Many 2017 offers extended so far this week
Spring football practice finally started back up this week after a seven-day hiatus while University of Michigan students were on break. Players and coaches alike were eager to get back on the practice field and put some work in leading up to the Spring Game on April 4, but things sped up on the recruiting trail as well on Tuesday.
The 2016 recruiting cycle is in full swing, but the staff also has started to focus some of their time on the 2017 class, where many offers went out in the last few days.
The Wolverines offered four-star prospect Maleik Gray, the top athlete in the class and in the state of Tennessee per the 247 Composite.
U-M continues it's nationwide tour of college football recruiting, where they seem to be attempting to rebuild pipelines in the west, namely in California, where a pair of four-star teammates were offered in athlete Greg Johnson and wide receiver Jordan Lewis, per 247 Sports. (FREE)
A strong, deep offensive line will be the key to a successful run game in Harbaugh's offense and the Wolverines offered a player that could possibly be a part of the picture down the road in offensive tackle Jake Moretti (Arvada, Colorado).
Excited to announce I have received an offer from the University of Michigan! pic.twitter.com/ANLMAJyCXy
— Jake Moretti (@J_Moretti17) March 9, 2015
Moretti is a four-star prospect and ninth ranked offensive tackle in the 2017 class, per the 247 Composite. He spoke to Wolverine 247's Steve Lorenz about the offer shortly after. (FREE)
"I had gotten in contact with Coach Partridge first," he said. "He told me to get in contact with Coach Drevno, so I called him up and he offered me a scholarship. We talked for about 15 minutes and it was a really great conversation."
Moretti had questions for Drevno, most of which were mainly on the academic side of things.
"I asked him about the types of majors Michigan offered," he said. "I also wondered whether or not they would be alright with me enrolling early if I was to commit to them. I'm planning on graduating early so that is important to me. He said there'd almost certainly be no issue in that and said they'd love to have me up early if I wanted to be there."
Needs at the defensive side of the ball are trying to be addressed as well. It's been awhile since Michigan has had depth at the defensive end position, and they addressed that need with the offer to elite 2017 prospect MJ Webb (Madison, Georgia), who is a four-star prospect.
The offers did not stop with Webb on the defensive line, though. Michigan extended an offer to 2017's top defensive tackle prospect in Marvin Wilson (Bellaire, Texas), according to 247's Brian Perroni.
Time will tell if any of these players actually end up at Michigan, but the staff continues to cast a wide net and hit the necessary talent hotbeds, like Texas, California and Florida. That will pay off in time.
2016 QB Byrd to visit this weekend
With every day that passes where news of a visit from KJ Costello to Ann Arbor does not break, it becomes more and more likely he goes elsewhere, meaning Michigan will have to focus on other 2016 quarterback targets.
One target in particular that will visit this weekend is three-star prospect Logan Byrd (Kathleen, Georgia), according to Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247. (FREE)
"It's probably going to be for a couple days," he said. "My dad sets all that stuff up. I have talked to both Coach Fisch and Coach Harbaugh recently and I can't wait to get up there and see what Michigan is all about."
Byrd was a one-time commit to Virginia Tech, but opened things back up on Monday. We'll see where his interest goes from here following the visit.
That's it for Wednesday. Check back in Friday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting.