2018 4-star WR Joshua Moore to visit Michigan this spring

February 24, 2017 by  
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The wide receiver from IMG Academy (FL) is ranked No. 81 in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports Composite.

Class of 2018 four-star wide receiver Joshua Moore told Maize n Brew that he will visit Michigan this spring.

The athlete will visit Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama from February 25th to March 1st.

Moore, who transferred from Yoakum High School (TX) to IMG Academy (FL), is ranked No. 81 in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports Composite. He is the 13th-best wide receiver and the 20th ranked player in the state of Florida.

The 6-foot-1, 155-pound athlete has offers to play for Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Brigham Young, California, Cincinnati, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Houston, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, Sam Houston State, SMU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Texas-San Antonio, Tulane, Tulsa, USC, Virginia Tech, Washington State, and West Virginia.

During his junior season with Yoakum, Moore carried the ball 33 times for 319 yards and four touchdowns. He added 25 receptions for 516 yards and eight scores. Moore logged 962 all-purpose yards throughout Yoakum’s 11-5 season.

Moore was invited to The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Oregon after his outstanding performance The Opening Regional in Orlando. He will attend the Under Armour Camp in Orlando this weekend.

2019 LB Anthony Solomon: “Michigan is my No. 1 school”

February 24, 2017 by  
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The linebacker from St. Thomas Aquinas High School (FL) will visit Michigan on April 15th for the Spring Game.

Class of 2019 linebacker Anthony Solomon told Maize n Brew that he has named Michigan as his No. 1 school.

“Michigan was my first visit but I felt confident with my interactions with the coaches and I loved the people of Ann Arbor,” Solomon said. “I’ll be back up for the spring game.”

The athlete from St. Thomas Aquinas High School (FL) will visit Ann Arbor on April 15th for the Michigan Spring Game.

Solomon has offers to play for Michigan, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, N.C. State, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

“I am close with coach (Devin) Bush and Devin Bush Jr.,” he mentioned. “I grew up looking up to Devin. When I was there, he was telling me about his experience. He loves it there. I think he wants me to come.”

Check out Solomon’s sophomore season highlights with St. Thomas Aquinas:

Solomon said that Clemson, Michigan, and Michigan State are the schools looking at him the most. He will take a visit to Clemson in March.

As for potentially playing with Aubrey Solomon, he said, “Playing with another Solomon would be nice.”

2018 3-star LB Brian Asamoah includes Michigan in Top 6, sets April 21st commitment date

February 24, 2017 by  
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The linebacker has a Top 6 of Cincinnati, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh, UCLA, and West Virginia.

Class of 2018 three-star linebacker Brian Asamoah from St. Francis De Sales High School (OH) has a Top 6 of Cincinnati, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh, UCLA, and West Virginia.

The 6-foot-0, 205-pound athlete will commit to a program on April 21st.

Asamoah has been on campus at all of his Top 6 schools, except Michigan and UCLA. He told Maize n Brew that he will head to Ann Arbor on March 18th.

“Michigan has said I’ll be like a Jabrill Peppers, that’s how they’d like to use me,” he said. “I’m versatile and can play the safety or linebacker position. So they say I can fill that role if I can handle it. I’m taking a visit there March 18, so I can sit down with them and get a better understanding of the plan they have for me. What coach (Jim) Harbaugh’s been able to do since he’s been there, it’s just good football.”

He is ranked No. 593 in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports Composite. He is the 45th-best outside linebacker and the No. 24 ranked player in the state of Ohio.

Michigan basketball a No. 9 seed in latest ESPN Bracketology

February 23, 2017 by  
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Wolverines could take on Dayton in round 1.

The Michigan Wolverines are projected as a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament per Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology.

Lunardi’s projection has UM facing off against the Dayton Flyers during round one in Salt Lake City.

It’s a slight improvement over a mid-February projection from USA Today that had Michigan as a No. 10.

The bad thing about playing as a No. 8 or No. 9 is that round two is against a top seed, which in this case would be a still-undefeated Gonzaga squad.

The other No. 1 seeds are Kansas, Villanova and North Carolina. Elsewhere, projected Big Ten participants include Wisconsin (a No. 5 seed), Michigan State (No. 10), Northwestern (9), Purdue (4), Maryland (7) and Minnesota (7).

There are three games left in the regular season for Michigan, beginning with a home game Saturday, 4 p.m. ET against Purdue.

Thursday Morning Brews: Beat Goes On

February 23, 2017 by  
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A football record holder returns to finish his degree, Harbaugh comments on Grant Newsome’s return, and a new Director of Player Personnel is hired.

Happy Thursday, folks. In this morning’s Brews: A football record-holder returns to finish his degree, a basketball signee is a finalist for Michigan Mr. Basketball, Jim Harbaugh discusses Grant Newsome’s return, and Sean Magee is hired as Director of Player Personnel.

Let’s hit the links:

There’s a familiar face on Michigan’s campus this winter term. Braylon Edwards, the record-holding WR of yesteryear, has re-enrolled in school after his successful nine-year career in the NFL and two years in the analyst’s chair. Edwards, now 34 years old, recently moved back to Michigan and met with former football player and current athletics director Warde Manuel. Manuel, says Edwards, discussed his own efforts to graduate from Michigan (and earn an MBA from the Ross School of Business) after his playing career was cut short by injury. Manuel kept stressing the importance of a Michigan degree during their lunch, and convinced Edwards of the merits of finishing school. Braylon will graduate this spring with a degree in general studies.

Michigan signee Isaiah Livers is among the six finalists to be named Michigan Mr. Basketball. Livers, the 6’7” 195lbs PF prospect, committed to John Beilein back in August and sent in his LOI during the basketball early signing period this past November. The other finalists are Jamal Cain, Greg Elliott, Amauri Hardy, Xavier Tillman, and Jason Whitens. Cain, Hardy, and Tillman are the other finalists who have signed with collegiate programs. They’ll be attending Marquette, Oklahoma State, and Michigan State, respectively. Other members of the 2018 recruiting class for Michigan include PG Eli Brooks and SG Jordan Poole. The Wolverines are also participants in the Mo Bamba sweepstakes. The 6’11” center and #2 prospect in the 2018 class is expected to choose from Duke, Kentucky, Michigan, and Texas sometime in late spring.

Jabrill Peppers’ versatility in college may be causing NFL teams to shy away from taking him with their first round pick. Some pro scouts view Peppers as a defensive prospect, while others view him as an offensive prospect. While you may think this would make him more appealing to potential teams, some scouts say it may cause him to fall out of the first round in April’s NFL Draft. MLive’s Nick Baumgardner is reporting that NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks has said of Peppers, “As crazy as it sounds, some coaches and evaluators would rather have a prospect with a clearly defined position to plug into their scheme instead of a potential star with an unspecified role heading into the league.” Next week’s NFL Combine will provide Peppers with yet another opportunity to impress pro scouts and may provide additional clues on where he would fit best at the next level.

Just wanted to highlight this one in case you missed it on Tuesday night. Freshman Devin Asiasi has been granted his release from the University of Michigan. Asiasi, a highly touted TE prospect, was something of a surprise commitment on National Signing Day 2016 and showed that Harbaugh had established nationwide reach by pulling Asiasi out of California. In limited action this past season, Asiasi had two catches for 18 yards and a TD. Asiasi, who has great hands, had been expected to play a larger role in the offense this coming year with Jake Butt’s graduation.

In a bit of positive news, Jim Harbaugh has said that he’s confident that Grant Newsome will return to football at some point. The sophomore left guard started on the OLine early in the year before suffering a gruesome knee injury at the start of October that required multiple surgeries and 38 days in the hospital. Newsome, who echoed Harbaugh’s comments on Twitter, began walking again in December.

Michigan received its third commitment of the 2018 class from Wolverine legacy Aidan Hutchinson. You can check out MnB’s analysis of Hutchinson’s game HERE. Aidan is a 4* 6’5” 235 lbs defensive end prospect, and is the son of former Michigan player Chris Hutchinson. The elder Hutchinson played for Bo and Gary Moeller in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and earned All-Conference and All-American honors, before going to medical school at Michigan and settling in Southeast Michigan. The younger Hutchinson is Michigan’s third commitment of the 2018 class, joining Otis Reese and Emil Ekiyor. Michigan’s 2018 class is expected to be approximately 20 recruits.

Jim and Sarah Harbaugh were judges at Mock Rock Tuesday night. Mock Rock is an annual variety show put on to benefit local organizations doing great work in the community. This year, all proceeds from Mock Rock are going to Fresh Start Clubhouse. Fresh Start Clubhouse works with adults who suffer from mental illness, and provides a place where skills may be learned and relationships formed. During the event, Harbaugh announced that he and Sarah would be matching all donations to the organization.

Sean Magee has been hired as Michigan’s new Director of Player Personnel. The off-field position was formerly held by Tony Tuioti, who left to coach the DLine for Fresno State. The University reports that Magee, a former player at the Naval Academy, served during Operation Iraqi Freedom both aboard a ship in the Arabian Gulf and at a base in California. His tours of active duty complete, he then transitioned to the administrative side of the Navy. After overseeing all enlisted and NROTC recruiting for Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia, he took a job in the administration at the Naval Academy before becoming the Director of Player Personnel for their football team. Magee seems to mark a shift in Jim Harbaugh’s off-field hires, in that Magee does not come from a coaching background.

Michigan survives scare at Rutgers

February 22, 2017 by  
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^ That is something I never thought I’d write

Alright, let’s get some facts straight.

Everyone knows that the University of Michigan’s arch rival is Rutgers. And Rutgers got whooped on its home turf by Michigan during football season.

So the Scarlet Knights had try and get revenge on Jim Harbaugh somehow. After the 78-0 ass whooping, “stealing” recruits from New Jersey, etc. They HAD to do something.

So Rutgers did the most logical thing it has ever thought of...

The basketball team stepped in to try and do something!

Except the Scarlet Knights forgot one thing...they suck at basketball, too.

Did the Wolverine basketball squad shutout Rutgers? No, but they didn’t need to. As long as they didn’t lose, their NCAA Tournament hopes were still alive.

And alive those hopes are.

Michigan (18-10, 8-7 Big 10) took down Rutgers (13-16, 2-14 Big 10) 68-64 on Wednesday night in Piscataway. It was just Michigan’s second road win all season.

The score was 48-46 in favor of the Wolverines with 10:09 left in the second half. Coming out of the media timeout, Derrick Walton hit a 3-pointer to give Michigan a five-point lead. It was just his second made shot of the night up to that point.

But that lead diminished quickly after Rutgers hit two free-throws and forced a Michigan turnover, leading to an easy layup. That made it 51-50 (great Van Halen album), but that lead didn’t last long.

Rutgers hit another open jump shot, putting them up 52-51 with 7:40 remaining heading into another media timeout. It was an 11-3 run from the Scarlet Knights.

And that run only grew for Rutgers, a 14-4 run to be exact, making it 56-52 just one minute later. Things were looking bleak for Michigan, but things turned around after a timeout called by Walton.

An easy bucket by Moritz Wagner, followed by a 3-pointer by DJ Wilson put the Wolverines back on top by one point. Wilson had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Walton then dribbled quickly to the bucket on Michigan’s next possession, made the layup and drew the foul in the process. After hitting the free-throw and a few more buckets, Michigan had a 10-0 run.

After a few back-and-forth battles, free-throws (somehow) settled the game and gave Michigan the W.

One thing Michigan continued to struggle at was free-throws. Missed free-throws was a key reason the Wolverines lost at Minnesota on Sunday. Wednesday, they hit 14-of-23 free-throws, good for just 60.9 percent. Zak Irvin was 3-of-8 from the free-throw line, while Walton and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman missed two free-throws each.

They also turned the ball over more than they normally do, and several of those turnovers led to easy transition points for Rutgers. Corrections with handling the ball and shooting free-throws will definitely need to be made before heading into the Big 10 Tournament.

Notable stat lines

Zak Irvin: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists

Derrick Walton: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists

DJ Wilson: 10 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and a block

Michigan will return home for a 4 p.m. tip on Saturday against 14th ranked Purdue.

Quick Analysis: What Aidan Hutchinson Brings To Michigan

February 22, 2017 by  
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Strengths: The definition of a lineman-athlete, extremely quick and active for someone on the line of scrimmage, but also blessed with a frame that can add a lot more muscle over the coming years, very long arms for controlling offensive linemen and tackling athletes, a nose for the ball, an ability to track down athletes in space, great change of direction, very quick reflexes, great use of hands.

Weaknesses: He’ll need to bulk up, and working on his hip flexibility would be a plus.

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Some players have a game that’s quick to love. With Aidan, his game tends to grow on you the more you watch him. My first impression was that he’s reliable: basically, you don’t have to worry about his part of the field, but you know that life’s going to be very hard on the opposition whenever he’s involved.

But Hutchinson also belongs to a general sub-group of linemen that I’ve noticed more and more, guys who would be darn good athletes in their own right but are asked to bulk up to pickle jar-opening levels and dominate in the trenches. Indiana had great success with this on their offensive line under Kevin Wilson and now Michigan offensive tackles coach Greg Frey, and if you follow current Green Bay Packer Jason Spriggs’ development all the way back to his high school days, you’d see a twig who can run really fast. In some ways, it’s a great way to develop terrifying bigs - if you can get your hands on those kinds of athletes.

Aidan Hutchinson is that kind of guy. He’ll be able to pass rush and plug the run, take care of the perimeter and could also (eventually, if he needed to) handle a three-tech position. He’s versatile, he makes plays, and he’s a very safe choice to develop into a great player down the road.

Player that he could turn into: Hutchinson reminds me a lot of Chris Wormley, who was 6’5”, 250 pounds coming out of his senior year at Whitmer in Toledo, Ohio. Hutchinson, still a junior, is 6’5”, 234.

Again, you see the same traits with Wormley: an athlete up at the line, somebody who can make plays all game long against the run, and a versatile talent who shuts down a big portion of the opponent’s offense. Both these guys knew how to play ball, and they had the physical tools to affect a big swath of the game.

We’ll see how the 2018 class shapes out, but this is a great start to reloading on that defensive line for Michigan. It solidifies in-state recruiting and gives Michigan a legacy player, but on top of that, Aidan has lots of talent and is a very safe bet to contribute during his career. Great early pick-up for the Maize and Blue in 2018.

Sean Magee becomes Michigan Football Director of Player Personnel

February 22, 2017 by  
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"We are excited to have his military experience, leadership skills and organizational talents help make our program great.”

The latest addition to the Michigan Wolverines football staff is Director of Player Personnel Sean Magee.

Per a release from MGoBlue.com, Magee comes to Ann Arbor after serving in the same position at the U.S. Naval Academy:

"Sean brings a strong recruiting history and an experienced personnel background to the University of Michigan," said (Michigan Head Coach Jim) Harbaugh. "We are excited to have his military experience, leadership skills and organizational talents help make our program great.

“Throughout the interview process, I felt that Sean answered my questions about how to improve our program before I could even ask them. Michigan football looks forward to having Sean, Sarah and their children, Miles, Stella, Brooks and Colt, join our university family."

Magee is pretty excited too.

Magee was the director of player personnel at Navy for the last five seasons. The role involves leading the planning process for recruiting and coordinating on-campus visits. He also works with the school’s admissions office and with NFL organizations.

A 2004 graduate of Navy and former offensive lineman, Magee also holds a master’s degree in business administration of the College of William & Mary.

Jim Harbaugh confirms Devin Asiasi transferring from Michigan

February 21, 2017 by  
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The former four-star recruit is moving on.

Michigan tight end Devin Asiasi is transferring out of the program, head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed to the media on Tuesday evening.

Rumors had been swirling on the Asiasi front since the end of the regular season, with reports indicating that he would be transferring out of the program to be closer to his family in California.

It is a definite blow to the Wolverines, who saw him play a role on offense early on in 2016 as a true freshman and he was expected to see a huge increase in playing time next year with Jake Butt graduating from the program.

Asiasi had two catches for 18 yards and one touchdown in his lone season with the program.

This story is developing.

4* 2018 DE Aidan Hutchinson commits to Michigan

February 21, 2017 by  
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Michigan pulls another in-state star under Jim Harbaugh

Michigan received great news tonight in the form of 2018 defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (Dearborn, MI), who has committed to Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.

The four-star Divine Child HS product stands at 6-foot-5 and 234 pounds. He' is the fourth-ranked player in the state of Michigan and a top 10 ranked strong-side defensive end nationally, according to 247 Sports.

He holds offers from LSU, Michigan State, Louisville, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, among several others.

His Michigan offer came last March and shared this news on Twitter.

Hutchinson’s father, Chris, played defensive tackle for the Wolverines. He is the third commit in the 2018 recruiting class, joining safety Otis Reese and offensive guard Emil Ekiyor.

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