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Friday night lights
It’s another big Friday night for Michigan’s football commits. The postseason is closing in, faster for some than others. Here’s a look at some of the games these players have coming up this weekend.
- Indiana is heading into its final week of regular-season play, and Emil Ekiyor of Indianapolis Cathedral and Cameron McGrone of Lawrence Central are looking to get their teams back on the winning side after suffering losses last weekend.
- The three 2018 commits from the state of Michigan all have a chance to help their teams win conference titles Friday night. Ryan Hayes and Traverse City West (7-0) travel to Gaylord, where a win wraps up the Big North Conference. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (7-0) and offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield play at rival Grand Rapids West Catholic in a winner-take-all game for the OK Conference Blue division title. Defensive end Aidan Hutchison and Dearborn Divine Child (6-1) will win the Catholic High School League AA title outright with a victory against Detroit Loyola.
- Lee County (Ga.) is 7-0 and 1-0 in Class AAAAAA Region 1 play. The Trojans and linebacker Otis Reese are ranked No. 2 in the state, and they face No. 5 Northside-Warner Robbins (6-1, 1-0). Lee County has allowed an average of just 7 points per contest its last six games.
- DeSoto is the defending Texas Class 6A II state champs, and the Eagles carry a 5-0 record into their matchup Friday night against Grand Prairie. Twin defensive backs Ge’mon and German Green have helped DeSoto stay on its winning ways by combining for five takeaways.
New offers for DE and RB
We’ve mentioned this week how Michigan has just one defensive lineman so far among its 2018 commits, but that doesn’t meant the Wolverines are de-emphasizing the position. Three top targets for Michigan are end Eyabi Anoma and tackles Michael Thompson and Tyler Friday.
Michigan also extended an offer to 2018 4-star end Jayson Oweh this week. Oweh, from Blairstown, N.J., has previously made an official visit to Ohio State and visited Penn State. Florida and Notre Dame are also among the teams pursuing Oweh.
— Clout J (@JaysonOweh) October 12, 2017
Oweh told 247Sports that he intends to make an official visit to Michigan.
Don Brown’s defense is predicated on two factors: Defensive backs have to be able to play man coverage and the defensive line has to be able to pressure the quarterback without needing to blitz. Whether Brown utilizes a three-man or four-man down alignment, a strong defensive line allows the Michigan coordinator to bring the variety of blitzes he likes when he wants, instead of having to call them.
Michigan also has offered 2018 running back Hassan Haskins, a 3-star prospect from Eureka, Mo. The Wolverines have a commitment from Christian Turner of Buford, Ga., already, but the way they use running backs in a rotation makes adding a pair each year no problem.
Haskins tells 247Sports that he plans on visiting Michigan for the Oct. 28 game against Rutgers.
— sharon wasson (@aquacatehs) October 12, 2017
Michigan has a full class of commits for 2018 after picking up verbal pledges from 3-star shooting guard Adrien Nunez and 4-star power forward Colin Castleton last week. Coach John Beilein and the Wolverines previously garnered commitments from 6-foot-8 forward Ignas Brazdeikis of Ontario, Canada, 6-8 power forward Brandon Johns of East Lansing and 6-0 point guard David DeJulius of Detroit.
The class is rated No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 3 nationally by the 247Sports composite. The last time Michigan had a full class this highly regarded was 2012, when Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary, Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht made up a group that was rated No. 8 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten.
National Signing Day for basketball is April 11, 2018.
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