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Recruiting Roundup: Michigan making top-50 tight end prospect a major priority

Churning out star after star, the Wolverines are an attractive option for tight end recruits.

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Erik Bean Erik is a lifelong Wolverines fan born and raised in West Michigan. He covers a variety of topics related to Michigan football including game analysis and recruiting.

The Michigan Wolverines have been one of the winningest teams in the country the last three seasons. They have not lost a conference game since 2021 and have looked dominant on both sides of the ball. And with all that comes interest from top tier talent on the recruiting trail.

In today’s Recruiting Roundup, we’ll discuss a couple top-100 players in the 2025 class who are very interested in Michigan, as well as an up-and-coming linebacker from the south.

Michigan targets No. 2 tight end in the 2025 cycle

Tight ends have always been a focal point at Michigan, and players such as four-star Linkon Cure take notice. The junior is coming off a stellar junior season that saw him accumulate nearly 800 all purpose yards and nine touchdowns. The No. 2 tight end and No. 40 overall player in the class is 6-foot-6, 215 pounds.

He has been in communication with tight ends coach Grant Newsome and the two have been establishing a great relationship.

“I’ve been in a lot of contact with coach Newsome,” Cure told The Michigan Insider ($). “I call him once a week and we’ll text a lot. Many of the conversations are getting to know each other and just having great conversations in all. He’s said I’m their top priority.”

Michigan has a reputation for developing talented tight ends quickly, often leading to playing time early in their collegiate career. Getting an offer from Michigan is something Cure holds in high regard.

“It’s unbelievable to have the No. 1 team in the nation wanting me,” Cure said. “I still honestly can’t get it through my head (laughter).”

Cure has not had an opportunity to visit Ann Arbor yet, but hopes to get something on the books soon. He holds offers from other top programs such as Notre Dame, Florida, Oregon, Penn State and more. With the Wolverines’ recent success with tight ends, they have a lot to sell the No. 1 player in the state of Kansas.

Four-star RB reflects on Michigan offer

Michigan just reeled in two good running back prospects in the 2024 class, and now is looking at bringing in one of the best in the 2025 class — four-star Dierre Hill.

He is currently ranked the No. 6 running back and No. 79 overall prospect in the class. The Wolverines recognized Hill as a special player and offered him back in April 2022. Despite several other major programs taking an interest in him, receiving an offer from Michigan was a special accomplishment.

“My reaction was just blessed and a little emotional because being offered by Michigan is huge,” Hill told The Michigan Insider ($). “They’re a great organization with players willing to work. I’m interested. I like that their a powerhouse and a good organization.”

Hill plays for Althoff Catholic in Illinois and has become a top target for many major programs after a stellar junior season — running for 1,788 yards on 131 carries, while adding nine receptions for 163 yards.

Hill plans on taking his first visit to Ann Arbor in the spring. Hill only holds offers from a dozen schools at the moment, a number that will surely increase in the coming months. Among the schools currently interested are Oregon, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Missouri, West Virginia and more.

Nashville LB prospect raves about Michigan’s defense

The linebacker play has increased exponentially the last few seasons, and prospects from around the country have taken notice to Michigan’s defense and have been impressed by their playmaking ability.

Among those prospects who like what they have seen is 2025 three-star Kris Thompson. Thompson is the No. 62 LB and No. 719 overall player in the class and is establishing a relationship with the Michigan coaching staff, despite Chris Partridge’s departure.

“I was very excited (to get the offer),” Thompson told The Wolverine’s Zach Libby ($). “I had built a relationship with the linebacker coach before (he was released), but that’s still a relationship I’m looking forward to building (with Michigan). It’s The Big House — people dream about playing there and playing for them, so I was excited. It was a dream come true.

“Their swagger on the field. Every game, the Michigan linebackers are making plays. There isn’t a game where the linebackers aren’t making plays. So, I feel like that’s important.”

Thompson is not concerned about the future linebacker coach for Michigan. He has faith in the program’s ability to hire a good fit and someone the players will connect with.

“I’ll want that coach to be a man of God, of course,” Thompson said. “Then, from a football standpoint, I’ll say that I want the coach to have the best interest of me and my teammates. Whatever linebacker coach they do hire, they’ll be professional and know what they’re doing. They’re going to have the knowledge.”

Thompson has not visited Michigan yet, but hopes to do so this offseason. The Wolverines were one of the first major programs to offer Thompson, but he now holds other offers from North Carolina, Maryland, Florida, Louisville and more.