Michigan 2018 recruit class moves up rankings; Stephen Herron Jr. making impact off the field

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Michigan moves up recruiting ranks

The addition of 4-star tight end Mustapha Muhammad as a 2018 commit has moved Michigan’s class up one spot in the 247Sports composite national rankings two months before the new December signing period arrives. The Wolverines are now No. 13 in the rankings with their 15-player class

Every other team ranked ahead of Michigan has at least 17 players committed.

Muhammad announced his commitment last Friday during his jersey ceremony for the Under Armour All-America Game. Muhammad and his Fort Bend (Texas) Ridge Point teammates then went out and beat Fort Bend Dulles, 45-3. He is now the second-highest rated player in Michigan’s class, just behind offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor and just ahead of cornerback Myles Sims.

Michigan is expected to have room for 22 or 23 recruits in its 2018 class. Muhammad is the second tight end commit for the Wolverines, who previously got a commitment from 3-star prospect Luke Schoonmaker of Hamden, Conn. He also becomes the third player from Texas to commit to this class, joining twin brothers Gemon Green and German Green of DeSoto.

Stephen Herron Jr. steps up off the field

Stephen Herron Jr., a 2019 defensive end from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity, is having a standout season for the Shamrocks. The 5-star Michigan commit has 34 tackles — 10 for loss, including 4 sacks for the top-ranked Class 6A team in Kentucky.

Herron is also standing out off the field.

Conor Revell (@ConorRevell) of LouisvilleCatholicSports.com wrote last week about Herron’s involvement with Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts. Trinity teachers Chad Waggoner and Maria Martin were organizing a plan to deliver donated supplies and money to the Caribbean island devasted last month by Hurricane Maria.

Herron has his own nonprofit charity, S.J.’s Kids, that he started last December as a way to gather clothes for youth shelters in the Louisville area. He told Revell he was able to reach out to people he has networked with since beginning S.J.’s Kids to aid in this effort.

“It wasn’t hard for me to gather stuff for the drive,” Herron told Revell. “I have built a lot of connections since starting my charity and they were able to help me. It’s also a chance for me to branch out and help people outside of this area and combine my effort with my school.”  

High school postseason kicks off

The Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs begin this week, and all three in-state Michigan commits will be playing Friday night.

  • Ryan Hayes and Traverse City West (8-1) host Midland Dow (7-2) in Division 2. Hayes is being recruited as an offensive tackle but is playing tight end and defensive end for West.
  • Defensive end Aidan Hutchison and Dearborn Divine Child (8-1) host Detroit Cody (6-3) in Division 3.
  • Grand Rapids Catholic Central (9-0) and offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield are the defending state champs in Division 4. They host Hudsonville Unity Christian (6-3).

The Indiana postseason also gets started for the two Michigan commits from the Hoosier State.

  • Linebacker Cameron McGrone and Lawrence Central (6-3) host Indianapolis Ben Davis (9-0), the top-ranked team in Class 6A.
  • Ekiyor and Indianapolis Cathedral are just 4-5, but the Irish have played a brutal schedule and are one of the favorites in Class 5A. They host another top contender in Indianapolis Roncalli (8-1).

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