The Wolverines will host a collection of freshman and sophomore targets this weekend, an event that will largely be centered around the Wisconsin basketball game on Sunday. While Michigan has had a February 28 Junior Day for the Michigan State basketball game in the works for quite some time, this event has only popped up as of recently. So far, quite a few underclassmen have confirmed that they will be attending and, as usual, this list is expected to grow throughout the week.
Commit - OT Erik Swenson (Downers Grove South/IL)
Target - OL/DL Michael Onwenu (Cass Tech/MI)
Target - QB Messiah deWeaver (Trotwood-Madison/OH)
Target - OL Emani Mason (East English Village/MI)
Target - WR/DB Donnie Corley Jr. (Wyandotte Roosevelt/MI)
Target - ILB David Reese Jr. (Farmington/MI)
Target - TE Mike Robb (H.H. Dow/MI)
Target - ILB Joshua Ross (St. Mary's/MI)
Target - OLB Tuf Borland (Bolingbrook/IL)
Target - OLB Ethan Tucky (Rutherford B. Hayes/OH)
Target - DE Lawrence Gordon (Arthur Hill/MI)
Target - OL Tommy Roush (Traverse City West/MI)
Target - WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (Cass Tech/MI)
Target - WR Kalebb Perry (Mt. Pleasant Senior/MI)
Target - DE Corey Malone-Hatcher (St. Joseph's/MI)
Offered - LB Josh Barajas (Andrean/IN)
Offered - OT Thiyo Lukusa (Traverse City West/MI)
Target - WR Armani Posey (East English Village/MI)
Target - Athlete Daelin Hayes (St. Mary's/MI)
Target - WR Desmond Fitzpatrick (Farmington/MI)
Target - OT Gabe Megginson (Jacksonville/IL)
This is an early list of players who I have confirmed will be in attendance for the Wisconsin game this weekend, but I fully expect this list to grow as Sunday draws closer. Several of these prospects are teammates with other Michigan targets and a more complete view of who will be visiting this weekend will be available later. With a talented 2016 class in the state of Michigan, several players that will be on campus this weekend will be looking for offers.
As of right now, offensive tackle Erik Swenson will be the only committed prospect on campus as he is the class of 2016's only commit thus far. If Michigan decides to extend any offers this weekend, then Swenson will be in prime position to focus on recruiting his fellow sophomore athletes.
Earlier in the week, it seemed possible that any one of 3 talented sophomores could be offered (Daelin Hayes, Desmond Fitzpatrick and Lawrence Gordon), but right now it appears that only Fitzpatrick will be on campus. I expect all three of these players to receive an offer at some point, and Desmond's could come as early as this weekend. Each have shown considerable interest in the Wolverines already and are targets that Michigan would like to land in what looks to be a larger class when compared tot the 2014 and 2015 versions.
Edit: Fitzpatrick is no longer scheduled to visit this weekend. Instead, he will attend Core 6 as planned and will return to Ann Arbor for Michigan's February 23 match-up with Michigan State.
"No visit this weekend," said Greg Fitzpatrick. "We will be attending Core 6 Showcase as planned, then U of M on Juior Day vs MSU! Talked to coach Hecklinski. Dez will be attending the Junior Day and MSU game on February 23 in lieu of this Sunday."
While Fitzpatrick will not attend this weekend's festivities, Farmington High will be represented by another junior prospect. Inside linebacker David Reese Jr., who is a relative unknown in UM circles at this point, as shown potential thus far in his career and is a player Michigan could be interested in down the line.
Last season, Reese led his country in tackles and was duly rewarded for his accomplishments. In 2013, Reese was named MVP, made the All-North, 2nd team All-Observer and 1st team OAA.
The original plan was for Daelin Hayes to attend this weekend's match-up with Wisconsin, but coach Singletary reached out to schedule a different visit for the Hayes family. This new arrangement was made for a few different reasons.
"Coach Singletary asked for my mom and I to come next week for the Michigan State game," said Hayes. "Coach Singletary felt t would be in my best interest. More personalized and more 1-on-1 time with the coaches."
Depending on how things shake out, Michigan could already have an offered prospect on campus in Thiyo Lukusa. As it stands right now, Lukusa has a basketball game schedules for this weekend that may prevent him from attending the Wisconsin game. Lukusa is teammates with Tommy Roush, another talented sophomore offensive lineman, who has been receiving interest from both Michigan and Michigan State thus far.
Edit: Lukusa will not be visiting this weekend. Instead, he will be on campus from February 28-March 1. On February 28, Thiyo will take in a home hockey game against Ohio State on Friday, February 28 and a home basketball game versus Minnesota on Saturday, March 1.
Messiah deWeaver, who was just offered by Kentucky, will visit the Wildcats on Saturday a day before heading up to Ann Arbor. He is far and away the sophomore quarterback with the most interest from the Wolverines at this point, but that was during Al Borges' tenure as offensive coordinator. During the trip, expect deWeaver to meet with new Michigan OC Doug Nussmeier to touch base with the talented 2016 QB..
This underclassman visit day has the potential to see a few talented pass catchers on Michigan's campus as Desmond Fitzpatrick is another player Michigan has shown considerable interest in. Although prior obligations to his 7-on-7 team clouded the possibility of his attendance, Fitzpatrick will be able to attend the Wisconsin game this weekend after all. If Michigan is to offer an prospect over the weekend, Fitzpatrick is a likely candidate. Armani Posey, out of East English Village Prep, will be out of town attending a camp and cannot make the event. If anything changes on that front, however, he will be attending the Michigan - Wisconsin game.
After a dominant showing at the Elite Big Man Camp in Wixom, Michigan over the weekend, Michael Onwenu will be an important prospect for the Wolverines to get on campus. At around 320 lbs., Onwenu has the frame and size to compete as a top-tier defensive tackle at the next level. He has seen success on both sides of the ball, but looks to be a nose tackle at this point in his development.
While relatively little is known about WR / DB Donnie Corley at this point, I caught up with the sophomore prospect out of Wyandotte Roosevelt High School. Corley, who took unofficial visits to Michigan State in August, is excited to take his first visit to Michigan. At the moment Corley holds offers from Concordia and Northwestern, but he has been hearing from Michigan State and Penn State as well.
Corley gave a quick rundown of his game on both sides of the ball.
"I run hard routes and catch with hands, not body," said Corley. "I'm a very hard worker and get to the ball at its highest point. On defense I'm not afraid to hit and I'll come up and tackle."
During his trip to Michigan, Corley will be paying close attention to the facilities. Another exciting component of this weekend's visit for Corley will be getting the opportunity to talk to current Michigan players to get a feel for the school.
Confirmed as of Thursday morning, Tuf Borland (Bolingbrook/IL) is a sophomore outside linebacker who will be in attendance for the Wisconsin basketball game as well. Borland already has good size for a sophomore at 6'1" and 200 lbs., and has been hearing from some big programs.
"The schools I have had the most contact with is Wisconsin, Northwestern and Illinois," said Borland. "I picked up my first offer 2 weeks ago from the University of Illinois, but I've had contact with other schools. An example would be Stanford."
With a lot of regional teams involved at this point, Michigan is a school that has reached out to Borland as well. He reciprocates this interest, which is evidenced by his unofficial visit.
"I feel like Michigan would be a great place to be," said Borland. "Most people know about their athletics, but I'm interested in further advancing my education through the sport of football. I'm very interested in Michigan."
Also confirmed earlier today, sophomore outside linebacker Ethan Tucky (Rutherford B. Hayes/OH) will be in Ann Arbor this weekend as well. As a sophomore starting on varsity in 2013, Tucky registered 42 tackles, 20 quarterback hurries, 18.5 tackles for loss, six sacks four pass break-ups and three forced fumbles. Tucky is receiving interest throughout the midwest and is quickly becoming a big-time recruit.
"I have an offer from Eastern Michigan and interest from Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Tennessee."
Michigan will be added to this list once he visits Ann Arbor this Sunday.
"I'm interested in Michigan," said Tucky. "They're a huge Big Ten school, great tradition, great coaches and players. I've heard Ann Arbor is a beautiful place, so I'm excited to see the facilities and campus."