Signing day recap: Highlights from busy day across Michigan

By Matt Schoch
The Detroit News
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The first day of the early signing period for college football recruits has arrived. Follow news and developments here throughout the day with updates by Matt Schoch, as recruits sign their letters of intent for colleges in Michigan and across the country.

Canton's Robinson commits to Mizzou

Canton's Darius Robinson, the No. 18 player of the Detroit News Blue Chip list, has committed to Missouri.

The three-star defensive end, who is 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, choose Mizzou over Minnesota, Colorado and Michigan.

One commit missing from MSU list

Michigan State released its list of 20 signings from the class, with one commitment missing.

Alante Brown, a 3-star WR from Chicago, was not on the official materials about the incoming class. Prospects have until Friday to sign in the early signing period and then can again in February on the traditional national signing day.

Coach Mark Dantonio said in a press conference that the team pursued "power football players" and that seven players will enroll early, according to Matt Charboneau.

Wisconsin, LSU get Michigan stars

Wisconsin and LSU both came to Michigan and got impact linemen on Wednesday.

The Badgers signed OT Logan Brown of East Kentwood, the No. 2 player in the Detroit News Blue Chip list. Brown is 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds.

No. 4 on the list, Muskegon T Anthony Bradford, signed with the Tigers. He is 6-5, 360.

5-star DE Zach Harrison stays home

Ohio 5-star defensive end Zach Harrison is staying home and will attend Ohio State.

Harrison, the No. 4 player on the 247Sports Composite rankings, was also considering Michigan and Penn State.

Harrison made the announcement at his high school near Columbus, Olentangy Orange.

Ohio State lost QB Dwan Mathis of Oak Park to Georgia earlier today. The Buckeyes also lost DB Jordan Battle to Alabama.

Three Belleville players unsigned

Belleville, which has the best crop of college prospects of any school in Michigan, has three more 3-star Division I recruits who have not signed yet. 

LB Marvin Ham tweeted that he will sign at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

DL Jalen Bell is an Akron commit and DE Tyrece Woods is a former Michigan commit.

Belleville already sent 5-star OL Devontae Dobbs and 4-star DB Julian Barnett to Michigan State this morning.

Michigan St. DL target signs with Illinois

Despite a late offer from Florida State, DL Keith Randolph has signed with Illinois. He was a Michigan State target.

Randolph is a 3-star prospect.

Zach Harrison ceremony at 12:30 p.m.

5-star defensive end Zach Harrison, who is believed to be deciding Wednesday between Michigan and Ohio State, will be holding a 12:30 p.m. signing ceremony at his school.

The Olentangy (Ohio) Orange prospect will have his announcement live streamed on Twitter at the handle @OOHSSportsLive, according to his school.

He has seemed to be trending toward Ohio State, as 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have a 94 percent chance he signs with the Buckeyes.

King WR, who flipped, signs with Ball State

Detroit King WR Jalen McGaughy, who switched Mid-American Conference commits on Tuesday, signed early Wednesday with Ball State.

McGaughy had been committed to Northern Illinois before making the switch this week.

MSU loses RB to Rutgers

Michigan State lost RB Aaron Young to Rutgers, where his brother, Avery, plays.

Aaron Young is a 3-star prospect from Coatesville (Pa.). He also considered Arkansas, Army, Northwestern and Buffalo.

The Spartans picked up a flip of their own today in OL Maverick Hansen of Farmington Hills Harrison, who was committed to Central Michigan.

Michigan waiting on trio

In addition to the 24 signings already announced and the upcoming announcement of 5-star prospect Zach Harrison, the Wolverines could be waiting on final decisions from three other commitments.

ATH George Johnson III of Stuart (Fla.), S Quinten Johnson of Washington D.C., and ATH Amauri Pesek-Hickson of Leawood (Kan.) have not yet signed.

Quinten Johnson and Pesek-Hickson are not expected to sign today, according to

Johnson is a 4-star prospect, and Johnson III and Pesek-Hickson are 3-star recruits.

Report: Michigan State commit to sign at 5 p.m.

According to Todderick Hunt of, Michigan State commit Aaron Young, a RB who could also be considering Rutgers, will sign at 5 p.m. during a signing ceremony at his school in Coatesville, Pa.

Coatesville is also the home of former Pistons star Richard Hamilton - yezzir!

Michigan inks its quarterback

Jim Harbaugh has his quarterback for the incoming class, signing 4-star prospect Cade McNamara from Reno, Nev.

McNamara, at 6-1 and 206 pounds, played at Damonte Ranch.

WMU signs handful of Michigan prospects

Western Michigan has landed some in-state prospects today, including Traverse City TE Jack Sherwin, Muskegon LB Ali'Vonta Wallace, Zeeland LB Boone Bonnema, Muskegon Mona Shores S Damari Roberson and East Grand Rapids OL Stuart Kettler.

MSU flips Central Michigan commit

Michigan State landed 3-star defensive end Maverick Hansen, who had previous committed to Central Michigan.

Hansen played for legendary coach John Herrington at Farmington Hills Harrison.

Spartans losing prospect to Rutgers?

Our Matt Charboneau has some insight on RB Aaron Young, who Michigan State is waiting on.

The Spartans have apparently locked up most their other commitments other than the 3-star Coatesville (Pa.) prospect.

Michigan State also lost out on 3-star defensive tackle Cavon Butler of Toledo, who is headed to Kentucky.

Chippewas hit Cass Tech for trio

Central Michigan apparently did well in Detroit.

New Chippewas coach Jim McElwain inked three players from powerhouse Cass Tech this morning, S Ormondell Dingle, ATH Kyron McKinnie-Harper and RB Lew Nichols.

All the players are 3-star prospects.

Oak Park's Mathis headed to Georgia

4-star Oak Park QB Dwan Mathis has flipped from Ohio State to Georgia.

Mathis could have been impacted by the recent recruitment by Ohio State of Georgia transfer Justin Fields, the No. 2 quarterback of last season's class.

Mathis was a onetime Michigan State commit who flipped to the Buckeyes to Ohio State in June.

Syracuse commit going viral with touching video

Signings days are always good for some oddities, and sometimes a little warming of the heart.

Cooper Dawson of Hanahan, S.C. announced he's headed to Syracuse, and had his friend Kingsley Feinman do it.

Check out the video.

Spartans keep checking the boxes

Michigan State continues to keep doing their thing.

The Spartans have most of their expected 19 commitments signed today, with RB Anthony Williams Jr. the latest to be announced by the program.

MSU is waiting on Chicago WR Alante Brown and Pennsylvania RB Aaron Young.

The Spartans have signed five offensive linemen after last season's struggles: Spencer Brown of Walled Lake Western, 5-star Devontae Dobbs of Belleville, OT Damon Kaylor of Indiana, G Nick Samac of Ohio and G J.D. Duplain of Ohio, although he was listed as a defensive lineman by MSU.

UM gets 4-star WR Johnson

It's been a big morning for Michigan.

Wide receiver Cornelius Johnson of Connecticut, a 4-star prospect, has also joined the class this morning, picking the Wolverines over Notre Dame, Alabama, Stanford and Penn State.

After 5-star safety Daxton Hill flipped back to Michigan from Alabama, UM's next big prize could come around noon when 5-star defensive end Zach Harrison announces between what's believed to be Michigan and Ohio State.

The latest on 5-star flip Hill from Angelique

Michigan beat writer Angelique Chengelis has everything you need to know about this morning's Daxton Hill flip from Alabama to Michigan.

Michigan's class is No. 1 in the Big Ten rankings.

Hill's flip moves UM up two spots

5-star safety Daxton Hill's flip back to Michigan means Jim Harbaugh's class gets a national boost.

The only 5-star recruit for the Wolverines so far moves the class to No. 7 nationally in the 247Sports team rankings after starting the day at No. 9.

Bush all done at UM

It's not recruiting, but it definitely impact it.

Michigan star LB Devin Bush announced his college career is over today, saying his injured hip has not been cleared for practice or play in the Peach Bowl against Florida.

DeBerry headed to Boston College

Throughout the state, there are a few other announcements coming today from prospects.

Warren De La Salle CB Josh DeBerry chose Boston College over Northwestern and Wake Forest. He was No. 15 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list.

Canton's Darius Robinson, a DL and No. 18 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list, is announcing between Michigan, Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota at 2:30 p.m.

Hill joined by previous UM commits

In addition to the big flip by 5-star safety Daxton Hill, Michigan is also getting much of the rest of its class in today.

ATH Joey Velazquez, OL Nolan Rumler, DL Chris Hinton, and LB Anthony Solomon are now in.

Potential UM announcement at 9 a.m.

Cornelius Nelson is a name to watch for Michigan fans.

The 4-star wide receiver from Connecticut represents a position of need for Jim Harbaugh's class.

Later today, the announcement for 5-star Ohio State defensive end Zach Harrison is expected to come around noon. Harrison is expected to sign with Michigan or Ohio State.

Harrison is the No. 4 prospect nationally in the 247Sports Composite.

Productive morning in East Lansing

Meanwhile, in East Lansing, the prospects continue to send word.

West Bloomfield wide receiver Tre Mosley is among the recruits who are in the fold.

RB Brandon Wright, LB Marcel Lewis of Chippewa Valley and OL Damon Kaylor are in, as well.

Michigan lands its big fish

There it is, Michigan fans.

Safety Daxton Hill of Tulsa, Okla., is back in the fold.

Hill is a 5-star commit for coach Jim Harbaugh, who flipped to Alabama, but is back with Michigan officially this morning. Hill is the No. 8 player nationally on the 247Sports Composite rankings.

First big flip helps UM?

The biggest national news so far this morning comes from Alabama, who flipped Ohio State commit Jordan Battle, a 4-star defensive back.

It's not just that Ohio State is losing a prospect that should excite Michigan fans.

They also might hope this means Alabama could be losing a defensive back of their own, as former Michigan 5-star commit Daxton Hill is rumored to be considering another jump back to UM.

Michigan announces first signing

Karsen Barnhart of Paw Paw is the first signing announced by the Wolverines this morning.

He is a 4-star offensive lineman.

Michigan State getting their guys

Most of the time on days like today, as little drama as possible is a good thing.

That seems to be the case for Mark Dantonio as he might have most of his class locked in today before homeroom.

Another highlight is offensive lineman Spencer Brown of Walled Lake Western.

The Spartans also locked up WR Jase Bowen, DE Adam Berghorst of Zeeland, P Jack Bouwmeester of Australia, ATH Tate Hallock of Grant Rapids and DE Michael Fletcher of Flint.

Detroit News No. 1 Blue Chip recruit Devontae Dobbs of Belleville is headed to Michigan State.

MSU gets its five-star

Barnett's teammate at Belleville, 5-star offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs, is also in early this morning.

Dobbs is Mark Dantonio's third 5-star recruit, joining DL Malik McDowell in 2014 and defensive end William Gholston in 2010.

Belleville's Barnett makes it official

Julian Barnett, a 4-star cornerback from Belleville, is in for Michigan State.

Michigan gets offensive lineman

Here's Michigan OL Zach Carpenter, a 3-star recruit from Cincinnati, making it official this morning.

Early signing period is here

The faxes are already coming in throughout the country.

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Complete 2019 Detroit News Blue Chip list 1-60


Julian Barnett, CB, Belleville, 6-2, 189, four stars

Adam Berghorst, DE, Zeeland, 6-7, 245, three stars

Jack Bouwmeester, P, Australia, 6-3, 195, three stars

Jase Bowen, WR, Toledo Central Catholic, 6-1, 178, three stars

Alante Brown, WR, Chicago Simeon, 5-10, 181, three stars

Spencer Brown, OT, Walled Lake Western, 6-6, 295, three stars

Devontae Dobbs, OL, Belleville, 6-4, 304, five stars

J.D. Duplain, G, Strongsville (Ohio), 6-4, 295, three stars

Michael Fletcher, DE, Flint Carman-Ainsworth, 6-5, 240, three stars

Luke Fulton, LB, Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney, 6-3, 215, three stars

Tate Hallock, ATH, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, 6-3, 185, three stars

Maverick Hansen, DL, Farmington Hills Harrison, 6-5, 270, three stars

Damon Kaylor, OT, Huntington (Ind.) North, 6-6, 315, three stars

Marcel Lewis, LB, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, 6-0, 218, three stars

Tre Mosley, WR, West Bloomfield, 6-2, 180, three stars

Nick Samac, G, Mentor (Ohio), 6-4, 260, three stars

Payton Thorne, QB, Naperville (Ill.) Central, 6-2, 187, three stars

Anthony Williams Jr., RB, Bolingbrook (Ill.), 6-0, 191, three stars

Brandon Wright, RB, Euclid (Ohio), 6-2, 220, three stars


Erick All, TE, Fairfield (Ohio), 6-4, 225, four stars

Karsen Barnhart, OL, Paw Paw, 6-4, 273, four stars

Zach Carpenter, OL, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, 6-5, 310, three stars

Zach Charbonnet, RB, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, 6-2, 215, four stars

Daxton Hill, S, Tulsa (Okla.) Washington, 6-0, 190, five stars

Chris Hinton, DT, Greater Atlanta Christian School, Norcross (Ga.), 6-4, 280, four stars

Giles Jackson, WR, Oakley (Calif.) Freedom, 5-8, 175, four stars

Cornelius Johnson, WR, Greenwich (Conn.) Brunswick, 6-3, 199, four stars

George Johnson III, ATH, Stuart (Fla.) Martin County, 5-11, 180, three stars

Quinten Johnson, S, St. John’s College, Washington, D.C., 5-11, 190, four stars

Trente Jones, OL, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson, 6-6, 282, four stars

Trevor Keegan, OT, Crystal Lake (Ill.) South, 6-6, 310, four stars

Quintel Kent, WR, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, 6-0, 170, three stars

Cade McNamara, QB, Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch, 6-1, 206, four stars

Mike Morris, DE, American Heritage (Fla.), 6-5, 255, three stars

Gabe Newburg, DL, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont, 6-5, 230, three stars

David Ojabo, DE, Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy, 6-5, 233, four stars

Jalen Perry, CB, Dacula (Ga.), 6-1, 188, four stars

Amauri Pesek-Hickson, ATH, Leawood (Kan.) Blue Valley North, Leawood, 6-3, 210, three stars

Nolan Rumler, OL, Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban, 6-4, 290, four stars

Mike Sainristil, CB, Everett (Mass.), 5-10, 175, three stars

Mazi Smith, DT, East Kentwood, 6-3, 290, four stars

Anthony Solomon, LB, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas, Aquinas, 6-0, 190, four stars

Jack Stewart, OL, New Canaan (Conn.), 6-5, 280, three stars

Charles Thomas, LB, Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas More, 6-0, 222, three stars

D.J. Turner II, CB, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla., 6-0, 165, three stars

Joey Velazquez, S, Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis de Sales, 6-0, 205, three stars