Michigan gaining recruiting momentum, East Stadium Boulevard re-opening, Rashan Gary ready to step up

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize and Blue, your favorite team.

Today is Wednesday, August 9, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors …

Who’s next?

Michigan recruiting has caused a buzz lately with commitments from Christopher Hinton and Stephen Herron Jr., a pair 5-star defensive ends in the Class of 2019. Coming on the heels of a 2016 class that was rated No. 7 in the country, per the 247Sports composite rankings, and the 2017 class that was rated No. 5, Hinton and Herron’s announcements continue the Wolverines’ recruiting momentum.

Steve Lorenz of 247Sports writes in the Free Press about what other top-rated players Michigan is pursing in the 2019 class. The class now has four commitments, including offensive lineman Nolan Rumler and linebacker Charles Thomas.

Defensive end Rashan Gary was the lone 5-star recruit in the 2016 class. The Class of 2017 had two 5-star players in wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon.

Stadium Boulevard re-opening

Good news for fans: the construction zone that is East Stadium Boulevard on the south end of Michigan Stadium should be cleared up in time for the home opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 9. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/08/stadium_boulevard_east_of_main.html

Rashan Gary embracing leadership

The defensive end played some, watched a lot and learned even more as a freshman last season. Now that Chris Wormley and Taco Charlton are in the NFL, much more is expected of the top-rated player in the country from the Class of 2016. Gary isn’t shying away from those responsibilities and expectations.

Learning the Patriots way

Linebacker David Harris has joined Tom Brady has another Michigan alum on the New England Patriots roster. Harris spent the last 10 seasons with the rival New York Jets, but was released in June as the Jets sought to lower their salary cap. New England signed Harris and he’s adjusting well to his new team

Writer says Jim Harbaugh among most intriguing coaches

Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports has his opinion on college football’s 25-most intriguing coaches. You-know-who is in there near the top of the list. 

Shift in offensive line aims at building depth

Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com writes how Michigan is emphasizing more athletic, versatile offensive linemen this season and into the future. 

2017 opponent preview: Cincinnati

Land of 10 is previewing Michigan’s 2017 schedule with a look at each opponent the Wolverines will be facing this season. Cincinnati has a new head coach who knows all about playing in the Big House in former Ohio State player and assistant coach Luke Fickell. The Bearcats come to Ann Arbor for the home season opener on Sept. 9.

Basketball offers Duane Washington Jr.

Michigan has offered a scholarship to 2018 guard Duane Washington Jr., according to Washington. He played for Grand Rapids Christian last season, helping his team reach the state Class A championship game. Washington confirmed to Brendan F. Quinn of The Athletic that he will transfer to Sierra Canyon High School in California for his senior season.

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