Among the topics on this week’s Future Brew podcast focused on the wide receiver position for the Michigan Wolverines in the 2022 class. With two guys committed, the coaching staff decided to dish out a couple new offers recently. Why the sudden need to get another guy on board?
Von: Over the last month of so, they’ve sent out a few new offers to wide receivers in this class. One of those guys is three-star speedster Cody Hagen. He was offered back in July and is from the state of Utah. Michigan also offered three-star Chas Nimrod, but he committed to Tennessee not even a week after Michigan offered, so he’s off the board already. And then they’ve still been recruiting four-star Dane Key, who was offered back in May. He visited back in June — probably trying to get him to visit again this fall for a gameday. So with the couple recent offers that they’ve dished out at this position, why do you think it is they suddenly felt the need to go after more guys at wide receiver?
Jon: I think it’s always a good idea to have three receivers in a class. With Tyler Morris coming off a major injury, I think it’s also a good idea to have an insurance plan in case he doesn’t come back as explosive as he was.
Von: I agree, it’s probably good to get three guys per class, but it seemed to me they weren’t going after a lot of other guys. Dane Key they’ve been recruiting for four months now, but then sending out the offers to Nimrod and Hagen, I found that interesting. Wide receiver doesn’t seem as big of a need right now compared to the other positions. Do you think it’ as big of a need as the coaching staff does?
Jon: I don’t know if it’s at the top of the list, but like I said before, it’s never a bad idea to keep looking. Cody Hagen, for example, watching his tape, he’s electric. He’d be a terrifying guy in the slot that just seems always open, he’s incredibly productive. He seems like a guy who will be a real nuisance for teams, running a 10.5 in the 100-meter dash. Lining him up anywhere would be a big weapon for the offense. And then Dane Key, the four-star from Kentucky. I think he’s a bigger target, he’d be good on the outside. He’s already off to a good start with his senior season, too. So when you have these guys that are popping on film and you have a good shot — Key has already visited. Hagen has immediately shown a bunch of interest since getting the offer from Michigan, so there’s no good reason to not go after these guys. I think they can be quality producers for the team.
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