Look Who’s Visiting Now: Ohio State

When The Game is at home, it’s safe to expect a big recruiting visitor weekend. It’s the biggest game of the year and is always a sight to see. Even with the rivalry struggles from Michigan, the staff has always made this weekend one of the biggest visits of the season. And this year is no different.

Michigan is expecting a huge group of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 recruiting visitors. Check out who’s expected to make it to town:



  • 2020 DE/OLB Jaylen Harrell
    • Per DetNews Allen Trieu, the four-star Floridian, who looks to be a perfect fit to replace Josh Uche in Don Brown’s defense, is expected to officially visit this weekend. Michigan has been in on him for a while now and with both Miami and Florida State riding the struggle bus, the Wolverines could be in prime position to steal the defensive standout out of the Sunshine State.
  • 2021 OT Garrett Dellinger
    • Arguably the best named player in this class told TMI’s Brice Marich that he planned to return to Ann Arbor for this game for another unofficial visit following his trip earlier this month. He’s dropped a bit in the rankings over his junior year but he still looks to be a top target for the staff. Notre Dame was the rumored favorite early on but all signs are starting to point back towards the in-state team.
  • 2021 OG/DT Rocco Spindler
    • Teammates with Dellinger in high school and (looking like) very possible teammates together in college. Spindler has been rumored to be leaning towards Michigan for months now and though you can never count out Ohio State and other blue blood programs, the in-state Wolverines look to be in fantastic shape.
  • 2021 OC Raheem Anderson
    • Maybe the safest bet to eventually commit to Michigan on this entire list. Anderson has been to multiple games this year and with the staff looking to add a center in this class, it’s a perfect fit for the local talent. It may not be this weekend but I won’t be surprised to see it in the not too distant future.
  • 2021 OT Caleb Tiernan
    • Another in-state offensive line, Tiernan has been rising up the rankings a bit as he’s putting more tackle film on tape. With Michigan in such great shape with so many offensive lineman targets, it’ll be interesting to see where he lands on the list and how the staff plays this position out in 2021.
  • 2021 OT David Davidkov
    • Speaking of tackles that could be a part of this class, Davidkov has been trending towards Michigan for a couple of months now as commit QB JJ McCarthy has pushed for the fellow Illinois target. TMI’s Steve Lorenz already has his Crystal Ball in for the Wolverines, could this trip help solidify that feeling?
  • 2021 OT JC Latham
    • Latham was once a promising defensive end prospect that was rumored to be heavily favoring Michigan very early on in his high school career. He visited for the BBQ at the Big House in 2018 before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida. He’s also not projected to offensive tackle (though DL may not be completely off the table). Ohio State made a big impression on a recent visit, we’ll see if this reported trip back to Ann Arbor can sway him back towards the maize and blue.
  • 2021 OT Eli Sutton
  • 2021 DT Tywone Malone
    • Malone is arguably the top overall target for the staff in this class. Defensive tackle is a huge position of need and there aren’t many better prospects than the Bergen Catholic standout. He has close ties to LB coach Anthony Campanile and has already started vibing with the Wolverines. This trip is huge for Michigan’s pursuit going forward because he’ll be a wanted man by the country’s top programs.
  • 2021 DT Damon Payne
    • The top player in the state for 2021 has not been the biggest fan of Michigan early on. The Wolverines have looked to be an afterthought. But, according to The Wolverine’s EJ Holland, there’s a chance he visits Michigan this weekend with his high school teammates, including 2020 UM commit CB Andre Seldon. I still fully expect him to end up elsewhere but if the staff can get him on campus to see an upset win over his Crystal Ball favorite Buckeyes, maybe it could open the door a bit.
  • 2021 DT Victory Vaka
    • Per multiple reports, the massive 2021 nose tackle will make his way to Michigan this weekend. Vaka is an early top target and one that DL coach Shaun Nua will try to lock down for a interior lineman hungry roster. An early visit like this could be huge for the four-star’s recruitment.
  • 2021 DL Aaron Armitage
  • 2021 DE Quinton Summerville
  • 2021 DE Jason Onye
    • At 6’5” 245lbs, has an elite frame and should quickly catch the staff’s attention in person. He’s out of the same school as Kwity Paye and is a guy I could see shooting up the staff’s board following his junior season in Rhode Island. Keep an eye on this one going forward.
  • 2021 LB Jamari Buddin
    • Buddin is a Belleville standout that has been feeling Michigan since receiving his offer from the staff back in June. The in-stater is a name to watch as he looks to be among the staff’s top linebacker targets early on in 2021.
  • 2021 LB Junior Colson
  • 2021 S/VLB Bryce Steele
    • Another 2021 name that has been on the staff’s target board for awhile now. Steele is out of the same school as DE Luiji Vilian and has looked like a perfect fit for the Viper position in this class. But following a visit to Columbus last week, Crystal Balls have come in for the Buckeyes. But now Michigan will have its chance to impress him again in person, per EJ Holland. Look for Michigan to try and even things out again during this trip.
  • 2021 S Jantzen Dunn
  • 2021 TE/DE Jack Pugh
  • 2021 WR Deion Burks
    • Yet another Belleville recruiting target, Burks is an up and coming prospect that is expected to visit, per Allen Trieu. It’s good to get him on campus early as the staff is always looking to add dynamic offensive talents to their classes.
  • 2022 QB Nicco Marichol
    • Marichol is clearly the top 2022 quarterback target as he’s expected to make his 4th trip to campus already. As a top prospect in his class, Michigan could kick off the future class in style with Marichol and the next name on this list.
  • 2022 DT Alex VanSumeren
    • Per TMI’s Brice Marich, the younger brother of RB Ben VanSumeren will make another visit to Ann Arbor this weekend ($). He turned in an impressive sophomore season and as long he remains a target for the staff, should eventually end up in this class.
  • 2022 LB Tyler Martin
    • Is this finally the visit where he announces a commitment? Martin has been a normal visitor to Ann Arbor since bursting onto the recruiting scene heading into his high school career. He’s teammates with 2020 commit OG Zak Zinter and has looked like an eventual Michigan commit since he landed his offer. It may not be this weekend but all signs still point to UM being the landing spot.
  • 2022 OLB Michael Williams
    • Another future prospect that has been a regular on campus in West Bloomfield’s Williams. Michigan has done a phenomenal job early on here and as long as he remains a top target for the staff, looks like he could eventually don the maize and blue.
  • 2022 OLB Tag Bonnema
  • 2022 CB Jaeden Gould
  • 2022 CB Myles Rowser
    • Rowser is another in-state 2022 name to remember and a guy who’s been on campus several times. I already have my Crystal Ball in for him to Michigan and as long as he remains a target for the staff, I don’t see that changing.
  • 2022 ATH Darrius Clemons
  • 2023 DE Brenan Vernon

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Garrett Fishaw