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New in Blue: 2018 DE Aidan Hutchinson

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017


(Isaiah Hole, 247 Sports)

Aidan Hutchinson – DE | 6-5, 234 | Dearborn, Mich. (Divine Child)
ESPN4-star, #11 DE Rivals: 3-star, N/A 247: 4-star, #5 SDE Scout: 4-star, 16 DE
247 Composite: 4-star #9 SDE, #204 nationally
Other top offers: LSU, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Boston College

Michigan picked up its first commitment since National Signing Day when Dearborn, Mich. native Aidan Hutchinson pledged to the Wolverines on Tuesday evening. He announced the commitment via Twitter just before 10pm local time.

Hutchinson is a legacy commitment, the son of former Michigan star defensive lineman Chris Hutchinson, so his commitment to his father’s school isn’t much of a surprise.

He’s a four-star recruit in the 2018 class according to three of the four major recruiting services. The lone three-star comes from Rivals. 247 Sports ranks Hutchinson the highest as the fifth-best strongside defensive end in the class, while ESPN ranks him as the 11th-best defensive end and Scout 16th. Nationally, ESPN has him 94th overall, 247 has him 97th, and Scout 202nd. Per the 247 Composite, he’s the ninth-best strongside end and 204th-best overall player in the class. But with nearly a year to go before signing day and a full senior year to play, there’s plenty of time to move.

Scout lists Hutchinson’s strengths as athleticism, frame, and intensity/effort while noting his area to improve as disengaging skills. They expand on that with a positive analysis.

“Great frame with plenty of room to fill in and has already started that process. Long arms. Fluid kid with flexibility and ability to bend. Can turn the corner and rush off the edge. Likely grows into a strongside end because he has so much room to add weight. Plays hard and plays physically. Still can improve technique with his hands, but physical tools and intangibles are all there.”

The 6-foot-5, 234-pound end committed to Michigan over Michigan State, LSU, Wisconsin, and Nebraska, to name a few. He’s currently ranked as the fourth-best player in the state of Michigan. He’s the third member of what figures to be a relatively small 2018 class, joining offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor and linebacker Otis Reese.

New in Blue: 2018 LB Antwuan Johnson

Monday, March 21st, 2016


Antwuan Johnson

Antwuan Johnson – LB | 6-1, 210 | Springfield, Ohio (Springfield)
ESPNN/A RivalsN/A 2474-star, #3 ILB Scout: N/A
247 Composite: N/A
Other top offers: Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Bowling Green

The 2016 class isn’t even two months old, but Michigan already picked up its first member of the 2018 class. Springfield, Ohio linebacker Antwuan Johnson pledged his commitment to Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines on Monday evening and announced it via Twitter.

247 Sports is the only recruiting site that has released rankings for the 2018 class so far, and they have Johnson listed as a four-star, the nation’s third-best inside linebacker, and the 82nd-best player in the class. ESPN lists his 40-yard dash time as 4.89 from Nike’s The Opening 2015 in Columbus.

Johnson visited Michigan last weekend along with teammate Leonard Taylor, one of the nation’s top defensive linemen in the same class. Their high school coach, Maurice Douglass — a former Chicago Bears and New York Giants safety — was the head coach at Trotwood-Madison High School from 2001-14 and sent several players to Michigan, including Roy Roundtree, Michael Shaw, Brandon Moore, Mike McCray, and Reon Dawson. Last season, he left Trotwood to take over at Springfield, where he took over a team that hadn’t won more than two games in a season since 2010. The Wildcats went 3-7 last fall.

Johnson is the first commit in the 2018 class and will have two more seasons of high school ball before he steps foot on campus.