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University of Michigan In-State Recruiting Recap

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University of Michigan In-State Recruiting Recap

Breaking down Michigan's 2016 in-state recruiting class:

Lavert Hill, Detroit King CB – Hill’s recruitment lasted until National Signing Day, but after decommitting, the belief among the majority of recruiting analysts was that Michigan was always the front runner land the four-star cornerback. A big reason for Michigan to be the assumed front-runner for Hill was that his older brother, Delano Hill is currently a safety for the Wolverines.

Hill is a true shutdown cornerback who could find himself playing early on in Ann Arbor and has drawn the comparison of current Michigan cornerback, Jourdan Lewis, who had a breakout season in 2015.

Mike Onwenu, Detroit Cass Tech OL – Onwenu has been committed to the Wolverines since the Brady Hoke era at Michigan and never really wavered his commitment despite taking a visit to Michigan State late in the recruiting process. 

Onwenu fits exactly what Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh likes to do and should fit in perfectly at guard for the Wolverines, opening running lanes for running backs for years to come for Michigan. Don’t be surprised if you see Onwenu play on the defensive line as well as he proved to be a force against the run in high school.

Quinn Nordin, Rockford K – The top kicker in the nation according to CornBlue Kicking, Nordin was originally committed to Penn State, before Harbaugh and Michigan put on the full court press on the recruiting trail to try and get the Rockford standout to flip his commitment to the Maize and Blue. Nordin received offers from about 20 schools looking to land his services for the next 4-5 years, but chose to stay in state. 

Michigan currently has two kickers on its roster, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nordin step on campus and immediately pose a challenge to current Michigan kicker Kenny Allen. Nordin had a season-long field goal of 51 yards in his senior year and has been recorded making field goals of over 60 years in camps. Nordin is also an accomplished punter, averaging nearly 40 yards per punt in high school.

Final Take: Michigan’s in-state recruiting class doesn’t have the numbers, but it certainly has the star power. All three players could make a big impact for the Wolverines early on and you could see all three of them having potential to play at the next level as well. Hill could have the biggest impact right away because of his already polished coverage skills and athleticism. Onwenu and Nordin may end up redshirting their freshman seasons, but look for both of them to be able to make an impact no later than in their second year in Ann Arbor.