Rivals updated its top 250 rankings for the 2019 recruiting class...and nothing really changed for Michigan commits.
For starters, Rivals only has four Michigan commits in the top 250, which means there wasn’t a lot of opportunity for movement. What’s more significant is who wasn’t included in the re-rank.
Most notable is 5,000-yard rusher and two-time Tennessee Gatorade Football Player of the Year Eric Gray, who was still left out. I don’t know if Rivals is done shuffling its ranks for players outside of the top 250, but leaving him as the 21st-best player in Tennessee is a massive oversight.
Here’s how the rest of Michigan’s class, along with some top targets fared in the latest update.
SDE Chris Hinton: No. 18 (no change)
Hinton’s disinterest in attending summer camps and showcases has limited his upward mobility, but he’s so highly ranked there’s not much more room to move anyway.
OG Nolan Rumler: No. 118 (down 1)
DT Mazi Smith: No. 162 (down 2)
Rumler and Smith both barely slid, due to other guys shooting ahead of them, rather than any drop in their ratings.
RB Zach Charbonnet: No. 236 (no change)
Despite getting a huge bump into near 5-star territory by 247 in its most recent shuffle, Charbonnet failed to see any movement in Rivals’. Another kid who doesn’t go to national events like The Opening, it’s unsurprising a site like Rivals, who relies heavily on events to scout players, didn’t give him a bump.
Like I said, it was a quiet update for Michigan commits, with almost no movement among the four players included. There was more significant change for the staff’s top targets, however.
ATH Quavaris Crouch: No. 9 (down 4)
I’m guessing the positional uncertainty with Crouch is what caused him to drop a little bit. He’s claimed he wants to play linebacker at the next level instead of running back. He’ll probably have to be reevaluated on that side of the ball during the fall.
SDE Zach Harrison: 17 (no change)
Just edging out Chris Hinton in the rankings is Harrison, who saw no movement, even after running a 4.5 40 during The Opening.
S Daxton Hill: No. 24 (down 3)
Hill got passed by a couple receivers and a quarterback who had big performances at The Opening, but is still in the 5-star range.
WR Kyle Ford: No. 48 (up 31)
Finally, someone with real movement! Ford unsurprisingly got a big bump after his legendary performance at The Opening. He’s still ranked lower here than at 247, where it moved him up as a 5-star.
S Lewis Cine: No. 84 (up 7)
The other top target at safety, Cine received a modest move upward by Rivals here.
TE Isaiah Foskey: No. 133 (no change)
No change for the California tight end, who remains a luxury for Jim Harbaugh if he were to choose the Wolverines.
WDE Stephon Herron: No. 141 (down 85)
Herron isn’t really a target for the staff after flipping to Stanford, I just wanted to point out he took a plunge in the rankings. This is following reports Michigan didn’t fight hard to keep him in the class. The staff knows how to evaluate talent, people.
OT Trevor Keegan: No. 196 (down 4)
Similar to the Michigan commits, Keegan probably dropped because he had a quiet summer, not because opinions about him changed.
SDE George Karlaftis: No. 197 (down 4)
In one of the starkest differences between services, Karlaftis actually dropped in the rankings for Rivals. This is in contrast to 247, who has vaulted the Purdue commit into its top 10.
Rivals has Michigan’s class 10th in the country and first in the Big Ten, just ahead of Penn State and Ohio State.