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Can Josh Gattis help bring Julian Fleming to Michigan?

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Back on Christmas, five-star receiver Julian Fleming dropped a loaded top 10 including the University of Michigan.

Also included in the list is Alabama, due in large part to the efforts of the Bama’s former co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach and new Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis.

In an interview with The Wolverine, Julian Fleming said “I have a good relationship with him [Gattis]. We talk weekly and he’s been at school earlier in the year so we’ve already transitioned from Penn State to Bama and now we’re going from Bama to Michigan.”

Alabama and Penn State seem to be leading the pack at the moment, but much of that is because of Gattis. Now that Gattis has joined the Wolverines, there should be an even better chance that Julian Fleming dons the maize and blue.

No. 1 WR in the Class of 2020

At 6-foot-3 and 210-pounds, Julian Fleming is one of the best pass-catching prospects available. Fleming has won back-to-back PIAA Class 2A state titles with the Southern Columbia Tigers and is recognized by PennLive as Pennsylvania’s top-ranked junior. From a national perspective, he is the No. 1 receiver and the No. 5 player overall in the country for the Class of 2020 according to the 247Sports’ Composite rankings.

Fleming has not yet decided when he will announce his decision, but it’s expected that he will sign with a school during next year’s December early signing period for the Class of 2020.

10 teams are currently in the mix, including Alabama, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Georgia, USC, Clemson, LSU, Florida, Penn State, and Ohio State.

The 247Sports’ Crystal Ball currently heavily favors Penn State (82%), as the receiver visited campus often during the regular season and took another trip to Happy Valley in December.

It’ll be interesting to see how things change in 2019 now that Josh Gattis is with Michigan.

Josh Gattis effect

Josh Gattis has become known for recruiting and developing elite wide receiver talent since his first coaching stop at Western Michigan.

In 2011, Gattis coached Jordan White to the best season of his college career. During the 2011 regular season, White had 127 receptions for 1,646 yards, ranking first among NCAA Division I FBS players in both categories according to ESPN. White was named as a Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist for the second consecutive season and became the first “consensus” All-American in school history at Western Michigan. White was drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

In 2012, Gattis was hired by Vanderbilt as wide receivers coach and offensive recruiting coordinator. At Vanderbilt, Gattis coached current Philadelphia Eagle Jordan Matthews to two first-team All-SEC honors. In the two seasons under Gattis, Matthews caught 206 passes for 2,800 yards and 15 touchdowns according to Sports Reference. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Matthews in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 42nd overall pick.

In 2014 Gattis followed head coach James Franklin from Vanderbilt to Penn State and assumed the same role with the Nittany Lions. At Penn State, Gattis coached current Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin. In 40 career games at Penn State, Godwin racked up 154 receptions, 2,421 receiving yards, and 18 receiving touchdowns according to Sports Reference. Godwin decided to forego his final year at Penn State and was selected by the Buccaneers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Gattis’ latest success came at Alabama with Biletnikoff Award winner Jerry Jeudy. This year under Gattis, Jeudy racked up 1,315 receiving yards with 14 touchdowns on 68 receptions in his Sophmore year according to ESPN. He’ll need at least one more season under his belt before making the jump to the NFL, but if Jeudy can have another successful campaign in 2019 he’ll certainly draw attention from the NFL.

Given Gattis’ track record it’s not surprising that Julian Fleming would be interested in playing for the coach.

 

 

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Detroit Lions ‘All-Local’ 2019 NFL Mock Draft

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This coming Thursday, the 2019 NFL Draft will officially begin.

Over the past few months, if you are anything like me, you have read literally hundreds upon hundreds of Detroit Lions’ mock drafts.

So, I figured it would be fun to think outside the box (but inside the state) to come up with what an ‘All-local’ Lions draft could look like.

Check it out.

Round 1 – Devin Bush Jr. (LB) Michigan or Rashan Gary (DL) Michigan

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Round 2 – Justin Layne (CB) Michigan State or David Long (CB) Michigan

Round 3 – Sean Bunting (CB) Central Michigan or Chase Winovich (DL) Michigan

Round 4 – Maxx Crosby (Edge) Eastern Michigan

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Round 5 – Khari Willis (S) Michigan State

Round 6 – Xavier Crawford (CB) Central Michigan

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Round 6 – Karan Higdon (RB) Michigan

Round 7 – Zach Gentry (TE) Michigan

Round 7 – LJ Scott (RB) Michigan State

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Now, I know there is a .0000001% chance of this actually happening, but those players should be available when the Lions are on the clock in each round.

If you want to read my ‘Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL mock draft’ please click on the link below. It also includes a local player.

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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BREAKING: Michigan defensive end Ryan Veingrad announces he is transferring

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According to University of Michigan defensive end Ryan Veingrad, he will enter the transfer portal and hopes to play elsewhere in the future.

Veingrad, who was a walk-on, is a survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

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Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

*Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks
excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills
shot out of a cannon with his first step
forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness
creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills
ball awareness to track through blocks
uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers
better than expected play strength as a run defender
highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines
dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length
needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)
relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college
not a bull rusher
undeveloped approach with his hands
below- average counter measures once locked up
faced inferior competition in the AAC
several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout
missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.

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WATCH: Michigan’s Rashan Gary take HUGE shot at Michigan State

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The trash talk will never end.

Former Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary recently joined The Rich Eisen Show and he laid into the Michigan State Spartans.

Watch ad Gary, who did not even play in last year’s matchup against MSU referred to them as “little sister.”

Gary also went on to remind everybody that Michigan runs the state.

The pride comes before the fall?

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