Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting magic is back and as persuasive as ever! It also helps that Michigan will be led by potential Heisman candidate Shea Patterson and their defense, led by Don Brown, is yet again predicted to be one of the best in the nation.
This past weekend Michigan’s director of recruiting Matt Dudek reeled in some big commitments. In fact, quite a few recruits committed this past weekend.
The Wolverines moved up to number five in the national recruiting ranking and surpassed Ohio State in the Big Ten.
Here’s a quick look at a few of the newest commits. Stay tuned during the next month for film studies on each.
This 3-star safety from St. Francis De Sales in Columbus, Ohio is not only special because of his incredible physicality and athleticism perfectly suited for Brown’s defense, but this born-and-raised Buckeye fan and Ohio State baseball commit traded in his scarlet and gray for some maize and blue.
Yup, you read right. Velazquez was all set to throw on an Ohio State baseball uniform until an offer from Harbaugh convinced him not to hang up his helmet and pads quite yet. Velazquez isn’t ready to leave his baseball days behind either. He will also be continuing his baseball career at Michigan, a program that has been on the rise in recent years. Harbaugh’s appreciation and admiration for two-sport athletes surely influenced Velazquez decision to continue his dual-sports career in Ann Arbor.
Extremely blessed to say that I will be furthering my academic, football, and baseball career at THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN! 〽️ #GOBLUE pic.twitter.com/YoRs1oqh47
— Joey Velazquez (@JoeyV242) June 22, 2018
6-foot-2, 215-pound Charbonnet is the first class of 2019 running back commit for Michigan. Quite honestly, the Wolverines could easily be satisfied if he was the only running back of the class. Yes, Charbonnet is that good. The 4-star recruit from Westlake Village, California is ranked as the number 15 running back in the country. Charbonnet had plenty of offers including several from Big Ten rivals Nebraska, Michigan State and Penn State but decided to go with the leaders and the best for his college football career.
Michigan native Mazi Smith committed after taking his official visit to Michigan over the weekend. The 4-star defensive tackle hails from East Kentwood high school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Smith is ranked as the number seven defensive tackle in the country. He no doubt was a HUGE get for the Wolverines.
All is the lone tight-end commit for the Wolverine’s 2019 class. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound recruit would be tied for the smallest tight end on the team, but don’t let his size fool you. His blocks are just as brutal as any 6-foot-7 guy’s. One of the best things about All, besides his aggression on the field, is that the Fairfield, Ohio native chose to venture north to Ann Arbor.
I just want to thank god, my parents , all the coaches that coached me throughout my football career, and all the teams that recruited me but I decided to commit to the University Of Michigan #EarnIt #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/zSCdvzFQXp
— Erick All Jr. (@eallindi83) June 24, 2018
DJ Turner II
The Wolverines dipped down to Georgia to gain a commitment from the 2019 3-star cornerback DJ Turner. Turner comes in at 6-foot and 165 pounds and committed to Michigan after taking an official visit just a few days before.
George Johnson III
In another dip down south, Michigan secured the commitment of George Johnson. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete visited Ann Arbor with DJ Turner and both players committed on June 25. Johnson chose the Wolverines over Florida State, having received an offer during his unofficial visit there on June 20.
Once again, the Wolverines are able to secure the best in-state talent with the commitment of 3-star cornerback Andre Seldon from Belleville, Michigan. The class of 2020 recruit wrote a heartfelt note that he tweeted out in which he paid tribute to his late grandmother.
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Last, but certainly not least, another recruit hailing from Columbus, Ohio turns to the Wolverines. Branham, a 3-star wide receiver in the 2020 class, committed to Michigan last week, getting the ball rolling for what turned out to be an extremely successful week of recruiting for the Wolverines.