Welcome back to another week of the Wednesday Recruiting Roundup! We’re entering the biggest recruiting month to date, so buckle in as there will be plenty of news in the coming weeks. Let’s start with what’s been going on since last week.
Michigan continues battle for five-star safety
One of the most impactful recruiting battles this cycle is for five-star Oklahoma safety Daxton Hill. Safety is the one position Jim Harbaugh has struggled to bring in top talent, but he is looking to change that with this recruitment.
The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz ($) had some positive news this past week when he shared intel he learned about Hill’s preferences. He believes Michigan is “at least in the top three” for the five-star, if not higher.
Michigan is probably higher than third, since there is uncertainty about who the third school would even be. Right now, this seems to be an Oklahoma/Michigan battle, with maybe Oklahoma State or Alabama running third. But the lack of clarity about the other team puts Michigan in a good position.
Hill will not be deciding soon, and is looking to take an official visit to Ann Arbor early in the season. This gives primary recruiters Chris Partridge and Sherrone Moore time to fight off the local Sooners for Hill’s talents.
Commit Chris Hinton has also been recruiting Hill hard for the Wolverines.
Three-star safety shooting up the board
Every year during satellite camp season, a handful of under-the-radar prospects emerge and see their recruitment blow up. This year, Georgia safety Jamal Hill is the first candidate for the camp bump.
After his performance at the Mercer camp, Hill picked up an offer from Michigan, along with Arkansas, Boston College and Syracuse. The Wolverines’ offer immediately made an impression with Hill, who put Michigan in his top group along with Arkansas, Pittsburgh and Memphis.
TMI’s Brice Marich caught up with Hill ($), who discussed his new Michigan offer.
“It was a dream come true because I would get the chance to play for legendary coaches in coach Brown and coach Harbaugh,” Hill said. “I’m extremely blessed and thankful for the opportunity.”
Hill is wasting no time getting the chance to get to know Michigan better.
“Yes, (I plan to visit) and unofficially at the end of July. I don’t really know what to look for honestly. I’ll just try to get a vibe from the city and run with it,” Hill said. “I’ll try to get more in depth about where I would fit in the scheme too.”
Underrated in-state prospect shines at Grand Valley State camp
Another prospect who is performing well at these camps is someone who Michigan has been familiar with for a while now, three-star defensive end Ruke Orhorhoro.
Michigan offered Orhorhoro back in mid-March, and now they’re starting to look very smart for getting in early. Since then, Orhorhoro has picked up offers from Clemson, Oregon, Penn State and Michigan State.
Being one of the first schools in on him has gotten Michigan in Orhorhoro’s top group, which also includes Clemson, Indiana and Kentucky.
He told TMI’s Josh Newkirk ($) what he liked about the Wolverines. “They’ve made it very clear. It’s a great school. It’s close to home,” Orhorhoro said. “They have great academics. I want to major in business and they got one of the top business schools in the nation. So that’s really good for me.”
Orhorhoro plans to take officials to his favorites and decide at the end of June or early July. Michigan will be receiving an official at the end of the month (June 22 anybody?), which should give them the last word.
Pair of elite 2020 prospects visit Michigan
Michigan has jumped out early for the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class, Harrison Bailey. The Georgia product has been familiar with Michigan after visiting campus last year.
Bailey was back this week, with a couple key visitors in town. First, and arguably most important, is his father. Bailey’s dad was not in attendance when he visited last, but he feels it is important to see what interests his son.
“When he goes to make a decision I want to know something about one of the schools that he’s trying to figure out,” Mr. Bailey told TMI’s Sam Webb ($). “And Michigan is one of the schools that he’s really into.”
Mr. Bailey also mentioned his son’s preference for a pro-style system in college, stating his son wants to be an NFL quarterback and “wants to be around a staff that can get him to that level.”
“And of course, it helps with coach Harbaugh and coach Hamilton that those guys have been there.” Mr. Bailey said.
The second important visitor with Bailey is his teammate, tight end Arik Gilbert. Gilbert is ranked as the No. 1 athlete in the 2020 class and has an offer from the Wolverines, but had not visited before.
Gilbert and the Bailey’s visited Michigan Monday before traveling down to Ohio State the next day. If Bailey emphasizes a pro-style system as much as his father says, it’s pretty clear which program offers him more of what he is looking for.
Michigan in top five for four-star defensive end
Isaac talked about his visit to Ann Arbor in the spring. “After that visit, I felt very welcomed there,” he said. “Talking to the players, I felt we built a quick relationship. That shows I get along with most of the players and the coaches.”
He also mentioned his relationship with Don Brown, saying “He talks to me like I’m his son. I feel like he’s a part of my family and you can’t go wrong with that.”
Along with Michigan, Isaac is looking at Penn State, who is the presumed favorite, Texas A&M, Florida and Rutgers.
Those are the updates from the past week on the Michigan recruiting trail. Be sure to stick with Maize n Brew as news develops during a busy period in Michigan recruiting!