Happy Friday, and welcome to another edition of the Michigan Recruiting Roundup!
Recruiting never sleeps, even as the early signing period draws to a close. Today we will recap what a few of Michigan’s signed players had to say about their class. But first, let’s get to what could be the big news of the day.
2020 four-star C target committing today
Juwan Howard has been working hard on the recruiting trail since arriving at Michigan, and one of the players he has been targeting the longest is 2020 four-star center Hunter Dickinson. The 7-foot-1, 255-pound big man from Maryland narrowed down his list to four schools — Michigan, Florida State, Notre Dame and Duke.
It was reported by 247Sports’ Evan Daniels on Tuesday that Dickinson would announce his commitment later this week. Last night, Dickinson tweeted he’d be committing on Friday.
I will be announcing my college decision tomorrow‼️— Hunter Dickinson (@H_Dickinson24) December 20, 2019
At this point, 91 percent of the crystal balls are in favor of the Wolverines. If Dickinson does commit to Howard and company, he would be Michigan’s third commitment of the 2020 class, joining five-star forward Isaiah Todd and four-star guard Zeb Jackson.
Buckle up, folks.
Jordan Morant impressed with U-M’s 2020 safeties
Michigan brought in four four-star defensive backs during the early signing period — three safeties and one cornerback. One of those safeties, Jordan Morant, told The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb (FREE) on the radio on Wednesday he likes the safeties Michigan has coming in next season.
“I sat back (Tuesday) night and said, ‘wow, our recruiting class, especially in that position, is going to be incredible,’” Morant said. “I think we’re going to be very good, we’re going to be special. Next year is going to be something to watch, I would say.”
Not only is this class’ safety group special, but so was last year’s group with five-star Daxton Hill and four-star Quinten Johnson. Don Brown has a lot to work with in the defensive backfield next season, especially with Brad Hawkins back for his senior year. The secondary should be really good for years to come with those guys, as well as the incoming freshmen.
Andre Seldon says a Big Ten school negatively recruited against U-M
One of the vocal leaders in Michigan’s 2020 class is four-star cornerback Andre Seldon. The in-stater hailing from Belleville was the first player to commit to the Wolverines’ 2020 class, all the way back in June of 2018. His commitment was never in question, but what was in question to one Big Ten school, Seldon told TMI’s Brice Marich ($), was whether or not he fit in on Michigan’s defense.
“Oh yeah, definitely,” Seldon said about negative recruiting. “There was a school. A Big Ten school told me that I didn’t fit well in Michigan’s defense. I disagree with that. They run man and I’m a man corner and I excel in man-to-man, so I really disagree with that.
“(As) soon as (the recruiter) left, I was thinking like, ‘I can’t wait to play that school’ and telling me this. I’m going to make an interception against them just to prove that’s not right.”
I absolutely love the way Seldon responded to the negative recruiting. We probably will never know what school told him that, but if his play on the field translates to his attitude about being a Wolverine and believing in his abilities to fit in well with Michigan’s defense, odds are he’ll get an interception against that school.
That’s all for this week! Be on the lookout for more recruiting news, including a possible commitment today from Dickinson.