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Early Signing Day Tracker and Live Thread for Michigan Football’s 2020 class

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The early signing period is underway!

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It’s the third Wednesday in December, and that means high school seniors all around the country are signing their letter of intent today. The Michigan Wolverines will have their fax machines busy all day long.

To get you up to speed on the storylines heading into the early period, here are a few links you may be interested in:

The 2020 football commits expected to enroll early at Michigan

Podcast: Previewing Michigan’s 2020 class ahead of the early signing period

Michigan Football December Signing Period Preview: 2020 Class

Michigan football’s top 2020 targets heading into the early signing period

This post will be updated as the letters of intent roll in, so be sure to refresh every so often to see the newest members of the Michigan Wolverines!

The first LOI of the day came in from four-star DE Braiden McGregor at 7:26 a.m.

247Sports’ Allen Trieu: “Has a prototypical frame for the position. Tall, longer arms, well-muscled, but still with room to grow in college. Is a very good athlete who can run, redirect, and chase plays down in pursuit. Has good closing speed. Pass-catching skills on offense speak to his athleticism and ability in space. Plays with great motor. Still working on technique. Once he adds more violent hands and some go-to pass rush moves to his arsenal he will be tough to stop. Growth may determine if he ends up as a five-technique or if he plays on the weak-side because he is athletic enough to be the latter. At either spot, he projects as a major impact guy in college.”

Three-star TE Matthew Hibner — 7:35 a.m.

247Sports’ Brian Dohn: “Very good frame with ability to add 15-20 pounds. No bad weight. Athletic, long, runs well. Ran electronic 40 in 4.82 seconds. Accelerates well. Physical down the field and after catch. Strong hands. Tracks ball well. Can chip and get into route quickly. Has ability to be flanked wide. Needs to improve route running. Rounds breaks. Has to stay lower and explode more getting off line of scrimmage as inline tight end. Blocking skills need development. Multi-year starter at Top 15 program. Day 3 NFL draft potential.”

Four-star LB Osman Savage — 7:38 a.m.

247Sports’ Brian Dohn: “Strong, powerful frame. Concern about being close to physically maxed out. Outside linebacker with inside linebacker mentality. Explosive and runs well. Has extremely high motor. Is fearless in filling run gaps. Sure tackler. Plays physical and fast. Changes direction well. Sifts through traffic to find ball carrier. Diagnoses plays well. Good run blitzer. Has hip looseness to cover in man. Has to work on stack and shed. Size matchups in covering bigger tight ends a concern. Continued to development in blitzing in passing game needed. All-conference talent at Top 10 school. Day 3 NFL draft potential.”

Four-star OL Zak Zinter — 7:43 a.m.

247Sports’ Brian Dohn: “Strong, thick build best suited for guard but has length to play right tackle. Quick feet and bends at knees. Sinks hips in running game. Accurate with hand placement. Very good body control. Athleticism to pull. Physical and finishes blocks. Plays with nasty streak. Once engaged is able to overpower on second level. Needs to improve lateral quickness. Smart and high football IQ. Adding flexibility and ability to rotate upper body important. Development of kick step is important. Multi-year starter at Top 20 program. Should develop into a Day 3 NFL draft pick.”

Four-star S RJ Moten — 7:46 a.m.

247Sports’ Charles Power: “Possesses a thick, muscular build with a developed lower body. Already looks like a college defender and shouldn’t have to gain much mass or strength to contribute early in his career. Tests as an explosive athlete with good times in the 40-yard dash and short shuttle along with a sterling 40+ inch vertical jump. Also an outstanding baseball player and on the MLB Draft radar. Primarily plays running back, safety and returner for his high school program and worked out at camps as a receiver- but likely projects at safety long term. Is a highly versatile player who could play four to five positions in college if needed. Has impressive range and physicality at safety. Is able to uses his speed and instincts in anticipating throws while sitting in deep zone coverage. At running back, he’s an athletic and physical runner with the ability to pull away from defenses with ease in addition to consistently running through arm tackles. Has a long, easy stride once he’s in the open field. Will need to hone his coverage technique given his relative inexperience in man coverage as he plays so much offense. Checks many of the boxes as a top prospect in terms of athleticism both with times and in multiple sports, diversity of football skills and bloodlines (father played in NFL). Projects as a multi-year starter at the Power 5 level with the upside of developing into an early round NFL Draft pick.”

Four-star RB Blake Corum — 7:50 a.m.

247Sports’ Brian Dohn: “Concern about being physically maxed out. Ran 4.44 in 40. Has burst and can change direction at a high speed. Very good body control. Patient waiting for plays to develop. Elusive in tight spaces and runs with power. Has speed to get to edge. Knows how to set up blocks. Threat as pass catcher. Development of cut-back ability needed. Needs to show he can run between tackles consistently in college. Size to touch ball 15-plus times a game a concern. Multi-year high-level contributor at Top 15 program. Could develop into a Day Three NFL draft pick.”

Three-star ATH Eamonn Dennis — 7:55 a.m.

Maize n Brew’s Von Lozon: “Has the ability to line up pretty much anywhere on offense; out of the backfield, in the slot, split out wide. Has a 4.52 40-yard dash time and a 4.33 shuttle time, so has good speed and short-distance explosiveness. Also played defensive back in high school.”

Four-star S Jordan Morant — 8:01 a.m.

247Sports’ Brian Dohn: “Strong build with safety size. Mentality and skill set to be an in-the-box safety. Has ability to play nickel and cover in slot. Very good in run support. Good strength and strong tackler. Devastating hitter when moving downhill. Excellent body control. Possesses closing speed. Drives well on ball thrown in front. Physical and aggressive. Comfortable in press coverage. Sets edge well. Speed is concern after running 4.74 in 40 in April. Has to improve backpedal and footwork technique in coverage. Continued development in coverage necessary. Multi-year starter at high-level program. Should hear his name called in the second or third round of the NFL draft.”

Three-star DL Kris Jenkins — 8:08 a.m.

247Sports’ Brian Dohn: “Long with good frame for defensive end. Carries 240 pounds like it is 225. Son of former NFLer Kris Jenkins. Gets off quickly at snap and gets up field. Good knee bend allows for low pad level. Crashes inside well. Able to combine moves rushing passer. Has speed to gain edge. Can stack and shed against run. Instinctual and plays with energy. Moves well laterally. Has body control. Must continue to develop more upper body strength. Has to develop interior pass rush moves. Continue to work on upper body flexibility. Multi-year starter at Top 20 program. Free agent NFL potential.”

Three-star LB Nikhai Hill-Green — 8:13 a.m.

247Sports’ Brian Dohn ($): “Hill-Green, who transferred from Pittsburgh North Catholic in the offseason, has size and moves with fluidity inside the box. His strength is nearly college-ready. He is physical and smart. He diagnoses plays and reacts quickly.”

Four-star S Makari Paige — 8:16 a.m.

247Sports’ Allen Trieu: “Tall, rangy prospect. Still looks skinny right now. Carries his weight well and can carry more. Very long limbs. Excellent ball skills and natural athleticism. Center-fielder type who can take away deep parts of the field with his physical attributes as well as instincts. Versatile. Able to come down into the box and is a solid tackler. Also can blitz off the edge and has shown the ability to play man-to-man coverage. Long-legged, so must continue to work on shortening his transitions and can still get faster in a straight line. Has the growth potential to figure into several spots and is versatile enough to play many roles, but true free safety is where we project him. Can be a multi-year starter on the Power 5 level and has the attributes to play beyond college.”

Three-star DL Aaron Lewis — 8:22 a.m.

247Sports’ Brian Dohn: “Ideal frame for defensive end. Good length and can carry 260 pounds with ease. Can play inside or on edge. Has fast-twitch muscles. Gets off ball quickly. Physical at point of attack. Re-directs well along line of scrimmage. Plus body control. Great motor. Has closing speed. Tackles through the ball carrier. Has a good swim move. Needs to work on staying lower within first few steps. Improved hand work is important. Uses speed to the edge too frequently. Multi-year starter at top-20 college program. Third day NFL draft pick.”

Four-star CB Andre Seldon — 8:27 a.m.

247Sports’ Allen Trieu: “Below average height and weight for the position. Makes up for lack of prototypical size with many good to great qualities. Has excellent make-up speed and closing speed. Combine that with his instincts and technique and he is able to jump a lot of routes. Highly competitive and does not back down from challenging bigger receivers at the line. Is able to do that because he can run with receivers down the field. Clean footwork with very little wasted motion. Change of direction is at a high-level. Good ball skills and hands. Does well to challenge on 50-50 balls but size will make that a tough task in college. Must prove he can be effective in run support at the college level as well. Should be able to play over the slot or outside in college. A playmaker with excellent intangibles and feel for the game, he grades as a multi-year starter at the Power 5 level.”

Three-star ATH William Mohan — 8:38 a.m.

247Sports’ Brian Dohn: “Frame built for hybrid role in college of safety/linebacker. Has frame to carry 215 pounds. Lightning first step. Accelerates well and plays faster than 4.78 testing time in 40. Shuttle of 4.18 shows change of direction ability. Plays fast and physical. Chases plays down. Is a tone setter. Excels coming off edge and getting in backfield. Has to add upper body strength. Needs to work on pre-snap technique. Has to continue to develop pass coverage skills. Concern about ability to add weight and be big enough to play in box against physical teams. Multi-year starter at Top 15 program. NFL free agent potential.”

Three-star OL Reece Atteberry — 9:20 a.m.

247Sports’ Blair Angulo: “Atteberry transitioned to center from offensive tackle last season as his team made a shift in scheme. And he fared well inside, showcasing his athleticism, tenacity and ability to stick to blocks in the power run game. He is a mobile lineman with good feet, strong hands and an impressive work ethic.”

Four-star LB Kalel Mullings — 9:31 a.m.

247Sports’ Brian Dohn: “Solid frame and thick build best suited for inside linebacker. Already physically developed. Plays downhill. Good burst in first three steps. Can change direction and make plays down line of scrimmage. Is physical disengaging. Sifts through traffic to make tackles. Has good speed. Has to play lower at point of attack. Adding flexibility so he can rotate shoulders important. Concern about being close to physically topped out. Durability questions exist. Multi-year starter at Top 20 program. Likely a day three NFL draft choice.”

Three-star LB Cornell Wheeler — 10:03 a.m.

247Sports’ Allen Trieu ($): “Smart, instinctive, and a hitter, we will see how the 6-foot-0, 205-pound prospect continues to grow, but he was very noticeable and in on a lot of plays. Since then, we have seen Wheeler add some weight. He measured 6-foot-0 and 228 pounds at the Nike Opening Regional. He does not have a 40 on record, but recorded a 36-inch vertical, a solid measure of his explosiveness. In terms of measureables, he is never going to be the belle of the ball at those events. He is the type of kid who is going to out produce a lot of guys who have better testing numbers though.”

Four-star OL Jeffrey Persi — 10:20 a.m.

247Sports’ Charles Power: “A former tight end who has grown into an offensive tackle, Persi has desirable movement skills and short area quickness that we look for at the position, backing that up with a verified 4.75 second short-shuttle during the offseason. Persi is still developing from a strength and technique standpoint but has received strong coaching at J Serra from former USC and NFL lineman Pat Harlow.”

Four-star WR A.J. Henning — 10:34 a.m.

247Sports’ Allen Trieu: “Compact build. Not a kid who stands out on the hoof, but has a well-developed upper and lower body. Has elite speed. Great burst and acceleration and can score from anywhere on the field. Very good hands. Catches the ball well away from his body and shows the ability to go up and catch passes that are above his head. Good lower body strength and will break tackles. More of a kid that will run past defenders than a make-you-miss in a phone booth guy. Shows some elusiveness after the catch. Versatile and can play in the backfield, slot or as an outside receiver. Needs to still continue to work on route-running and wide receiver technique if that is what he will do more of in college. Has dealt with some injuries, so staying healthy will be key for him in college. A true home-run threat and one of the more electric players in his class.”

Four-star DE Jaylen Harrell — 10:51 a.m.

MGoBlog’s Ace Anbender: “Harrell is going to be a project. The shift to defensive end—or standup rush end—should fit his athletic profile better than inside linebacker, where he may have stuck in the 1990s but not in today’s spread-happy environment. After watching his highlights, I think he has good initial burst, excellent closing speed, and good feet; I’m not sure he possesses Uche’s otherworldly combination of get-off and bend, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a quality pass-rusher.”

Four-star WR Roman Wilson — 1:30 p.m.

247Sports’ Blair Angulo: “Thin build, with frame to add mass without sacrificing explosiveness. Electric playmaker with lightning in his cleats. Elite quickness and speed to stretch the defense. Changes directions remarkably well and can make defenders miss in space. Knack for getting open underneath on short routes and threat to score from anywhere. Improved technical ability and route running skills, with savvy to wiggle his way through traffic. Very good hands, but could be more reliable. Could improve as a run blocker. Potential multi-year starter at the Power Five level and projected NFL Draft Day 3 selection.”

Three-star QB Dan Villari — 9:00 p.m.

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