ESPN updated its top 300 2019 recruits Friday, and nine Wolverines made the list.
In-state defensive tackle Mazi Smith leads the way at No. 27 overall, followed by defensive end Chris Hinton (No. 41), offensive tackle Trente Jones (No. 157), defensive end Stephen Herron Jr., (No. 171), offensive guard Nolan Rumler (No. 183), quarterback Cade McNamara (No. 256), running back Eric Gray (No. 282), defensive end David Ojabo (No. 283) and linebacker Charles Thomas (No. 295).
ESPN is much higher on Smith and Thomas than some of the other sites. Rivals has Smith at No. 160 while 247Sports has him even lower at No. 225.
Meanwhile, 247Sports has Thomas as a 4-star at No. 287, but Rivals has him as a 3-star and only the 33rd-ranked linebacker in the country.
Some of Michigan’s top remaining targets were ranked pretty high, as defensive end Zach Harrison came in at No. 10, while safety Daxton Hill is slotted at No. 14, safety Lewis Cine is at No. 38, wise receiver Kyle Ford lands at No. 59 and offensive tackle Trevor Keegan found himself at No. 169.
A surprising name to not see on ESPN’s updated rankings is running back commit Zach Charbonnet. He has shot up the rankings on both 247Sports and Rivals, so to not see him on ESPN’s top 300 is a real shock.
Defensive end Kayvan Thibodeaux leads the way at No. 1, followed by Georgia defensive end commit Nolan Smith, Texas A&M offensive tackle commit Kenyon Green, Alabama offensive tackle commit Pierce Quick, and offensive tackle Darnell Wright to round out the top five.