Michigan has been pretty hot on the recruiting trail, as of late. With two big commitments in the past week, the 2018 class is up to five commitments. But could more be coming soon? By the looks of the visitors list, there’s a very real chance the Wolverines coaching staff receives some good news in the upcoming week of visitors.
Check out who’s expected to be on campus between Thursday, April 13th and Tuesday, April 18th:
2018 Bishop Gorman (NV) QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson
The #1 target on the board for Michigan, Thompson-Robinson is making, what is likely, his last visit to Ann Arbor before he makes his decision. So, it goes without saying that this trip is huge for all parties involved. UCLA has the momentum right now but this weekend has all the makings of a game changer. I fully expect the staff and University as a whole to roll out the red carpet here.
2018 Bishop Gorman (NV) TE Brevin Jordan
Jordan will be making his first visit to Ann Arbor this weekend and, like his teammate and good friend, Thompson-Robinson, Michigan has ground to make up here. UCLA and Miami are the favorites at the moment but he’s made it clear that he’s very interested in what Michigan has to offer. Look for the staff to pitch Jordan on the playing time that will be open down the road with Asiasi’s transfer, as well as the chance for the two Bishop Gorman standouts to continue their connection in the maize and blue.
2018 Ridge Point (TX) TE Mustapha Muhammad
Like Jordan, Muhammad is another top tight end target that the staff will likely push pretty hard for during this upcoming visit. According to The Wolverine, the top100 tight end actually has a UM commitment edit ready to rock ($). If that is the case, this visit could be huge. Expect the staff to roll out the red carpet and try to solidify themselves amongst his favorites. And, for what it’s worth, I’d be completely shocked if that commitment edit came to usage this weekend.
2018 St Peter’s Prep (NJ) S Shayne Simon
According to Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, Simon will visit Michigan for the first time on either Monday or Tuesday ($). The big, play making safety looks to be a priority for the staff and could be favoring the Wolverines heading into this visit. Could a commitment go down? If the staff puts on a show and things go as well as expected, it wouldn’t shock me to see him lock down his spot in the class.
The Green brothers out of DeSoto, Texas will make their way up to Michigan for their first visit to campus on Tuesday, the 18th. According to Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, Gemon is a top target for the staff at the cornerback position thanks to his length and athleticism, which is similar to recent commit, Myles Sims. As for German, he looks to be more suited for safety at the collegiate level and Michigan likes him as well.
If the staff can pitch the brothers on playing together up north, I think UM could be the clear cut favorite for both coming out of this trip.
2018 Catholic Central (MI) OT Jalen Mayfield
Though he’s let it be known that he doesn’t plan on making a commitment until later on in the cycle, Mayfield may be the best bet on the 2018 board to drop this weekend. Quickly after visiting Michigan and receiving his offer from the staff, all of the momentum has swayed to and stayed with the Wolverines. Seeing the team take the field on a nice day in the Big House could be all the rising tackle needs to pull the trigger. Either way, UM should solidify its place at the top of his list after this trip.
2018 Olympia (FL) QB Joe Milton
First reported by The Wolverine’s Brandon Brown, Milton will make his first visit to Michigan for the spring game ($). And it’s a very interesting visit. Milton is the most intriguing visitor as everyone knows about UM and DTR, and Milton’s looked to be a Florida lean. However, he wouldn’t pay for a visit himself if he A.) wasn’t interested in the Wolverines and B.) a lock to the Gators. If he indeed makes it to town, I’d keep my eye on this one. If the staff loves what the see, they could make a strong push, especially with UCLA trending for Thompson-Robinson.
2018 Fitzgerald (GA) ATH James Graham
Though he’s the #21 duel-threat quarterback in the country, Graham is reportedly being recruited as a pure offensive athlete by the Michigan staff. According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, the staff likes him in the slot, as a running back and even as a wildcat quarterback ($). And, with the offer in hand, early unofficial visit and new found momentum in Georgia, Michigan could be in much better shape than some realize here. Keep an eye on him during and after this trip. Michigan should make a big move.
2018 Oak Park (MI) OG Marquan McCall
According to Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, McCall will be making his way to Ann Arbor for the spring game. As the top ranked player in the state, most would think Michigan would be all over McCall. However, the one-time heavy favorite has backed off a bit over the last couple months. That’s why my Crystal Ball is in for MSU, at the moment. But, a good visit and a push from the staff could sway things back towards the Wolverines.
2019 Trinity Catholic (MO) ATH Isaiah Williams
Williams announced on Twitter that he’ll be making it to Michigan this weekend. And this comes not too long after 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong put in a Crystal Ball prediction for the electrifying talent to the Wolverines ($). UM should be able to make a strong push towards the top of his list early on after this trip, if they aren’t already at the top.
2019 DeMatha Catholic (MD) WR DeMarcco Hellams
According to Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, Hellams will visit Michigan this weekend as well ($). He’s an early four star prospect and a player that looks to have a very high ceiling. Getting him on campus this early could be big.
2019 St Thomas Aquinas (FL) LB Anthony Solomon
Solomon is the second most likely player to drop this weekend. The highly rated linebacker visited Ann Arbor for the first time back in February and named the Wolverines his leader soon after. With another self-funded trip from Florida to Michigan in just under two months, UM is sitting in fantastic shape. It wouldn’t shock me at all if he decided to become the first commit of the class this weekend.
2019 Archbishop Hoban (OH) OL Nolan Rumler
As for the player that looks to be the most likely to commit this weekend, Rumler will make another visit to campus on Saturday. The big man out of Ohio is a prospect UM recruiting fans should be pretty familiar with by now as he’s been a highly touted player that’s been a known Michigan lean. If he gets the green light this weekend, look out.
2019 East Kentwood (MI) OL Logan Brown
Brown is another highly rated lineman that is very high on the Wolverines. He’s expected to make his second visit to Ann Arbor this weekend after visiting back in late September. Michigan looked to be the favorite following that trip. This visit is another great chance for the staff to continue to push the momentum towards UM.
2019 South Warren (KY) DT Jacob Lacey
According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Lacey is expected to make it up from Kentucky for the spring game ($). He’s one of the top interior lineman in the class early on which makes this visit big for Michigan. Notre Dame is the Crystal Ball favorite early on.
Other Expected Visitors:
- 2018 Irvington (NJ) ATH Jasiah Provillon (per Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz)
- 2018 West Mecklenburg (NC) ATH Dyami Brown
- 2019 West Mecklenburg (NC) ATH Khafre Brown (per The Wolverine’s Brandon Brown)
- 2019 Orange (NJ) CB Nyquee Hawkins (per Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz)
- 2019 DePaul Catholic (NJ) ATH Ronnie Hickman (per Wolverine247)
- 2019 Trinity Catholic (MO) OLB Shammond Cooper (per Wolverine247)
- 2019 Trinity Catholic (MO) WR Marcus Washington (per Wolverine247)
- 2019 Trinity Catholic (MO) RB Alphonzo Andrews (per The Wolverine’s Brandon Brown)
- 2019 Cass Tech (MI) RB Jaren Mangham
- 2019 Cass Tech (MI) CB Xavier Goldsmith
- 2019 Detroit King (MI) LB Tyrece Woods
There will be plenty of other recruits making their way to Michigan for this week. So, make sure to stay tuned to this article. We’ll make sure to update the list as the spring game approaches.
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