Posted On: 02/7/21 9:31 AM

Not two days after National Signing Day, the Michigan Wolverines kicked off their 2022 recruiting class in a big way by coming down south and pulling in commitments from two high caliber 4-star prospects. 

The first commitment of the day came by way of Germantown (TN) defensive back Kody JonesKodyJones5'10" | ATHFairley | 2022StateTN and then shortly after his pledge, East Robertson (TN) athlete Taylor GrovesTaylorGroves6'2" | WREast Robertson | 2022StateTN followed suit with his commitment to the Wolverines. 

Both prospects provide a lot of athleticism and versatility that can be utilized in multiple ways and both Jones and Groves have the skill sets that could excel on either side of the ball. 

Coming out of West Tennessee and the Memphis area, Jones is a dynamic, natural athlete that has massive potential as a game changing cornerback or difference maker anywhere in the secondary. 

Jones has excellent feet along with flexible hips that shows you upside to stay on the island and be that lockdown cover corner. If staying outside doesn’t work, that’s ok as the Red Devils rising senior could man any position within the secondary and do so at a high level. 

Considered a 4-star by multiple publications, Jones is a massive get for Michigan as his work ethic and attitude is very strong, matching his talents. His best football is definitely ahead of him. 

For their second commitment, Michigan moved over to the Middle Tennessee area to land Groves and he is another 4-star talent that could play both ways but the Wolverines are looking to bring in the Indians star player as a safety. 

Standing 6’2 180 pounds, Groves is a tall and long prospect with a big radius and length in his arms to cover ground and swallow up receivers along with having the speed to chase down the ball. 

Groves has mainly played wide receiver while in high school, so he knows that position and would know some of the tricks as he transitions over to defense in the college game. 

Patience for Groves will be needed as he continues to transition his game over the safety, learning more about the position while also continuing to add more weight and strength to his frame. 

Both Jones and Groves are two highly talented guys that will bring more athleticism and technique to a Wolverines defense that is going through a transition of coaches and philosophy. 

These two 2022 Tennessee prospects will be joining a Michigan defense that also added another fellow Tennessean in Junior ColsonJuniorColson6'2" | LBRavenwood | 2021StateTN from Ravenwood high school, who the Wolverines signed in the 2021 recruiting class. 

The Michigan football program could be taking a bigger interest with the state of Tennessee after adding three prospects over the past two years and they might not be done, so keep an eye on the Wolverines as they continue to recruit and move their way through the Volunteer state.