It was a fairly slow weekend on the recruiting trail compared to recent weeks, but there were some notable headlines to come out of the last few days.
We will start with Rashan Gary (Paramus, New Jersey), 2016's top prospect, and his visit to Ann Arbor over the weekend. The five-star defensive tackle was on campus with his mother and I was able to confirm with a few sources that the visit was an overwhelming success.
It has long been reported that Gary's mother is going to be a huge factor in the process, as well. By all accounts, she would definitely sign off on Michigan if that is what the decision comes to.
The other thing that Michigan fans will enjoy reading is that it also appears his visit to Ohio State was not a good one and went the opposite way of his trip to Ann Arbor. OSU has not really been a factor to this point anyways, and I do not expect them to be much going forward, barring something crazy happening.
Michigan appears to be the front-runner from the intel that I have gathered, but do not expect his recruitment to end anytime soon. Schools all across the nation will continue to be coming after Gary hard. This is a process that very well could drag all the way until National Signing Day 2016, but we will continue to preach patience here.
Michigan is in a great position to land the second big fish from New Jersey in three cycles, the other being Jabrill Peppers.
Upshur sets a date
Four-star 2016 tight end Naseir Upshur (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) will commit to a school on Aug. 8, according to Rivals.com's Adam Friedman.
#Rivals100 TE @NaseirUpshur tells me he will commit on Aug 8 #Bama #GoBlue #ASU #UMD #FSU #USC http://t.co/8lij0i8Gsj pic.twitter.com/WtPE20YCEk— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) June 27, 2015
Upshur's visit to Ann Arbor last week seems to have been a huge success as well. Some thought he may pull the trigger on Michigan during his visit, which Wolverine247 is reporting actually almost happened. ($)
Aug. 8 is not that far away, but it can be a lifetime on the recruiting trail. Still, it would be a big surprise if Upshur did not commit to Michigan when the time comes.
Hawkins decision coming Friday
Four-star 2016 wide receiver Brad Hawkins (Camden, New Jersey) is reportedly making his college decision this Friday, where the Wolverines are expect to be the school that is chosen.
The other school in the mix for his services is South Carolina.
The 247 Crystal Ball reads 80 percent in favor of Michigan. It is not a science by any means, but usually serves as a way to see which way a recruit is trending. I made my pick for Hawkins to Michigan over the weekend.
Just made my @247Sports #CrystalBall prediction for WR Brad Hawkins to #Michigan. 72% have him going to Ann Arbor. http://t.co/SUz5FP68jY— Anthony Broome (@anthonytbroome) June 27, 2015