As we inch closer and closer to the summer, recruiting for the 2016 cycle should pick up in the next few weeks or so. We are starting to see some of the top targets on the board narrow down their respective lists of schools, and a pair of players Michigan has been keeping an eye on did so on Thursday.
Defensive tackle Jordan Elliott (Houston, Texas) and outside linebacker Lamar Winston (Portland, Oregon), both four-star prospects, revealed their top eight schools via Twitter.
Elliott is a name to keep an eye on more so than Winston. It is very possible that Michigan takes two defensive tackles in this class with the nation's top player Rashan Gary (Paramus, New Jersey) filling one of those spots. I believe Elliott is one of the more likely candidates to do so.
Winston will be a tough pull from the West coast, but it is worth noting that Michigan is the only school in his top eight that is not from the Pac-12. This is a staff that has a lot of ties to that region of the country and we will see if that pays off in his recruitment.
Busy week for offensive line offers
Throughout the last couple of months of Michigan football recruiting has seen certain themes and patterns develop in terms of the players being offered at certain positions. This week, a large emphasis has been placed on the offensive line, particularly in the 2017 class.
The Wolverines offered a pair of five-star recruits this week at offensive tackle in Foster Sarell (Graham, Washington) and Wyatt Davis (Bellflower, California), who are ranked third and sixth at their positions per the 247 Composite, respectively.
Another 2017 offensive tackle offered was Henry Bainivalu (Seattle, Washington) as the staff made its way through the Northwest part of the United States.
Incredibly grateful to be able to say I've been offered by Michigan today! Thank you to my coaches and family! pic.twitter.com/hPgHW9ypep— Henry Bainivalu (@HBainivalu) May 21, 2015
Bainivalu is a four-star prospect and the 12th-ranked offensive tackle in the class, per the 247 Composite.
We are still about two years away from National Signing Day 2017, but it is never too early (apparently) to look ahead to the 2018 class, as the Wolverines did when they offered offensive tackle Brey Walker (Moore, Oklahoma), according to 247's Steve Lorenz. (FREE)
It is still early, but many expect Walker to be a top-ranked player at his position in the 2018 class. Michigan has swooped in with an early offer, so we will see if that pays off over the next three years or so.
Wide receivers a need, too
In the nearer future, Michigan has a need for playmakers at wide receiver for 2016, so they are turning every stone over across the nation to find guys that can give them an explosive threat in the passing game.
The latest wide receiver offer went out to Chase Claypool (Abbotsford, British Columbia), according to Demetric Warren of Varsity Preps.
Claypool is a three-star prospect and the 172nd-ranked wide receiver in the 2016 class, per the 247 Composite.
That's it for Friday. Check back in Monday for the latest Michigan football recruiting news from over the weekend.