The smoke has cleared from National Signing Day and the ink is dry upon most letters of intent; now it’s time for the stars to prove their worth. For years the ranking process has been controversial and the real star power is shown in the player development of the coaching staffs, but their of course are a few exceptions. Here are 3 commits from Michigan who are sure to make an impact on their team in the fall. (In no particular order)
1. Tyriq Thompson(King)-MSU-Early Enrollee
A legacy product of the King program and the son of a Wolverine(Clarence Thompson) usually doesn’t equal to becoming a Spartan, but in this case it does and coaches as well as fans won’t be disappointed. While playing on both sides of the ball, Tyriq was a generational talent on defense. Playing Mike linebacker controlling the stifling King defense was perfect preparation for his role in East Lansing. Mark Dantonio has special plans for Tyriq as a roving LB. Even if there are only certain packages he’s in on the offenses need to have their head on a swivel.
Highlight Reel-Tyriq Thompson (Courtesy of DetroitKingFootball-YouTube Channel)
2. Brian Cole(Heritage)- U of M-Early Enrollee
He’s staying home and Jim Harbaugh and 100,000 plus fans are elated. The Heritage All-American was one of the most explosive offensive players in recent Michigan high school football history. His ability to juke, run through, run around and outfight opponents will be why he will see the field early in Ann Arbor. Being able to focus on just WR will be a benefit and the lack of depth increases the odds of Cole of being a significant part of the offensive gameplan.
Highlight Reel-Brian Cole (Courtesy of State Champs-YouTube Channel)
3. Tyrone Miller, Jr.(Saline)- Kansas
The Chips loss is the Jayhawks gain. The Saline standout was a lockdown corner who dared opposing QBs to throw his way and when they did he made them pay for it dearly. His biggest impact that will allow him to see the field immediately will be his special teams prowess. Miller is natural kick/punt returner who has a feel for finding the crease is as dangerous on the punt block team. By the time he becomes a full time starter in the defensive backfield in Lawrence, he would have already made a name for himself.
Highlight Reel-Tyrone Miller
(Courtesy of Hope Dee YouTube Channel)