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Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Recruits Rave About Weekend Visit to the Big House

The Big House was packed with recruits this past weekend for the Wolverines' win over the BYU Cougars. In this edition, find out what those athletes had to say about their visit, and more.

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Several recruits took their official and unofficial visits this past weekend to Ann Arbor, and were treated to a 31-0 route of BYU. It appears as though all of these athletes thoroughly enjoyed their time in the Big House, and for good reason.

Perhaps the most notable and exciting name on the visitors list was the 2016 No. 1 overall recruit Rashan Gary. According to Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247 ($), the Paramus, NJ (Paramus Catholic) five-star defensive end had a great experience on Saturday, even participating in the wave with the fans during the third quarter. Gary seemed very comfortable when talking with head coach Jim Harbaugh, defensive coordinator DJ Durkin, and defensive line coach Greg Mattison, and was able to witness his (perhaps) future team limit BYU to 50 yards rushing.

Gary's top two schools are thought to be Michigan and Auburn, where he will take his official visit over Thanksgiving weekend.

Carlo Kemp, another highly-touted defensive end, was also present in the Big House on Saturday. This was his second visit to Ann Arbor in the past two months, also attending the BBQ at the Big House in July. The No. 1 player in Colorado, Kemp appeared to have fallen in love with Ann Arbor and the Maize & Blue.

Per his conversation with Steve Wiltfong of Wolverine247 ($), Kemp is considered to be a heavy lean towards Michigan, but will first take an official visit to Notre Dame to be completely sure of where he should end up next season.

Ann Arbor also played host to four-star all-purpose back Chris Evans, who experienced his first (perhaps of many) game at the Big House on Saturday. Evans was amazed at the atmosphere of the Big House and has already stated that he cannot wait to play for the Wolverines for the next four years.

Evans has a repertoire of talents, including his ability to play running back, wide receiver, cornerback, and safety.

He has set his official visit for January 23rd, but expects to make it back for both the Michigan State and Ohio State matchups.

Michigan commitment Kingston Davis, a three-star running back from Prattville, AL (Prattville) was also in Ann Arbor on Saturday. When asked about his visit, Davis highlighted the impressive 60-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith and imagined himself in the Maize & Blue doing the same thing, per Lorenz of Wolverine247 ($).

Davis has set his return visit to Ann Arbor and will be present for the Ohio State game over Thanksgiving weekend.

2017 three-star running back Kurt Taylor took an unofficial visit on Saturday to witness the Wolverines' win over the BYU Cougars, and was impressed with that he saw. According to Tim Sullivan of ($), Taylor, like the others, commented on the dedication of the Wolverine faithful and the comfort he felt when talking with the Michigan coaches.

Taylor holds other offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt, but Michigan is believed to be his top choice, especially after his weekend visit. He hopes to make his decision by the end of his junior season.

2017 Running Back Names Michigan at the Top of His List

On Monday, 2017 three-star running back Adarius Lemons announced that Michigan is currently at the top of his list, per Lynden Ostrander of the Tampa Tribune.

Lemons also holds offers from Kentucky, Florida, Louisville, and now Ohio State, according to his Twitter and Bill Kureilic of Wolverine247 (FREE). The Buckeyes offered him just hours after Lemons announced that Michigan was his leader.

New Offers: DB Tyler Friday, ATH Cam Taylor, TE Cole Kmet, LB Robert Beal

The Wolverines have extended an offer to 2018 defensive back Tyler Friday, according to Tim Sullivan of (FREE). The Ramsay, NJ (Don Bosco Prep) product also holds an offer from Rutgers.

A visit to Ann Arbor looks to be the next step for Friday.


On Tuesday night, 2018 QB/WR/DB Cam Taylor received his first offer from Michigan, according to his Twitter and Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247 (FREE).

Prattville, AL (Prattville) is slowly becoming a staple recruiting destination for the Maize & Blue, with current player Keith Washington and 2016 commits Kingston Davis and Dytarious Johnson also hailing from there.


The Wolverines continued on the recruiting trail this week by offering four-star tight end Cole Kmet from Arlington Heights, IL (St. Viator), per Brandon Brown of (FREE).

Kmet also holds offers from Baylor, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, among others, with the latter two considered as his current favorites.


2017 four-star linebacker Robert Beal also hauled in an offer from Michigan on Tuesday. Ranked 3rd in his class at his position, Beal holds offers from several notable programs across the country, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, and Ohio State, among others.