Inside the Fish Bowl: Mid June Recruiting Update

Saying Michigan is on a commitment roll may be the understatement of the century (not really, “Jim Harbaugh is a little weird” wins that one). They have landed eight 2016 commitments in 15 days and I don’t believe that snowball effect isn’t even close to stopping.

Next to Drop

I caught up with 2016 Oak Ridge (FL) LB Jonathan Jones recently and he confirmed his 5 day visit to Ann Arbor starting Thursday. While he didn’t give any hints away about making a decision, most (including me) believe there’s a very, very good chance it happens during/soon after his visit.

So, keep an eye on Jones this weekend.

Showing his Hand? 

Sam Webb and The Wolverine crew have let it be known that there are indeed 2016 silent commitments out there. While most of those silents are unknown by the common folk, there is one name that most believe has silently given his pledge to Jim Harbaugh: Hyattsville (MD) OG Terrance Davis. And his tweet game has only helped the rumors:

I am also in the boat that believes Davis is already a member of the 2016 Michigan recruiting class and though he’s expected to take official visits this fall, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go public with his decision before the end of summer.

East Coast Bias? 

While Jim Harbaugh and company are targeting recruits all across the country but there is no doubt that the east coast is being heavily targeted and is expected to be a big part of the 2016 class. And while the class only features two east coasters at the moment, there looks to be a good chance that number increases soon.

According to Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, the staff will be hosting a big group of top east coast targets for a three day visit next week ($), including:

All four visitors are said to have Michigan on top right now, and with the class quickly filling up, I believe there’s a good chance at least one 2016 recruit pulls the trigger. And just like the Flanagan trio, if one jumps, I think the rest follow.

Gary Returns

Michigan could wrap up June with one of the best recruiting months in program history, but the biggest visit will not be from a possible commit. Rivals’ Adam Friedman spoke with 2016 Paramus Catholic (NJ) DT Rashan Gary and the nation’s #1 player is expected to visit Michigan with his mom on June 24th ($).

Now, Gary’s not expected to make a decision until after taking his official visits but this visit could be a game changer in his recruitment thanks to his mother’s influence in his recruitment. And if everything goes as expected, Michigan could be the clear cut favorite in his recruitment moving forward.

Solidifying the PC Pipeline

Along with Gary, I have confirmed that Michigan will be hosting at least two other Paramus Catholic standouts this month in 2018 QB Allan Walters and 2017 LB Drew Singleton.

Walters will be competing in the A4: Ann Arbor’s Aerial Assault camp, looking to grab an offer. If that happens, Michigan will likely be the team to beat. As for Singleton, he’s been showing the Wolverines a lot of love lately, including meeting up with the coaches at the Easton, PA satellite camp. Both are very high on Michigan and are names to watch closely moving forward.

Another PC player that is reportedly expected to visit is 2017 DL Corey Bolds, according to Rivals’ Adam Friedman ($). He’s another player that holds an offer and looks to be favoring the Wolverines.

Going Hollywood (FL): Flanagan Trio Update 

Michigan landed several surprise commitments in the past two weeks but did not receive (public) commitments from any of the Flanagan high school standouts during their weekend visit to Ann Arbor. However, it looks like it is just a matter of time until that happens.

After speaking with S Devin Gil and S Josh Metellus, both gave rave reviews about the trip, saying “I love it up here” and “I don’t want to leave”. I was also told a decision would not be made during the visit but I wouldn’t rule one out before the end of the month. That includes a decision by teammate and top LB target Devin Bush Jr.

And either would The Wolverines’ Brandon Brown or 247’s Steve Lorenz.

Brown used the word “inevitable” ($), while Lorenz also feels like it’s just a matter of time ($).

2019 (Yeah, that’s a long time away) Name to Watch:

Keep a very close eye on incoming freshmen Southfield (MI) QB Sam Johnson III as he not only is one of the top quarterbacks in the state (regardless of class) but looks to be very high on the Wolverines.

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