Well, that was quite the week in Michigan recruiting, eh?
All those commitments should hopefully be enough to hold you over for the next month, as college football recruiting enters a dead period. This means coaching staffs cannot have in-person contact with recruits; only written and electronic communication is allowed until July 24.
This month will be a little light on recruiting news, but will be leading up to the next big recruiting event of the year. The annual BBQ at the Big House is July 28, soon after the dead period ends. Expect another long list of top targets and commits to be in attendance. The BBQ is also always good for a commitment or two.
In the meantime, let’s get to the news from this packed previous week! I’m going to focus more on updates from players who didn’t commit, as we have the welcome posts and scouting reports to cover the new members of the class.
First visit to Michigan impresses 4-star safety
Despite not having been to campus before last weekend, Lewis Cine had always kept Michigan in his top group. Following his official visit, he has a better picture of what Michigan brings to the table, after connecting with the coaches and players.
“(Viper is) the spot for me because I’m physical and I can do it all,” Cine told Maize n Brew’s Von Lozon.
Cine especially connected with Khaleke Hudson and Josh Uche while on his trip.
“Chilling with the players (was my favorite thing),” he said. “We talked about life and the student-athlete’s life in Ann Arbor.
“I felt really comfortable (at Michigan). It felt like I’ve been there before even though it was my first time. I did get a home feeling. It was great, man.”
Cine has a pretty narrow list of schools he is considering. Nevertheless, he is still expected to take a good while to make a decision. For now, the No. 3 safety in the country holds 12 Crystal Balls, all for Penn State. But Michigan made great strides in this race and Cine stated he wants to make it back for a game this season.
Michigan knocks it out of the park for 3-star safety
While seeing the dividends from Cine’s official visit may take some time, that is not the case with Quinten Johnson, the 3-star from Washington D.C.
Michigan started trending big time for Johnson during and after his official visit this weekend. The Wolverines are now in possession of all 14 of Johnson’s Crystal Ball selections, all of which have been put in since June 18.
After his visit, Johnson talked with 247’s Brian Dohn ($) about one facet of Michigan’s pitch that really impressed him.
“I learned more about the academic side of Michigan,” Johnson said. ”They told me about how I would fit on the football side and how they would play me, but I was really impressed with the academic piece of it, and the program they have put in place for their players.”
There were, of course, also discussions about on the field topics. Johnson received a favorable comparison from defensive coordinator Don Brown.
“Don Brown laid out a presentation and he basically compared me to (Jabrill Peppers). They want me to go the same route as Jabrill did and play at rover, and then work my way to that viper position.”
If Michigan’s string of commitments continues, expect Johnson to be one of the next ones to announce. Michigan surged far ahead during this visit, and it should only be a matter of time before he joins the class.
Michigan turns the tide in their favor for 3-star DE/LB
For a while, it seemed like Aeneas DiCosmo was a lost cause. After racing out to a big early lead, Michigan was losing ground to Stanford after DiCosmo visited The Farm in May. But after his official visit last weekend, it looks like the Wolverines have swung the momentum back in their favor.
DiCosmo talked with The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb ($) about his visit. “I think the biggest (takeaway) was how many layers of support that Michigan football players get.”
DiCosmo took the opportunity to meet with people in every school he wants to get a degree in while in school: theater, business and Chinese.
“Then in every school, like for instance the business school, there are so many professors that will help you. I think I met with about four or five of them. It was pretty cool. I also went to the theater and arts school. That was pretty good. I also met with a Chinese professor and talked about that a little bit. That’s right up my alley. (I’ll) definitely do a minor in that because that’s something I’d like to master.”
After this visit, Michigan sits much better with the 3-star from New Jersey. “I’d say (the visit) helped (Michigan). It definitely helped them. The biggest way that it helped them was me getting along with the players,” said DiCosmo.
He added that he will most likely visit UCLA after the dead period ends in late July, then weigh everything and make a decision in August. After this visit, Michigan started getting Crystal Balls flipped back in their favor. Stanford still has 59 percent, with Michigan at 35 percent. Boston College still has an outdated pick in there for the remaining 6 percent.
3-star defensive end trending towards Michigan after visit
Michigan is making big moves with another New Jersey defensive end. This time it is David Ojabo, who has only played one full year of football. Despite that, he has coaches salivating over his potential and athleticism. His 10.93 time in the 100-meter dash, while weighing 233 pounds has garnered him scholarships from top schools from all over the country.
Ojabo visited Michigan early last week for their elite camp, winning defensive line MVP honors. After his performance, he took the chance to talk with TMI’s Steve Lorenz about his experience meeting Jim Harbaugh ($).
“He’s a very down-to-earth guy. He said they want me a lot and told me I was at the top of the board for my position. And he didn’t just say it because I was there,” said Ojabo. “He showed me the board, and who’s below me, and how I fit in. He wasn’t just putting on a show because I was there. They told me the facts, went through my tape, everything. I know they’re being real with me.”
Shortly following the visit, Ojabo put out his top five, with Michigan making the cut.
Michigan received 17 Crystal Balls for Ojabo following his visit, so it’s safe to say the Wolverines are the presumed favorite. Look for him to get a big bump in his rankings next season after being unearthed during the evaluation period.
Michigan one of the top schools for 4-star offensive tackle
Yet another visitor Michigan made strides with last weekend was 4-star Missouri tackle Danielson Ike. He received an offer from Michigan last month and didn’t waste time in getting up to see Ann Arbor.
“I thought it was really good. I enjoyed my visit down there. I thought (Ed Warinner) was a good guy. An excellent guy. I got to talk to him a lot. I got to talk to Coach Jim Harbaugh also. He is a really funny dude,” he told TMI’s Sam Webb ($).
Ike added, “Michigan is one of my favorite schools now. I liked everything I saw there. I liked the educational staff and what they had to say. Now it’s one of my top schools.”
This is very promising for the St. Louis native who has been blowing up lately. He has also recently received offers from Alabama and Oklahoma. After visiting those schools and figuring out his top five, Ike said he will use his official visits to make his decision.
It looks like Michigan has made the cut though, with Ike saying, “I’ll definitely come back on an official.” He added that he will probably make his decision after his senior season.
Michigan jumps to the top for 3-star all-purpose back
Kentucky native Wandale Robinson was really impressed with Michigan during his official visit. He minced no words, telling 247Sport’s Steve Wiltfong ($), “They’ve made a huge jump. They were probably around number five for me. Now I’d say they’re at the top.”
Robinson follows the trend of underrated prospects who have been gaining a lot of attention lately. Michigan is battling Ohio State, Kentucky and Alabama for Robinson’s electric talents.
Ranked as the nation’s No. 5 all-purpose back, Robinson was looking for how Michigan would use him on the field.
“They showed me everything, all the academics and the football side which is what I really wanted to see and they showed me they’re spreading the offense out now that they have Shea (Patterson) and Joe Milton and they need that running back/slot receiver guy.”
Robinson’s Crystal Balls are split between Duke, Kentucky, Ohio State and cloudy. The prevailing consensus seems to be his top group is Michigan, Ohio State and Kentucky. He is planning to make a decision early in the fall after an Ohio State official.
Needless to say, Michigan had an excellent recruiting weekend. As if picking up six 2019 and two 2020 players wasn’t enough, they made big strides with several others. Maize n Brew will keep you updated with all of their recruitments, so be sure to come back next week for another edition of the roundup!