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One down, two to go
The Michigan-Shea Patterson courtship quickly found a resolution when Patterson announced Monday his intentions to transfer to U-M, two days after visiting Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are still pursuing two of Patterson’s former Mississippi teammates — wide receiver Van Jefferson and safety Deontay Anderson — as they make their decisions on where to transfer.
Jefferson and Anderson also visited Michigan last weekend.
According to various reports, including one from Andrew Vailliencourt of TheWolverine.com, both players are highly interested in the Wolverines and are waiting on their Mississippi transcripts to be approved by Michigan before announcing anything. Anderson told Vailliencourt that Michigan is his top choice, while Oklahoma could also be in the mix. He has not set up an official visit to Oklahoma.
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Just as with Patterson and the returning quarterbacks, should Jefferson and Anderson transfer to Michigan they would be additions to already talented position groups. In Jefferson’s case, he would bring an immediate impact to a wide receiver room that sorely lacked production in 2017.
Junior Grant Perry led Michigan with 307 receiving yards and his 25 catches were second to tight end Sean McKeon’s 29. Freshman Donovan Peoples-Jones was next among wide receivers with 16 receptions, and sophomore Kekoa Crawford had 12. Freshman Tarik Black had 11 catches for 149 yards and 1 touchdown before suffering a fractured bone in his left foot in the third game of the season against Air Force. He was missed.
Jefferson has 91 receptions for 999 yards and 4 touchdowns in two seasons at Ole Miss. He was a member of the 2015 recruiting class and is the son of former NFL wide receiver Shawn Jefferson. Michigan nearly signed him out of high school in Brentwood, Tenn., but a visit to Ann Arbor a few days before National Signing Day wasn’t enough to convince him to become part of Jim Harbaugh’s initial recruiting class.
He visited Louisville this week, but this second trip to Michigan might produce different results.
Anderson was a 4-star recruit from the Houston area in 2016 and played in every game that season for Ole Miss, finishing with 32 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1 interception. He voluntarily sat out this season as a redshirt as the NCAA investigation into the Ole Miss program heated up. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining and is petitioning the NCAA to allow him to be eligible to play immediately. Normally, transfers must sit out one year.
Junior Tyree Kinnel and sophomore Josh Metellus played the vast majority of snaps at safety for Michigan in 2017, with viper Khaleke Hudson playing the hybrid safety-linebacker role. The Wolverines lacked depth at the position as freshmen J’Marick Woods, Jaylen Kelly-Powell and Brad Hawkins learned their roles.
Kevin Doyle is Player of Year
Quarterback Kevin Doyle has been named the Washington Post’s All-Met Offensive Player of the Year. Doyle, a 2018 Michigan commit, led St. John’s College High School to its first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship since 1989 by throwing for more than 2,600 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.
— WashPost HS Sports (@WashPostHS) December 12, 2017
Michigan’s next commitment?
Tight end Tommy Tremble of Wesleyan School in Norcross, Ga., plans on making his commitment announcement Thursday.
— Tommy Tremble™ (@TommyTrem) December 10, 2017
Tremble got an in-home visit last week from Michigan assistant coach Jay Harbaugh. He will decide between Michigan, Georgia, Notre Dame and UCLA. Tremble visited UCLA last weekend.
Did he give an early indication about his decision Monday night when he tweeted out this photo? Tremble (middle) is flanked by Wesleyan senior quarterback Banks Ramsey (left) and Greater Atlanta Christian Academy junior defensive end Christopher Hinton (right) at the Gwinnett County Touchdown Club’s annual banquet.
Hinton is a 5-star player in the 2019 class who has already committed to Michigan. Ramsey has received a preferred walk-on offer from Michigan.
— Tommy Tremble™ (@TommyTrem) December 12, 2017
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