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Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Wolverines make the cut for elite LB Caleb Kelly

In this edition, five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly has Michigan in his top ten, Brandon Peters moves up in the rankings, and the offers continue to roll out from Ann Arbor.

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Michigan makes the top ten for Caleb Kelly

Elite 2016 linebacker Caleb Kelly (Fresno, California) released his top ten list of schools earlier this week, which included Jim Harbaugh's Michigan Wolverines.

Included in that list with Michigan in no particular order is Alabama, Oklahoma, UCLA, TCU, Notre Dame, Washington, Florida State, Oregon and LSU. That list is pretty much a "who's who" of college football programs throughout the nation.

While it may be tough to pick which of these ten schools have the best shot at landing Kelly, the Wolverines do look to be in good position to be in the running until the end here.

Kelly has an unofficial visit planned to Ann Arbor for the weekend of March 13, which is also the high school football coaches clinic at the University. Coaches from some of the top high school programs in the nation will be in attendance and it appears a few of them will bring some of their players along as well, so it could end up being a very solid visit weekend for the Wolverines.

Linebacker is a definite need for the 2016 class, and Kelly is one of the best in the country. He is a five-star prospect and the third ranked outside linebacker in the class, per the 247 Composite.

Brandon Peters moving up in the rankings

In Monday's roundup, we touched on Michigan's 2016 quarterback board and how the dominoes appear to be falling in regards to the status of KJ Costello, who is reportedly trending the way out staying out west.

If Costello does not end up taking a visit to Michigan, their chances seem slim here. They will try to flip Jacob Eason from Georgia, but all signs point to Brandon Peters eventually being the guy.

Peters, who is a four-star prospect, was offered by the Wolverines last month and immediately shot to the top of the list for him. Many consider the Wolverines as the favorite here, with 80 percent of the predictions on the 247 Crystal Ball think he ends up in Ann Arbor.

At 6-5, 205 pounds, Peters has nice size for a quarterback heading in to his senior year and could be poised for a bit of a breakout between now and when the season starts. That process seems to have already begun, with 247 Sports elevating him into their Top247 rankings, where he comes in at 151st overall and the eighth ranked pro-style quarterback in the class.

Here's what Barton Simmons, director of scouting for 247 Sports, had to say about Peters (FREE):

At 6-5, 205 pounds, we love the frame that Peters has to work with. We also love that Peters is a star on the basketball court and has the kind of functional pocket athleticism to be a effective in chaos. Peters is also a prospect that doesn't have year round private quarterback instruction so as good as he looks now on film, we think he can continue to improve dramatically in college as he focuses in on football year round. While we're anxious to get an in-person evaluation on Peters this spring, we're ready to put him in the discussion among the nation's top passers.

If Peters does ultimately end up being the guy, he will have time to learn and grow before he hits the field at Michigan. There is a fair amount of depth that the position, so he will not be rushed in year one.

More offers

Michigan continues to offer 2016 prospects at an incredible pace. Offers from the last few days include:

That's it for Wednesday. Check back in Friday for the latest roundup of Michigan football recruiting news.