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Tuesday Morning Brews: Recapping recruiting

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The bye week provides a great opportunity to see where Michigan Football’s 2018 recruiting class stands

NCAA Football: Hawaii at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

With the bye week upon us we have a little bit of time before our attention needs to turn to Michigan State. In fact, I would encourage all of you to watch the MSU/Iowa game this coming weekend - as it should provide more insight into the sort of team that MSU is this year. In the meantime, I thought I would do something a little different this morning.

Many of us in the Michigan blogosphere, and I presume many fans as well, were caught by surprise on Sunday when 2018 QB Kevin Doyle committed to the Wolverines. There were a couple reasons for our surprise; Michigan had entered Doyle’s recruitment only recently, it was the day after an away game on the road, it wasn’t a big recruiting weekend for the Wolverines, and so on. Well, in honor of the 2018 recruiting cycle reinserting itself into our consciousness, I’ve decided to break down Michigan’s current 2018 class. This morning I’ll cover the offense and on Thursday I’ll cover the defense.

Let’s get to it:

Michigan Signing of the Stars Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class currently has 14 members in a class that is expected to finish with 18-22(ish) members. The class is made up of eight four-star recruits and six three-star recruits, the gradings of which make Michigan the No. 15 class in the country and No. 3 class in the B1G according to the 247Composite. The class is currently split evenly between offensive and defensive prospects.


Joe Milton - A four-star recruit and No. 8 Pro-Style QB in the 2018 cycle, Milton already has great size at nearly 6’5” and 222lbs. For being as big as he is, he shows good mobility and escapability in the pocket. When he’s able to set his feet, he can throw the ball a mile. Accuracy and touch, particularly on short- to mid-range throws will be a point of focus when he gets to Michigan.

Kevin Doyle - A three-star recruit and No. 21 Pro-Style QB in the 2018 cycle, Doyle also already has good size for a passer at 6’4” and 210lbs. Scout’s Brian Dohn says of Doyle ($), “Fine-tuning his mechanics will add to his arm strength, he is a smart kid, a hard worker and someone who could turn into a 225-pound quarterback with some mobility. It will take a bit of time for him to develop, but he has a nice starting base.”


Christian Turner - Turner is a three-star prospect and the No. 23 RB in the 2018 cycle. He’s a patient and strong runner, with good vision and good speed in the open field. He doesn’t have pull-away speed, though, and so his long runs could end short of the endzone if a DB tracks him down. At 5’11” and 187lbs, he’ll benefit from a college S&C program. His film from The Opening also shows that he can catch the ball out of the backfield on swing routes.


Luke Schoonmaker - A three-star recruit, Schoonmaker is the No. 35 TE prospect in the 2018 cycle. Playing both QB and TE in high school, Schoonmaker has good athleticism. At 6’6” and 225lbs, he has a good frame for a college TE. He shows good hands, has a long stride that makes him deceptively quick down the field, and is hard to bring down.


Emil Ekiyor (OG) - Checking in as a four-star recruit, Ekiyor is one of the premiere OG prospects in the 2018 class. Ranked No. 106 overall, he is the No. 4 OG prospect and has an offer sheet to match that pedigree. Ekiyor’s film shows a powerful blocker with a high competitive motor. His pass protection and footwork could improve, but it’s nothing that won’t get sorted out by coaches at the college level. Despite being committed to Michigan, Alabama looms large here and this one could come down to the wire on NSD.

Ryan Hayes (OT) - Hayes is a four-star recruit and checks in at 6’7” and 252lbs. At that size, he plays TE in high school and is a dominating blocker in the run game. He’s being recruited as a tackle in college, and looks able to make the transition. He’ll need to put on the weight and pick up some technique before he sees the field, but he’s athletic and skilled enough to be very, very good. Hayes is one of those kids who has a high ceiling and is one to keep an eye on.

Jalen Mayfield (OT) - Mayfield is another four-star recruit who has high upside at the tackle position. At 6’5” and 273lbs, he’s well on his way to looking the part of a college tackle. His film shows an athletic prospect with a powerful base. He’ll need to get stronger and improve on his technique before seeing the field at the college level, but there’s no reason to believe he isn’t able to do just that. A year in a college S&C program would do him good, but make no mistake - the tools and potential are there.

The fast start to the year for Chase Winovich continued against Purdue when he added three sacks, six tackles, and four tackles for loss to his stat sheet. The performance was good enough for him to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week honors, and now the B1G Conference has followed suit by naming him Co-Defensive Player of the Week. This is Winovich’s first time earning B1G Player of the Week honors. He shares this week’s honor with Iowa’s Josey Jewell who had a herculean game against Penn State, recording 16 tackles and an interception. With the way Winovich has been playing so far, I would be surprised if this is the only time he earns the B1G PoW nod this season.