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Michigan Football Recruiting: 2017 Class Prediction 2.0

Taking a look at Michigan’s possible 2017 haul as we head into the college football season.

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It has been awhile since we took a stab at predicting how the rest of Michigan football’s 2017 class will pan out.

It has been slow on the recruiting trail recently outside of some drama and decommitments, which are trademarks of every cycle.

Here is a best guess on how the Wolverines may finish out the class of 2017:

Commits are italicized

Quarterbacks (1)

5* Dylan McCaffrey (Littleton, Colorado)

Running Backs (3)

4* A.J. Dillon (Groton, Massachusetts)

4* O'Maury Samuels (Los Lunas, New Mexico)

3* Kurt Taylor (Covington, Georgia)

Fullbacks (1)

3* Chase Lasater (Jacksonville, Florida)

Wide Receivers (4)

5* Donovan Peoples-Jones (Detroit, Michigan)

4* Nico Collins (Pinson, Alabama)

4* Tarik Black (Cheshire, Connecticut)

4* Oliver Martin (Iowa City, Iowa)

Tight Ends (1)

3* Carter Dunaway (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)

Offensive Linemen (6)

4* Kai-Leon Herbert (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

4* Henry Bainvulu (Seattle, Washington)

4* Cesar Ruiz (Bradenton, Florida)

4* JaRaymond Hall (Oak Park, Michigan)

3* Joel Honigford (Sugarcreek, Ohio)

3* Andrew Steuber (Darien, Connecticut)

Defensive Line (5)

4* Luiji Vilain (Alexandria, Virginia)

4* Corey Malone-Hatcher (St. Joseph, Michigan)

4* James Hudson (Toledo, Ohio)

4* Deron Irving-Bey (Flint, Michigan)

3* Phillip Paea (Berrien Springs, Michigan

Linebackers (3)

4* Joshua Ross (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

4* Drew Singleton (Paramus, New Jersey)

3* Ben Mason (Sandy Hook, Connecticut)

Cornerbacks (2)

4* Ambry Thomas (Detroit, Michigan)

4* Benjamin St-Juste (Montreal, Quebec)

Safeties (2)

4* Jaylen Kelly Powell (Detroit, Michigan)

4* J'Marick Woods (Florence, Alabama)


With 18 players currently committed, the total number of players set to join the case is probably in the six-to-ten range, depending on attrition in both the recruiting class and Michigan’s roster after this season.

The biggest change here is at wide receiver. For awhile, it appeared as if Michigan would swing for the fences and only take a few, but with recent departures in the form of Ahmir Mitchell and the uncertainty surrounding Brad Hawkins, there is more than enough room to take all four of their guys, assuming they want to come to Ann Arbor.

Michigan will push hard now for Irving-Bey following the decommitment of Aubrey Solomon. It is possible he could decide to return to the class, but that is a rare occurrence in recruiting.

How do you think this class looks five months out from National Signing Day? Sound off in the comments below!