As if it was anything we all didn't know, Jim Harbaugh loves tight ends. Athletic tight ends like Zach Gentry, ridiculous physical specimens like Tyrone Wheatley Jr., and your two way players like Ian Bunting and Jake Butt. With the latter heading into his last season at Michigan it would only seem proper to find a player like him to fill his shoes. Enter Matt Dotson, a four-star tight end out of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dotson stands at 6'5" 235 pounds and is the number 9 tight end for the class of 2017. Dotson's trip to Ann Arbor on Saturday was his first and according to his Twitter, that visit was one of the best. Despite the crystal ball predictions on 24/7 Sports, Michigan seems to have placed themselves in good position especially with Dotson stating he'd like to make his commitment in the next two months. Comparing a prospect to, what at this point looks like an early round selection in the 2017 draft, Jake Butt as well as using tight ends in flocks Michigan could out pace front runner Ohio State. Factor in that Ohio State's affection leans more towards the friend zone than the marriage that Harbaugh has for the position and we could be writing about Dotson committing to the Maize and Blue.
Another Ohio player made some news this weekend. 2018 commit Leonard Taylor was at Ohio State for their Spring Game. Taylor reiterated that he is 100% committed to Michigan along with teammate and linebacker Antwaun Johnson. These types of things can be expected with early commits like Taylor.
He is still just a kid at this point and with 2 years of high school left it makes sense for him to get out there and see what there is to see. This is an unfortunate aspect to the recruiting process if you're a fan, but players have to do what's best for them. With his teammate and friend committed, Michigan on the verge of something big and an opportunity to play for Jim Harbaugh it's easy to forget that Michigan is as good of a place to play football in the country so do not worry Wolverine fans it is all apart of the process.
Michigan is reportedly heavy on the trail of four-star ATH Deejay Dallas ($). Chris Partridge is taking the lead on Dallas and running with some stiff competition in Georgia and Miami (FL). Georgia is naturally in the race given the proximity but Partridge must also go to bat against new Miami head coach, Mark Richt who is formally of Georgia. Michigan has said that they would like to see him on both sides of the ball at the next level which is probably music to Dallas's ears. Dallas has also said that he will be taking an unofficial to Ann Arbor this summer. It will be after this that we will gain more insight to where this could head. This seems to be one of those places that a satellite camp would have helped, but the NCAA and their infinite wisdom decided against those not too long ago.