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Daily Brews: What to expect on National Signing Day from Michigan

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Also, farewell to Mark Dantonio.

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National Signing Day is finally here. Sure, it lacks the luster it did long ago, thanks in part to early the early signing period, but it’s still an exciting day for college football fans.

But this year, Michigan Wolverines fans don’t need to expect too many surprises. The batch of kids they have committed isn’t too likely to change, according to Ryan Zuke of MLive.

Speaking with Brice Marich of The Michigan Insider, Zuke broke down the three remaining commits who are unsigned for the Wolverines. The list includes tight end Nick Patterson, running back Gage Garcia and quarterback J.D. Johnson.

Of the three, Patterson — the brother of former Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson — is not expected to sign with Michigan. Garcia’s signing has yet to be announced, but he has committed to wrestling for the Wolverines. Johnson, meanwhile, retired from football.

One recent change was the flip of former Michigan commit Micah Mazzccua, a three-star offensive lineman, opted instead to commit to the Baylor Bears.

Michigan has picked up a few preferred walk-on commitments as well. Recently, wide receiver Kyle McNamara, quarterback Peyton Smith and kicker Cole Hussung all said they will be joining the Wolverines.

A little clarity with the three unsigned players should be granted today. Michigan, meanwhile, has the No. 11-ranked recruiting class, per 247Sports.com. It’s a class that features 14 four-star recruits and 12 three-star recruits.

For reference, last year’s class finished No. 8 overall.

Bye-bye, Mark

In case you live under a rock, Mark Dantonio resigned yesterday as Michigan State’s head coach.

Michigan fans all have their views of Dantonio, and can say their goodbyes to him in their own special way. Some respect him for what he accomplished, bringing Michigan’s “Little Brother” to heights the Spartans really hadn’t reached in decades. Others dislike him for the obvious reason: he was the leader of the thorn in the Wolverines’ side for a stretch of years many would like to forget.

But like Dantonio’s rise — which came at the same time Michigan was stumbling over itself a bit with the hiring of Rich Rodriguez and then ultimately Brady Hoke — his fall came, in part, to a coaching change in Ann Arbor. Jim Harbaugh’s return to Michigan came at the time Dantonio’s reign began to diminish. In the end, the matchup of two renown coaches went in Big Blue’s favor.

As Chris Peterson of FanSided pointed out, Harbaugh had the edge in the competition with a 3-2 record.

Dantonio would sneak out one last victory over the Wolverines back in 2017, which was also at the Big House, but after that, the tide finally turned.

Harbaugh and Michigan football registered its first road win over a ranked team at Michigan State since 2006 and the Wolverines followed up the 14-point with a blowout win last November.

Turns out, that will be the last time that Harbaugh and Dantonio face off against each other for the Paul Bunyan Trophy and that means Jim will wind up with a 3-2 record.

Mocking Wolverines in the 2020 draft

A Bleacher Report mock 2020 draft suggests where eight Wolverines will be going.

According to the mock draft, former Wolverines center Cesar Ruiz is expected to be the first Michigan player taken, going No. 31 to San Francisco.

From there, the following players are projected to go at the respective positions:

WR - Donovan Peoples-Jones - No. 44 (Colts)

EDGE - Joshua Uche - No. 70 (Dolphins)

OL - Ben Bredeson - No. 100 (Seahawks)

LB - Khaleke Hudson - No. 171 (Ravens)

TE - Sean McKeon - No. 207 (Jaguars)

S - Josh Metellus - No. 216 (Bengals)

CB - Lavert Hill - No. 228 (Colts)

Other Brews

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  • Remember the movie “The Blind Side?” Well, one of the characters featured in the movie has just joined the college coaching ranks at Liberty, joining former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, who was also featured in the film.