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Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Making the Cut for Elite Prospects

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The Wolverines continue to be in the mix for some of the 2017 class' top talent.

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Isaiah Wilson Update

Michigan made the final cut for elite 2017 offensive lineman recruit Isaiah Wilson. They will be in the running with USC, LSU, Alabama, and Georgia. One of the key developments is that Ohio State was replaced with USC, so for the time being it keeps him away from a rival should he choose somewhere other than Michigan.

This seems like it will be one of those recruitments that goes down to the wire as Wilson has retweeted that he'll be at the Iron Bowl in person this year. Alabama may be the leader in the clubhouse but USC has made waves based on their rise to his final five. Will Harbaugh pull out all of the stops on this one? We'll have to wait and see.

Irving-Bey Offered

Michigan joined Michigan State this week in offering Flint Southwestern defensive end Deron Irving-Bey. Both offers are his first from power five schools.

At 6'5" 272 pounds, Irving-Bey has great size and a frame that can be added to. He has a very good first step but can definitely stand to gain a lot from college coaching in terms of technique. Irving-Bey has stated that the decision will come down to a few factors:

"if they have the major I want. The pathway I'm trying to major in is nursing, or I could be a trainer. Another thing is just making sure I feel at home and I can live here the next four or five years of my life after high school."

He will make his decision close to the beginning of the season and reports growing interest from other power five schools as well.

Thomas Has Michigan in His Top Five

Michigan also has made the top five for 2017 defensive tackle recruit Deontrae Thomas (Mustang, OK). They join Arizona State, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Texas A&M for the stud tackle.

Michigan is surely hoping to get some commitments from the number of California prospects they offered last week. Winning some battles in Harbaugh's old stomping grounds to expand the recruiting base to that part of the country would be extremely beneficial to building the program moving forward.