By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
College football signing day is Feb. 7, and the last push for high school star athletes is on.
The Wolverines found out Tuesday night that three star athlete Michael Barrett committed to the team. He committed at halftime during the Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes basketball game.
Barrett has been compared to Jabrill Peppers in that he can be a quarterback, running back, wide receiver, or punt returner.
In high school, Barrett was the quarterback in the very competitive state of Georgia. This past year he threw for 1,705 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also ran the ball for 1,195 yards and scored 13 touchdowns.
He is a very versatile player and will bring needed depth to especially the special team’s side of the ball. What position he’ll play is mystery, but he will be good in years to come.
The Wolverines also picked up a commitment from defensive back Vincent Gray. Gray is an instate kid from Rochester Adams High School.
He is quick and tall for a corner, and should match up well with opposing wide receivers and tight ends. Gray is six foot two inches and weighs 180 pounds.
Gray is the highest ranked player from Michigan still unsigned. He was recruited before the early signing period Dec. 20-22 by many schools, and some were surprised when he did not sign with a school.
He is also a stellar academic student carrying a 3.1 grade point average in high school.
Don Brown, Michigan’s defensive coordinator, uses his secondary as multi use and they can cover one-on-one and they are really good at blitzing. Gray is great for this team and will be an instant boost to the Michigan defensive unit.
Michigan also got a commitment from graduate transfer Casey Hughes from the University of Utah. He has played for the Utes for the past three seasons.
He played 29 games and had 41 total tackles including 30 unassisted tackles. Hughes also had 2.5 tackles for loss that resulted in 15 yards lost.
Hughes will bring in a veteran leadership to a young secondary and will be either a safety or a rotational cornerback. He’s essentially a one-year player as he transfers to Michigan in his final season of eligibility.
Michigan is also hoping to add to their team with some other recruits they’ve made offers to, but they have not committed to anywhere yet.
Five star Nicholas Petit-Frere is the top offensive tackle in the country and the No. 8 player in the country for 2018. He also has offers from Florida, Notre Dame, and Alabama.
Michigan traveled Florida and practiced at Berkeley Prep High School before their Outback Bowl game. Berkeley Prep is also Petit-Frere’s high school. This was an ingenious recruiting tactic by coach Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines. It gave Petit-Frere a firsthand look at the team before making his decision.
Otis Reese has been a hard commit for the Wolverines for months now, but has not signed his official letter of content. Reese is the No. 82 recruit in the country and the No. 5 outside linebacker.
He also has an offer from Georgia. Recruiting predictions show an edge to the Georgia Bulldogs, but Reese was just in Ann Arbor for his official visit.
Jarrett Patterson is a four star tackle out of California. Patterson says it is a three way tie between Michigan, UCLA, and Notre Dame. Patterson just took an official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend.
Patterson has been a priority for the Wolverines but nothing is known which way he is leaning.
The Wolverines also have hard commits from running back Ronnie Bell and quarterback Kevin Doyle.
Check back with the Michigan Journal for more updates as they become available.