Signing Day recap: Michigan gets its man and legacy player

By Matt Schoch
The Detroit News
Quinten Johnson

National Signing Day is here, and while most of the top college football recruits signed their letters of intent during the early period in December, there are some who still have to make it official.

Matt Schoch of The Detroit News will provide live updates on the top recruiting news throughout the day – from Michigan and Michigan State; EMU, WMU and CMU; and from top programs across the country.

Notre Dame signs California DE prospect

Notre Dame indeed added a defensive end from California that Michigan also had its eyes on.

Defensive end Isaiah Foskey of Concord, Ca., chose the Irish over Michigan, Cal, Ohio State and Washington.

Foskey is a four-star prospect ranked No. 211 nationwide by the 247Sports composite rankings.

Notre Dame's class is rated No. 14 by and No. 12 by

Wolverines get their man in DB Johnson

Michigan reportedly picked up its expected big signee on Wednesday, as Quinten Johnson, a four-star defensive back out of St. John’s College High in Washington, D.C., signed with the Wolverines, completing their 26-player class.

Johnson, is rated as the No. 51 defensive back in his class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Michigan has the eighth-rated class nationally by and seventh by

According to a report, he sent his paperwork in, although Michigan has not publicized that it was received.

Kolesar signed, sealed, delivered for UM

Legacy prospect Caden Kolesar signed with Michigan. He is the son of former Michigan wide receiver John Kolesar. Kolesar is a safety and comes to Michigan as a gray shirt, meaning his scholarship will count for the 2020 class.

Kolesar's grandfather, Bill, also played for the Wolverines.

Roll Tide: The rich get richer

You never like to see this.

Alabama got its man on Wednesday afternoon as defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher spurned his home state LSU Tigers to play for Nick Saban.

Sopsher is the ninth-rated defensive lineman in the country by 247Sports, the highest-rated four-star defensive lineman, right behind Michigan's Chris Hinton, a five-star defensive tackle from Norcross, Ga.

The Tide are also in the mix for offensive tackle Darnell Wright, the second-rated offensive lineman in the country, who is heavily rumored to be thinking Tennessee. Wright announces his decision in the 4 p.m. hour on ESPN2.

After long road, Down Under punter picks Miami early

Nothing better than a signing day novelty story, huh?

"The U" got the party started properly by signing Louis Hedley from Australia while you were sleeping.

Hedley, who has been trying to make it in the Australian Football League for almost a decade, is 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds and has a lot of tattoos.

Since it was Feb. 6 Down Under earlier, Hedley signed even before some American coaches got to sleep on Tuesday night.

According to the Miami Herald, Hedley spent nearly a decade years working construction in the desert before being encouraged to try American football because of his punting skills in Aussie rules football.

He punted at a junior college in San Francisco and was noticed by The U.

One Blue Chip prospect left after TE Harding signs

Detroit Catholic Central tight end Mike Harding has signed with Hillsdale, leaving only one Detroit News Blue Chip prospect unsigned.

Harding is tied for No. 60 on the Blue Chip list, and only No. 46 Kionte Blakely, a running back from East Kentwood, remains.

Harding is 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds.

Our own Dave Goricki said this week that Blakely is most likely headed to the junior college route.

Former MSU commit announcing tonight

Michigan State lost one commit since December as four-star athlete Alante Brown announced he was decommitting after he said during the early signing period that he was “100 percent committed” to Michigan State.

Brown, of Chicago, pulled away from the Spartans in late December and is believed to be considering Tennessee, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Iowa State and Texas Tech.

He is reportedly going to announce a decision at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

UM: Outside chance this afternoon for DE prospect

One of the best undeclared prospects in the country will make his signing announcement at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, and Michigan is apparently a dark horse candidate.

Defensive end Isaiah Foskey of Concord, Ca., lists Michigan in his finalists, along with Cal, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Washington.

Foskey, a four-star prospect ranks No. 211 in the 247Sports composite, will have his announcement carried live on ESPNU.

Foskey is widely believed to be a near-lock to choose Notre Dame.

Chippewa Valley QB flips to North Dakota

Tommy Schuster was committed to Ashland as of the weekend.

However, the Chippewa Valley state champion quarterback signed with North Dakota on Wednesday, joining the Fighting Hawks of the Football Championship Subdivision.

Schuster, a three-year starter for the Big Reds, completed 67 percent of his passes his senior year as Chippewa Valley went 14-0. He threw for 1,858 yards and 26 TDs with just one interception, and owns school career records for passing yards (4,956) and TD passes (67).

In the Division 1 state championship, Schuster went 14-of-14 passing for 209 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-30 win against Clarkson at Ford Field.

Schuster is the No. 40 player on the Detroit News Blue Chip list and was the quarterback on the Detroit News Dream Team.

Cass Tech's Ester joining Northern Illinois

Detroit Cass Tech defensive end James Ester signed Wednesday with Northern Illinois.

Ester told the Detroit News this week that he was considering Northern Illinois and Akron at the end, remarking how remote of an area Akron felt to him on his visit.

He also said the presence of former Cass Tech quarterback Rodney Hall made him feel comfortable with the Huskies on his visit to DeKalb, Ill.

Ester is tied for No. 60 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list.

Muskegon WR, Denby RB lead Ferris St. class

James Gilbert, a wide receiver from Muskegon Mona Shores, and Detroit Denby running back T'Shawn Wilkes headline the Ferris State recruiting class.

Gilbert, the No. 52 player on the Detroit New Blue Chip list, signed with Tony Annese's team, which reached the Division II national championship this season, only to fall short. Wilkes is the No. 58 player on the list.

Detroit-area signings for the Bulldogs include Maleik Linton, a defensive back from Monroe; Keambiroiro Perdue, a defensive back from Harper Woods; James Fletcher, an offensive lineman from Taylor; Jalen Johnson, an athlete from Monroe; Darrell Mason Jr., a running back from Livonia Churchill; Rodney Johnson, an athlete from Ferndale; David Hiser, a kicker/punter from Farmington Hills Harrison; Rayvon Williamson, a defensive back from Detroit Community; Kejuan Sanders, a defensive back from Detroit Community; Jevan Swanigan, a wide receiver from Detroit Cass Tech; Mohamed Basma, a tight end from Dearborn Fordson; and Emari O'Brien, a wide receiver from Harper Woods Chandler Park.

Hoping to keep momentum, EMU adds eight

Eastern Michigan made its second bowl game in three seasons, falling 23-21 to Georgia Southern in the Camellia Bowl.

So far Wednesday morning, the Eagles added eight players, including a pair of in-state recruits in defensive lineman Tommy Wright-Hodges of West Bloomfield and quarterback Christopher Kaminski of South Lyon. has EMU's class ranked 11th out of 12 MAC teams.

Former UM commit Pesek-Hickson signs with Kansas

Michigan had some recruiting controversy with the Amauri Pesek-Hickson saga.

The former Wolverines commit, a three-star athlete, instead signed with Kansas and new coach Les Miles, a Michigan alumnus.

Pesek-Hickson said Michigan coaches wanted him to go to prep school and reclassify for 2020.

OSU's Fields: 'Lot of hate for the team up north'

Josh Fields, an Ohio State transfer quarterback from Georgia, is in Columbus for national signing day.

Our own Angelique Chengelis caught up with him there. Chengelis asked what Fields' new teammates told him about The Game: "That's kind of private," he said. "Just know there's a lot of hate for the team up north.?

King HS adds eight more signees

Among the athletes signing this morning in the city of Detroit is another impressive group of Detroit King players.

The Division 3 champion Crusaders will have eight more players sign with colleges today, making it 16 total for the senior class.

Signing today were: Wide receiver Jerry Tucker, Saginaw Valley State; defensive tackle Walt Landers, Davenport; offensive lineman Krys Frazier, Virginia Union; fullback Lorenzo White Jr., Davenport; offensive lineman Curt Maxwell, Lawrence Tech; running back Shondel Hardnett, Mount Union; defensive back Charles Stuart, Lawrence Tech; and running back Avery McKinney, Finlandia.

Madison's Brown signs with Grand Valley State

Austin Brown signed to play football at Grand Valley State on Wednesday, but plans to also play baseball for the Lakers.

Brown, who was previously committed to Marshall for baseball, led the Eagles to the Division 7 championship game in November.

Brown threw for 2,310 yards and 24 TDs and ran for 1,936 and 37 TDs as a senior. He started his prep career at Detroit Catholic Central, playing two seasons for the Shamrocks.

Brown is the No. 42 player on the Detroit News Blue Chip list.

Lawrence Tech inks local standouts

Lawrence Tech held a signing ceremony on Saturday for year two of the NAIA football program.

Offensive lineman Jacob Dean of Walled Lake Western, the No. 57 recruit on the Detroit News Blue Chip list, headlined the class, which was comprised of 26 players.

State's top remaining prospect off to Buffalo

Belleville's Tyrece Woods, the state's best prospect on the board before Wednesday, has signed with Buffalo.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive end decided on the Bulls over Western Michigan.

Woods is 28th on the Detroit News Blue Chip recruits list. Woods was previously committed to Michigan.

PSL athletes signing event this morning

Several Detroit athletes will be signing at 9 a.m. this morning at the Detroit Public Schools' Community District National Signing Day at 9 a.m. at the Horatio Williams Foundation downtown, kiddie corner from Ford Field.

Among those signing will be members of the Detroit King football team, the Division 3 state champs.

Report: CMU's McElwain expected to add six

Our own Evan Petzold is in Mount Pleasant and, reporting for Central Michigan Life, says he expects new Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain to add six signees today to bring his first class total to 24.

The Chippewas this morning have already announced the signing of Jacques Bristol, a 6-1, 285-pound defensive lineman from Sarasota, Fla.; Luke Elzinga, a punter from Grand Rapids; and Jake Dominguez, a 6-5, 300-pound offensive lineman from Foothill College in California.

Interesting developments at Michigan

Two interesting developments at Michigan on Tuesday could make for a surprise in Ann Arbor today.

First, running back Chris Evans is not currently on the team. He was to be the most experienced of the returners and now maybe Jim Harbaugh's team has more of a need for running back help.

Also, former pass-game coordinator Pep Hamilton is no longer on staff, being replaced by quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels, younger brother of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Western Michigan nets three signings

The Broncos have added three players this morning, starting with Grand Rapids defensive end Marshawn Kneeland of Godwin Heights, Kalamazoo United quarterback Eric Wenzel and defensive lineman Joe Misak of Mattawan.

Coach Tim Lester had previously signed 20 players on Dec. 19. The Broncos are the third-ranked MAC class, according to

Ohio WR Morgan signs with Spartans

Michigan State signed wide receiver Tre’Von Morgan from Massillon (Ohio) Washington this morning.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound pass catcher is the only expected signing for the Spartans today.

Morgan is the 56th-ranked receiver in the nation at 247Sports and is the third receiver in Michigan State’s class after turning down offers from the likes of Iowa, Ole Miss, Iowa State and Washington State. MSU signed 18 players in December. Seven of them are already enrolled.

DB Johnson to round out Michigan's class

Quinten Johnson, a four-star defensive back out of St. John’s College High in Washington, D.C., is expected to sign with Michigan today, completing their 26-player class.

His signing ceremony is at 2:30 p.m. at his school. Johnson is rated as the No. 51 defensive back in his class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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