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Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: The calm before the storm

Next weekend will be one hell of a recruiting weekend.

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Happy Friday, folks, and welcome in to another Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup.

Next week is set to be another fantastic recruiting week for Michigan, but before that we have some updates on some key players in the 2019 class and some potential guys to watch for in 2020.

Let’s get to it.

2019 4-star WR updates recruitment

One of Michigan’s few targets remaining at wide receiver in the 2019 class is 4-star Cornelius Johnson.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from Greenwich, Connecticut updated his recruitment on his top five schools in an interview with 247Sports’ Brian Dohn ($).

He has already made an official visit to Notre Dame — for the U-M game — so the four remaining schools yet to get an official visit are Michigan, Alabama, Penn State and Stanford.

On Michigan: “It’s the Big House, coach (Jim) Harbaugh, and they have a good receivers coach,” Johnson said. “I think they can really do well there. I know Tarik Black. I am not extremely close to him, but I talked to him when I went out there and we used to play their school, Cheshire Academy.”

Johnson also said he plans on signing with his future school in February, so don’t expect this recruitment to wrap up any time soon.

Michigan commit tried to persuade 2019 4-star OT

One of the many players committed to Michigan on campus last weekend was 3-star offensive lineman Jack Stewart.

Besides enjoying the atmosphere and being able to connect with Ed Warinner, Stewart was also able to spend time with 2019 4-star offensive lineman Trevor Keegan, one of Michigan’s remaining targets in the class, according to Marich ($).

“Yeah, I got spend time with (Keegan),” Stewart said. “We actually went to the Little Brown Jug together, his family and my family. I got to connect with him and try to get him to come to Michigan. Obviously he’s a great player, but definitely got to connect with him and we had a pretty good time together.”

Stewart also said he tried to pitch U-M in the sense that Keegan will get a high quality education while playing for an elite program, as well as having the large alumni base.

“I told him that’s why I picked Michigan and we really connected on more of a personal base talking football and high school careers,” he said.

Hopefully his words of wisdom help.

In-state 2020 3-star WR looking to visit again next month

One of Michigan’s top in-state targets for the 2020 class visited for the Wisconsin game, and was so impressed that he is aiming to visit again in November.

Bay City native Devell Washington, listed at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, is set to visit Michigan again for its battle against Penn State in November, The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich reports ($).

Marich spoke with Washington after his visit for the Wisconsin game, and said the environment was “electric” and he “really can’t compare it to anything.”

Washington is also being targeted by Ohio State and Michigan State, which each have one crystal ball prediction.

Don’t let that fool you, though, as it is way too early in the process, in my opinion, to be putting a crystal ball on a school for him. Michigan is off to a solid start here, and the relationships should continue to grow if he visits in November.

2020 3-star DE impressed with return visit to U-M

Let’s talk about an Indiana defensive end to end our recruiting roundup this week.

2020 3-star Deontae Craig has visited Michigan a couple times this year, the most recent being last weekend. He spoke with Marich ($) about his visit and how Michigan is one of his top schools at the moment.

“They definitely are up there for me,” he said. “The coaches up there are building an excellent program and it’ll be fun to see how high they can keep going.”

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder does not have a composite score yet, but is the No. 486 overall player on 247Sports.

With offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue and Tennessee, and Michigan having hosted him more than once, there is a good chance Craig draws an offer from the Wolverines at some point. It may not happen today or tomorrow, but it seems his recruiting process is picking up steam. Stay tuned here.

That’s all we got today! Be sure to tune in Monday for another recruiting update.