1. Cornerback Jyaire Hill
Another incoming freshman that’s going to make an impact for Michigan football next season is cornerback Jyaire Hill, who is the top-ranked signee on defense.
Hill was rated as a three-star prospect this summer but Michigan knew what it saw and pushed for him hard. Illinois was right there in the mix but the Wolverines eventually won out and landed a 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback ranked 20th at his position.
The Wolverines lost two starting cornerbacks to the NFL draft in DJ Turner and Gemon Green. Will Johnson is going to be the No. 1 and Mike Sainristil will be the nickel.
Michigan football needs another starter outside and Hill could easily work his way into that job. Michigan has tried to add talent via the transfer portal and likely will this spring, but Hill is long, athletic, and a really good man-cover guy.
Myles Pollard, Cameron Calhoun, another 2023 signee, and Ja’Den McBurrows, a member of the 2021 class, will all be in the mix, along with Jalen Perry.
But Hill is going to play and by season’s end, I wouldn’t be shocked if he was starting opposite of Will Johnson.