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Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines Reach Out to 2017 Recruits

In this edition, the coaching staff contacts several players in the 2017 recruiting class, TE Naseir Upshur commits to the Seminoles over the Wolverines, Southfield freshman QB Johnson sees his first high school action, and two players announce official visits to Michigan.

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Tuesday at midnight marked the start of when college coaches could reach out to the class of 2017 via social media, and Michigan wasted no time getting in contact with several players.

Here's a list of each 2017 recruit that has received a message from Michigan thus far, compiled from 247Sports:

Austin Jackson | Offensive Tackle | Phoenix, AZ (North Canyon) | 5*

Jeffrey Okudah | Safety, Wide Receiver | Grand Prairie, TX (South Grand Prairie) | 5*

Donovan Peoples-Jones | Wide Receiver | Detroit, MI (Cass Technical) | 5*

AJ Epenesa | Defensive End | Edwardsville, IL (Edwardsville) | 5*

Devon Hunter | Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Safety | Chesapeake, VA (Indian River) | 4*

JaCoby Stevens | Wide Receiver, Safety | Nashville, TN (Oakland) | 4*

Dylan McCaffrey | Quarterback | Littleton, CO (Valor Christian) | 4*

Fred Hansard | Defensive Tackle | Princeton, NJ (Hun School) | 4*

Justin Foster | Linebacker | Shelby, NC (Crest) | 4*

Corey Bolds | Defensive Tackle | Paramus, NJ (Paramus Catholic) | 4*

KJ Hamler | Wide Receiver | Farmington, MI (St. Mary's) | 4*

Corey Malone-Hatcher | Defensive End | Saint Joseph, MI (St. Joseph) | 4*

Osiris St. Brown | Wide Receiver | Anaheim, CA (Mater Dei) | 4*

Ja'Raymond Hall | Offensive Tackle | Oak Park, MI (Oak Park) | 4*

Tedarrell Slaton | Offensive Tackle | Fort Lauderdale, FL (American Heritage) | 4*

Meshael Custis | Defensive Back | Hampton, GA (Lovejoy) | 3*

Allen Stritzinger | Running Back, Cornerback | Warren, MI (De La Salle Collegiate) | 3*

Kurt Taylor | Running Back | Covington, GA (Newton) | 3*

Jaylen Kelly-Powell | Safety | Detroit, MI (Cass Technical) | 3*

Kai-Leon Herbert | Offensive Tackle | Fort Lauderdale, Fl (American Heritage) | 3*

Upshur Chooses Florida State Over Michigan

On Tuesday, 4-star tight end Naseir Upshur announced via a Bleacher Report video that he has verbally committed to Florida State.

Michigan finished second according to Upshur, yet he is not planning on taking an official visit to Ann Arbor.

Southfield Freshman QB Johnson Starts First HS Game

Southfield (MI) freshman QB Sam Johnson, a player on Michigan's radar, competed in his first high school football game this past weekend versus Michigan powerhouse Detroit Cass Tech.

While Southfield lost the game to Cass Tech by a score of 27-0, Johnson showed promise throughout the game. According to, Johnson kept a level head versus a tough defense and did not commit any grave errors.

"I think I did pretty good for my first varsity game against a great defense," Johnson told MnB. "I definitely have to get better and also our run game. We only had eight yards rushing."

Final line for Johnson: 12/18 for 118 yards.

Oregon Commit Schedules Visit to Michigan

According to 247Sports ($), Jared Mayden will visit Michigan on September 12 for their matchup versus Oregon State, despite his verbal commitment to Oregon.

The 4-star cornerback from Sachse, TX is rated No. 11 in his class at the position.

In addition to Michigan, Mayden will also pay a visit to South Carolina, Texas, and Washington State.

Wolverines Will Host 4-star OT for ‘The Game'

Per 247Sports (FREE), 4-star offensive tackle Jean Delance announced on Twitter on Monday that he will be present for The Game on November 28.

Delance is ranked 109th overall and is believed to be the primary offensive target remaining for the Wolverines.

Other than Michigan, Delance's top list includes Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama, and Ohio State.

This visit will allow the Michigan coaching staff to leave a final impression on Delance, allowing him to observe the team compete against another of his top 5 teams.