Recruiting Mailbag: Quavaris Crouch, Daxton Hill, Don Brown and More

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Recruiting Mailbag: Quavaris Crouch, Daxton Hill, Don Brown and More

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Recruiting Mailbag: Quavaris Crouch, Daxton Hill, Don Brown and More


WolverinesWire answers your Michigan football recruiting questions.


Recruiting Mailbag: Quavaris Crouch, Daxton Hill, Don Brown and More

When will Quavaris Crouch commit? What are Michigan’s chances with Daxton Hill?

Isaiah touched on recruiting a little bit in WolverinesWire’s first-ever mailbag, but here are some more questions and answers.

Let’s go!

The rumblings from sources close to Charlotte (N.C.) Harding University 2019 five-star running back and linebacker Quavaris Crouch indicate that he will make a commitment sometime before the start of his senior season.

However, that is not set in stone.

Michigan recently hosted Crouch for an unofficial visit on June 15. It seems as if the Wolverines, along with Tennessee, Clemson and South Carolina are near the top for the five-star’s collegiate services.

When push comes to shove, it could end up being a two-way race between the Michigan and Tennessee, but it is tough to tell with a prospect who does not often talk with the media.

In the 2017 season, Crouch ran the ball for 3,142 yards and 31 touchdowns. On defense, he added 42 tackles and 14 sacks. The Wolverines would allow him to play running back, linebacker or both in Ann Arbor.

Essentially, that decision is Crouch’s choice.

The good news is Michigan is making moves in the right direction for Crouch. If the No. 14 overall prospect and his family members buy into the academics and athletics combination at the University of Michigan, the Wolverines could steal him away from opposing ACC and SEC schools.

Michigan is in great shape.

This is quite an interesting questions because I have no clue.

However, here is what I will say about Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington 2019 five-star safety Daxton Hill…

  1. He is committing soon.
  2. Michigan is optimistic about landing Hill.
  3. There was a Michigan feeling surrounding Hill at The Opening Finals.

Michigan has made Hill a major priority in the 2019 class despite falling behind in the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, which have him going to Oklahoma (80 percent), Oklahoma State (13 percent) and Alabama (7 percent). The Wolverines do not have a single vote.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound safety last visited Michigan on March 17 for an unofficial. He does not often talk to the media much, so predicting his commitment solely based off the 247Sports Crystal Ball is impossible.

Everyone is in a waiting period, but his commitment will be arriving in the near future.

Our own Isaiah Hole broke down a few other interesting points regarding Hill in his note on him on the 4th of July.

Also, check out the story of Michigan quarterback commit Cade McNamara breaking down what he thought about Hill and two other prospects’ interest in the Wolverines.

Hill is ranked No. 8 in the nation, No. 1 at his position and No. 1 in Oklahoma, according to 247Sports Composite.

In the 2016 recruiting class, Penn State’s best linebacker was four-star Cameron Brown. In 2017, it was four-star Ellis Brooks. In 2018 – four-star Jesse Luketa.

Ohio State, on the other hand, brought in four-star Keandre Jones in 2016, five-star Baron Browning in 2017 and four-star Teradja Mitchell in 2018.

That’s one five-star between the two schools at linebacker in the last three seasons.

Michigan’s 2018 class enrollee Cameron McGrone is ranked as a four-star (No. 118), which is a much higher ranking than most linebackers the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions have added in the last three recruiting cycles.

In the 2017 cycle, it was Drew Singleton, ranked as a four-star (No. 79). Meanwhile, the Wolverines also got Jordan Anthony, who was also a four-star (No. 106).

The only time in the last three seasons Michigan went without a linebacker in the top 150 was Devin Bush Jr. in 2016. He was a four-star prospect but ranked No. 312 in the nation.

If you’re a star-gazer, which it seems you are, Michigan is actually doing pretty well.

Judging by the fact that Michigan has had two of the higher four-star linebackers in comparison to Ohio State and Penn State, I would say the program is just fine.

Trust Don Brown.

My favorite aspect of covering Michigan football recruiting is interacting with the kids. Being 19 years old, I enjoy being able to relate to them. In the same way they are trying to better their football career, I’m doing the same with journalism.

They play football, go to school and work jobs to make money. I write, go to school and work jobs to make money.

In both situations, football and journalism, it’s a tough road to make it to the top.

I also really enjoy getting news out to the public. When an unforeseen commitment drops, I get an adrenaline buildup and grind to get it posted. That’s always been a special feeling for me – writing under pressure.

My favorite Michigan recruiting moment was getting the chance to get deep with Devontae Dobbs for ESPN 100.9-FM, which is the radio station built into Dow Diamond, home of the Great Lakes Loons (Single-A Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate) in Midland, Michigan. I work as the Communications Coordinator for the Loons and help broadcast Saginaw Valley League High School football for the radio station in the fall. So, during the summer, I’ve been doing columns and stories for the ESPN 100.9-FM website just to bring through fresh content.

After chatting with Dobbs, I was curious as to why he opened up to me because I did not push him one way or another. I truly believe it was just because I was young. It was really cool to talk to someone and hear their emotions come out in a phone interview. That was special.

I really love covering Michigan football recruiting and I’m not going to give it up anytime soon. Hopefully, it becomes a full-time gig for me.

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