Michigan in good position to overcome loss of Deontay Anderson; official visit set up for Rick Sandidge

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Moving on from Deontay Anderson

The idea of adding safety Deontay Anderson as a transfer from Mississippi  is now kaput, according to a tweet by Anderson and a report by TheWolverine.com’s Andrew Vailliencourt.

It’s hard to say Michigan is hurt by this development, although Anderson definitely could have added more depth to a safety position group that relied heavily on starters Tyree Kinnel and Josh Metellus in 2017. Freshmen J’Marick Woods, Jaylen Kelly-Powell and Brad Hawkins played mostly on special teams this season but will get an opportunity to have bigger roles on defense in 2018. It’s the same process Metellus, Kinnel and viper Khaleke Hudson went through in 2016 as reserve players.

RELATED: 2018 Michigan recruiting big board

This is a good time to look at what Michigan has coming in the secondary via recruiting for the 2018 class.

Sims is rated as a 4-star prospect, while the others are considered 3-star prospects by the 247Sports composite system. They have similar physical attributes in that they’re tall (each is at least 6 feet, 2 inches) with long arms and they have good speed. No matter if they end up playing cornerback or safety, the players have to show the ability to play man-to-man coverage. It is a must in defensive coordinator Don Brown’s scheme.

That’s another characteristic the four players share.

Early signing period approaches

If you didn’t see this from Wednesday morning, check out the status and updates of the 2018 class of commits on Land of 10 Michigan. We go into more detail about each of the 16 players currently committed to the class.

Michigan still in hunt for Sandidge

Defensive lineman Rick Sandidge has an official visit lined up with Michigan.

Sandidge tells Rivals.com’s Woody Wommack that he’ll be in Ann Arbor Jan. 26, which is less than two weeks ahead of National Signing Day. Most recruiting analysts have pegged Sandidge, who is from Concord, N.C., to choose South Carolina but the 6-5, 263-pound tackle tells Wommack that no decision has been made.

That’s good news for Michigan.

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