Busy week of visits will get busier
As Michigan charges through the second-to-last week of spring practice, a large number of recruits have been visiting Ann Arbor, and will continue to in the weeks ahead.
The Wolverines were visited Tuesday by 2016 Louisville wide receiver commit Desmond Fitzpatrick (Farmington, Michigan), according to The D Zone.
The visit to Michigan is Fitzpatrick's fourth since his offer from Jim Harbaugh on the Wolverines on Feb. 17. With that being said, Farmington is fairly close to Ann Arbor, so I would not put a ton of stock in that, but four visits is still quite a few in the span of just over a month.
A flip of his commitment from Louisville to Michigan would not be surprising at all. In fact, 247 Sports' Crystal Ball predictions have 70 percent of the experts thinking that he will choose the Wolverines at some point.
The next visit that will take place will be 2016 tight end Cary Angeline (Exton, Pennsylvania), according to ESPN's Tom VanHaaren.
Angeline is a four-star prospect and was offered by the Wolverines on Feb. 11.
The biggest fish of them all that will be in town this week is the nation's number-one prospect for the class of 2016, five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary (Paramus, New Jersey). VanHaaren first reported he would look to visit soon, while Wolverine247's Steve Lorenz confirmed that a visit would take place this weekend shortly after.
#ESPNJr300 DT Rashan Gary says he's going to try to visit Ohio State this weekend (Saturday). Potential Michigan visit before spring break
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) March 24, 2015
Gary will arguably the highest priority in 2016 because of his elite skill set at the position and the fact that he is one of the most coveted players in all of high school football. Michigan has the slight edge here with his former high school coach, Chris Partridge, being on Harbaugh's staff. This is a recruitment that will come down to the wire, but Michigan's early chances look promising.
The final big 2016 visitor we know about for this weekend is defensive end Josh King (Darien, Illinois), which was confirmed by Lorenz. (FREE)
King is one of the best prospects in the Midwest and it looks like the big powerhouse schools in the region will be duking it out for him throughout the process. These schools include Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan State.
Brief update on 2016 QBs
There have not been any significant developments in the search for 2016's quarterback(s) recently, but 247 Sports' Clint Brewster posted an update the other day that paints a clearer picture of what's going on right now. ($)
For those that have a 247 account, feel free to check it out. For those who do not, it pretty much boils down to confirming what many, including myself, have speculated on in recent weeks.
I still expect the Wolverines to only take one quarterback in this cycle, but we'll see what happens come signing day next year. My pick would be Brandon Peters.
More offers extended early this week
The Wolverines are keeping busy on all fronts, and the staff sent out a few more scholarship offers in recent days.
The most notable went out to 2017 four-star running back Todd Sibley (Akron, Ohio), who will also visit next weekend for the spring game according to Lorenz. (FREE)
Michigan also offered a pair of wide receivers, one from 2016 and 2017.
The first was 2016 three-star wide receiver Joshua Hammond (Hallandale, Florida).
The 2017 receiver that was offered was four-star prospect Hezekiah Jones out of Stafford, Texas.
Franklin releases his top eight
Four-star 2016 linebacker Darrian Franklin (Downey, California) released his top eight schools via his Twitter account on Tuesday, which included Michigan.
My top 8 pic.twitter.com/UYb8cwcBOi
— Dfrank (@DarrianFranklin) March 24, 2015
We'll see how long Michigan sticks around in this battle, as they are looking to re-establish a pipeline to California recruits. Franklin would be a talented prospect that could help do that.
That's all for Wednesday. Check back in Friday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting news.