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Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Are Some Notable 2016 Recruits Flipping to Michigan?

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In this edition, several 2016 recruits react to their weekend visit to Ann Arbor, including a few notable names who may jump ship to the Wolverines.

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Ohio State Commit Kareem Walker Reacts to Weekend Visit in Ann Arbor

There was an impressive slate of recruits who visited Ann Arbor on Saturday, and each of them was treated to a 38-0 shutout over the Northwestern Wildcats.

Perhaps the most notable and attention-grabbing visitor was Ohio State running back commit Kareem Walker, the top prospect at his position in the 2016 class.

Per Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247 ($), Walker has extremely high interest in donning the Maize & Blue next season. Following the game on Saturday, Walker commented on the I-formation and pro-style rushing offense that Michigan uses, which is similar to what he runs in high school. Having a connection to current Wolverine Jabrill Peppers can't hurt, either.

Being yet another prospect from New Jersey, Walker drew significant interest from current commits from the state, especially WR Ahmir Mitchell. On his Twitter page Sunday, Mitchell painted what would be the dream scenario for any Michigan fan:

Michigan is all in for this current Buckeye commit, which was evident from running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley in attendance at Walker's game on Friday night.

Walker spoke with Adam Friedman of Rivals.com (FREE) on Monday, and stated the following:

"I had good trip to Michigan," Walker wrote. "It's the second time I've been there but the first time with this staff. I have a friend on the team so it was good to see him as well. The game atmosphere was tremendous, fans really love the team. I enjoyed speaking with the coaches and meeting everyone. I know people are trying to figure my situation out and are creating rumors all over the place. I'm humbled that many people care about what I'm doing but at the same time I'm a low key guy and not looking to make a story for someone when there really isn't any story."

Walker will still pay Ole Miss, Alabama, Ohio State, and Arizona State all visits, but according to Maize n Brew's own Garrett Fishaw of MGoFish with a source at Ohio State, all signs point to Walker in Ann Arbor next year.

Reeling in the top-ranked running back in the nation would certainly be a success for Coach Harbaugh and the coaching staff, and flipping Walker from rival Ohio State would make it just a little sweeter.

Flip to Michigan May Be Imminent for Penn State Commit LaVert Hill

Although 2016 No. 11 cornerback LaVert Hill (Detroit, MI) committed to the Nittany Lions back in January, that did not stop him from visiting Michigan for the Northwestern game.

Per Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247 ($), Hill's decision to flip appears that it is a "when" question rather than an "if" one. This Saturday will be Hill's third time on campus this football season and with a few close friends on the current roster, including his brother, safety Delano Hill, it appears as though Michigan is a close contender to flip him. The Michigan defense has been making a case of its own, as well.

2016 No. 1 Kicker Eyes Michigan

Quinn Nordin (Rockford, MI) is the nation's top kicking prospect in the 2016 class, and although he committed to Penn State back in July, he is not counting out Michigan just yet.

Per Tim Sullivan of Rivals ($) and TheWolverine.com, Nordin thoroughly enjoyed his unofficial visit to Michigan this past weekend. His lips were tight on his current status as a Nittany Lion commit, however he would not rule out the possibility of a flip, either.

With current kicker Kenny Allen in his senior season, the Wolverines are searching for a player to fill his shoes come next year.

Nordin announced that he will visit Michigan again this weekend for the game against MSU, and is planning on paying both Iowa and Arizona State a visit, as well.

Michigan was a close second in Nordin's eyes over the summer before he ultimately chose PSU.

Top100 LB Will Visit Michigan for ‘The Game'

Four-star outside linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch (Houston, TX) told Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247 (FREE) that he will visit Ann Arbor for the Ohio State matchup on Nov. 28.

McCulloch will pay a visit to Notre Dame this weekend, which is his only other official visit set so far this season. He also holds offers from Alabama, Ohio State, and Tennessee, among others.

Michigan currently has three verbal commits at linebacker for the 2016 class in David Reese (Farmington, MI), Dytarious Johnson (Prattville, AL), and Dele Harding (Elkton, MD).

Wolverines Have Offered 2017 5* CB Deangelo Gibbs

Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247 reported on Twitter Tuesday night that Michigan has offered 2017 five-star CB Deangelo Gibbs (Suwanee, GA). Gibbs is the top-ranked cornerback in his class and is listed at No. 4 overall by the 247Composite.

Gibbs also holds offers from Alabama, Baylor, and Clemson, among many others.

Here is the highlight reel from Gibbs' freshman year at Peachtree Ridge: