twitter account.

"It just felt right,” he told Anchor of Gold’s Russell Johnson. “Connected with the coaches well, great facilities, unbelievable academics. Just really felt good about it once I stepped on campus"

Honigford is a three-star prospect and the 48th-ranked offensive tackle in the class of 2017, according to the 247 Composite rankings. His commitment comes as a bit of a surprise with the Wolverines beating out Oregon, Auburn and Michigan State, who many saw as the leader for his services.

Offensive line recruiting was moving a bit slow for the Wolverines, but Honigford’s commitment gives them two pledges at the position in the last week, joining fellow three-star Andrew Stueber. Four-star JaRaymond Hall is the third in the class so far.

The Wolverines now sit at 17 commitments in their 2017 cycle and have the second-ranked class in the Big Ten behind Ohio State. The class also ranks fourth nationally behind the Buckeyes, Alabama and Oklahoma, respectively.

We will have the film review on Honigford’s skill set up shortly.

Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: 2017 No. 1 C Includes Michigan in Top 8

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In this edition, the top-ranked center in the 2017 class includes Michigan in his top list, a tight end target raves about Michigan, and more.

2017 No. 1 C Includes Michigan in Top 8

According to the athlete's Twitter page earlier in the week, the Wolverines cracked the top eight for the top-ranked center in the 2017 class, Cesar Ruiz (FL). Ruiz is a product from the IMG Academy in Bradenton.

The 247 Crystal Ball is currently in favor of the Wolverines landing Ruiz. This does not come as a surprise, as the coaching staff has been recruiting the athlete heavily for quite some time. He visited the program over the weekend, prior to releasing his top list.

Wolverines Crack Top 4 for 2017 3* OT

According to his Twitter page on Monday, 2017 three-star offensive tackle Joel Honigford has announced his top four, and the Wolverines made the cut along with Auburn, Michigan State, and Oregon. He is the 21st-ranked athlete from Ohio.

Per 247, Honigford unofficially visited Michigan earlier in June.

Michigan TE Target Enjoys Wolverines' Use of Position

Per Isaiah Hole of Wolverine247 (FREE), one of Michigan's top tight end targets is impressed by the Wolverines' use of the position. 2017 4* recruit Josh Falo (CA), the fifth-ranked TE in his class and 25th-overall in the state of California, commented on their extensive use of tight ends as well as the relaxed nature of Coach Harbaugh.

Falo currently holds several offers from notable programs, including Oregon, USC, and Arizona State.

2017 3* OT Wants Offer from Wolverines

According to Brandon Justice of Rivals ($), 2017 three-star offensive tackle Marquis Hayes is highly interested in receiving an offer from the Wolverines. Per the 247Composite, Hayes is the 38th-ranked OT in his class and is the fourth-ranked overall recruit in the state of Missouri.

In the article, which you will need a subscription to Rivals to read in full, Hayes highlights his physicality and technique as reasons why the coaching staff should make an offer. He already holds offers from Missouri (his current favorite), Illinois, and Miami (FL), among others.

Have a look at his sophomore season highlight reel here, per Hudl:

Midwest Living Covers The 1,000ish Mille Mitten Road Trip

June 28, 2016 by  
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Photographer: Mike Gilger In 3 days and 10 cars (and a few boats and bathing suits), 30 friends cover 1,100 Michigan miles in a new take on classic road rallies. Michigan-born friends Ben Bator and Matt Ferrel grew up taking a certain sort of vacation. “You take 75 north to your exit, go to your cottage and then you don’t leave that area. You just get to your destination and stay,” Ben says.

2017 4* WR Jeremiah Holloman plans to visit Michigan

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Class of 2017 four-star wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman has told Maize n Brew that he plans to visit Michigan before he commits to a program.

"Michigan still holds value to me because I understand what they are capable of doing due to their past and the recruiting classes they are bringing in," Holloman said. "I plan on trying to work out a visit."

Holloman has offers to play for Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, Alabama, Cincinnati, Colorado, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, LSU, Marshall, Maryland, Miami (OH), Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Tulane, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Troy, UAB, and UNLV.

Regarding the ability to play for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound wideout said, "It would be big especially due to the fact that he played there himself."

Holloman is ranked as the 220th overall player in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports. He is in the 28th best at his position and 24th highest rated player in the state of Georgia.

"I do not have a top anything nor do I have a leader," the wide receiver mentioned. "I will commit whenever I feel the time is right."

2017 4* PG Brad Davison gets Michigan offer

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After his unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan offered 2017 four-star point guard Brad Davison from Maple Grove High School in Osseo, Minnesota. The news was reported by Ryan James of Rivals.

Davison is the 89th ranked player from the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports. He is the 20th overall point guard and the third-best player from the state of Minnesota.

Along with Michigan, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard has offers from Stanford, Wisconsin, Buffalo, Dayton, Elon, Furman, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Pacific, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Wofford.

The point guard has taken an official visit to Stanford and unofficial visits to Michigan, Northern Iowa, Butler, Dayton, and Northwestern. He will visit Wisconsin on June 29th.

Davison is averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring. In 16 games, he shot 44 percent from downtown and 51 percent from the entire field, including 87 percent from the free throw line. Davison averages just 1.4 turnovers per game on the circuit.

PBS’ ‘This Old House’ To Help Restore Home In Northwest Detroit

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Photo: Kevin O'Connor  "This Old House" will head to Detroit for the first time to help a retired firefighter and his family renovate their home in the Russell Woods neighborhood in the northwest area of the city. The renovation project in Detroit will span 10 episodes that are scheduled to air in March. The Public Broadcasting Service television show has plans to renovate additional homes

2017 QB Jackson Gibbs on Dylan McCaffrey: "If I commit, it would be a competition"

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The recently-offered QB knows what he is getting into if he were to choose Michigan.

If he commits to Michigan, 2017 pro-style quarterback Jackson Gibbs believes he could compete with 2017 five-star quarterback Dylan McCaffrey for the starting job. Gibbs was offered by Michigan on June 20th.

"I respect the heck out of [Dylan McCaffrey] as a player," Gibbs said to Maize n Brew. "I have seen his film and I think he is one of the best, but from my standpoint, that just means competition for me. I do not think coach Jim Harbaugh would have recruited me if he did not think [I could compete]. I do believe if I commit, it would be a competition for sure. It means a lot for a past professional quarterback and professional head coach in Harbaugh to recognize my talents. I have grown up with having to compete with others to win the job."

McCaffrey is the second-ranked pro-style quarterback in the nation for the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports. He is the best player in Colorado and the 22nd overall player in his class. The only better pro-style signal caller is Hunter Johnson, who is committed to Clemson.

Gibbs told Maize n Brew that he believes Ole Miss, North Carolina, and Kentucky will offer soon, but continually mentioned that he has a strong interest in Michigan with coach Harbaugh and coach Jedd Fisch.

"I have talked to other schools that show strong interest in me and I feel like is a good place for me," the quarterback said. "And I am talking to a few other schools (Ole Miss, North Carolina, and Kentucky) that are going to lead to an offer soon."

When asked about being the grandson of Joe Gibbs, the 2017 graduate said, "I get this one a lot. It really is special because of how he is to me. He is obviously very well known, but around me, he is just a loving grandpa who wants the best for me."

Gibbs told Maize n Brew that he is planning to commit before the start of his senior season.

Tuesday Morning Brews: A Perfect Match

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Hitting the Links Is Still Two Feet Tall

Harbaugh, Don Brown, & Jabrill Are A Perfect Match

This talks a lot about the Michigan playbook with a good, everyman tone that’s easy to absorb.

Brad Hawkins Not Currently Enrolled

Hawkins has flown under the radar since his commitment, but as the descriptor “four-star prospect” suggests, he is a fine young player. I am looking forward to watching him play, and hopefully he’s able to get enrolled and take classes.

Best Guess Recruiting Class: 6/26/16

Six. That’s the number of five-star players on this list from Garrett Fishaw.

PFF Ranks The Top 101 Players In College Football

Jourdan Lewis ahead of Dalvin Cook. Jabrill Peppers paced by Derwin James. Maurice Hurst sandwiched in between two Alabama linebackers, and Wormley just beating out Saquon Barkley. This list was a lot of fun to explore.

James Franklin Seeking Coaching Stability

Remember a year ago, when everyone was haggling over Michigan State and OSU at the top of the East, with Penn State usually projected as the third-best team in the division? It’s only getting harder now for Franklin, who has to deal with Meyer and Dantonio, Harbaugh, and two hungry, upstart programs that it had been pushing around for a Big Ten minute.

Also: Penn State just scheduled a home-and-home with Auburn for 2021 and ‘22. Auburn has a very similar situation regarding coaching stability.

Northwestern Quarterback Position Preview

Yes, it’s that time of year again. While we’re talking quarterbacks, let me throw in this update about NFL rookie and truly unbelievable football talent, Christian Hackenberg:

Right now, he looks like a typical rookie. His passes are fluttering, his footwork is robotic and he tends to miss high when he misses a receiver. In last Wednesday's practice, he sailed two consecutive 15-yard passes over the head of a tight end -- against air. That's right, there was no defense. He had a couple of nice moments later in a two-minute drill, but it wasn't a great practice.

"Right now I expect him to look sloppy because he’s seeing a whole boat load of defenses that are coming at him daily, and there’s going to be a growth period," said Bowles, adding that he expects Hackenberg to be more comfortable in training camp.

This is disappointing. You may not have heard this, but he has the prototype body and arm strength of an elite QB.

The Latest Adventures of My Favorite DBs Coach

Earlier in the off-season, I occasionally voiced skepticism over Rutgers’ assistant coaching experience. However, this influx of youth at least produced an entertaining interview with the world’s smoothest football coach, 20-something Aaron Henry.

Well, it turns out Aaron Henry took his cornerback group out to the movies, and the stars of that movie tweeted back at the team. That’s pretty smooth there, Henry.

On Ohio State’s 2017 Recruiting Class

No comment. Actually, here is my comment.

Get To Know Bryson Spinner

I enjoyed this article about one of the people behind the growth of Dwayne Haskins.

The 12 Most Viewed Games of 2015

Ohio State got viewed a lot last season. There’s a chance Michigan might crack the list a little more often next year, with Michigan State, Ohio State, and of course the Big Ten Championship Game they’ll be attending. Also, fans around the country seem to be hating us more for some reason, so that will bring in a lot of lovely folks.

This Weekend! Get Your Tickets For Corktown’s Newest Art, Music & Food Festival

June 27, 2016 by  
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Corktown STRUT is Detroit's music, art and food festival over 4th of July weekend, July 1-3, 2016 Click HERE For Tickets and More Information! Music Line-Up

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