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Recruiting rankings give Wolverines a boost
Now that the high school season is complete for most states, recruiting services have begun to issue updated rankings. The adjustments have sent some players up the ratings board, some down, and it’s given Michigan a bump in the national rankings for the 2018 class.
The Wolverines are up to No. 11 in the 247Sports composite rankings and they now have a top-100 player among the 16 commits in the class.
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Linebacker Otis Reese of Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County is ranked No. 92 overall in the country. He’s the No. 6 outside linebacker nationally and the No. 12 player in Georgia. Six Michigan commits are ranked among the top 232 players in the country by the 247Sports composite, which takes rankings from 247Sports, Rivals and Scout and provides an average score.
In the 247Sports rankings, linebacker Cameron McGrone is ranked No. 31 in the country and offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield is No. 99. Reese is No. 114.
The fluctuations in rankings from various sites provides a caveat: These are rankings done by individuals; some are former coaches or scouts, some don’t have extensive backgrounds or expertise. The rankings are a good guideline of a player’s talent level, but they by no means are a guarantee as to the level of success a player will have at the college level.
The bottom line for any fan wondering why their favorite team chooses to recruit Player X who received three stars from Service Y is to trust your coaches. They have more information regarding players that go deeper than 40-yard dash times. They’ve done their homework.
Jim Harbaugh’s in-home visits with Myles Sims, Joe Milton
Jim Harbaugh’s trip through the South continued Wednesday and Thursday with visits to two players who will be in Ann Arbor sooner than later.
Harbaugh and defensive backs coach Michael Zordich visited 2018 commit Myles Sims in Westlake, Ga., outside of Atlanta on Wednesday. Harbaugh was in Mississippi earlier this week courting players who plan on transferring from Ole Miss due to NCAA sanctions.
Sims is a 6-foot-3, 173-pound cornerback who is rated as a 4-star prospect. He is scheduled to play in the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando on Jan. 4 before he enrolls at Michigan for the spring semester. Sims is one of three 2018 commits who plans to sign a national letter of intent this month and enroll early in order to be eligible to participate in spring practice and offseason workouts.
— SPIDER (@simsmyles) December 7, 2017
Harbaugh was in Orlando on Thursday where he met with quarterback Joe Milton and his family. Milton, despite all the rumors surrounding the possibility of Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson being one of those transfers, has been steadfast in his commitment. He has told Land of 10 that he will sign on Dec. 20 and plans on spending New Year’s Eve in Ann Arbor.
— Joe milton #7 (@Qbjayy7) December 7, 2017
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