Jyaire Hill will emerge as Michigan football starting cornerback

Michigan football added a slew of transfer portal defensive backs this spring but Jyaire Hill is still a good bet to be the starter.
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Michigan football needed to add some quality depth in the secondary this spring. The Wolverines did that but of the four guys they added, there might not be a starting player among that group.

That's perfectly fine. I could see Wesley Walker or Jaden Mangham starting for Michgan football. Mangham has tremendous upside, while Walker is a proven veteran, who can play at a few different spots.

However, when it comes to cornerback, it feels like Michigan football was looking more for insurance than it was a sure-fire starter. Johnathan Brooks would have been nice. I still don't understand why he chose Illinois, but if Jyaire Hill emerges as expected, that loss won't matter so much.

Hill is 6-foot-2. He was a top-200 recruit coming out of high school. He saw limited snaps last season but has taken a leap this offseason. Hill was impressive during the spring and had a nice pass breakup in the spring game.

Sherrone Moore praises Jyaire Hill

Ideally, he would win the job and never look back. Sherrone Moore, speaking on the "In The Trenches Podcast, had this to say about Hill: "This kid, he's got length, he's got speed, he's got athleticism, he's fearless, he'll tackle. He'll go make a play on the ball. He's everything you want in a corner."

Hill just needs to prove he can produce. Competing against Aamir Hall and Ricky Johnson, the transfers from Albany and UNLV, should only make him better. It will also ensure that Hill wins the starting job instead of being handed it.


But outside of Will Johnson, he's the most talented cornerback on the Michigan football roster and in 2024, the Wolverines need that talent to shine through.