The college football regular season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean recruiting is slowing down. In fact, this is around the time of the year it starts to pick up a little bit with the early signing period nearing.
Boise State WR commit Michigan is hoping to flip expands on visit
The Wolverines have had their sights set on 2024 four-star wide receiver Gatlin Bair for a long time, despite committing to Boise State in August. A runner-up for Bair in the recruiting process, the Wolverines have been monitoring the situation with Boise State, especially after head coach Andy Avalos was fired a few weeks ago.
In an effort to likely sway him from his home state, Bair was at the Big House on Saturday, and was able to talk with wide receivers coach Ron Bellamy. He spoke more about that to The Wolverine’s Zach Libby ($).
“We got to sit down and go through what he felt my role would be on the team,” Bair said. “Obviously, Michigan doesn’t throw the ball a million times a game, so he doesn’t sugarcoat that at all. No NFL team does that, either. (Michigan’s) priority is to win football games, so they do what they can to win a football game. He showed me a lot of Roman Wilson and the things that he does. I think our speed is very similar. He (also) showed me a lot of plays that utilize (Wilson’s) speed and how that works really well for them. That was a really good takeaway from the visit.”
Bair was pretty candid in this interview, acknowledging the uncertainty surrounding Jim Harbaugh’s future and the sign-stealing scandal. He expanded on the conversation he had with HarbaughHarbaugh.
“Obviously, the situation (Harbaugh’s) in is kind of confusing to him as well,” Bair said. “He kind of talked about the situation and what he thought things were going to look like. He also didn’t try to make anything up. He said he didn’t know what was going on and didn’t know what the future holds. Nobody knows what the future holds. But he did a good job of assuring me that (Michigan is) where he wants to be. I don’t think anyone wants to be anywhere else right now, so that was great to hear.”
Bair also mentioned how much he loved the game atmosphere and watching warm-ups. He said he’s not going to make any other visits, Michigan included, and is hoping to wait until February to submit his National Letter of Intent.
On the 247Sports composite, Bair is a top-40 overall player and the 10th-best wide receiver.
Four-star edge visiting Michigan next month
Lugard Edokpayi, a four-star edge in the 2024 class, picked up an offer from Michigan three weeks ago and now plans to visit Ann Arbor in mid-December.
He told 247Sports’ Brian Dohn ($) he is visiting Dec. 12-14, several days before the start of the early signing period on Dec. 20. He visited Tennessee and Minnesota earlier this month, and also has visits set for Rutgers and Texas A&M.
Edokpayi wants to get to know some Michigan coaches, who have developed more than a few talented professional edge rushers.
“Of course, we all know they’ve been a top program for many years so that reason (Edokpayi wants to visit),” he said. “Just being able to meet the coaches and see their culture, see what Ann Arbor has to offer along with a great education. And they produced Aidan Hutchison with some other great ends, so that’s a good deal.”
On the 247Sports composite, Edokpayi is rated as the 266th-best recruit, the 22nd-best edge, and the ninth-best player from Maryland.
Four-star DL talks Michigan interest after visit for The Game
Four-star 2025 defensive lineman Jaylen Williams was one of the many recruits in Ann Arbor last Saturday. He told The Wolverine’s EJ Holland ($) he loved to see how hard the defensive line was working in the win, including a captain he’s impressed with.
“The visit was insane,” Williams said. “The actual game was crazy. Those fans are different from any fans I’ve seen so far. I’ve seen some loud fans but not fans like the ones I saw at the game. Those boys were getting after it. They were really good. I’ve been watching a lot of Kris Jenkins recently, and he is a dog. That boy is just different. The pass rushers were great, too. They are just some units. That’s all I can say.”
He was on campus this summer for the BBQ at the Big House and plans to make his commitment on Jan. 8. Right now, Michigan appears to be a favorite to land him.
“They are at the top right now,” Williams said. “I really like Wisconsin, they are up there. The coaches really make it feel like home as well. There’s also Illinois, Iowa, Florida State and Tennessee for sure. But Michigan is at the top, top right now.”
On the 247Sports composite, Williams is rated as the 228th-best recruit, the 26th-best defensive lineman and the sixth-best player from the state of Illinois.