Sunday Thoughts: Michigan Recruiting in a Waiting Game?

Sunday Thoughts: Michigan Recruiting in a Waiting Game?

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Sunday Thoughts: Michigan Recruiting in a Waiting Game?


Some quick thoughts and tidbits about Michigan football recruiting.


Sunday Thoughts: Michigan Recruiting in a Waiting Game?

It’s-happening.gif, but when?

We here at WolverinesWire have been waiting with bated breath for Michigan’s recruiting weekend last week to continue to have similar results from what we saw on Sunday and Monday. Yet, we seem to be stuck in a holding pattern.

There are a variety of Michigan targets who are set to announce soon — a number whom we feel good about — yet, they haven’t dropped yet. What’s the holdup?

Well, we shouldn’t have to wait much longer to find out if Ann Arbor is the destination for a number of guys.

I appeared on WXYZ’s 7 Sports Cave this morning, and was asked about the one guy who’s probably the biggest target of the bunch: Memphis (TN) Lausanne School all-purpose back Eric Gray. I said to Justin Rose that I thought Michigan would get him, but I heard from a source after my appearance, and I feel much more confident in that now. Gray is set to announce at some point while he’s in Dallas for The Opening.

Another player at The Opening that’s set to announce is Washington (DC) St. John’s College safety Quinten Johnson. I actually don’t have a read on what he’s going to do, but the 247Sports Crystal Ball reads 100% Michigan, so I’d go with those who do.

Announcing tomorrow is Blairstown (NJ) Academy DE David Ojabo, who was part of the big group of official visitors a week ago. I have less of a good read on what “King Ojabo” is going to do tomorrow, but a source close to the Michigan side of things tells me that the Wolverines staff feels good about the prospect of adding the four-star (ESPN) to the fold. I can kind of imagine him joining the class, but I’m not 100% sold just yet. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to find out.

Something I had been sitting on all week (but now other outlets have reported on him) was that Virginia Tech commit CB Mike Sainristil from Everett (MA) was a part of the big group visiting last weekend — something that was kept on the down-low given his commitment to the Hokies. Based off what I’m hearing, the visit went extremely well, and he’s a player that, if I were to go all Haley Joel Osment on you, I could imagine in this class.

Two weeks ago, 2020 Aurora (IL) West four-star DT Denver Warren spoke with WolverinesWire — and several other outlets — and announced that Michigan was his top school. He since dropped a Top 5, which Michigan made, of course. He’s another player could imagine joining the maize and blue.

A guy who isn’t making a decision anytime soon is 2020 Detroit (MI) King four-star wide receiver Rashawn Williams, who I spoke with on Thursday at the SMSB 7v7. As I posted in the recap, he looks to be deciding between Michigan, MSU and Ohio State. Right now, it feels like Ohio State leads, but I spoke to a source close to the Michigan side of things, and they just feel like time is on the Wolverines’ side here. As for now…shrug-dot-emoji.

I would say the same thing about 2020 West Bloomfield (MI) safety Makari Paige, though I think Michigan is in good shape here. But he’s not making a decision for some time. That will be a wait-and-see for about a year.

Generally speaking

I feel like we’re getting a pretty good idea of who Michigan is looking at, based off who the Wolverines have in the class and the remaining targets — though, if Gray does pledge, I’m not sure what that says about the pursuits of guys like Wandale Robinson or Giles Jackson, both of whom visited last weekend.

It feels like the aforementioned are all guys who could (or should) end up in their prospective classes, but of course, there are others who could also join.

The guys I speculate to be top targets (and this is not reinforced by sources, just more of who I’m paying attention to, connecting the dots) are DE Zach Harrison, ATH Quavaris Crouch, S Daxton Hill, LB Lewis Cine, DE Aeneas DiCosmo, OT Trevor Keegan and WRs Cornelius Johnson and Kyle Ford. If Michigan could finish with a decent amount of those targets — and I think they might — this 2019 class would be a huge win for Jim Harbaugh & Co.

Just my thoughts.

2019 in-state recruiting

Hey you, sky-is-falling person: relax.

Did you see the list of targets above? Five-star, five-star, five-star, high four-star, three-star, high four-star, soon-to-be high four-star, four-star? That would be an insane finish, even if Michigan pulls in half of them. As of right now, Michigan is eighth in the 247Sports team rankings, and with all of the guys in the above-above, the guys who are deciding soon and very well could join this class, they should move up into the Top 5 once again.

But, the caveat is…Michigan lost some recruiting battles to none other than MSU. Which hurts.

Listen: they haven’t been in it with Devontae Dobbs since he was a freshman (we’ll have more on that tonight). They didn’t offer Julian Barnett until super late in his process (it’s our opinion that it should have happened a long time before it did). Spencer Brown played around with the idea, but seems set to remain in East Lansing, unless Michigan makes a renewed push — there was mutual interest this past winter. The staff really liked Mike Fletcher, Marcel Lewis, Adam Berghorst — yet they all ended up Spartans.

Sure, that stings — just as much as coveted guys going to the Buckeyes. But, Michigan is in with so many guys at the same positions that are rated among the best in the nation, if you’re inclined to star-gaze. If you don’t, and just want to ascribe to the ‘best in state go to Michigan’ mentality, then, yeah, maybe you got burned a little this year. But look at 2017, when you had a group of truly elite guys. Michigan got the elite guys they wanted in 2016 and 2018.

If anything, what this will do is continue to make the Wolverines – Spartans tilt that much more interesting in the coming years. Despite what many fans hoped for when Jim Harbaugh took the reins in 2015, Michigan State isn’t going anywhere — and this program is actually better for it. Wins on the field need to come, of course. But, as I discussed on-air with Rico Beard and Justin Rose this morning, they’ve come off the field — so who cares if MSU wins some there. After all, isn’t the offseason Heisman kind of the thing that fanbase loves to ascribe to Michigan?

So relax, be patient, and know that Michigan is only in its infancy when it comes to building this program.

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