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Recruiting Roundup: Colston Loveland helping recruit fellow Idaho native target Gatlin Bair

Plus, a top OL recruit discusses his relationship with Sherrone Moore, and an in-state target is embracing the cornerback position.

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There’s plenty of recruiting news to get into, with the early signing period being next week and the coaching staff hot on the recruiting trail before the College Football Playoff begins. In today’s Recruiting Roundup, we discuss one of the top remaining 2024 players, a fringe top-50 offensive lineman recapping his visit for The Game, and an in-state 2025 target embracing a position shift.

Let’s get into it.

Colston Loveland helping recruit Gatlin Bair

Michigan has been hot on the trail of 2024 four-star wide receiver Gatlin Bair, even before he decommitted from Boise State. Speaking to The Michigan Insider at Blake Corum’s Toy Drive ($), tight end Colston Loveland said he’s talked to the fellow Idaho native about coming to Ann Arbor.

“You know I’m trying!” Loveland said. “I’m putting in a little word. He’s gonna make the right decision, so we’ll be all right.”

Bair was in Ann Arbor for The Game last month and was taken aback by the experience.

“It was crazy, so many people and so much talent on the field, how well they develop players is crazy,” Bair told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong ($). “They are just bigger and more physical than any other team I’ve seen.”

Bair is rated as the 43rd-best player in the 2024 class on the 247Sports cmposite, 11th among receivers and first among recruits from Idaho. It should be noted he is taking a two-year mission trip, so he won’t be on the campus of his future college until 2026.

Top OL target expands on relationship with Sherrone Moore

Like Bair, 2025 four-star offensive lineman Seuseu Alofaituli was one of the more than 70 recruits who visited Ann Arbor for The Game. He recently shared his experience with The Wolverine’s Zach Libby ($).

“The visit was great,” Alofaituli said. “The family vibe was a blessing.”

Alofaituli is one of several offensive line targets that Sherrone Moore keeps in touch with. The young lineman was impressed by Moore, who served as the interim head coach in the win over Ohio State.

“He’s a great coach,” Alofaituli said. “That reflected a lot of coach (Jim) Harbaugh’s leadership. I really like the time I had with him. He’s caring and out for the good of the players. I like to think our relationship is well. He occasionally follows up on me. I appreciate that.”

Alofaituli has yet to make a decision on his commitment, but it sounds like Michigan is in a great spot, especially with the reputation it has garnered for developing offensive linemen into NFL prospects.

“I can’t put a number on it, but (Michigan is) highly up there (on my list),” Alofaitfuli said. “Just ceasing every moment as much as I can.”

On the 247Sports composite, Alofaituli is rated just outside the top-50 in his class, and is ranked as the second-best interior offensive lineman and the best recruit from Nevada.

In-state target talks position shift, bond with Michigan coaching staff

Like many top high school recruits, 2025 in-state athlete Elijah Dotson played both sides of the ball in his first couple seasons at Detroit Jesuit. This past season, he shifted to only playing cornerback, expanding on that with The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($).

“I just worked on my craft the whole season and got better,” Dotson said. “I have no problem playing cornerback at all. I want to work better at it because its really my first time playing cornerback. 6-2 corners get paid in the league, so I’m just still working on my corner craft and I’m going to perfect it like everything else I do. I just got to keep working.”

Dotson, who’s rated in the top-500 on the 247Sports composite, has visited Ann Arbor a few times this season and has been getting closer to Michigan’s coaching staff.

“I have a really good bond with coach Clink and coach Jay Harbaugh,” Dotson said. “They have been telling me to keep working and to keep getting more explosive and to stay on my stuff at school.”

You can never have too many versatile athletes like Dotson, who wouldn’t have to go to far from home if he plays at Michigan.

“They’re definitely a top school for me,” Dotson said. “I would say they are up there like top three. I was planning on committing, but I pushed it back a little and want to go on some official visits maybe first before I commit.”