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Michigan to make 2017 3* OT Toryque Bateman’s Top 8

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Michigan and Tennessee are automatic locks for Toryque Bateman’s list.

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Class of 2017 three-star offensive tackle Toryque Bateman said that he will release his Top 8 before August 2nd, but he told Maize and Brew that Michigan and Tennessee are automatic locks to make the list. He is still deciding on other schools.

“I like everything about them (Michigan),” he said. “The family feeling that they bring is nice. I felt comfortable in that environment.”

Bateman has offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, Arizona State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Memphis, Southern Miss, Troy, UAB and USF. He has been recruited to Michigan by Tyrone Wheatley and Tim Drevno. Don Mahoney and Tommy Thigpen recruited him to Tennessee.

The 6-foot-8, 305-pound athlete from Gadsden City High School in Alabama is the 411th overall player in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports. He is the No. 43 ranked offensive tackle and is the 20th-best player in Alabama.

Bateman has connected most with Michigan offensive analyst coach Antonio ‘Bam’ Richards. Coach Bam likes the athleticism, bending ability and all-around game of the offensive tackle.