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Tuesday Morning Brews: Heroes

Football recruiting, the first National Championship in Women’s Tennis history, and more in this morning’s Brews

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Happy Tuesday, folks. I hope you all enjoyed your three-day weekend, and that you took the time to thank a veteran if the opportunity presented itself. I don’t know how many servicemembers and veterans we have as readers of MnB, but I and the rest of the MnB staff thank you. We’re only able to watch sports and share this fandom of ours because of the sacrifice these heroes made.

In this morning’s Brews we have some recruiting tidbits plus non-rev. NCAA Championships news, so let’s get right into it:

Last week Michigan offered 2019 QB prospect Grant Gunnell. As the #2 pro-style QB in the 2019 class (and #53 overall prospect), according to 247Sports, Gunnell has drawn his fair share of interest. Thirty-one schools have offered Gunnell, with most major FBS conferences well represented. Gunnell recently spoke with Brice Marich of Scout ($), discussing Michigan’s recent offer. The prospect told Marich, “I was ecstatic about it when I heard the news.” He also said Michigan, “[is] a big-time offer.” Gunnell plans to visit at a yet-to-be determined time, and there is not yet a timeline for his commitment.

2018 3* WR, and future all-name bracket finalist, Shocky Jacques-Louis has seen his recruitment heat up since his commitment to Kentucky. Scout Recruiting Analyst Corey Bender reports ($) that Michigan, Tennessee, Louisville, Michigan State, and Pittsburgh have all offered since Jacques-Louis pledged his services to the Wildcats last month. Of the Michigan offer, Jacques-Louis told Scout, “It's an honor to receive an offer from a nationally-respected university.” Despite his high praise for Michigan though, Jacques-Louis says he’s solid to Kentucky. If Michigan wants to pry this Florida prospect from Lexington, they’ll have to put on the full-court press.

Michigan has a new National Champion. Sophomore Brienne Minor bested Florida’s Belinda Woolcock (6-3,6-3) yesterday to earn Michigan’s first National Championship in Women’s Tennis history. Minor was unseeded entering the NCAA Tournament and won six straight matches to claim the title, including a dramatic semi-final match against Vanderbilt’s Sydney Campbell that went all three sets (6-7(5), 7-5, 6-0). After winning her championship, Minor said, “I just feel so honored to represent such a great school. I love Michigan and I'm so glad I committed here. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.”

Michigan’s #3-ranked rowing team took third place at the NCAA Championships last week, though making the podium at all is something of an accomplishment after the events earlier in the week. While preparing for the event, the team was struck by a speedboat on Lake Belleville. The team’s boat was shattered, but fortunately no one was injured and all were able to swim the 75 yards to shore. The speedboat fled but was later found by local police being towed away from the lake. The driver has been arrested and charged. Third place is Michigan’s highest finish at the NCAA Championships since their runner-up performance in 2012.

As Evan brought to you yesterday, Michigan Baseball is NCAA Tournament bound despite crashing out of the B1G Tournament early. Back to back losses wasn’t enough to dislodge the Wolverines from the tournament field, and they now have a first round matchup with Florida Gulf Coast University - of NCAA Basketball ‘dunk city’ fame - Friday afternoon. The game will take place at the University of North Carolina, and is a part of the Chapel Hill Regional. The other teams in the regional are Davidson and UNC. Michigan finished the regular season with a record of 42-15 (16-8).