Jim Harbaugh Breaks Down His 2019 Recruiting Class

Jim Harbaugh Breaks Down His 2019 Recruiting Class

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Jim Harbaugh Breaks Down His 2019 Recruiting Class

93% of Michigan’s 2019 football recruiting class is officially signed and sealed and now just waiting on delivery — whether that be in the midyear, or in late June this next summer.

Early Signing Day was a massive success for the Wolverines, not just because the team flipped Daxton Hill back into the fold or garnered a commitment from four-star wide receiver Cornelius Johnson — but that whatever surprises there were on Wednesday were of the good variety for Michigan.

Appearing on the IMG Network’s Inside Michigan Football radio program with Jon Jansen — who filled in for usual host Brad Galli — Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh ran through his list of new signees, sharing what he likes about this class from top to bottom.

“It’s a great day,” Harbaugh said. “Successful class. Wonderful, wonderful group of players and families. I’m sure I’ll highlight that a lot through this conversation. Really happy, really thankful. If I could sum it up a little bit, it’s a group of players that really want to be great for Michigan. They want to come up here and be great, also for themselves. They’re not afraid of work. I would also hang that on them. These guys are self-starters and not allergic to working. They like it. A really, really tremendous class. Real playmakers.

“Dax Hill on the defensive side from the safety position, Zach Charbonnet on the offensive side – tremendous players. Chris Hinton, a five-star guy on the defensive line. Mazi Smith, in-state defensive tackle. Nolan Rumler – arguably, he’s the best player in the class

“Got a great quarterback in Cade McNamara. Trente Jones, offensive tackle, a true offensive tackle – along with Trevor Keegan. And Karsen Barnhart, who’s a tremendous athlete. Zach Carpenter – we’re projecting him as a center right now. An offensive line that’s really, really good and deep.
“David Ojabo and Mike Morris – two defensive linemen that (are) big, strong guys. Really, really impressive families and work ethic. A guy, Erick All, that was dominating as the year was going on. Great tight end prospect. Giles Jackson – really fast. Could be a running back, could be a slot-type receiver. Really gives us a lot of speed. Speaking of speed, Charles Thomas, the linebacker – I think he’s gonna remind people of Devin Bush with his speed.

“Great to get a corner – DJ Turner from IMG, out of the Atlanta area (originally) – is a (big-time) corner. He likes to work, he likes to tackle, really good at man-to-man coverage. Quinten Johnson is a playmaking safety. Very versatile, skilled players, both in the secondary. Talking about DJ and Quinten and Dax. Also Mike Sainristil – very versatile skill player. Could be an offensive player, could be a defensive player. Could say the same for George Johnson. Played quarterback, but he’s a versatile skill player. Could be an offensive or defensive player. Jalen Perry – he played both ways, versatile player, a corner and wide receiver. Joey Velazquez – he’ll do anything. He played running back. He played safety. He played linebacker. He’ll even play baseball when he’s here. He’s that versatile.

“Gabe Newburg, a ‘Go Blue’ guy all the way. Defensive end. Gonna remind a lot of people of Chase Winovich with his motor. Anthony Solomon – probably gonna be a heckuva VIPER. From St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida, but a real student of the game. Quintel Kent – another real versatile athlete. Wide receiver. Jack Stewart – another real good offensive lineman. Gatorade player of the year. And Cornelius Johnson – he’s gonna remind a lot of people of Tarik Black and Donovan and Nico.

“It’s exciting. It’s an exciting class. Like I said, all these guys all like to work. They like to study, they like to work, they like to play football. Really excited about the class.”

Just as big — all of the top playmakers signed this time around.

If you remember last year, longtime linebacker commit Otis Reese held off on signing early, and ultimately, that allowed for him to flip to Georgia on the morning of National Signing Day in February.

Michigan won’t have that type of concern this time around. While Quinten Johnson and Amauri Pesek-Hickson haven’t signed their National Letter of Intent just yet, it’s due to that they will sign later with the rest of their high school teammates.

Harbaugh was thrilled to wrap up the bulk of the class early, praising the commitment the future crop of Wolverines has in becoming future standouts for the maize and blue.

“Everyone we thought was going to sign, everyone we sent a National Letter of Intent to, they were committed and confident, but now is the time to make that decision,” Harbaugh said. “We had every signature in by 10:31AM this morning, Eastern Time. Which speaks volumes. There’s Cade McNamara out in Reno, Nevada. Zach Charbonnet in Southern California and Giles Jackson in the East Bay in California that all got theirs in at 7 o’clock their time. 7 o’clock AM is the earliest you can sign a National Letter of Intent in your time zone. And they all did it, everybody did it early. They were confident in it and decisive about it. Now is the time. Full committed class.”

Harbaugh also confirmed that there will be eight early-enrollees joining the program in early January.

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