Recruiting recap: 5-star DE Anoma picks 'Bama over UM

Geoff Robinson
The Detroit News
East English Village football head coach Rod Oden, standing far left, watches as his players, Desjuan Johnson, left, and Zhamaine March, middle, sign letters of intent to play football in college. Seated at right is Jaeveyon Morton of Detroit King. who is also signing.

For a complete list of Michigan and Michigan State recruits, scroll to the bottom. 

Well, once again Jim Harbaugh has been bested by Nick Saban in recruiting.

Eyabi Anoma, a 5-star defensive end from Maryland, chose to roll with Alabama instead of joining Don Brown's defense in Ann Arbor.

That sets Michigan's recruiting class at 16 for the early signing period, barring any unforeseen commitments over the next two days. There will still be commitments to come in February. The Wolverines will be hoping to add some more punch to a class that ranks 12th in the nation, according to 247.

MSU added 20 recruits today, good for 24th.

Michigan awaits 5-star's decision

Eyabi Anoma, a 5-star defensive end from Maryland, will be announcing his college of choice at 2 p.m.

Anoma is thought to be going to Alabama, but Michigan has been in on the chase for him since the beginning. The two schools are largely considered the favorites to land the 6-5, 230 pound prospect. Maryland has also been mentioned as a hometown possibility. He ranks as the seventh-best prospect in the country, according to 247.

Three Wolverines remain unsigned

While Michigan waits on what would be their highest-rated recruit of this class, it appears that 4-star linebacker Otis Reese may opt to wait to make his decision, as The Detroit News has learned that he is getting pressure to stay at home and go to Georgia.

The Wolverines will also have to wait on 3-star Ronnie Bell, who Michigan Insider Sam Webb says can't sign a National Letter of Intent until the calendar flips to 2018.

Three-star quarterback Kevin Doyle of Washington D.C. is said to be waiting until February to make his decision.

All-in-all, Michigan currently holds 16 NLIs from recruits today and may not get anymore. There is a chance they land 5-star defensive end Eyabi Anoma, who will announce his decision at 2 p.m.

Detroit King duo sign NLIs

A pair of players from local powerhouse Detroit King are heading to Power 5 programs.

Jaeveyon Martin, a 3-star defensive back, is heading to play for Matt Campbell at Iowa State

Erik Gibson is a 3-star wide receiver that will join P.J. Fleck's 28th-ranked recruiting class at Minnesota.

Dantonio offers his view of the new early signing period

Mark Dantonio has long been a supporter of the early signing period. He didn't back down from that view when appearing on the Big Ten Network this morning.

"It gives everybody an opportunity to sort where they're going to school," he said. "It takes the heat of of everybody and gives you an opportunity to accelerate the 2019 class."

With 20 signees expected and 20 letters signed before 10 a.m., Dantonio has nothing to worry about going forward.

"No drama for us (this year). What's nice is you recruit players and get those guys that you targeted. When you're scrambling at the end, it's not so good."

Dantonio also addressed what kind of players he was targeting.

"We just recruit good players that can play at this level," he said. "We're looking at character. You have to have good character. We've gotten to know all of these guys really well."

This MSU class features nine players from Ohio and six from Michigan.

Spartans complete class with legacy signing

Jacob Isaia was the final notch on the belt for the Spartans today. He's a 3-star center from Nevada and a legacy at MSU. His grandfather, Bob Apisa, was inducted into the MSU Hall of Fame this past year. Apisa was a part of the 1965 and 1966 national champion Spartan teams.

There were no surprises in East Lansing this morning. Mark Dantonio was expected to sign 20 recruits and did so in what might be record time. As of 10:23 a.m., MSU had delivered all 20 of its signees to East Lansing. Barring any unforeseen commitments later in the day, it appears that Dantonio can get back to prepping for his team's bowl game.

Penn State nets 5-star recruit

Micah Parsons decommitted from James Franklin and Penn State in April, but in the end, the fourth-ranked prospect in the country has decided to sign with the Nittany Lions. Parson was also considering Ohio State and Nebraska, but in the end, he decided to stay home.

Already ranked the sixth-best class in the country, Penn State moved up to fourth in 247's rankings after Parsons commitment.

Michigan's class starting to take shape

The Spartans got an early jump on things, but Jim Harbaugh's recruits are coming in at a steady pace. With 3-star safety German Green's signing just before 10 a.m., the the Wolverines now have 10 National Letters of Intent in their hands. It is expected that German Green's brother, Gemon Green, a 3-star defensive back, will follow his brother to Ann Arbor.

There were 18 recruits on Michigan's board coming into the morning as the Wolverines had the 12th-ranked class. With the flip 3-star Julius Welschof from Georgia Tech, the Wolverines moved up to 11th in 247's rankings.

Milton signs with Wolverines

Joe Milton has officially submitted his National Letter of Intent to play at Michigan. Milton, a 4-star quarterback from Florida, joins a crowded quarterback room in Ann Arbor but is on record as saying he welcomes the challenge. While it isn't likely Milton sees the field in the next year or two, he definitely has the skill set to be a playmaker. At 6-5, 230 with a rocket for an arm, Milton may be the biggest get for the Wolverines in this year's class.

Hutchinson makes it official

Aidan Hutchinson, a 4-star defensive end from Dearborn Divine Child, has made it official with the Wolverines. Hutchinson goes 6-6, 260 pounds. He held offers from MSU, Nebraska, Wisconsin and LSU, but he was always a strong commitment for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.

WMU pulls in highest-rated MAC class ever

Stepping aside from the big boys in the state for a second, Western Michigan is continuing to succeed in bringing in recruits in the post-P.J. Fleck era. Tim Lester struggled to keep together a solid class last year after Fleck left and many of his recruits followed, but he's followed that up this year for what is the highest-rated class in the history of the Mid-American Conference.

The class is anchored by 4-star offensive tackle Antwan Reed of Muskegon. Reed recently decommitted from Penn State to join the Broncos. He also had offers from Michigan, MSU, Notre Dame, Georgia, Florida and others. It's safe to say this is a huge get for second-year Broncos head coach Tim Lester.

WMU also has 17 3-star commitments.

Gervin makes it official with MSU

Kalon Gervin, a 4-star defensive back from Detroit Cass Tech, has made it official with the Spartans this morning. Gervin may be the biggest get for Mark Dantonio is this year's class.

Michigan flips German DE

Julius Welschof, a 3-star defensive end from Germany, has announced his intention to sign with Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines after flipping his commitment from Georgia Tech.

Michigan entered today with the 11th-ranked recruiting class, according to 247sports. If Harbaugh can pull off a couple more coups before the day is done, they could have another top 10 class.

As of 7:51 a.m., the Wolverines have yet to officially announce any signed recruits.

Nation's top recruit signs with Clemson

Trevor Lawrence, a 5-star quarterback from Georgia, has made his commitment to the defending national champions official.

Spartans doing early work

National Signing Day is underway for the the first time before the new year. Mark Dantonio and the Spartans already have a few names on their early list of signed, sealed and delivered athletes. Stay with The Detroit News all day long for signing day updates.

List of Michigan signed recruits:

Julius Welschof, 3-star DE, Germany

Aidan Hutchinson, 4-star DE, Divine Child (MI)

Sammy Faustin, 3-star CB, Naples (FL)

Joe Milton, 4-star QB, Olympia (FL)

Cam McGrone, 4-star LB, Lawrence Central (IN)

Luke Schoonmaker, 3-star TE, Hamden Hall (CT)

Christian Turner, 3-star RB, Buford (GA)

Ryan Hayes, 4-star OT, Traverse City West (MI)

German Green, 3-star S, Desoto (TX)

Gemon Green, 3-star DB, Desoto (TX)

Mustapha Muhammad, 4-star TE, Ridge Point (MO)

Taylor Upshaw, 3-star DE, Braden River (FL)

Jalen Mayfield, 4-star OT, Grand Rapids Catholic Central (MI)

Myles Sims, 4-star CB, Westlake (GA)

Ben VanSumeren, 3-star FB, Garber (MI)

Hassan Haskins, 3-star RB, Eureka Sr. (MO)

List of Michigan State signed recruits:

Javez Alexander, 3-star QB, Sandusky (OH)

Michael Dowell, 3-star S, St. Edward (OH)

Chase Kline, 3-star LB, Chardon (OH)

La'Darius Jefferson, 3-star ATH, Muskegon (MI)

Elijah Collins, 3-star DB, Detroit U-D Jesuit HS (MI)

Zach Slade, 3-star DL, Olentangy HS (OH)

Jacob Slade, 3-star DL, Olentangy HS (OH)

Chris Jackson, 3-star DB, Lassiter HS (GA)

Edward Warinner, 3-star LB, Olentangy Liberty HS (OH)

Julian Major, 3-star WR, Penn Hills (PA)

James Ohonba, 3-star OL, Woodland HS (GA)

Xavier Henderson, 4-star DB, Pickerington Central (OH)

Trenton Gillison, 4-star TE, Pickerington Central (OH)

Theo Day, 4-star QB, Divine Child (MI)

Jeslord Boateng, 3-star LB, Dublin Coffman (OH)

Davion Williams, 3-star CB, Belleville (MI)

Kalon Gervin, 4-star RB, Cass Tech (MI)

Dimitri Douglas, 3-star OT, Saline (MI)

Parks Gissinger, 3-star DE, Chaminade (CA)

Jacob Isaia, 3-star C, Bishop Gorman (NV)


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