Happy Friday, folks, and welcome in to the final Recruiting Roundup of the week.
We have a huge recruiting weekend on deck, and our own Jon Simmons will highlight every recruit visiting for tomorrow’s game in a post coming up shortly.
But for now, let’s get to the news.
ZACH HARRISON IS VISITING TOMORROW
NO NEED TO PANIC.
In a stunning turn of events, 2019 5-star defensive end Zach Harrison is visiting for the Wisconsin game instead of the Penn State game, according to The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz ($).
Harrison is the Wolverines’ highest-ranked player left on their board for the 2019 class, so it is imperative Michigan wins on Saturday, provides a stellar atmosphere at the Big House, and, oh yeah, WINS.
To get the top kids, you gotta win the top games. Just win, baby.
5-star 2020 in-state offensive lineman details needs from future school
Michigan was unable to pull in two 5-star offensive linemen in the 2019 class, but there is a shot at redemption in the 2020 class.
5-star Justin Rogers — the No. 1 guard in his class — made it clear his two favorites are Ohio State and Georgia. But the Oak Park native has already made two visiting trips to Michigan this season, the most recent coming last weekend.
In an interview with The Michigan Insider’s Josh Newkirk ($), Rogers explains in full detail what he is looking for in his future school.
“My checklist, you feel me, is I’m trying to do the three-year deal,” Rogers said. “I’m trying to graduate early from college and go to the league. It’s really (to) make it to the next level, though. Is they going to get me ready for the next level? Some schools really don’t get you ready for the next level mentally.”
Michigan can absolutely prepare him for the NFL, but starting right away? I honestly don’t know about that one.
There is a ton of young talent in the waiting on the interior, and Rogers will be a guard in college. By the time he arrives as a freshman, left guard Ben Bredeson and right guard Michael Onwenu will both be gone, but 2019 4-star guard Nolan Rumler will already have a year under his belt, as will all of the other offensive linemen in the 2019 class.
It is possible Rogers could vie for a starting role, but I just can’t see him starting from Day 1 with the way Michigan develops its players. He also told Newkirk he will wait until February 2020 to make a final decision, so the recruitment has a long ways to go.
New update on 5-star Quavaris Crouch
It was reported by TMI’s Steve Lorenz earlier this week 5-star athlete Quavaris Crouch would not be visiting Michigan this weekend, as anticipated.
Turns out, this may be a good thing for Michigan.
Lorenz is now reporting ($) the decision to not visit this weekend was mutual. Michigan believes it is best for Crouch to come during a weekend where he will be the No. 1 priority and be the center of attention. Lorenz believes the Indiana game on Nov. 17 is probably the game Michigan would want Crouch to come visit for, which makes sense because Penn State will be another game where many high-profile recruits will probably attend.
Needless to say, this could actually work out in Michigan’s benefit. We will have to wait and see when Crouch decides to visit. Stay tuned on this recruitment, folks.
No. 2 2020 pro-style QB visiting U-M for first time this weekend
One of the top passers in the 2020 class is 4-star Jay Butterfield. He was extended an offer by Pep Hamilton back in the spring and has had Michigan on his radar ever since.
I spoke with Butterfield earlier this week, and he told me he is visiting Michigan for the first time this weekend for the Wisconsin game. He is also coming with some teammates and coaches.
“Yes, we are very excited!” he said. “This will be my first time. I am looking forward to it.”
Other schools showing interest include Washington State, Oregon, Stanford, Cal, Tennessee and others. He has visited USC, Washington, Oregon, Stanford and Cal so far this year, so this is Butterfield’s first time away from the Pacific Time Zone.
He doesn’t have a favorite school yet, but he said he is looking forward to seeing the campus and athletic facility, talking with the coaches, and checking out the Big House for the first time.
Something also interesting to note is Butterfield’s high school coach is Chris Partridge’s cousin. He hasn’t had the chance to speak with Partridge yet, but says he looks forward to meeting him for the first time this weekend.
Butterfield is the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 46 overall player in the 2020 class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. There aren’t any crystal ball selections so far.
Former 2019 4-star Georgia commit unofficially visiting this weekend
Our final update of the day is provided thanks to TMI’s Sam Webb ($), who is reporting former Georgia 2019 4-star cornerback commit Jalen Perry is heading to Ann Arbor this weekend for the big game.
Perry decommitted from Georgia last week and is seemingly interested in U-M. This is an unofficial visit, per Webb, so that means he would be able to use an official visit later in the year to come back to Ann Arbor, if he so chooses to.
The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Dacula, Georgia native is the No. 18 cornerback, No. 20 Georgian and No. 165 overall player in the 2019 class. All seven crystal ball picks are currently on South Carolina, which Webb mentions is a major player in his recruitment, along with Florida and Auburn, but that could easily change if his visit goes well this weekend.
That’s all for today! Be sure to check back in Monday for another recruiting update!