Trending for Crawford and Long
Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines have done an excellent job of recruiting nationally in the 2016 cycle and they could be pretty close to planting the Maize n Blue flag in another recruiting hotbed state.
Wide receiver Dylan Crawford and cornerback David Long, both four-star prospects from California, are trending the way of the Wolverines if the 247 Sports Crystal Ball is any indication. I put in a prediction for both players to Michigan earlier this week.
Crawford has 60 percent of the predictions in favor of Michigan. Regardless of recent buzz, Bleacher Report's Tyler Donahue says a decision has yet to be made.
4-star WR Dylan Crawford says he still hasn't made a commitment decision 48 hours before announcement. He mentioned Georgia as a late-riser.— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) January 7, 2016
Regardless, he should end up picking the Wolverines when he chooses his school on Saturday during the U.S. Army All-America Game.
Long will also play in that game, but will not be making his college choice until closer to signing day. The former Stanford commit has 38 percent of the picks in his name on the Crystal Ball. His recruitment is a bit less certain with Washington still in the mix, but he also looked like an eventual Michigan commit.
Obligatory Rashan Gary Update
Rashan Gary, elite defensive tackle and 2016's top prospect, still appears to be a good bet to end Michigan's class with a bang. He looked like a monster in the Under Armour game last weekend, earning defensive MVP honors.
The timetable has not shifted in terms of when he will make his college choice. That still looks like it is coming at or around National Signing Day on Feb. 3
Many believe Gary to Michigan is inevitable, and 247 Sports now has the Wolverines listed as "warmer" in terms of his interest, the only school listed as such on his profile.
Crystal Ball picks and things like this are not absolute, but Michigan fans should continue to feel confident as we inch closer to signing day.
Good News/Bad News
Steve Lorenz of Wolverine 247 posted a tidbit-filled recruiting roundup ($) on Thursday that provided some insight on a pair of Michigan's top remaining targets.
To sum it up without giving too much away, the Wolverines look to be in solid shape with four-star defensive end Levi Onwuzurike (Allen, Texas), while tight end Isaac Nauta (Buford, Georgia) is still expected to choose Georgia. Lorenz also gives a contingency plan as to where Michigan will likely go next at tight end.
Latest with Chris Evans
Earlier this week, Michigan 2016 athlete commit Chris Evans (Indianapolis, Indiana) picked up an offer from Ohio State, which by several accounts in one he had been looking for.
It looks likely that he will take a visit to Columbus before signing day and they could be in position to flip him from the Wolverines, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
With Michigan needed all the spots it can get to squeeze in the rest of its top targets, it would not be a shock if a mutual parting of ways between Evans and the Wolverines, but that is just an opinion. One source still believes U-M will get his signature on Feb. 3, so we'll see what happens here.
Update: Evans reaffirmed his commitment on Friday, so that's that, for now anyways.
Michigan Offers McQuitty
The Wolverines have extended an offer to 2017 wide receiver Jaevon McQuitty (Columbia, Missouri), according to his Twitter account.
7th offer from Michigan 〽️ pic.twitter.com/f8ZNgRTm3K— Jaevon McQuitty™ (@YaboyJae19) January 7, 2016
McQuitty is a three-star prospect and the 51st-ranked wide receiver in the 2016 class, per the 247 Composite.