Surprise! Michigan landed it’s biggest fish (literally) of the 2016 recruiting class when Detroit (MI) Cass Tech OG Michael Onwenu decided to pull the trigger on a surprise visit to Ann Arbor on Tuesday.
With the addition on Onwenu, Michigan now has it’s best ally in Detroit as well as one of the best guards in the country. And one of the first recruits to take notice to his commitment was the staff’s other top guard target, Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha OG Terrance Davis:
Davis has let it be known that Michigan is his outright leader and there are plenty of rumors about him being that silent commit that TMI’s Sam Webb hinted about ($). With one guard spot wrapped up, he may have to speed up his process a bit to guarantee himself a spot (though I believe they could take 5 o-lineman in total).
Speaking of offensive lineman, Hartland (WI) Arrowhead OL Ben Bredeson visited this past weekend and is expected to make an announcement in the next week or two. That’s why this visit was so crucial. And it looks like the staff knocked it out of the park. He had such a good time that most believe it’s down to Michigan and Notre Dame, with several 247 analysts putting in Crystal Ball predictions for the Block M.
Michigan fans knew Harbaugh and Drevno would bring in great offensive lineman but landing Swenson, Onwenu, Davis and Bredeson in 2016 would be an elite haul.
While Onwenu’s commitment could speed up the process for the lineman, I believe his biggest recruiting help will happen in Detroit.
"Kids love Michigan, and if they find Michigan is the perfect fit for them they’ll go to Michigan" – Cass Tech Coach @thomaswilcher
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) June 3, 2015
Big Mike is good friends and teammates with several top targets in the 2016 and 2017 classes, including Lavert Hill (ex-teammate), Donovan Peoples-Jones and Jaylen Kelly-Powell. And I believe his commitment will go a long way in all three of their recruitments.
While Hill is still saying he’s “100% committed to Penn State”, it’s no secret that Michigan is still taking a full run at him. And with the recent mending of the relationship with the Detroit King coaches, I believe a flip is even more possible.
Kelly-Powell was the most likely of the three to join the Maize and Blue before the visit and nothing changed there afterwards. He told Scout’s Brice Marich it was a “10” when asked to rank the visit ($). Add in him telling 247’s Steve Lorenz that he plans on returning to Ann Arbor on June 13th ($), and I believe he could be one of the next names to drop.
Thanks you to the Michigan for hosting me and my family. Coach Durkin, Zordich, Jackson, Partridge, Harbaugh, Wheatley, etc… First Class
— Jaylen Kelly-Powell (@JKellypowell) June 3, 2015
As for Peoples-Jones, he spoke with TMI’s Josh Newkirk about his trip to Ann Arbor and had nothing but great things to say ($). He brought his mother on this trip but told Newkirk he’ll be returning to Ann Arbor in two weeks with his father. DPS is a must-get recruit for Harbaugh in 2017 (IMO) so this is big for the Wolverines moving forward.
So, with the addition of a mauling offensive guard, Michigan is also raising it’s odds to land several top targets in 2016 and 2017. And whataya know, 2-3 of them could very likely pull the trigger in the next month.
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