10 Recruits Who Could Join 4-Star CB Garrett Taylor at Michigan
Garrett Taylor is a 4-star cornerback who committed to Michigan in March. At 6'1" and 188 pounds, the Virginia native is an instinctive cover corner who uses his length and short-area quickness to make plays.
If things don't work out on the perimeter for Taylor in Ann Arbor, his vision will be able to help him make the transition to safety. Taylor's pledge to be a Wolverine will not go unnoticed, as he will likely attract other talented recruits to join Michigan's class.
A pair of elite defensive ends are on the radar, while a legacy recruit is also on Michigan's wish list. Another objective for Big Blue is to reel a former commitment back in.
Darian Roseboro, DE
A North Carolina native, 4-star recruit Darian Roseboro is one of the strongest defensive ends in the country. The 6'4", 265-pounder has the strength of a defensive tackle, and he uses it to set the edge down after down.
Roseboro has no problems anchoring at the point of attack versus offensive tackles and tight ends, plus he can convert speed to power as a pass-rusher. North Carolina State and Michigan are his top schools, according to 247Sports.
Chris Clark, TE
Although he isn't the fastest pass-catcher one will see on tape, 4-star tight end Chris Clark has terrific hands and ball skills.
At 6'6" and 247 pounds, Clark tracks throws well with his eyes before attacking the ball with his hands. He also is a good blocker on the edge who can help clear holes in the running game.
Michigan is his leader, according to 247Sports.
Tyrone Wheatley Jr., TE
The name of Tyrone Wheatley Jr. should be awfully familiar to Michigan fans, as his father played running back for Big Blue.
The younger Wheatley is a 4-star tight end who can also play defensive end. At 6'6" and 260 pounds, the New York native is a big body with solid movement skills. Wheatley has good strength, plus he displays above-average quickness for a man his size.
Michigan leads schools such as Alabama, Penn State and USC, per 247Sports.
Osa Masina, ATH
Every school is looking for versatility on the recruiting trail, including Michigan. That is why 4-star athlete Osa Masina is one of the Wolverines' top targets.
The 6'4", 218-pounder can work as a linebacker, tight end, running back or receiver. Masina's good straight-line speed and toughness should help him see the field early in college on special teams.
Utah is the favorite, but Michigan is thick in the mix, says 247Sports.
Brian Cole, ATH
Another 4-star athlete Michigan is after is Brian Cole, who is an in-state target for the Wolverines. The Saginaw native's top position is receiver, but he's also terrific as a running back.
Cole, who is 6'2" and 190 pounds, also has the skills to be a great safety. He displays college-level speed and athleticism, and he has deceptive strength with the ball in his hands.
Michigan will have to deal with Michigan State and Ohio State to land Cole, according to 247Sports.
Terry Beckner Jr., DE
Terry Beckner Jr. is a 5-star defensive end who is from East St. Louis. The 6'4", 293-pounder is a stout edge-defender who has solid strength and quickness.
Beckner's size and bulk could be the reason why he eventually gets moved to defensive tackle in college. He possesses a good punch at the point of attack, plus Beckner isn't bad at all in pursuit.
Missouri is standing out right now, but Michigan, USC, Ohio State, and LSU are still in the race, per 247Sports.
Justin Hilliard, LB
At 6'2" and 230 pounds, Justin Hilliard is a talented 5-star linebacker who will be dynamic in college. He has impressive speed and athleticism, which is why he should be able to play on all three downs.
Hilliard, who is from Cincinnati, also has the strength and toughness to take on blocks versus running plays. He has schools such as Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Alabama and Iowa as his top suitors, says 247Sports.
Keisean Lucier-South, DE
Keisean Lucier-South has the speed, length and first-step quickness to terrorize the Big Ten as a pass-rusher.
The California native is a 6'5", 225-pounder who can stand up or play with his hand down. Lucier-South isn't the strongest player at his position in the country, but he can bend and rip well when coming off the edge. The 5-star prospect also shows some potential to be able to buzz into coverage.
Michigan, UCLA, Texas, USC and Notre Dame are among his top schools, per 247Sports.
Jashon Cornell, DE
A talented 4-star defensive end, Jashon Cornell also has the ability to play defensive tackle. The Minnesota native is 6'4" and 270 pounds, and he displays good point-of-attack strength.
Cornell has solid quickness to shoot upfield out of his stance at the snap. He redirects well in pursuit, plus he hustles with a good motor. Many schools are in the race for Cornell, and Michigan is one of them, according to 247Sports.
Damien Harris, RB
Damien Harris is a 5-star running back from Kentucky who was once committed to Michigan. Although the talented recruit is no longer pledged to Big Blue, the Wolverines remain a solid option for him.
Harris, who is 5'11" and 205 pounds, has fantastic speed and quickness to clear the second level with ease. He has adequate elusiveness with the ball, and he also can gain an extra yard or two after contact.
To get Harris back in the fold, Michigan will have to beat out schools such as Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky and Auburn, per 247Sports.
Harris told the following to Marc Givler of BuckeyeGrove.com (subscription required) about Michigan on Feb. 17:
I really like coach Nussmeier and we've developed a really good relationship over the time that he's been there. He's a great coach and he told me when he first got there that, 'hey I don't really know you and you don't really know me but give me a chance to show to you that I can be a good coach for you and develop you and help you be successful at the University of Michigan.' I'd like to see how he does his first year and we'll see how our relationship goes and that will determine how much I'll look at them in the long run.