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Evaluating Michigan’s two newest QB targets in 2022

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The Wolverines have expanded their QB board.

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On this week’s Future Brew podcast, we discuss two new emerging options at quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines in the 2022 class.

Von: For a while there, it seemed like three-star California quarterback Nate Johnson was the only guy Michigan was going after, but over the last couple weeks they’ve kind of opened it up a little bit and offered a couple new prospects here. Let’s start with the highest-ranked of the bunch, and that is four-star Justyn Martin. Currently committed to Cal, but kind of seems open to this whole recruiting process. Stands 6-4, weighs 210 pounds and hails from Inglewood, California. Jon, what do you like about his game?

Jon: Martin is a pro-style guy, doesn’t move around a lot from what I saw. From his highlights, he had an incredibly clean pocket, so he didn’t have to move around much. He’s got good placement and puts good touch on the ball, so I like that about him. He’s definitely a different genre of player, and given Johnson’s development in the spring, I think I’d take Martin over him. I don’t think coaches saw the progress they wanted Johnson to take. I think the coaches are looking for someone a little more polished and that’s what Martin is for sure.

Von: The second quarterback is three-star Alabama native Conner Harrell. Not ranked as high as Martin, he’s No. 647 overall at the moment, at 6-1, 191. Seems to be a high-academic guy with some of these offers — Northwestern, UNC, Duke, Arizona State, TCU, Louisville, Indiana, a few others in there as well. His only official set up so far is to Northwestern later this month. Led his team to an undefeated season in 2020, threw for almost 3,600 yards, 42 touchdowns, only three interceptions, and then had 319 rushing yards for five rushing touchdowns. Stephen, definitely a different player compared to Martin. Harrell obviously on tape is noticeably smaller, more mobile in the pocket, and from what I saw on film he delivered a pretty nice ball and delivered them into some tight coverage.

Stephen: Yeah, and this was his first year starting, puts up 42 touchdowns and three picks. That’s a position where you can’t ignore this guy any longer, and Michigan has the advantage of not having the quarterback position nailed down. And then you add in he’s a high academic guy, he has a Harvard offer as well. That’s not only a guy who will be able to pick up the playbook quickly, but it’s another reason for the guy to stick around at Michigan. He may not be someone looking to transfer elsewhere if he doesn’t start the first couple years because he’s invested in his degree. And that is valuable considering he’s following a five-star in J.J. McCarthy. He’s exactly the high-ceiling player, the skillset, the projection that you want to see in a guy following up the class of 2021, and I think Harrell fits that pretty well.

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