2022 College Football Class Review: Michigan

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
Updated Aug. 23, 2021.

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2022 College Recruiting - 10 Commits

Last Player Grade Published on Aug. 23, 2021
Michigan logo CB Myles Pollard (Brentwood, TN) commits to Michigan  View Class

Pollard (6-2, 184) is a long, athletic cornerback prospect who has top-end size and good feet. He is a good strider with active hands and fluid movement. I think Pollard grades out well in coverage, a little better than some of the guys he is rated above. As a big cornerback, Pollard is not particularly physical, and at times, he allows himself to get "bodied out" by wide receivers. That's unacceptable for an outside guy with his size. Strength must be the primary area for Pollard to work on if he wants to see the field early. The upside here is very high, but there are things Pollard needs to work on.

Myles Pollard's Player Grade: B
Michigan logo LB Micah Pollard (Jacksonville, FL) commits to Michigan  View Class

Pollard (6-3, 205) could end up as an outside linebacker or an edge rusher. He will need to put on considerable weight to be a traditional defensive end with his hand in the ground. Pollard is a natural pass rusher who can do it off the edge or in a blitz package. He can get up the field and set the edge as a run defender as well. The one question mark for Pollard is his ability to play in coverage. If he can shore up that area of his game, Pollard offers a complete skill set.

Micah Pollard's Player Grade: B+
Michigan logo DE Mario Eugenio (Tampa, FL) commits to Michigan  View Class

Eugenio (6-3, 242) is another very gifted defensive end in a loaded group of them for the state of Florida. His first-step stands out above all else, and he gets off the ball quickly. Eugenio has strong hands, hands like a grown man, and he can be difficult to block once he gets those hands moving around. He may be one of those hybrid-type defensive ends who could also play linebacker, but at this stage, I think he'll have his hand in the ground more times than not. With his size and speed, it will be interesting to see if Eugenio plays on the interior somewhat in college as well.

Mario Eugenio's Player Grade: B+
Michigan logo TE Colston Loveland (Gooding, ID) commits to Michigan  View Class

The state of Idaho produces a small handful of FBS prospects from year to year, although rarely someone on the level of Loveland (6-5, 230), who is a legitimate top-20 tight end. Loveland has been a wide receiver, but he put on considerable weight and now fits the bill of a flex tight end. He has very good hands and uses his size to easily dominate the competition he faces. Loveland is a good athlete, and if he improves his blocking, I could see him being flexed or used as an h-back. Obviously, his competition is a concern in evaluating him, but Loveland's physical tools are worth investing in.

Colston Loveland's Player Grade: C+
Michigan logo RB C.J. Stokes (Columbia, SC) commits to Michigan  View Class

Stokes (5-11, 195) reminds me of a slightly smaller version of the Michigan coach that recruited him - Mike Hart. Much like Hart, Stokes isn't going to blow you away with his speed, but he does everything well and is productive. Stokes is a tough runner with good forward lean. He will fight for extra yards in between the tackles and has a great nose for the first-down marker and the end zone. Where Stokes adds a little extra to his game is the versatility with pass catching. He can catch the ball out of the backfield or line up in a traditional receiver role, depending on the situation.

C.J. Stokes' Player Grade: B-
Michigan logo QB Jayden Denegal (Apple Valley, CA) commits to Michigan  View Class

Denegal (6-4, 218) has great size, and he'll get over the 230-pound mark by the time he starts taking snaps in college. Denegal is a traditional pro-style quarterback who wants to work in the pocket and deliver the ball to the right spot. The ball comes out of Denegal's hand well, and he can throw his receivers open and lead them to the right spots. Denegal has a high football IQ, and his ability to read the whiteboard will appeal to Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh. Denegal could still get the ball out quicker and should work on improving his mobility. He might need a little time to develop, but patience should pay off with him over the long run.

Jayden Denegal's Player Grade: B-
Michigan logo ATH Aaron Alexander (Belleville, MI) commits to Michigan  View Class

Michigan made its offer to Alexander late and was his first Power Five offer. It was an easy choice to commit to make for the 6-foot-1, 200-pound in-state prospect. Looking at the film, I see a big athlete who can run and offers a lot of interesting potential, whether he is used as a linebacker or safety who will play in the box. Alexander runs well enough and looks capable in space that I could also see outside linebacker as a possibility. Alexander's skills set is good, so once he settles on a position, there is a good chance he'll be a productive player.

Aaron Alexander's Player Grade: C+
Michigan logo WR Tyler Morris (La Grange Park, IL) commits to Michigan  View Class

For all the hoopla about Michigan and its struggles at the quarterback position, I think the program has struggled just as much with getting quality playmakers on offense. Morris (6-0, 175) is one of the bigger names in this class at wide receiver, and with one look at the film, it's easy to see why. He can play on the inside or the outside, and he adjusts his game depending on the role. Morris can stretch the field vertically or take the short pass and turn it into a big play. He is very shifty and dangerous in open place. I could see a role as a returner on special teams in his future as well. Morris is a player who needs a lot of touches in different ways to maximize his potential.

Tyler Morris' Player Grade: B+
Michigan logo S Taylor Groves (Cross Plains, TN) commits to Michigan  View Class

Michigan delved into Tennessee to grab a couple of commitments. Groves (6-2, 175) is a very exciting two-way player who could grade out on either side of the ball in college as well. He is a skilled, productive receiver who can run and play on the outside.

Groves has good hands and the ability to stretch the field. It appears more likely that the Michigan staff is going to look at Groves in the secondary, where his range and ball skills should make him a very intriguing free safety prospect. Groves has plenty of experience playing all across the secondary in high school, whether it's at deep safety or on the boundary as a cornerback. He already has double-digit interceptions in high school.

Taylor Groves' Player Grade: B+
Michigan logo ATH Kody Jones (Germantown, TN) commits to Michigan  View Class

Jones (5-11, 180), who is from the Memphis area, is the second commitment for the Wolverines out fo Tennessee. Much like Michigan's earlier commitment, Taylor Groves, Jones will likely be worked out in the secondary. Jones has a nice mix of agility, coverage and speed with some real physical tendencies and the ability to battle with bigger receivers. Moving to nickelback certainly isn't out of the question, and Jones has the sort of skill set to where he can defend the slot on one play and possibly move into the box to provide additional levels of defense on the next play.

Kody Jones' Player Grade: B

All Commitments - 10

Most recent Commitment on July 12, 2021
  • 7/12 - Micah Pollard LB
  • 7/10 - Myles Pollard CB
  • 7/6 - Mario Eugenio DE
  • 7/5 - Colston Loveland TE
  • 6/23 - Jayden Denegal QB
  • 6/20 - C.J. Stokes RB
  • 6/19 - Aaron Alexander ATH
  • 4/20 - Tyler Morris WR
  • 2/5 - Taylor Groves S
  • 2/5 - Kody Jones ATH

Last Season's Roster:

  • Seniors: 0
  • Juniors: 0
  • Sophmores: 0
  • Freshmen: 0


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