Michigan Football: Breaking down Wolverines offer to 2022 RB

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The early signing period has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the 2022 recruiting cycle is over and Michigan football just offered a new RB.

Michigan football is focused on beating the Georgia Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl and earning a trip to the national championship game.

But even with all of that, recruiting never stops and on Sunday morning, 2022 running back Andrew Paul reported that Michigan football had extended him a scholarship offer.

Paul is a three-star prospect out of the state of Texas. He’s actually from Dallas and is currently ranked as the 1,210 overall player in the 247 sports composite rankings for 2022.

Yet, Paul was highly productive during his senior season of high school ball and according to Steve Wiltfong of 247 sports, he racked up over 2,600 yards and 44 touchdowns. He also averaged more than nine yards per rushing attempt.

What does this offer mean for Michigan football in 2022?

At this point, it’s safe to assume that Michigan would like to add a running back to its roster. U-M was in the mix for an Arizona State running back transfer but he wound up going to Ohio State in order to play linebacker.

However, Paul isn’t the only potential running back Michigan is taking a look at in the 2022 recruiting class. Dillon Bell was formerly a silent commit of the Wolverines and is another three-star prospect from the state of Texas.

At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, despite Michigan trending with crystal ball projections, Georgia was able to land his verbal commitment earlier this summer.

Yet, Bell didn’t sign with the Bulldogs on early signing day this month, so that has opened the door and Michigan football has re-engaged Bell too, who can play both running back and wide receiver.

For what Michigan needs though, Paul might be a better fit. It seems that Michigan wants to add a power-type back with Hassan Haskins leaving for the NFL and Paul has the potential to be that.

He’s 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, and a track athlete. He ran the 100 meters in 11.73 as a sophomore and runs both the 100 and the 200.

You can see Paul’s speed on the screen during his highlights. He’s effective at making guys miss, then many times he is off to the races. But you see him run through a lot of arm tackles too.

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After signing 23 recruits total, with Andrew Gentry included, Michigan should have a couple of spots to work with in the 2022 class and one of those could go to Paul, who is also generating interest from Colorado, Michigan State, and TCU among his nearly 20 offers.