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Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Waffling running back commit sets visit date

Eric Gray will finally be back on campus, plus Michigan offers two explosive in-state athletes.

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Heading into the last home game of the season on Saturday, the coaching staff will be using the opportunity to make a final impression for some prospects that they want to visit.

With the early signing day a little over a month away, here’s the latest in what’s going on with Michigan recruiting.

Running back commitment expected on campus

At this point in time, there only seems to be one commit that is a serious risk to leave the class. 4-star running back Eric Gray has made several visits to a number of SEC schools, notably Tennessee and Ole Miss.

A couple weeks ago in this space, I relayed a Gray quote that said, “I want to go up there really bad because I feel I need to witness that atmosphere.” Thankfully, according to The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz, that visit will be coming to fruition ($).

Gray will be on campus for this weekend’s contest against Indiana, the last home game of the season. This will be his first visit to campus since he committed July 1. The staff can take great strides in shoring up the electric running back by reminding him why he committed in the first place and hanging out with members of the team.

Lorenz continues to say the staff believes Gray, who will enroll early, will sign with the Wolverines. This visit is a huge step in ensuring that happens.

Michigan offers a pair of versatile in-state underclassmen

Two Michigan natives in the 2020 class picked up offers in the past week from the Wolverines. The first is Muskegon QB/ATH Cameron Martinez, who has led the Big Reds to the state semifinals. In the process, he has broken the school record for total yards, set by his predecessor, current Michigan State running back La’Darius Jefferson.

According to The Michigan Insider’s Allen Trieu ($), coaches on both sides of the ball like Martinez’s tape. “Coach Harbaugh (offered me),” Martinez said. “And he said he saw my film and him and Don Brown really liked it and he wanted to offer me.”

Martinez added the offer was for, “wide receiver or safety or maybe even playing both.”

Ranked as a 3-star and the 16th-best player in the state of Michigan, Trieu added there’s a “high chance” he gets a rating bump after the season. He and two others also made a crystal ball pick for Michigan after Martinez received his offer.

The second player to receive an offer from Michigan is 3-star wide receiver Maliq Carr, who is from Oak Park. Carr has been blowing up on the trail lately, also picking up offers from Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame in the past two weeks.

In a story by TMI’s Trieu ($), Carr stated, “I hear from Ohio State, Purdue, Missouri and Michigan (the most).” He’ll be in attendance for The Game in two weeks.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Carr caught 21 passes for an insane 815 yards this season, which is a 38.8 yards per catch average. Michigan may be viewing him to grow into a tight end eventually, given his height. Carr is also an outstanding basketball player, averaging 21 points per game on the hardcourt.

There is one prediction for Ohio State so far, which was put in right after he received an offer from the Buckeyes. He’s a Buckeye legacy, as his mother played basketball for them.

5-star tackle enjoys another Michigan visit

Possibly the highest ranked target on Michigan’s 2020 board is Myles Hinton, who was yet again on campus for the Penn State game a couple weekends ago. After visiting so many times with his brother Chris Hinton, he told TMI’s Brice Marich his level of familiarity is increasing ($).

“It went great. I went and got fully geared up in the Michigan uniform then we went to the game,” Hinton said.

Hinton said “the game” and “the whole experience” were the elements that stood out to him the most on his latest trip to Ann Arbor.

Recently, his big brother relayed his thoughts about what he thinks of Michigan’s chances with Myles. “I think there is definitely a comfort level there, but my brother is his own guy,” he said. “It’s a factor, but he is going to make the best decision for himself and that’s what I want as well I want him to be happy wherever he goes.”

The younger Hinton has named a top five that includes Michigan, Stanford, Northwestern, Georgia and Clemson. Stanford is considered the biggest threat to the Wolverines, but Michigan still holds 100 percent of the crystal balls.

That’s the scoop from the last few days of Michigan recruiting. There will be plenty more to come, so be sure to check back with Maize n Brew for the latest updates.