Michigan Wolverines Football

Michigan Football's 2016 National Signing Day Wish List

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2016

Michigan Football's 2016 National Signing Day Wish List

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    Rashan Gary
    Rashan GaryCredit: 247Sports

    Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football program will pursue a handful of top uncommitted prospects during the final stretch of the 2016 recruiting cycle in hopes of filling a highly rated class.

    Adding this group of athletes would complete the Wolverines' wish list as well as finalize a near-top-ranked haul for the Maize and Blue.

    Though Michigan will likely continue targeting players like Jean Delance (Texas) and Terrance Davis (Maryland), only uncommitted recruits with a reportedly high interest in the Wolverines are included.

Jonathan Jones, Linebacker

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    The roster's greatest need and 2016 cycle's biggest hole is at linebacker. Jonathan Jones could help change those shortcomings.

    A 6'0", 225-pounder from Oak Ridge, Florida, Jones has received varying grades from recruiting outlets. 247Sports lists him as a 92-rated 4-star, but the website's composite rankings have Jones as an 87.5 and 3-star.

    Whether that means a lagging grade, progressive approach from one source or he's a perplexing player, it's clear Jones has upside.

    According to Steve Lorenz of 247Sports, Michigan and Notre Dame are the biggest factors in the chase for Jones. He's also scheduled to officially visit Duke.

Levi Onwuzurike, Defensive End

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    Levi Onwuzurike
    Levi OnwuzurikeCredit: 247Sports

    Since Ron Johnson and Carlo Kemp are already committed, Levi Onwuzurike might be viewed as a luxury take. Considering the defensive talent at Michigan, that's a good thing.

    Onwuzurike listed the Wolverines in his most recent top four alongside Washington, Baylor and Arizona State. Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports said "it's 50-50" on Onwuzurike joining Harbaugh and Co.

    The Wolverines could groom Onwuzurike into the "Buck" linebacker role, since the 6'2 ½", 243-pounder has a near-identical frame to departing starter Mario Ojemudia (6'2", 252 lbs).

    Onwuzurike is a worthwhile luxury for Michigan to snag.

David Long, Cornerback

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    David Long
    David LongCredit: 247Sports

    The Wolverines might be content with Sir Patrick Scott and Antwaine Richardson as the lone cornerbacks in their 2016 class, but David Long would provide a big-name boost.

    Long, a 4-star from Loyola, California, decommitted from Stanford. His recruitment is now a two-school race between Michigan and Washington that may end before national signing day.

    According to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, Long will decide between the programs following his official visit to Washington on the weekend of Jan. 17.

    The 6'0", 175-pounder is considered the seventh-best cornerback and No. 65 overall prospect in the 2016 class.

Jacob Mathis, Tight End

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    Jacob Mathis
    Jacob MathisCredit: 247Sports

    In the interest of not providing false hope, Jacob Mathis gets the nod over Isaac Nauta. The 5-star Nauta is choosing between Georgia, Alabama and Michigan at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but Georgia is the expected landing spot, per Lorenz.

    Mathis is a terrific second option, though Lorenz suggests the Tampa, Florida, product may want to stay in the south for college.

    Listed at 6'3 ½" and 223 pounds, Mathis would be sent directly to the cafeteria and weight room. He could improve physically and develop while Jake Butt plays one final season at Michigan.

    Mathis caught 84 passes for 1,380 yards and 19 touchdowns during his final two years in high school.

Rashan Gary, Defensive Tackle

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    If there was any doubt that Rashan Gary deserved to be the No. 1 overall player for this cycle, three sacks during the Under Armour All-America Game probably silenced them.

    The 6'5", 293-pounder was an absolute beast en route to Team Highlight MVP honors. Most impressively, though, Gary even chased down opponents—some of the nation's best skill-position playerson the sideline.

    Now, Gary is listed as a defensive tackle but played plenty of defensive end at the showcase. While he's talented enough to play either position, Gary certainly has a home on the edge.

    Wiltfong and Lorenz are both high on Michigan's odds to receive Gary's signature, so this wish has an excellent chance to come true when the 5-star announces on signing day.

     

    All recruiting information via 247Sports. Stats from cfbstats.com or B/R research. Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow Bleacher Report CFB Writer David Kenyon on Twitter @Kenyon19_BR.

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