2017 4* C Announces Commitment Date
The nation’s top center of 2017, Cesar Ruiz, announced his commitment date via Twitter on Sunday.
I will be announcing my commitment December 18th. Mark this down— S A U C Y ™ (@_OverCees) September 12, 2016
Ruiz is scheduled to visit Ann Arbor on 9/30, joined by IMG Academy teammate Jordan Anthony (4* OLB) and Alabama commit Alex Leatherwood (5* OT). The trio will also be joined by 2017 4* DT Donovan Jeter.
Pair of 2017 Targets Take Official Visits Elsewhere
While Michigan dismantled UCF on Saturday, four-star wide receiver Tarik Black and four-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell took official visits on opposite ends of the country.
Kelly-Powell was fairly quiet about his visit to Eugene for Oregon’s 44-26 victory over Virginia, but Black has been a bit more vocal about his visit to Auburn for their bounce-back win over Arkansas State.
Of course, it didn’t hurt for a WR recruit to see this in person:
I’d still put my money on Kelly-Powell ending up in Ann Arbor, but Auburn made enough of an impact on Tarik Black to jump into his top schools. Most recruits take full advantage of the opportunity to travel across the country on someone else’s dime, so these may not mean anything, but in any case it will be worth keeping an eye on.
Class of 2017 tight end Carter Dunaway and 2018 linebacker Antwuan Johnson decommited last week, adding to a growing number of decommitments over the past month.
I’ll continue to stand by the fact that this is nothing to worry about as long as Michigan is winning games, especially since it seems like Michigan pulled the plug on these two, not vice versa. Per our Evan Petzold, Johnson stated that Chris Partridge stopped contacting him, while Dunaway made it clear that a discussion with Jim Harbaugh is what led to his decommitment.
With all the talent currently on Michigan’s roster at the tight end spot, Dunaway’s departure shouldn’t make too big of a dent.