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Expected recruiting visitors list for the Ohio State game

More than 70 recruits are expected to be at The Game.

Syndication: USA TODAY Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

The greatest rivalry game in sports is just one day away, and with that comes more than 70 recruits expected to be in attendance for The Game.

As expected, this will be the highest-attended game among recruits Michigan has had all season. As Michigan fans know after the last few seasons, when it comes to recruiting, being at this game and witnessing a Michigan win is enough to swing a recruit on the fence.

Here is the tentative list of commits and targets visiting this weekend for the Ohio State game. The rankings listed on the side are according to the 247Sports composite.

Disclaimer: There are always additions and subtractions, but especially with a list this big. They may not all show, and some prospects not on this list may end up visiting. These are the expected visitors for this weekend.

2024 commits

Cincinnati, OH, four-star RB Jordan Marshall - No. 78 overall, No. 6 RB

Rochester, MI, four-star TE Brady Prieskorn - No. 83 overall, No. 9 TE

Charlotte, NC, four-star QB Jadyn Davis - No. 84 overall, No. 7 QB

Kansas City, MO, four-star OT Andrew Sprague - No. 111 overall, No. 8 OT

Austin, TX, four-star OL Blake Frazier - No. 168 overall, No. 14 OT

Charlotte, NC, four-star ATH Jaden Smith - No. 271 overall, No. 14 ATH

Nashville, TN, four-star edge Mason Curtis - No. 298 overall, No. 24 LB

Chicago, IL, four-star WR I’Marion Stewart - No. 320 overall, No. 51 WR

Belleville, MI, four-star LB Jeremiah Beasley - No. 359 overall, No. 30 LB

Avon, OH, four-star IOL Luke Hamilton - No. 393 overall, No. 25 IOL

Pittsburgh, PA, three-star LB Cole Sullivan - No. 402 overall, No. 34 LB

Cincinnati, OH, four-star DL Ted Hammond - No. 411 overall, No. 46 DL

Princeton, NJ, four-star DL Owen Wafle - No. 423 overall, No. 48 DL

Lakewood, OH, three-star OT Ben Roebuck - No. 479 overall, No. 39 OT

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, three-star IOL Jake Guarnera - No. 486 overall, No. 30 IOL

Las Vegas, NV, three-star RB Micah Ka’apana - No. 498 overall, No. 39 RB

Charlotte, NC, three-star WR Channing Goodwin - No. 559 overall, No. 78 WR

Lexington, KY, three-star CB Jeremiah Lowe - No. 1,113 overall, No. 100 CB

South Park, PA, three-star LB Zach Ludwig - No. 1,721 overall, No. 160 LB

No real surprises here; if I were a commit, this would be the one game I’d make a priority to get to.

This class includes eight offensive and defensive linemen, who I’m sure would appreciate seeing Michigan dominate in the trenches like the last few seasons. This class also includes four players from the state of Ohio, including the top-ranked commit in four-star running back Jordan Marshall, who chose Michigan over OSU back in March.

2025 commits

Hollywood, FL, four-star CB Chris Ewald - No. 83 overall, No. 12 CB

Fort Myers, FL, four-star QB Carter Smith - No. 221 overall, No. 16 QB

Howell, MI, four-star DL Bobby Kanka - No. 341 overall, No. 34 DL

All three of Michigan’s 2025 commits are expected to attend this game, including the two Florida recruits who may have to get used to the weather on a crisp November afternoon. Smith is the most recent commit in this class, doing so last Tuesday.

2025 class

Belleville, MI, five-star QB Bryce Underwood - No. 1 overall, No. 1 QB

Tampa, FL, five-star DB DJ Pickett - No. 8 overall, No. 3 CB

Fulshear, TX, five-star WR Andrew Marsh - No. 18 overall, No. 5 WR

Conroe, TX, five-star CB Dorian Brew - No. 22 overall, No. 5 CB

Oak Park, IL, four-star DL Nathaniel Marshall - No. 39 overall, No. 4 DL

Las Vegas, NV, four-star IOL Seuseu Alofaituli - No. 53 overall, No. 2 IOL

Las Vegas, NV, four-star OT Douglas Utu - No. 55 overall, No. 7 OT

Cleveland, OH, four-star ATH Trey McNutt - No. 56 overall, No. 4 safety

Sachse, TX, four-star WR Kaliq Lockett - No. 93 overall, No. 11 WR

Geneva, IL, four-star ATH Talyn Taylor - No. 107 overall, No. 16 WR

Nashville, TN, four-star DL Ethan Utley - No. 108 overall, No. 11 DL

Toledo, OH, four-star OT Carter Lowe - No. 120 overall, No. 11 OT

Columbus, OH, four-star CB Dawayne Galloway - No. 142 overall, No. 19 CB

Chicago, IL, four-star edge Chris Burgess - No. 145 overall, No. 17 DL

Cleveland, OH, four-star RB Marquise Davis - No. 152 overall, No. 12 RB

Las Vegas, NV, four-star IOL Alai Kalaniuvalu - No. 186 overall, No. 8 IOL

Owings Mills, MD, four-star WR Jeff Exinor Jr. - No. 167 overall, No. 5 ATH

West Chester, OH, four-star TE Luka Gilbert - No. 174 overall, No. 6 TE

Indianapolis, IN, four-star edge Damien Shanklin - No. 179 overall, No, 16 Edge

Eureka, MO, four-star OT Jack Lange - No. 188 overall, No. 17 OT

Kissimmee, FL, four-star LB Elijah Melendez - No. 189 overall, No. 23 LB

Franklin, MI, four-star IOL Avery Gach - No. 195 overall, No. 10 IOL

Palatine, IL, four-star DL Jaylen Williams - No. 228 overall, No. 26 DL

Doylestown, PA, four-star IOL Michael Carroll - No. 232 overall, No. 14 IOL

Detroit, MI, four-star edge Xavier Newsom - No. 260 overall, No. 22 edge

New Rochelle, NY, four-star OT Rowan Byrne - No. 269 overall, No. 22 OT

Greenwich, CT, four-star S Ethan Long - No. 317 overall, No. 24 safety

Wallingford, CT, four-star OT Will Black - No. 327 overall, No. 28 OT

Alcoa, TN, four-star TE Eli Owens - No. 336 overall, No. 18 TE

San Juan Capistrano, CA, four-star LB Weston Port - No. 339 overall, No. 34 LB

Bradenton, FL, four-star IOL Kaden Strayhorn - No. 346 overall, No. 20 IOL

Cincinnati, OH, four-star ATH Jai’mier Scott - No. 358 overall, No. 22 ATH

Greenwich, CT, three-star OT Matty Augustine - No. 382 overall, No. 31 OT

San Francisco, CA, three-star OT John Mills - No. 423 overall, No. 34 OT

Detroit, MI, three-star ATH Elijah Dotson - No. 451 overall, No. 31 ATH

Nashville, TN, three-star IOL Amir Leonard-Jean Charles - No. 476 overall, No. 27 IOL

Brentwood, TN, three-star WR Kolbe Harmon - No. 637 overall, No. 90 WR

Cincinnati, OH, three-star OT Tucker Kattus - No. 644 overall, No. 54 OT

Plainfield, IL, unranked WR Quinn Morris

What. A. List.

Even though he’s still a “maybe” to show up in Ann Arbor, we are including five-star quarterback Bryce Underwood in this list. His father has been adamant that they will be able to make it, so we are giving him the benefit of the doubt.

This group includes five players from the state of Ohio, including top targets in four-star offensive lineman Carter Lowe and four-star athlete Trey McNutt.

Another key player visiting this weekend is five-star safety DJ Pickett, who will be making his first trip to Ann Arbor this season. He used to play against Carter Smith in baseball — according to On3’s EJ Holland — so hopefully Smith is heavily recruiting his former opponent on the diamond to play on the gridiron with him in college.

There are top targets galore in this section, so the Wolverines are clearly looking ahead to the junior class as they have essentially wrapped up their 2024 class. This is a monumental weekend ahead for the 2025 group, in particular.

Class of 2026

New Orleans, LA, five-star DL Jahkeem Stewart - No. 2 overall, No. 1 DL

Detroit, MI, five-star ATH CJ Sadler - No. 18 overall, No. 2 ATH

Nashville, TN, five-star QB Jared Curtis - No. 20 overall, No. 2 QB

Bradenton, FL, five-star S Zech Fort - No. 20 overall, No. 2 S

Tampa, FL, four-star QB Will Griffin - No. 62 overall, No. 5 QB

Akron, OH, four-star OT Sam Greer - No. 69 overall, No. 10 OT

Ashland, OH, four-star QB Nathan Bernhard - No. 71 overall, No. 6 QB

Akron, OH, unranked ATH Ace Brown

Boilingbrook, IL, unranked QB Jonas Williams

Austin, TX, unranked QB Quinn Murphy

Lake Mary, FL, unranked QB Noah Grubbs

Akron, OH, unranked WR Payton Cook

Akron, OH, unranked CB Elbert Hill

West Chester, OH, unranked Cam Thomas

Avon, OH, unranked athlete Jakob Weatherspoon

This group is headlined by Sadler — the top-ranked recruit from the state of Michigan and one of the best players in the country in this cycle — and three other five-stars in Jahkeem Stewart, Jared Curtis and Zech Fort.

Sadler plays high school ball at Cass Tech, less than an hour away from Ann Arbor, and can play either wide receiver or defensive back. He is as versatile as they come in this cycle.

This group includes several players from the state of Ohio, including three players (Greer, Cook and Hill) who all play at the same school (Archbishop Hoban).

2027 class

Mundelein, IL, unranked QB Trae Taylor

Franklin, MI, unranked TE Anthony Cartwright

Detroit, MI, unranked ATH Darryl Flemister

The high school freshman group includes a young quarterback in Taylor and two local guys in Cartwright (Detroit Country Day) and Flemister (Martin Luther King). Taylor has visited Michigan a ton of times already, proving he is very, very interested in the Wolverines.