Due to a slight hiatus in my Michigan recruiting reporting, I feel it’s best to lay out a simple timeline of commitments for the past month. The Wolverines were able to secure three commits at the beginning of the month for the 2019 recruiting class, an impressive feat given the recruiting dead period in effect until July 24.
Speaking of recruiting dead periods, it is crucial that once July 24 comes around Michigan’s recruiting department hit the ground running. There is only a small window of time between the 24th and the beginning of camp in early August where the coaching staff can give their undivided attention to recruiting.
During this period of intense marketing and selling of the Michigan football program, is the annual BBQ at the Big House event on Saturday, July 28. This event invites commits, recruits and their families to travel to campus, eat and have some good old fashion fun in Ann Arbor. However, the BBQ is strictly an unofficial visit, meaning the university cannot pay for any commits or recruits to come to campus. Some pay the travel expenses for the event, while others will choose cheaper options as many other colleges will be having their BBQ-type recruiting events the same weekend due to the small window of time before camp begins.
There will be more updates of who is visiting for BBQ at the Big House on Twitter.
For now, here are the three class of 2019 commits that chose to go blue this month:
July Commitment Timeline
July 1: Eric Gray
Gray is an all-purpose back hailing from Tennessee. 247sports.com has him as a 4-star recruit. Gray has many accolades including making it to the 2018 The Opening finals in Dallas, Texas. The 4-star recruit was highly sought after with offers from Alabama, Penn State and LSU to name a few.
Side note– How awesome is his commitment video?! Y’all need to go retweet that.
July 2: David Ojabo
Ojabo is a 4-star, according to 247sports.com, strong side defensive end who already is 6-foot-4 and 233 pounds. After playing his first season of football in 2017, it was obvious to many including Michigan, Clemson, Michigan State and Ohio State, that Ojabo has incredible natural talent. Not to mention his freak athletic ability and stature. Ojabo will eventually be a great contributor to Michigan’s continually dominant defense.
July 3: Quinten Johnson
Johnson is a 3-star, according to 247sports.com, safety from St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. Johnson, too, made The Opening finals this year where he expertly controlled his opponent’s passing game. Just looking at Johnson, you would not guess he’s only 5-11, 190 pounds. Johnson is about as solid as they come and extremely athletic, breaking up passes and keeping up with receivers like it’s what he’s born to do.