The Opening Preview: Michigan commits, targets and more

Previewing the Michigan commits, targets and other players featured at The Opening this weekend.

The Opening Finals are set to commence in Oregon on Friday and it will be filled with Michigan commits and potential targets to look out for.

The Michigan Insider previews who is competing, which team they belong to and what else to look out for throughout the weekend.

Team Hypercool

Highlighted by five-star quarterback and Michigan commit Dylan McCaffrey, Team Hypercool can also be referred to as 'Team Michigan' by the sheer amount of Michigan commits and targets that are displayed on the team. Four-star wide receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones (Cass Tech High School) and Nico Collins (Clay-Chalkville High School) are 1a and 1b on Michigan's wish list for the 2018 class at the wide out position and will be looking to create chemistry with McCaffrey as the Wolverines appear to be in great shape for the two of them.

Other players Michigan appears to be in excellent shape for are four-star linebacker Drew Singleton (Paramus Catholic High School) and in-state four-star defensive back Ambry Thomas (Detroit King High School.)

On top of that, Team Hypercool also features U-M commits four-star linebacker Joshua Ross, four-star running back O'Maury Samuels,  three-star defensive back Benjamin St-Juste and three-star running back A.J. Dillon.

Four-star TE Joshua Falo (Inderkum High School) is planning on taking a Michigan visit.


QB: Dylan McCaffrey, Myles Brennan

RB: A.J. Dillon, O'Maury Samuels, Clyde Edwards-Helaire

WR: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins, Oliver Martin, Jhamon Ausbon

TE: Joshua Falo

LB: Joshua Ross, Drew Singleton, Anthony Jordan

DB: Benjamin St-Juste, Ambry Thomas, Devon Hunter, Thomas Graham Jr., Donovan Johnson, Deommodore Lenoir, Isaiah Palo-Mao

ATH: Anthony McFarland Jr.

Team Flyrush

Team Flyrush is manned by a handful of names and arguably Michigan's safest best of becoming an addition in the class would be four-star defensive back Jaylen Kelly-Powell. The in-state defensive back has stated many times that playing with Ambry Thomas at the next level is a real possibility. So, if Kelly-Powell were to commit to Michigan, things might get interesting.

Other players Michigan has recruited fairly hard on Team Flyrush include five-star linebacker Baron Browning (Kennedale High School) and five-star running back Stephen Carr (Summit High School). Both players have shown Michigan interest in the past but it is unclear just where Michigan sits on their lists. The Wolverines have in-roads with Browning, who's brother Barry played under Harbaugh during his time at Stanford.


QB: Sam Ehlinger, Davis Mills, Todd Harris Jr. 

RB: Stephen Carr, Felix Darrian, Chase Hayden

WR: Joseph Lewis, OrTre Smith, Tylan Wallace, Jeremiah Holloman

LB: Baron Browning, Owen Pappoe, Addison Gumbs, KJ Britt

DB: Jaylen Kelly-Powell, Jamyest Williams, Bubba Bolden, DeAngelo Gibbs, Josh Thompson, AJ Terrell, Todd Harris Jr.

Team Mach Speed

The only Michigan target of note with Team Mach Speed is four-star ATH Markquese Bell (Bridgeton High School). According to's Brian Dohn, Bell would like to wrap up his recruitment by Sept. 9 and Michigan is still very much in the mix for his services.


QB: Hunter Johnson, Sean Clifford

RB: Jaelen Gill, Khalan Laborn

WR: D.D. Bowie, Omar Manning, Tee Higgins, James Robinson, Amari Rodgers

TE: Matt Dotson

LB: Sherrod Green, Willie Gay, Will Ignont

DB: Salvon Ahmed, Lamont Wade, Grant Delpit, Jaylon Johnson, Alex Perry

ATH: Markquese Bell, Darnay Holmes

Team Vaporspeed

Team Vaporspeed is loaded with talent, especially with the running backs. Two of which Michigan are pursuing in five-star running backs Cam Akers (Clinton High School) and Najee Harris (Antioch High School). While it is unknown whether the Wolverines will be able to pull either running back, both appear to show interest in the Wolverines. Harris recently participated in U-M's satellite camp at Antioch HS and seemed to make a connection with running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley.

Another player Michigan is still pursuing is five-star defensive back Stanford Samuels (Flanagan High School). Despite his commitment to Florida State, the Flanagan connections the Wolverines have will not stop them from pursuing him.

QB: Chris Robison, Tua Tagovailoa

RB: Najee Harris, Cam Akers

WR: Tyrell Shavers, Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler, Jalen Reagor

TE: Tre' McKitty, Grant Calcaterra

LB: Levi Draper, Markail Benton, VanDarious Cowan

DB: Stanford Samuels, Xavier McKinney, Harrison Hand, Tre Brown, Robert Barnes, Trajan Bandy, Justin Broiles

ATH: B.J. Foster

Offensive Line

The offensive line group for The Opening Finals is highlighted by newly-minted Michigan commit, four-star OL Kai-Leon Herbert (American Heritage School). However, the offensive line also features another player that could potentially find himself in the 2017 class in four-star center Cesar Ruiz (IMG Academy). Both talented players would be solid additions to the U-M roster if both were to end up signing for the Wolverines come signing day.

Roster: Kai-Leon Herbert, Cesar Ruiz, Saahdiq Charles, Jack Anderson, Jamaree Salyer, Foster Sarell, Wyatt Davis, Austin Deculus, D'Antne Demery, Trey Smith, Xavier Newman, Josh Myers, Jordan Reid, Andrew Thomas, Nicholas Brahms, Walker Little, Matt Bockhorst, Obinna Eze, Alex Leatherwood, Creed Humphrey, Robert Hainsey, Jedrick Willis Jr.

Defensive Line

Michigan's defensive line class is shaping up to be strong in the 2017 cycle. The Wolverines could get even stronger with the potential addition of two targets that are making an appearance at The Opening this weekend. Four-star defensive end Hunter Echols (Cathedral High School) and four-star defensive tackle Greg Rogers (Arbor View High School).

Despite being committed to UCLA, Hunter Echols made a trip to Michigan to observe a camp and left with a considerably positive impression of the Wolverines. With defensive ends Luiji Villain and Corey Malone-Hatcher already committed, Echols would be icing on the proverbial defensive end cake. For four-star DT Greg Rogers, he recently added Michigan to his top six and would a solid addition to the class alongside Aubrey Solomon.

Roster: Hunter Echols, Greg Rogers, Joshua Paschal, Jaelan Phillips, Cory Durden, James Lynch, LaBryan Ray, K'Lavon Chaisson, Ja'len Parks, Xavier Thomas, Haskell Garrett, Joshua Kaindoh, Drew Jordan, Jay Tufele, Malik Herring, Marlon Tuipulotu, Jordan Williams, Chase Young


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