Michigan added their 9th commitment of the 2017 class on Thursday night when FB Chase Lasater committed to Jim Harbaugh and the staff just a couple hours after being on campus for the first time. It was a moved that somewhat came out of nowhere but question is, will it be the last commit to come out of the spring game visitors?
Short answer, yes. There’s a real shot at Michigan adding more commitments to the 2017 class and possibly the 2018 and/or 2019 class this weekend.
Here are some of the top candidates to drop:
2017 LB/DE Corey Malone-Hatcher
CMH has long favored Michigan and has looked like a “just a matter of time” commit for the class. Well, after talking to sources close to the situation, the end looks to be in sight. Will that be this weekend? It could be the perfect time for the talented defensive standout to drop.
2017 LB Drew Singleton
Singleton is one of the top players on the staff’s board and has long favored Michigan. Though Clemson closed the gap, this visit to Ann Arbor could push him over the top. Expect the current commits, especially Josh Ross, to be all over him throughout.
2017 DT Corey Bolds
Though I doubt Bolds pulls the trigger this early, he’s a guy that Michigan has been on for a long time, has visited plenty of times, and also looks to have UM and Clemson out front. If the staff really pushed for him and/or he gets that itch after a couple other commits, anything is possible.
2017 RB O’Maury Samuels
Samuels is a player that Michigan may have got in on at the perfect time. He doesn’t have the longest offer list but his game looks to fir what the staff wants in a 3rd tailback in the class and, according to Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, he’s one of the very top targets at the position for the class ($). This just has the feel of a visit that could end in a surprise commitment.
2018 DL/TE Leonard Taylor
Taylor has been rumored to be close to joining his teammate, good friend and current 2018 UM commit LB Antwuan Johnson in Michigan’s class. Though it’ll likely be very tough to hold on to him throughout his recruitment with Ohio State lurking, if he gets the itch like Johnson had, his pledge could go to That Team Up North.
2018 OG/DT Marquan McCall
McCall may be the best 2018 recruit in the state and looks very likely to end up at Michigan. He’s been on campus a ton already and is best friends and teammates with current 2017 commit OL JaRaymond Hall. If players start dropping, I’m sure Hall and some others may be in his ear to drop as well.
As for other guys that look to be favoring Michigan and/or close to making a decision and/or I wouldn’t completely rule out to make a decision on a whim:
- 2017 C Cesar Ruiz
- 2017 C Brett Neilon
- 2017 DT Phillip Paea
- 2017 OL Robert Hainsey
- 2018 CB Kalon Gervin
- 2019 OL Nolan Rumler
If anyone else commits out of the recruiting visitors list, I would be completely shocked. But, anything is possible with this staff and a multi-day visit.
There’s a shot Michigan doesn’t add anyone this weekend but, let’s be honest, that’s no fun. So, keep your optimistic hat on and stay tuned to MGoFish. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook so you won’t miss a single update or commitment!
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