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Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Breaking down the most recent commitments

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In this edition, we take a look at the skill sets of Michigan's three most recent pledges, predict how the class could end up as a whole, top targets visiting next week and more.

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Since the last roundup, Michigan has continued to strike while the iron is hot on the recruiting trail and add two more commitments to its 2016 class, bringing the total number up to 14.

Tight end Sean McKeon (Dudley, Massachusetts) and quarterback Victor Viramontes (Norco, California) announced their pledges to the program on Monday.

We took a brief look at what both of them bring to Michigan following their commitments, starting with McKeon:

At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, he already looks the part of a college tight end. McKeon says that Jay Harbaugh told him that they see him as a Y or H-back in their system. He has the size to stay on the line and block, but also shows good athleticism in the passing game and actually has one of the faster recorded 40-times of any tight end in this class (4.65).

He certainly looks as if he can be a nice pass-catching target, as well. On his film, they have him running tight end screens, end arounds and more. He also shows the ability to break tackles and move the chains.

McKeon is a Harbaugh-type player. He plays with a toughness and chip on his shoulder that the new staff covets and he should be a good player for the Wolverines in time.

Viramontes looks to be a solid quarterback prospect, but he is a versatile talent:

He has played safety in high school and also looks like he could play linebacker at the next level, as well.

As a quarterback, he has a great arm and has the ability to make most of the throws, albeit with shaky mechanics. As a duel-threat, he has the ability to make plays with his feet and move the pocket around. Something else that stands out about Viramontes is how he is willing to throw his body around to make plays. Instead of scrambling and running out of bounds, this is a guy that puts his shoulder down and fights for the extra yard.

It is those set of traits that make him, and I hate to use this term, "Tebow-esque" in terms of the attitude he brings to the field. We will see where he ultimately sticks when he gets to Michigan.

Class of 2016 defensive end Rashad Weaver (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) commited to Michigan on Sunday evening, and we covered what his skill-set entails as well:

He has long arms and shows a good burst off the snap. In terms of his technique and some other fundamental parts of his game, Weaver still looks pretty raw, but he definitely has the look of someone who could be a rotational pass-rush specialist in time for the Wolverines.

What his commitment does is continue the trend of versatile players that the staff wants to bring in. It looks like Harbaugh and company are fine with bringing in athleticism and figuring out where to go from there.

2016 Class Prediction 3.0

With the recent shakeups on the recruiting trail, it was time to put out another edition of our class predictions for the 2016 cycle.

This edition includes some new names in the mix and the class growing by a few spots. Check out the full piece here.

Top targets visiting

Three-star 2016 linebacker Jonathan Jones (Orlando, Florida) is going to be in Ann Arbor this weekend, per 247's Steve Lorenz. He will arrive tomorrow and leave on Sunday.

Four-star 2016 tight end Naseir Upshur (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) will be visiting Michigan next week, MnB was able to confirm. "Pop" will be in town from Wednesday to Friday.

Both of the above names are expected to be a part of the 2016 haul before too long. It remains to be seen if they will pull the trigger on their visits or not, but with as hot as Michigan as been on the trail, it cannot be ruled out.

2017 QB Updates

Speaking of visits this weekend, three-star 2017 signal caller Jack Coan (West Sayville, New York) will also be in attendance, per 247's Clint Brewster.

Michigan offered five-star 2017 quarterback Tate Martell (Las Vegas, Nevada) on Monday, according to his Twitter account.

SMSB Interview: 2016 QB Jake Lipetzky

Jim Harbaugh made it a point to visit 2016 quarterback Jake Lipetzky (Riverview, Michigan) when he made the rounds through Riverview Gabriel Richard HS earlier this year. We had the chance to catch up with Lipetzky at Sound Mind Sound Body last week, where he recalled that encounter and more.

You can read that piece here.