Michigan Football: Dream defensive back class coming into focus

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Led by five-star cornerback Will Johnson from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, this current group of defensive backs is very solid as currently constructed.

Johnson is a certified stud and is the crown jewel of the class.

The 6-3, 190 lbs legacy recruit has been a lead recruiter for the 2022 cycle in a similar way to J.J. McCarthy last year.

He is joined by fellow cornerback Myles Pollard who is rated as a high three-star out of Ravenwood HS in Tennessee.

A former teammate of current U-M linebacker Junior Colson, Pollard is another big cornerback at 6-2 who has the ability to play multiple positions in the secondary at Michigan.

Rounding out the commits are two chess pieces in Kody Jones and Damani Dent.

Starting with Jones, the third pledge of the 2022 cycle for the Wolverines, he is likely a nickel at the next level and is rated as a four-star player by 247Sports.

Jones and Pollard are relatively close, both being from Tennessee, which has helped Jones stay locked in as he has sniffed around a bit of late as Illinois and in-state Tennessee have hosted him for visits since he pledged to the Wolverines back in February.

Damani Dent is a relatively recent commit who has flown up the recruiting rankings and likely has not finished his ascent.

He is currently a three-star according to 247Sports but also held offers Oregon and Pittsburgh, among others.

Dent is another versatile piece in the secondary who will likely play safety for the Wolverines but has a broad, unique skillset capable of playing anywhere.