Tyler Friday puts Michigan in top 5; closer look at Charles Thomas; hoops signing period

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 Wolverines working to land 4-star DT

Michigan received good, though not unexpected, news Monday night when defensive tackle Tyler Friday named the Wolverines as one of his final five choices. Michigan has been considered a favorite for some time to sign the 6-foot-3, 263-pound Friday from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey. He is considered a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports composite.

We’ve stated before that Michigan is definitely seeking more defensive linemen for this class. Defensive end Aidan Hutchison of Dearborn Divine Child is the only defensive lineman among the 15 players committed to Michigan for 2018, so adding at least two more is a priority.

Michigan is also in the running for defensive end Eyabi Anoma of Baltimore, and defensive tackle Michael Thompson of St. Louis. They also are rated as 4-star players.

What was a little surprising was that in-state Rutgers wasn’t one of Friday’s finalists. Chris Ash has been working hard to rebuild the Scarlet Knights’ presence among the top players in New Jersey, but that didn’t resonate with Friday.

Tennessee fallout

Offensive tackle Cade Mays is considered to be among the top 15 players in the country for the 2018 class. Mays announced Tuesday that he is re-opening his recruitment after being committed to Tennessee for the last two years.

Is Mays a player Michigan could go after?

It could, but don’t expect a big push from the Wolverines. Depending on what happens with the Tennessee coaching job, where Butch Jones is considered to be out sooner rather than later, the Volunteers could regain the commitment from the 5-star Mays. Georgia and Clemson are also considered to be among his top choices

Charles Thomas breakdown

We mentioned Monday in our Land of 10 roundup of Michigan commits that 2019 linebacker Charles Thomas came up with a key interception for IMG Academy in its 32-21 win at Hoover (Ala.) on Friday. IMG led 9-0 in the second quarter when Thomas picked off a pass and returned it 70 yards to inside the Hoover 5-yard line. That led to a touchdown on the next play.

Rivals.com analyst Mike Farell provided a breakdown of Thomas and how he’s played in his first season at IMG. Thomas transferred to the Bradenton, Fla., school from Langston Hughes High School in Fairburn, Ga. The regimen at IMG isn’t for everyone, but one of Farell’s compliments to Thomas is that has seemingly adjusted well and it is showing on the field. He also compares Thomas favorably to current Michigan linebacker Devin Bush.

Early hoops signing period begins

Wednesday marks the opening of the early signing period for basketball. It runs through Nov. 15, and all five Michigan commits in the 2018 class are expected to sign National Letters of Intent at some point during the week.

Point guard David DeJulius of Detroit East English Village, shooting guard Adrien Nunez of Brooklyn and St. Thomas More School in Connecticut, and power forward Colin Castleton of Father Lopez in Daytona Beach, Fla., are expected to sign on Wednesday.

Power forward Brandon Johns of East Lansing, and Ignas Brazdeikis of Orangeville Prep in Ontario, Canada, will sign at some point during the early period, but details are still to be announced.

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