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The 247Sports Michigan beat gets together once a month to talk all things related to Michigan football, basketball, recruiting and more. Be sure to read all of our stories at!

The 247Sports Michigan beat gets together once a month to talk all things related to Michigan football, basketball, recruiting and more. Be sure to read all of our stories at!
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The 247Sports Michigan beat gets together once a month to talk all things related to Michigan football, basketball, recruiting and more. Be sure to read all of our stories at!




Breaking down fall camp standouts for Michigan Football

Steve Lorenz of 247Sports breaks down some fall camp standouts for Michigan and touches on the Andrew Stueber injury along with a few recruiting notes and a quick thought on the James Hudson/Jim Harbaugh situation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Eight questions as Michigan's fall camp gets underway

After waiting to hear from Michigan assistants about the first week of fall camp, Lorenz and Shaw do a quasi-preview of the Wolverines' month by breaking down eight questions related to Michigan. First, they look at the Wolverines' potentially precarious running backs situation, respond to Josh Gattis' comments and what to make of Michigan's running backs depth. Then, they proceed to the Wolverines' next-most discussed potential weakness, exploring why Michigan's defensive line might be...


Five lasting thoughts from Big Ten Media Days

Reviewing Michigan's appearance at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, we try to group a number of going-ons into five major categories. First, we look at the national media's ability to blow Jim Harbaugh's comments out of proportion. Though we also discuss some of Harbaugh's shortcomings when tiptoeing a little too close to James Hudson's transfer case, we look into Harbaugh's platform, and what to make of the media storm surrounding his comments on Hudson and Urban Meyer. Next, we focus on...


Ten things to watch at Big Ten Media Days

In a solo episode from Zach Shaw, he previews his coverage at Big Ten Media Days, outlining 10 things that he's watching at the annual event in Chicago. First, he looks at five non-Michigan things that he's watching, previewing what he is expecting to see from new Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and his thoughts on the rivalry and taking over a storied program. He also previews one of Jim Delany's final appearances as Big Ten commissioner, briefly looking back at Delany's tenure and what to...


Michigan football mailbag: July 15

In an episode entirely devoted to listener questions, we tackle a number of topics related to Michigan football. First, we look at Michigan's cornerback depth and how it shakes out a couple weeks before fall camp begins. Along the way, we look at the younger members of the Wolverines' secondary, and who could be a dark horse to emerge this season. We also take a. peek at who might start at the safety position opposite Josh Metellus. Then, we look at Shea Patterson, how well he did last...


Underrated players and qualms with the recruiting process

Answering two questions from our listeners, we discuss Michigan football players we feel are underrated along with things we might consider changing about the recruiting process. First, we look at which Wolverines aren't getting enough hype or attention. The list ranged from players stepping into new starting roles, surprise contenders in position battles, players who redshirted last season, who were switching positions or didn't get a fair shake from fans last season. After breaking down...


Reaction to Franz Wagner's commitment and what it means for Michigan

In the wake of German wing Franz Wagner's commitment and signing to play for the Michigan basketball team this upcoming season, we break down what the Wolverines' first commitment under Juwan Howard means for Michigan. First, we look at how good Wagner is, what he's good at, where he can grow his game and how he can improve. We contextualize what can be read from his play in Germany, and how it could translate as a freshman. We also look at his fit, and how critical earning his commitment...


Breaking down Michigan's flurry of post-visit commitments

In this episode, we break down each and every one of Michigan's commitments in the last week and a half, which has totaled 11 pickups. The flurry may continue, but we decided to dig in to the 11 who have pledged. Starting toward the bottom of the 247Sports Composite rankings, we first look at defensive end and son of former NFL lineman Kris Jenkins, Massachusetts athlete Eamonn Dennis, Brooklyn-based VIPER William Mohan and New Jersey defensive end Aaron Lewis. Next, we look at offensive...


Five reasons behind Michigan baseball's epic postseason

Taking a break from our usual rotation of football, basketball and recruiting, this episode is solely focused on the Michigan baseball team, as we break down five reasons behind the Wolverines' epic postseason run to their first College World Series appearance since 1984 and now just their fourth-ever top-four national finish in Omaha. Mixing both macro and micro factors into Michigan's success, we begin by looking at Michigan's impressive recruiting run, and how that has developed under...


Previewing Michigan's monster recruiting weekend

In a recruiting-focused episode, we break down Michigan football's major recruiting visit weekend. Attempting to explore all angles, we begin by looking at the top targets for the Wolverines who are visiting during the weekend — one receiver and one offensive lineman. We then look at the next tier of recruits who will be in town, handicapping some of the recruiting battles that are brewing and other teams to keep an eye on. We also expend out analysis, looking at what's working for Michigan...


2020 recruiting notes and 2019 newcomer breakdown

In this episode, we break down Michigan’s recent recruiting run in the 2020 class, breaking down the Wolverines’ three recent commitments — offensive tackle Zak Zinter, linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green and defensive end Braiden McGregor — and what the trio could bring to Michigan both in a football sense and a recruiting sense. We also look ahead to what could be a busy month and change for the Wolverines’ 2020 class and what to watch for. The second half of the episode is spent looking at...


Reacting to Michigan hiring Juwan Howard as next head coach

In the hours following reports that Miami Heat assistant and former Michigan basketball star Juwan Howard would take over the vacant Wolverines' head-coaching job, we discuss some of our early reactions to the hire. We look at how hiring Howard grades for Michigan and what went into hiring him over other candidates. We also look at the key challenges that Howard faces in his first head-coaching job and first coaching gig in college. We break down some of the early recruiting pushes Howard...


Ranking Michigan football's 10 best players following spring practice

Taking a break from the ongoing discussion about the Michigan basketball team's search for a new head coach, we take a look at the Michigan football team, breaking down Michigan's 10 best players following spring practices and heading into the 2019 offseason. Combining what players have done as well as what their potential is in 2019, we dissect impact players who could carry the Wolverines this fall. First, we take a look at 5-10 names of players who just missed the cut due to a lack of...


John Beilein departs and what's next for Michigan hoops?

In an emergency podcast, Lorenz and Shaw breaking down the stunning breaking news that saw Michigan basketball coach John Beilein leave the Wolverines to become head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. They break down how shocking the news was to us, why leaving for Cleveland and the NBA overall does and does not make sense and what some of the key differences are. The two also look at John Beilein's legacy, breaking down how and why he was so successful at Michigan, unpacking some of the...


J.J. McCarthy commits, other recruiting notes, Barton Simmons

In a recruiting-centric episode, Lorenz and Shaw open by breaking down top-20 recruit and 2021 quarterback J.J. McCarthy's commitment to Michigan. They look at his game, what can be gleaned from his sophomore season performance, why the Wolverines were fine taking his pledge so early and what it can mean for the 2021. Shaw and Lorenz also look at Michigan's 2020 class, including why things have been quiet in the commitment department, some top targets with visits or decision dates looming,...


Michigan's South Africa trip and recruiting updates

We open the show discussing Michigan's annual offseason foreign trip, which is heading to South Africa this year after trips to Italy and France. We break down why South Africa made it on the list, how David Turnley gives the Wolverines a unique look at the country and more benefits to the trip. We also look the trip from the fans' perspective, addressing the vocal minority against the trip, why the trip is a good idea and the impact that the trip has on recruits, players, parents and...


Recapping Michigan's 2019 NFL Draft class and an early look to 2020 crop

Focusing solely on the NFL Draft, Lorenz and Shaw break down the fits of Michigan's five NFL Draft picks (Devin Bush Jr., Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, David Long and Zach Gentry) and how we forecast their early NFL futures. We also break down what the haul means for a continuing trend of talent development under Jim Harbaugh and whether or not it makes a difference with recruits. Then, after looking at the seven Wolverines who landed undrafted free agent opportunities, we break down...


Post-spring football questions, spring risers, position group power rankings

In a football-focused episode, we first answer a series of questions from listeners, looking at defensive players who need to step up, why Michigan's cornerback recruiting isn't the problem some think it is and unpacking some of Don Brown's comments about his defense following Spring practices. Then, we review some key storylines from the spring, first looking at players who improved their stock the most this spring, We look at key players who made the most of their opportunities, what kind...


Jordan Poole, NBA Draft decisions and Michigan basketball recruiting

In a basketball-focused episode, Shaw and Lorenz look at Jordan Poole's seemingly inevitable decision to turn pro, and react to Poole's father's comments citing that the Wolverines' system put Poole in suboptimal position. We also weigh in with our thoughts on Poole's decision, including some analysis at how the college basketball landscape has changed for players who aren't drafted. Then, we look at Michigan's lone remaining draft decision — Ignas Brazdeikis — and break down the likelihood...


Taking football questions, Sims transfer and recruiting talk

After breaking down Spring Game takeaways in the previous episode, Lorenz and Shaw field football-related questions from listeners. The discuss what Ben VanSumeren's redshirt freshman season could look like at running back and H-back, how Michigan has seemingly gotten over its decade-long depth problem, what to make of Michigan's 9.5 over-under win total projection and the Wolverines' schedule, how position roles might change under Josh Gattis and more. Then, they break down the breaking...