The recruiting trail has been relatively quiet this week, but there are still plenty of updates to cover. Let’s take a look in this week’s Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup.
Michigan makes the cut for the number one player in the nation
The top ranked recruit in the nation, defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, narrowed his top schools to 12 recently, and Michigan was on the list.
Thibodeaux talked about his finalists in an interview with TMI’s Greg Biggins (FREE). Here’s what he had to say about the Wolverines, “Michigan has a great business school and coach Harbaugh has a lot of wisdom and connections.”
USC holds the crystal ball lead, which is not surprising when it comes to elite prospects from California. Thibodeaux says he wants to shorten his list again by the end of March.
A wave of new cornerback offers
Michigan was very busy this week evaluating cornerback prospects, as they handed out six new offers in the position.
According to TMI’s Isaiah Hole (FREE), Michigan offered the fifth-rated cornerback in the country, four-star Mykael Wright, out of Valencia, California. This will be a national race, and right now the crystal balls are split between USC and UCLA, his two local schools.
Hole also reported (FREE), that Tennessee four-star Adonis Otey received an offer as well. Otey also has offers from several top programs across the country, including Alabama, Oklahoma and Florida.
In an interview with TMI’s Brice Marich ($), Louisiana four-star Chester Kimbrough expressed his views on receiving a Michigan offer. “I’m highly interested in Michigan, I can’t wait until I start to really get recruited and I like the swagger they bring to the field. I don’t have any date, but I’ll must definitely make a visit.”
Michigan also offered some more under-the-radar cornerback recruits. As reported by Isaiah Hole (FREE), Illinois three-star Tyler Nubin picked up an offer on Monday. Nubin is rated as the 420th ranked player nationally, and already has a crystal ball for Michigan from Steve Wiltfong.
The penultimate cornerback offer went to Jalen Frazier, a three-star from North Carolina, as reported by Hole. Frazier holds offers from some low Power-five schools as of now.
Finally, Michigan stayed home to offer in-state three-star Roderick Heard, according to Hole. Heard has 15 offers so far, including three from the Big Ten.
Michigan offer makes an impression on three-star tight end
Three-star tight end Luke Deal out of South Carolina landed one of his most coveted offers last week, when the Wolverines jumped into his recruitment.
In an interview with The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($), Deal expressed his surprise and excitement with the offer: “I’m very interested. I love the tradition of Michigan football and what the school brings to the table as far as opportunities. They really use tight ends well too.”
The Michigan offer also impressed one of the most important people in Deal’s recruitment, his mom. “My mom’s family is from Michigan and they are huge fans.” Deal added, “She couldn’t sit still. She thought I was joking. She kept asking if I was serious.”
Deal is already planning an official visit to Ann Arbor in April.
Georgia athlete sets return visit date
Per an interview with TMI’s Isaiah Hole ($), four-star athlete Steele Chambers has finalized plans to head up to Ann Arbor for the second time. Chambers id taking an unofficial visit on March 31.
This will be his second visit to Michigan, after visiting first during Ohio State weekend last fall.
Chambers has been quiet in naming who his leaders are, but landing two unofficial visits from a school that is pretty far away indicates that Michigan is in his top group.
Those are the major storylines from the recruiting trail! Come back next week for more updates.