Michigan got off to a very hot start on the 2019 recruiting trail but with only one new commitment over the last seven months has some questioning if the class is gonna follow in the path of the 2018 class. That should change this weekend as the staff is set to host a large group of several of its top targets on the 2019 board, including a guy or two who could possibly drop while on campus.
Check out which 2019 and 2020 recruits Michigan will host for its Junior Day this weekend:
DL Chris Hinton
According to TMI’s Brice March, the longtime Michigan commit will be making his way to Ann Arbor for the weekend ($). Though he’s one of the most solid commits, it’s always big to get five star recruits on campus, especially with the amount of talent that will be there for him to recruit.
The name most will be watching as a potential drop during the trip, Harrod has been rocketing up the rankings and Michigan’s early offer and interest clearly is paying off here. The Crystal Balls all are in favor of the Maize and Blue. Will this be the weekend he commits? It’s not a guarantee but I also wouldn’t bet against it.
CB Tyler Nubin
Another potential name to watch during this trip. Nubin is one of the fastest rising prospects in the Midwest and looks to have Michigan at/near the top of his list. This first trip to Ann Arbor since receiving his offer from the staff could be enough to, at least, put UM out front in this race.
ATH Steele Chambers
According to TMI’s Isaiah Hole, Chambers is expected to make a return trip to Ann Arbor this weekend ($). Once seen as a good bet to join the class, he’s now going to be a tough pull. Offers and increased interest from Alabama and Georgia will make this interesting but this trip to town alongside his good friend and UM commit, Chris Hinton, should help solidify Michigan at/near the top of his list.
One of the best players in the entire class, Hill has had this visit set up for a little bit now, and it’s one that could be pretty huge. According to his interview with 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Michigan is on him as hard as anyone ($). Though he may be tough to pull away from the in-state Sooners, an early visit like this from a five-star prospect is only a good thing for Michigan’s chances.
According to multiple reports, the top player in Ohio and the #3 overall player in the class will be making his way to Ann Arbor this weekend. Harrison is a monster. Simple as that. Long, athletic, mean, he has the chance to be a star at the next level. Though Ohio State is the heavy favorite to keep the Buckeye state star at home, Michigan isn’t out of this race. Look for Greg Mattison, Don Brown, Al Washington and the rest of the crew to roll out the red carpet for him.
QB Paul Tyson
According to both 247Sports and Rivals, the great-grandson of Alabama coaching legend, Bear Bryant will be visiting Michigan this weekend ($). Most believed he’d end up playing his college ball in Tuscaloosa but with the Tide looking likely to add the brother of Tua Tagavailoa, four-star QB Taulia Tagavailoa, Tyson is keeping his options open. This visit should be big for his recruitment.
LB Tra Wilkins
According to The Wolverine’s Brandon Brown, Wilkins is expected to visit Michigan for the Junior Day this weekend ($). A fast-rising prospect out of Georgia, Wilkins is starting to blow up on the scene with offers from some of the country’s top programs. However, Michigan is clearly in the race, thanks to Chris Partridge who has done wonders down in the Peach State thus far.
WR Jase Bowen
Per TMI’s Brice Marich, Bowen is another Midwest riser that is expected to visit Michigan as well ($). Coming out of Toledo and the same school as 2017 signee, OT James Hudson, Michigan should have a good chance at Bowen, as long as the staff extends an offer and pushes for him. MSU recently offered and is the early favorite. We’ll see if Michigan throws its hat in the ring as well.
OT Jacob Dean
According to 247Sports’ Allen Trieu, the Walled Lake Western (MI) standout is expected to be on campus this weekend ($). It’s unknown where he sits on the board at this point, with so many offensive lineman high on the board, but if the staff is to push for him, you have to like Michigan’s chances here.
ATH Kobe Myers
Another Walled Lake Western Warrior is coming to town in Myers, per TMI’s Brice Marich ($). Myers is a three-star athlete that doesn’t hold an offer from the Wolverines at this point but could be a name to pay attention to as the year goes on.
According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Ndoma-Ogar will be visiting Michigan for Junior Day during his spring break ($). He’s one of the top offensive guards in the class and is out of one of the top high school programs in the country (Allen HS in Texas). It’ll be tough to pull him out of Big 12 country but this visit should help put the Wolverines in the race moving forward.
ATH Daequan Hardy
According to The Wolverine’s Brandon Brown, the two-star athlete out of Pennsylvania will be on campus this weekend ($). Holding an offer from the staff already, this visit is one to watch. Not sure where he stands on the “take” board at the moment but this should help the staff get an even better feel for him as a prospect.
Billingsley is another four star Midwesterner that will be visiting this weekend, per TMI’s Brice Marich ($). Out of Illinois, his Crystal Balls have him leaning towards Ohio State but this is a recruitment to pay attention to moving forward. Michigan is still casting its net for tight ends in the 2019 class without much luck so far. This visit could be huge for both parties.
From Brice Marich again, Charbonnet is expected to make the cross-country flight from California to Michigan this weekend ($). It’ll be his first visit to Ann Arbor and one that I believe could end up being a game changer. TMI’s Steve Lorenz has mentioned Charbonnet as a top target for the staff for awhile now and with an offer in hand, running back talent needed, and the visit on deck, Michigan is in prime shape to leave a lasting impression this weekend.
The in-state River Rouge product is a name to pay attention to throughout the year. He’s received early interest from Michigan but has yet to land an offer. He’ll be on campus this Saturday. Will the staff extend an offer or keep the slow play? We’ll see.
According to multiple reports, the 2020 standout offensive tackle will be visiting Michigan for Junior day as well ($). Though he has a ways to go in his recruitment, Johnson is already a priority target for top programs in the country, Michigan and Ohio State especially. Getting him on campus and familiar with the program is an important step in this recruitment.
There will be more 2019 and 2020 recruits visiting Ann Arbor for Junior Day this weekend. Stay tuned to MGoFish by following us on Twitter (@MGoFish) for the latest updates, news and recruiting rumors.
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