The Michigan Wolverines officially welcomed the 11 early enrollees players in the 2021 class on Tuesday morning in a video posted to social media.
Officially in the Maize and Blue 〽️ pic.twitter.com/ozrVgMqaXT— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) January 19, 2021
Among the early enrollees in this class are quarterback J.J. McCarthy, running back Donovan Edwards, linebacker Junior Colson, wide receiver Andrel Anthony, offensive lineman Tristan Bounds, running back Tavierre Dunlap, wide receiver Cristian Dixon, offensive lineman Giovanni El-Hadi, offensive lineman Greg Crippen, offensive lineman Raheem Anderson and transfer offensive lineman Willie Allen.
Josh Gattis and company must be ecstatic with the amount of guys on offense who were able to enroll early. Having your quarterback, both running backs, two wide receivers and every offensive lineman in this class now in Ann Arbor will go a long way in their development. More often than not, guys who contribute early in their careers end up being early enrollees, so we’ll see if any of those guys make an impact right away.
On the flip side, it is a bit concerning to see only one guy on defense enrolled early, especially since there is a new coordinator in town. I suppose it is a good thing the defensive player who did enroll early is the best in the class in Colson. He is as versatile a linebacker as they come, so to get him in there early to work with a guy like Mike Macdonald who worked with linebackers with the Baltimore Ravens is huge.
One significant absence is wide receiver Xavier Worthy, who announced on Twitter last night he was sticking in California for the time being. But don’t worry — the expectation is he will be in Ann Arbor this summer.
The other prospects who did not enroll early this year include tight end Louis Hansen, linebacker Jaydon Hood, cornerback Ja’Den McBurrows, defensive lineman Kechaun Bennett, linebacker Tyler McLaurin, safety Rod Moore, defensive lineman TJ Guy, defensive lineman Dominick Giudice and kicker/punter Tommy Doman.
Michigan’s 2021 class is currently ranked No. 13 overall and No. 2 in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports’ composite.