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Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Tyriq Thompson Deciding Soon

The FRR updates you on the latest with Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, Tyriq Thompson will BBQ at Michigan and will make a college decision soon, one of 2015's top athletes a trio of 2016 running backs are offered, and recapping a special "recruiting" visit.

Gregory Shamus

Tyriq Thompson Reportedly Deciding Soon, Will Be at BBQ

Linebacker recruiting for the class of 2015 should begin to pick up soon, as many of Michigan's top players on the board are looking to make college decisions soon. They are looking for one-to-two other guys to pair with four-star commit Darrin Kirkland Jr. (Indianapolis, IN)

One of the names that is brought up often as a candidate to fill one of these slots is three-star linebacker prospect Tyriq Thompson (Detroit, MI), who according to 247's Steve Lorenz, will be at Michigan's BBQ at the Big House this weekend and is looking to make a college decision soon. ($)

This is a recruit worth watching because it will be an example of how the power of college football in the state of Michigan is shifting, as it will likely come down to the Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans.

MSU actually has appeared as the favorite to land him for quite awhile now, but the fact that Thompson will be in Ann Arbor this weekend and will decide soon suggests otherwise. This process seems very similar to that of Chase Winovich's last year, who seemed like a lock to land somewhere else and committed to Michigan out of nowhere. We'll have to wait and see.

Four-stars Josh McMillon (Memphis, TN) and Asmar Bilal (Indianapolis, IN) look to decide soon as well, so if Thompson is indeed choosing Michigan, perhaps its to guarantee himself a spot while its there because they could start to fill semi-quickly.

He also has tweeted in the past that he was done taking official visits this summer, so the fact that he changed his tune could also bode well for the Wolverines. Keep and eye on this kid for the near future.

Michigan Offers Trio of 2016 Running Backs

Scholarship offers went out Thursday like they were going out of style, namely at the running back position for the 2016 cycle, as the Wolverines extended them to three players at the position.

Four-star Antonio Williams (New London, NC) and three-stars Kentrail Moran (O'Fallon, IL) and Robert Washington (Huntersville, NC) were all offered by the University of Michigan.

All three players are very similar and look to fit what Michigan is doing in the run game, so that is a huge plus. 2016 is looking like a year in which Michigan will most definitely be looking to take multiple running backs, which explains the plethora of offers at the position.

I really like what I've heard/seen about Williams, who has great vision and actually is a solid receiver out of the backfield, so we will see where Michigan ends up in the race for him.

247's Clint Brewster did a brief analysis on each player, which can be found here. ($)

Kirk Merritt Lands an Offer

One of the nation's best athletes earned himself an offer from the University of Michigan on Thursday in four-star prospect Kirk Merritt (Destrehan, LA).

Merritt is riding a bit of a hotstreak in the wake of being one of The Opening's breakout performers, winning the SPARQ competition and opening eyes all over the country.

He looks to fit at the college level as a wide receiver, but this kid can truly do it all. Wherever he lands, he has the chance to be one of the best offensive weapons in all of America.

Merritt seems like a likely candidate to land in SEC country, giving his location and offer sheet. The rich would be getting richer, that's for sure.

Stephen Loszewski Reflects on Michigan Visit

For those of you who missed it, ESPN aired their latest installment of the "My Wish" series this week, which featured the University of Michigan football program and a special young man who had the chance to take the visit of a lifetime.

Stephen Loszewski's whole life revolved around the Wolverines and playing football. Unfortunately, football was taken from Stephen early on in his high school career, as he was diagnosed with Leukemia.

Loszewki's wish was to take a "recruiting" visit to Ann Arbor to see what it would have been like as a high school football prospect being courted by his favorite team.

Maize N Brew's Joshua Henschke had the chance to speak with Loszewski about his visit and his experience with the program. You can check out that interview here. (FREE)

It is truly a heartwarming story and is extremely cool that the Wolverines were able to take part in something so special. I suggest you check it out over the weekend.

That's it for Friday. We'll be back Monday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting.

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