Offensive Line Update
I’ll let Steve Lorenz take us to the goods ($):
As of today, we see the most likely finish for Michigan on their OL as Ruiz, Slaton and Wilson. I realize I personally only have a Crystal Ball on Ruiz, but compared to where the others are on their board and what we've heard regarding Michigan's feelings, they could finish with three Top100s to finish out. We're not writing off either of Banks or Bainivalu at this point either.
Michigan has been getting linked to Tedarrell Slaton even more in recent weeks, when they were already viewed as the favorite in some circles to land his services. Lorenz also reports that this staff is very high on Cesar Ruiz as a prospect, and he is one of the absolute top targets regardless of position in this class.
If Michigan does indeed land all three of their top remaining o-line targets, it will be interesting to see if a couple earlier commits are encouraged to look around. I have absolutely no idea how this will turn out.
In The Hunt For Popo Aumavae
Another lineman to keep an eye on will be California two-way player Popo Aumavae, who is looking to take an official visit later this fall ($).
"The schools I know I'll visit as of right now are the USC Trojans, Oregon Ducks, Michigan Wolverines and Mississippi Rebels. Ohio State would be a dream offer for me and they would definitely be in my top five as well but I haven't heard much from them yet.”
"Right now, I'm being recruited as both an offensive and defensive lineman, it goes back and forth. I prefer defense but I've said this before, I'll play anywhere to help my team win a national championship. Right now, I'm just waiting things out a bit and should be able to lock in some visit dates pretty soon here."
Aumavae, a composite three-star, is 6’4”, 315.
Ambry Thomas Talks Michigan
Ambry talked about his most recent trip to Ann Arbor to Rivals’ Brandon Brown, and the takeaway is encouraging ($).
"It was really amazing," he said. "I got to interact with a lot of the top prospects in the country. It was cool to see where their heads were. It was nice to interact with the coaches also." ...
"(Coach Brown) likes me as a press-man corner," Thomas explained. "He really likes my speed and my long arms. He’s going to get me to use my hands a little bit more but he likes my game a lot."
Jourdan Lewis has also been recruiting for Michigan.
"JD says wherever I go he’ll still help me out... He does say that Michigan is definitely the spot right now though. He just keeps telling me that Michigan is on top with everything."
I wrote up a few things here to give you a better idea of how this class will continue to shape up and how much room there will be for 2017 recruits, such as three more offensive line targets or four wide receivers. If that strikes your interest, definitely check it out.