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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Michigan adds another building block on the line with Cass Tech center Raheem Anderson II

By: , April 12, 2020, 2:47 pm

Michigan offensive line coach Ed Warrinner got a big ‘ol treat in his Easter basket on Sunday, as Cass Tech’s big center, Raheem Anderson II, committed to the Wolverines early in the afternoon. 

He made his announcement in a video he posted on Twitter, containing a frame with a statement: 

“I would first like to thank God for blessing me with the ability and skills to play the game of football. I secondly would like to thank my parents for allowing me to paly the game, and always pushing me to strive for hte best that I can possibly be. I would also like to thank my coaches from little league and high school for instilling leadership and helping me be a better football player,” Anderson wrote. “I lastly want to thank all of the coaches that have recruited me throughout my high school career.”

The 6-foot-3, 298-pound Anderson was ranked as a four-star prospect by the 247Sports composite, the No. 7 player in Michigan and the No. 3 center in the country. He committed to Michigan from among his 26 offers, which included Michigan State, Ole Miss, Purdue, LSU, Louisville, Georgia, Kentucky and Colorado. 

His commitment ends a run of highly-ranked 2021 Detroit Public School players choosing Penn State, including Anderson’s twin teammates, Kobe and Kalen King, on Friday. Detroit King’s Jaylen Reed committed to the Nittany Lions on Thursday. 

Anderson joins offensive linemen Giovanni El-Hadi of Sterling Heights Stevenson (No. 4 player in Michigan, per 247Sports) and guard Greg Crippen of IMG Academy in Florida in Michigan’s 2021 recruiting class. 

— MATTHEW B. MOWERY