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The 2020 football commits expected to enroll early at Michigan

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Here is the list of players who plan on, and don’t plan on, enrolling early at Michigan.

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With the early signing period coming up one week from today (Dec. 18) for the 2020 football recruiting class, it’s that time of the year where we begin to get questions about who is all signing in December and who may be on campus for spring practices.

Maize n Brew reached out to all the commits in Michigan’s 2020 class, and for the most part it seems like most of the class will be coming in during the summer. However, it does appear most of the commits will be signing their letter of intent next week, so that is at least some good news for Michigan.

Planning on enrolling early

  • Four-star defensive end Braiden McGregor
  • Four-star running back Blake Corum (according to TMI’s Steve Lorenz)
  • Four-star safety Makari Paige
  • Four-star offensive lineman Zak Zinter
  • Four-star cornerback Andre Seldon
  • Three-star defensive end Aaron Lewis
  • Three-star linebacker Cornell Wheeler
  • Three-star linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green
  • Three-star athlete William Mohan

All but two of these guys are on the defensive side of the ball. McGregor will still be rehabbing from his knee injury, so he likely won’t participate much until the spring/summer. Other defenders enrolling early who could factor in their freshman season, in my opinion, include Paige, Seldon and Mohan.

Getting Corum on campus early is good news for the offense. Of course, Michigan gets Hassan Haskins and Zach Charbonnet back, along with Chris Evans, but Corum will provide some versatility much like we saw from Giles Jackson this season. It’ll be very interesting to see how all this works out next season with guys like Corum, AJ Henning and the other guys from last year’s class.

Being an offensive lineman, I don’t expect Zinter to get any playing time in 2020. While he has real good potential, he will likely need a year or two in the weight room, and guys ahead of him to graduate, to make any impact on the field.

Planning on enrolling in the summer

  • Four-star safety Jordan Morant
  • Four-star offensive lineman Jeffrey Persi
  • Four-star wide receiver Roman Wilson
  • Four-star wide receiver AJ Henning
  • Four-star linebacker Kalel Mullings
  • Three-star tight end Matthew Hibner
  • Three-star running back Gaige Garcia
  • Three-star offensive lineman Micah Mazzccua
  • Three-star defensive end Kris Jenkins
  • Three-star athlete Eamonn Dennis

We saw a few true freshmen in 2019 not enroll early at Michigan and still make an impact on the field — Daxton Hill, Giles Jackson and Chris Hinton to name a few. I think Henning will be the next Michigan true freshman to make a big impact on the field. Wilson and Mullings also have a shot at being big contributors in 2020.

Again, just because these guys aren’t enrolling early does not mean they aren’t signing early. I would anticipate most of this class to sign in December.

Up in the air

  • Four-star safety RJ Moten
  • Four-star linebacker Osman Savage
  • Three-star quarterback JD Johnson (medically retired)
  • Three-star offensive lineman Reece Atteberry
  • Three-star tight end Nick Patterson

These are the players we did not receive a definitive answer from, so we are leaving these guys in this category for now.

In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter if Johnson gets on campus in the winter or the summer, since he won’t be playing football. But Moten could be a guy who sees the field early. I don’t see much early playing time for the others, but Moten has potential to be, at the very least, a consistent contributor on special teams in 2020.