With National Signing Day approaching Wednesday, it's time for one last best guess list:
Commits in Question:
Michael Onwenu (Detroit, MI) [OG] - Onwenu is vital to this Michigan class. With the loss of 4-star OL's Devery Hamilton, and voluntary loss of Erik Swenson, all of the sudden what was a once stacked OL class is thin as ever. Onwenu has been all Michigan since his commitment months ago, and I think this MSU visit just made him think a little bit, but he ends up staying Michigan come NSD.
Nate Johnson (Independence HS, TN) [WR] - Johnson let us know via Twitter he would be making his decision on NSD. He didn't decommit, as his bio still reads "Michigan commit" but his recruitment is definitely open-minded. It's been a known battle between Michigan and Notre Dame. Harbaugh went in-home Saturday with Johnson, and I like the wolverines to keep his original commitment on NSD.
Dytarious Johnson (Prattville, AL) [ILB] - Dytarious Johnson was one of the first satellite camp kids, and lately we haven't heard much at all from the Prattville product. With his recruitment in high doubt, and the contact between he and Michigan being vague, I see him going elsewhere on NSD.
Targets Announcing on NSD:
Rashan Gary (Paramus Catholic HS, NJ) [DL] - The consensus number-one recruit in the country has had Michigan near the top of the list from the start. We've seen Ole Miss, Alabama, and Auburn come and go from his list. Now, it's Michigan and a sort-of late push from Clemson entered as the final two. While, all of these teams have come and go, one has been there all along, Michigan. I have always liked Gary landing in Michigan, and had a teammate speak to me about how Michigan's chances are 'very strong'. So, I'll keep Gary to U-M one last time.
Devin Asiasi (De La Salle HS, CA) [ATH] - Asiasi is a special kind of athlete. He can line up on both sides, but is mainly being recruited as a TE, especially at Michigan. If Michigan is able to land him, that's a huge leap for this class. With the new developments from Scout that distance from home is now a big issue for Asiasi and the family, I've got Asiasi to USC.
Boss Tagaloa (De La Salle HS, CA) [DL] - Boss is a beast. He's a menace on the line, and his power is something this Michigan line could need in a couple of seasons. Let's just say, him and Gary would be a scary duo. Unfortunately, his close to home issues have been evident this entire process. I think he stays in California at UCLA.
LaVert Hill (Detroit, MI) [DB] - LaVert Hill, once a Penn State commit, has completely eliminated them from the process. It's between Michigan and Michigan State, a classic battle. While, Hill has his best friend Donnie Corley at MSU, his brother is at UM in Delano Hill. Michigan has been high with Hill for far too long for me to decide against them, and things trended upwards this past weekend for him. I'll take Michigan for Hill.
Quinn Nordin (Rockford, MI) [K] - Another Penn State commit that completely cut them off is top kicker, Quinn Nordin. When I spoke to him last, he was all over his relationship with former Michigan ST coach, John Baxter. Since then, USC picked up a commitment from another big-time kicker. Baylor added in a late visit for Nordin, which seems to be Michigan's only competition now, unless USC adds an unusual two kickers on scholarship. All signs point towards Michigan with Nordin on NSD.
Isaiah Simmons (Olathe, KS) [S] - Simmons is a late bloomer on Michigan's board, and Michigan has made a tremendous late push for the talented defensive back. Michigan is trending high for the Kansas product, and I'm picking them to land him on NSD.
Connor Murphy (Brophy College Prep, AZ) - Connor Murphy is a machine at 6-7, and would add a legitimate threat to starting as a true freshman because of his ridiculous upside. When I spoke to him, he called Harbaugh his 'best buddy'. He said they even hit each other, and get 'pretty relentless'. All of that aside, there has been talks about issues with Murphy's grades to get into Michigan, and there is no way he holds off a year in prep to fix that. I like Murphy to USC.
Victor Viramontes (Norco, CA) [ATH] - Last we heard from 'Vicious Vic' he was on a Cal visit. I reported that conversations had sparked between his father, Jim Harbaugh, and himself. Sure enough, a few days later Tim Drevno visited in-home with Viramontes. Harbaugh seems to not want to let him go, and he told me a month ago how he's willing to leave QB to play at the Big House. My gut says Viramontes to Michigan.
Alaric Jackson (Detroit, MI) [OL] - Jackson was set to announce his decision Monday night, expected by many to be Iowa. Michigan offered Jackson before his announcement, and he immediately rescheduled his decision to NSD. He can go visit campus, but cannot meet with coaches, aside from phone calls. While, it may seem crazy, nothing is more crazy than 'crootin. Michigan is beginning to trend for the Detroit product, and I think Michigan comes in and lands him.
Pie Young (Miami, FL) [WR] - While, at one point Michigan was trending high for Pie, they don't seem to be trending at all nowadays. In all honesty, Michigan's once need for Young, is no longer there. I think Young heads to USC.
Jonathan Jones (Orlando, FL) [LB] - Another one where Michigan was at once craving for recruits at his position, it no longer exists. With the addition of Mbem-Bosse, and DE turning LB Josh Uche, Michigan's need for Jones has gone away. They had a scheduled in-home last week that was canceled 'due to weather'. I'm not buying that, but Jones' dad has pushed for Notre Dame all along. I like Jones choosing the Irish.
EJ Price, Mecole Hardman Jr., Caleb Kelly, Dontavious Jackson, Jacob Mathis - These are all of my pipe dreams for Michigan fans come NSD. Just don't see a percentage of any of these happening. They have made a big late push for Price, but the negative recruiting hurt them big time with him.
Buckle up, everybody. Wednesday is going to be the end of what has been one wild ride for us all.