Michigan recruiting mailbag: Mining for recruiting nuggets anywhere and everywhere

Have Michigan football recruiting questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Wednesday for the Land of 10 Michigan recruiting mailbag to discuss Wolverines recruiting. This week, we discuss the best pipeline states for the Wolverines.

Q: We have a few pipeline states in Georgia, Florida and New Jersey. Any other states we may start a pipeline with? Maybe Texas or California? — Jason Coleman via Facebook

A: Jim Harbaugh likes to consider Michigan recruiting as having no defined territory. He said: “I care about them all, all the United States of America. We look at ourselves as miners, we’re out there panning for gold, searching for gold nuggets,” during a Big Ten coaches conference call last spring. Michigan has an alumni and fan base that stretches nationally as much as any other school, and it considers itself to have a national brand.

Your point about building a pipeline to talent-rich states such as Georgia, Florida and New Jersey is a good one. Linebackers/special teams coach Chris Partridge came from New Jersey where he coached Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary at Paramus Catholic. He has excellent connections in the state and is a reason why Michigan is high on DT Tyler Friday‘s list of schools. DT Aubrey Solomon and RB Kurt Taylor Jr. are from Georgia, and Michigan already has commitments from CB Myles Sims, RB Christian Turner and LB Otis Reese from the Peach State for 2018.

The Wolverines have commitments in 2018 from twin brothers Ge’mon and German Green from DeSoto, Texas, while tight end Mustapha Muhammad of Missouri City, Texas, is expected by most analysts to sign with them.

Q: With Grant Newsome looking healthier, do you think Michigan will bring in less O linemen? — George Felekides via Facebook

A: Not at all. It is great news that Grant Newsome, who suffered a horrific injury last season that nearly cost him his leg and life, is progressing well with his recovery. There is no guarantee, however, that he will play again or play at the same level as he was pre-injury. Beyond that, one player does not make an offensive line so the position group must always be a priority.

The 2018 class of commits include interior offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor and tackles Jalen Mayfield and Ryan Hayes. Mayfield and Hayes fit into the physical profile of tall, lengthy athletes who could very well be tight ends. The Wolverines have a commitment from interior lineman Nolan Rumler from Akron (Ohio) Hoban for the 2019 class.

Q: The twins? What can you tell us about them? — David Cox via Facebook

A: The “twins” are the aforementioned Greens, Ge’mon and German. They are defensive backs for the defending big school state champs in Texas who have helped their team to a 5-0 start this season. Ge’mon is a cornerback, while German is a safety. Michigan’s season opener against Florida in Arlington, Texas, allowed me the opportunity to visit them and write a profile on them, which you can read here. They’re received 3-star ratings from the 247Sports composite. That’s deceiving.

The twins are each listed at 6-foot-2 but German will tell you he’s a little taller and heavier, even though Ge’mon is older by a couple of minutes. They play in a defense at DeSoto that demands man-coverage skills, the same that Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown wants from his DBs.

Q: Worried we might lose Rashan Gary to the NFL. Are they going after a guy to replace him? — James T. Horrocks via Facebook

A: Gary one day will get his NFL shot but it won’t be for another year. NFL draft rules don’t allow underclassmen to declare until their high school classes are three years out from graduation. For instance, Peppers declared early after his redshirt sophomore season. He only played two seasons but he was at Michigan for three.

The constant with college recruiting is that teams are always looking to the future. You’ve got a player on the field for four years at the most, so there is constant turnover. Michigan signed seven defensive linemen for the 2017 class (including Corey Malone-Hatcher, who had to retire because of injury). They have a commitment from defensive end  Aidan Hutchinson for 2018 and are pursuing more DL as well. The 2019 class already contains commitments from 5-star DE Christopher Hinton and Stephen Herron Jr.

Q: What does the future hold for running backs? — Tracy Chatton via Facebook

A: Christian Turner is a 3-star running back from Buford, Ga., who has committed for 2018. The Wolverines added O’Maury Samuels and Kurt Taylor as part ofthe 2017 freshman class. There are three top-rated running backs for the 2019 class to keep an eye on: Noah Cain of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., Quavaris Crouch of Charlotte, N.C., and Eric Gray of Memphis, Tenn. Cain is originally from Georgia, going back to a previous question about pipelines.

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