Michigan added one of the top in-state 2017 recruits on Tuesday as Orchard Lakes St. Mary’s (MI) LB Josh Ross finally committed to the Wolverines after, what seemed like, years of him favoring UM. So, with him on the board, where do the coaches and fans turn their attention to next?
Here are some of the top candidates to be the next to join Michigan’s class:
Harris visited Ann Arbor with his parents this past weekend and looked very likely to end his recruitment with a commitment to Michigan this week. That may still be the case but thanks to some UM Twitter recruiter mistakes, his decision looks to be on hold for a bit. Even with this hiccup, Michigan still looks to be the heavy favorite here and could add him to the class in the not-so-distant future.
Ruiz will make yet another return to Michigan for the Spring Game, this time with his IMG Academy teammate OL Robert Hainsey. Though he has continued to say that he does not have a true leader, everyone believes UM is at the top of his list and for good reason. Question is, will this be the trip that seals the deal for Wolverines? With his good friends, former teammates and 2016 UM signees, Brad Hawkins and Ron Johnson, expected to be in town as well, they could try to sway him into joining them in Ann Arbor.
Singleton and his teammate DL Corey Bolds will head west next weekend to check out Michigan’s spring game and visit the program for the fifth time. He’s been very high on the Wolverines for quite awhile now and looked to be a candidate to commit during his January visit. Though Clemson made up a lot of ground in the past couple months, another visit could be what he needs to finally pull the trigger.
LB/DE Corey Malone-Hatcher
Malone-Hatcher is one of the best players in the state and a top target on the board. He’s expected to make yet another return to Ann Arbor next weekend for the spring game and, though he doesn’t have a decision date in mind, things look to be winding down in his recruitment. Michigan looks to be the favorite here and could end up receiving his pledge in the not-so-distant future.
Kelly-Powell visited Michigan for the 100th time (give or take) on Tuesday with several of his teammates. His connections to the program have been stated many times (family connections, named after Jalen Rose, etc.) and values education as much as any recruit in the class. If the staff continues to push for him, he could end up dropping sooner rather than later.
Other Candidates to Drop
Michigan looks to be in-store for a couple more 2017 commitments this spring and they could very well come from this list or out of the blue. So, who do you think will drop next? Let us know if the comment section below!
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