Despite several four-star visitors from this past weekend, five-star defensive end Zach Harrison stood out among the crowd.
The Lewis Center (Ohio) product took an unofficial visit for the night game against Wisconsin, and Steve Lorenz of The Michigan Insider offered some insights ($) on who is fading on the list.
“Honestly, if I was putting a 247Sports Crystal Ball in today, it would not be to Ohio State,” he said. “I don’t know where it would be, but based on everything I’ve heard when asked, I don’t think it’d be the Buckeyes today. That doesn’t mean this can’t change.”
It was his first time back in Ann Arbor since his official on June 21.
He attends Olentangy Orange, only mere minutes up US-71 from Columbus. Whether Harrison is fading away from the Scarlet and Gray due to the Urban Meyer scandal or simply the desire to escape home, Lorenz makes it clear linebackers coach Al Washington has done everything right during the process with him.
While most pundits still point to him attending Ohio State 2019, national analyst Steve Wiltfong just submitted a “foggy” Crystal Ball. He purports the race is between the Wolverines and Penn State.
Went foggy on my @247CrystalBall forecast for five-star DE Zach Harrison. #Michigan seems to be gaining momentum with the blue-chipper and No. 2 recruit in the Top247 Player Rankings: https://t.co/fsOiZxlCqU— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) October 14, 2018
The Buckeyes uncharacteristically rank outside the top-10 in the team rankings, sliding in at No. 15 on 247 Sports. They’re trending negatively after four-star running back Sampson James flipped to Indiana.
Jim Harbaugh and his staff have hauled in 23 commitments to rank No. 8 nationally for the 2019 cycle.
SOCIAL MEDIA REACTIONS
First off, Harbaugh snagged a preferred walk-on pledge from Prairie Village (Kan.) Anderson Maddox.
Excited to announce that I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at the University of Michigan! Thanks to all family, friends, and coaches who have supported me! #GoBlue 〽️ pic.twitter.com/Lk8TNmQdzK— Andy Maddox (@10amadd) October 14, 2018
Four-star all-purpose back commit Giles Jackson (Oakley, Calif.) loves posing in the maize and blue threads.
West Coast Savage...〽️ pic.twitter.com/uc3jEjoDA4— G5 (@gilesjackson__) October 14, 2018
2020 top 247 defensive end Darrion Henry:
Had a great time at Michigan yesterday #goblue 〽️ pic.twitter.com/FVanZxoadu— D Hen (@darrion_henry) October 14, 2018
2020 Port Huron end Braiden McGregor had shockingly similar tweets right before his Michigan and Michigan State visits the last two weeks.
On my way to Ann Arbor! #GoBlue— Braiden McGregor (@BraidenMcgregor) October 13, 2018
On my way to East Lansing! ✅ #GoGreen— Braiden McGregor (@BraidenMcgregor) October 6, 2018
Midlothian (Va.) four-star linebacker Ethan West talked with Brice Marich, and called the visit a 10 out of 10 ($). Mom loved Ann Arbor, as well.
Lorenz put in a maize and blue Crystal Ball.
Bay City (Mich.) receiver Devell Washington:
I had a great time in the Big House last night #GoBlue @isaiahhole pic.twitter.com/7WyoVkClbO— Devell Washington (@DevellWashingt2) October 14, 2018
2020 Warren (Mich.) De La Salle lineman Grant Toutant earned the patented Wisconsin stamp of approval, as the lineman factory offered him just before his visit to Michigan.
On his visit to Michigan, Warren (Mich.) De La Salle 2020 OT Grant Toutant (@toutant_grant) just picked up an offer from Wisconsin.— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) October 13, 2018
The Wolverines and Badgers square off tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Arbor.
The Maize n Brew staff is contacting and interviewing recruits for further updates this week. Stay tuned!
Additionally, there are plans for possible live scouts of three recruits over the next month — likely Harrison, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Isaiah Foskey and Brentwood (Calif.) Liberty quarterback Jay Butterfield.