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-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Michigan running back Zach Charbonnet. (Image Source: Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
With National Signing Day official behind us, we continue to look back at Jim Harbaugh’s first five signing classes. Here’s a breakdown of the 2019 recruiting class on the offensive side of the ball:
RB Zach Charbonnet (247 Composite Ranking: 46): There was a lot of hype surrounding Charbonnet’s arrival and as a true freshman he proved to be ready for the B1G with a blend of size and speed. The Cali native led the Wolverines in rushing while setting the school record for rushing touchdowns by a freshman with 11.
Next: Charbonnet will compete for the starting running back job in 2020
OT Trente Jones (247 Composite Ranking: 108): The highest-rated trench-man of what was considered a strong group of offensive line recruits, Jones hails from Georgia. A big recruiting win for the Wolverines in SEC country. The 6’6” offensive tackle was the 11th-best recruit at the position in the 2019 class.
Next: Jones will compete for a backup offensive tackle role in 2020
OG Nolan Rumler (247 Composite Ranking: 174): One of Michigan’s best gets from the state of Ohio in the Harbaugh era, Rumler was the fifth-highest rated player in the state coming out in 2019 and the 10th-rated guard in the class. He was named by Ed Warriner among the young offensive linemen stepping to the “forefront.”
Next: Rumler will compete for a backup offensive guard role in 2020
WR Cornelius Johnson (247 Composite Ranking: 175): This class is also deep at wide receiver with Johnson possessing the best size (6’3”/209). As a true freshman, the top recruit out Connecticut appeared in all 13 games. A touchdown catch against in-state rival Michigan State was among his four receptions last season.
Next: Johnson is expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver role in 2020
OT Trevor Keegan (247 Composite Ranking: 176): Another big recruiting win within the Big Ten footprint, the Wolverines landed the top recruit out of Illinois. Keegan is considered to be very talented and after not getting into a game in 2019 he is believed to be ready to contribute this upcoming season.
Next: Keegan is expected to be a backup offensive tackle in 2020
OG Karsen Barnhart (247 Composite Ranking: 266): Unlike the three highest-rated offensive linemen in UM’s class, Barnhart got into two games as a true freshman for the Wolverines, both times at left tackle where he backed up Jon Runyan for much of the season. Considered by many to be a breakout candidate.
Next: Barnhart will compete for the starting offensive guard job in 2020
QB Cade McNamara (247 Composite Ranking: 268): The Maize & Blue beat out rival Notre Dame for the top recruit coming out of Nevada in 2019. McNamara was the seventh-ranked Pro-Style quarterback in this class and the fourth-straight four-star quarterback Harbaugh has landed in the past four classes, adding to their depth.
Next: McNamara is expected to be the No. 3 quarterback in 2020
WR Giles Jackson (247 Composite Ranking: 303): The all-purpose talent flashed his playmaking ability as a receiver, runner, and return specialist. He’s just the second freshman in school history to score as a runner, receiver, and returner. The speedy and lightning quick Jackson could bring an added dimension to the offense.
Next: Jackson is expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver role in 2020
TE Erick All (247 Composite Ranking: 346): As a true freshman, All ended up getting on the field more than most expected to see. The Ohio native is an athletic pass catcher who got into 11 games as a tight end. While he finished with just one catch, All was a regular contributor for Michigan’s special teams in 2019.
Next: All will compete for the backup tight end role in 2020
OG Zach Carpenter (247 Composite Ranking: 554): The third Ohio recruit on offense in this class, Carpenter didn’t get on the field as a true freshman but he did make an impression on the staff, as he was named the offensive scout team player of the year. He was injured early but once he got healthy, Carpenter made progress.
Next: Carpenter will compete for the starting center job in 2020
OT Jack Stewart (247 Composite Ranking: 573): Like most of the O-line recruits, Stewart did not see the field as a true freshman for the Wolverines. The sixth-ranked recruit from Connecticut, Stewart was among the first signees for Harbaugh in this class. Unless he makes a big jump, might be a couple years away from contributing.
Next: Stewart has four seasons of eligibility remaining at Michigan
WR Mike Sainristil (247 Composite Ranking: 595): The former Virginia Tech commit generated some buzz in the spring and at times looked impressive as a true freshman. After the aforementioned Jackson, Sainristil might be the speediest Wolverine on the offensive side of the ball in 2020. He’s a game-breaking threat.
Next: Sainristil is expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver role in 2020
WR George Johnson III (247 Composite Ranking: 876): Listed as an athlete, Johnson III landed at receiver after starting three seasons at quarterback in high school (was a wide receiver as a sophomore). Physically gifted, Johnson is a bit of project with underrated upside. Was scout team offensive player of the week once.
Next: Johnson III has four seasons of eligibility remaining at Michigan
WR Quintel Kent (247 Composite Ranking: 958): The three-star recruit from the state of Ohio was considered a sleeper by some in the recruiting community however early in camp reports came out regarding injuries, which ultimately ended up with Kent being physically ineligible to participate in football.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe, Maxwell, Bednarik, and the Rotary Lombardi Awards, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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