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Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Donovan Peoples-Jones Best High School Prospect In Michigan

In this edition, with his junior season nearly complete, Donovan Peoples-Jones has turned into the most talented recruit in the state of Michigan in the past decade

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U-M Offer: Three-Star 2017 Offensive Tackle

Five total offers have come in the hands of Carter Warren, from Peterson (NJ), including three ACC programs, Miami (Fla.), Pitt and Virginia Tech, as well as Big Ten eastern division foe Rutgers.

It was during the school day; my coach told me. It was an awesome experience. I've had a chance to meet the coach [Partridge], and I'm all excited since the offer. I didn't expect it.

He was the person who direct messaged me. I've met him, he's big in this area. Great experience.

Warren has yet to unofficially visit Ann Arbor, but could schedule a visit to campus if time is made available around playoffs.

Warren, a three-star offensive tackle, is the No. 9 ranked player in the state of New Jersey by 247Sports.

U-M Offer:  2019 Wide Receiver

Dominick Blaylock has completed just one season of high school football, but has already collected four SEC offers and one from Clemson. Now it's Michigan's turn to put its name in the hat.

Blaylock, from Marietta (Ga.), has a strong connection within the Kentucky community, supporting his two older brothers who play on the team. His father, Mookie, was an all-star in the NBA.

Cassidy on Rashan Gary: "I'd Still Call Michigan The Leader"

Michigan's Director of Player Personnel, Chris Partridge built a high school football powerhouse at Paramus (NJ) Catholic, before testing his waters in the college ranks.

Before Partridge left for Ann Arbor, he was equipped with a dominating defensive lineman in Rashan Gary, who is now the No. 2 ranked senior recruit in the country.

Surfacing a pipeline from the New Jersey private school to Michigan by hiring Partridge was a step 1 to the success story, next they needed reassurance that Gary, along with other local recruits, don't commit somewhere else.

But according to Southeast Recruiting Analyst Rob Cassidy, after speaking to Gary a few times, the 6-5, 290 pounder hasn't named favorites, but he believes Michigan is the leader.

I don't talk to him daily, but in the conversation I had with him, he did the thing where he won't name favorites. I think everybody's still chasing Michigan. I think if I was handicapping it as somebody that's only interacted with Rashan probably four or five times, I'd still call Michigan the leader.

Gary and Paramus Catholic recently traveled to IMG Academy, home of No. 9 five-star nationally ranked tight end Issac Nauta, who officially visited Michigan  this past October. Nauta would gain the upper hand at the very end, 28-20.

Donovan Peoples-Jones & His Unmatched Potential

Peoples-Jones' offer list is impressive, featuring Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan State, Ohio State and Southern Cal. The Detroit Cass Tech product has unofficially visited four schools this season, beginning with U-M on Sept. 12, then MSU on the same day, Wisconsin and Tennessee.

While playing in the South sounds intriguing, it's likely that Jones will commit to a school residing in the Midwest. The Buckeyes, Wolverines, Spartans should be near the top of the list.

The U-M coaching staff has established a strong relationship with the No. 1 junior recruit in the state of Michigan, so there's surprise as to why they're doing everything they can to claim, what 247Sports recruiting analyst Steve Lorenz says, may be the best high school prospect to come out of the state in the last ten seasons.