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Michigan football has 11 rookies signed up early and one surprise absence

With the start of the winter semester at the University of Michigan on Tuesday, a whole new generation of football players have arrived on campus.

Eleven rookies from the 2021 Wolverines class are enrolled, allowing them to begin the strength and conditioning training of the program and to familiarize themselves with high-profile college football.

Michigan posted a “mid-year move-in” video to the social media platform Instagram on Sunday to help mark the day to be remembered for players and their families.

Of the first 11 registered, 10 are real freshmen typical of the recruiting class:

– Raheem Anderson, an offensive lineman from Detroit, Michigan.

– Andrel Anthony, a wide receiver from East Lansing, Michigan;

– Tristan Bounds, an offensive lineman from Wallingford, Connecticut;

– Junior Colson, a linebacker from Brentwood, Tenn .;

– Greg Crippen, an offensive lineman from Northborough, Mass .;

– Cristian Dixon, receiver from Santa Ana, California;

– Tavierre Dunlap, a running back from Del Valle, Texas;

– Donovan Edwards, a running back from West Bloomfield, Michigan;

– Giovanni El-Hadi, an offensive lineman from Sterling Heights, Michigan.

– JJ McCarthy, a quarterback from La Grange Park, Ill.

MLive subscribers Wolverine Confidential Subtext Service received this list on Monday.

A few notes on this group:

• McCarthy, a five-star prospect, is the best player to watch in the squad and is expected to compete for quarterback almost immediately.

• While Edwards is entered, his arrival in Ann Arbor will be delayed a week after his high school team defeat Belleville and advance to the state championship, scheduled for Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit.

• Junior Colson, a four-star linebacker, is the only defensive player to register early. Michigan will need help on that side of the ball in 2021, so look for him to tap into the transfer portal in the coming months for immediate help.

On the transfer side, Michigan has also added an additional member to its 2021 recruiting class: graduate transfer offensive lineman Willie Allen.

Allen is listed at 6-foot-6, 343 pounds and last played soccer in 2019 for Louisiana Tech, where he was an honorable mention at Conference USA. He’ll offer the Wolverines immediate help from the get-go.

Meanwhile, a notable absence from the early-entry roster is Xavier Worthy, a four-star receiver from Fresno, Calif., Who was due to arrive in Michigan in January.

On Monday, Worthy took to the social media platform Twitter to “end all the drama and speculation” and said he was “not signing up early”. He did not provide a reason, despite announcing in December that he had graduated from high school.

In December, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh listed Worthy, whom he called a “formidable player from California who was one of the best players in the whole country,” as one of the “11 or 12 ”players that the program planned to recruit. register early.

Players who don’t sign up early (and they’re 10 on Tuesday) are expected to arrive this summer.

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