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Michigan Monday Crootin’: Harbaugh and Co. prep for BBQ, Beilein takes aim at new 2019 targets

After losing out on DJ Carton, Michigan hoops is refocusing their efforts on the recruiting trail. For football, several underclassmen are filling out the 2018 BBQ visitor list.

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Michigan Monday Crootin’ is here for your case of the Mondays.

2 new targets for 2019 hoops

After losing out on 5-star Iowa point guard DJ Carton last weekend to Ohio State, John Beilein and his staff have refocused efforts on the 2019 recruiting front.

He has his eyes on two southern big men. First, 5-star Georgia center Walker Kessler is comparing himself to 2018 first-rounder Mo Wagner ($).

“Love that school,” Kessler said. “Mo Wagner, that’s a player like me. Tall and he’s not just a banger down low. He can do things, he can dribble the ball and shoot. I like that.”

Kessler looks just like a younger Wagner, standing 6-foot-10, 205 pounds. While all the insiders currently project him to join Tom Crean at Georgia, he was clear he’s, “not eliminating anything.”

Recruiting is just starting to heat up for Texas 5-star forward Greg Brown. While Michigan hasn’t offered at this time, Michigan is one of four schools recruiting him the hardest ($).

Brown’s father told Sam Webb, “They are basically saying that they want to make sure that we are interested in them before they just offer. They definitely have a scholarship offer for Greg is what they are telling me, but they want us to come down for an unofficial to offer him.”

The 6-foot-7, 185-pound prospect hails from Austin’s Vadergrift High, and ranks No. 5 in the 247Sports composite. He is narrowing down his interest, but is saying the right things about the maize and blue.

“I love Michigan,” he said. “It’s a great school. They went really deep in the NCAA tournament and I’m considering them.”

Final prep for the BBQ next week

With the annual BBQ at the Big House set for July 28, prospects such as 2019 Florida safety Josh Sanguinetti have been locked in for weeks.

In the final days prior to the biggest recruiting weekend of the summer, Jim Harbaugh’s staff are working to secure visits from some talented prospects.

First, hot off the presses late Sunday, 4-star defensive end — and Florida State commit — Mike Morris is confirmed for this weekend.

With rumors swirling that Stanford will eventually land current 2019 commit Stephen Herron, the staff is looking to poach one of their own.

Onto the underclassmen...

2020 Indiana 4-star defensive tackle Cole Brevard confirmed his visit last weekend ($). The top-ranked player in the Hoosier State, he would join Illinois 4-star Denver Warren for Greg Mattison’s 2020 defensive line haul.

Despite growing up in the midwest, Brevard doesn’t know much about Michigan. He plans to learn about it over several visits.

“Since I don’t know a lot about their program, I don’t have any preconceived thoughts going into next weekend. I’m interested in seeing the campus and facilities. I will probably make a follow-up trip to learn about their computer science department and their defense.”

After receiving an offer at last month’s All-Prospect Camp in Ann Arbor, 2020 5-star Elias Ricks is ready for some midwestern brisket.

While Ricks, a Santa Ana, California corner attending the prestigious Mater Dei School, is unanimously predicted to commit to nearby USC, getting him on campus may give Michigan a shot down the road ($).

“I got favorites, but I don’t want to exclude some schools,” Ricks said. “I will be dropping my top 10 on Christmas Day.”

Lastly, jumbo tight end Darnell Washington is working to confirm a trip to his dream school ($).

“I wanted to go to the BBQ I think on the 26 or 28,” Washington said. “I want to see the dorms, locker room and weight room. I also want to learn about how effectively they use their tight ends and their academic program. I would like to go, I’ll try (to make it).”

Washington is a 6-foot-7, 240-pound 4-star from Las Vegas, Nevada. Michigan is competing with the best in the nation for his services, including Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma and USC.

How serious is APB Giles Jackson?

Despite a lethal one-two punch in 2019 backs Zach Charbonnet and Eric Gray, Michigan seems very serious about adding Oakley, California all-purpose back Giles Jackson before the end of summer ($).

Sam Webb discussed with several 247Sports analysts about Jackson’s situation. While the 5-foot-8 jitterbug back stated USC was his dream school growing up, he is announcing Aug. 24 with his only official visit being Michigan.

While a 3-star in the 247Sports composite, Jackson is nearly a top 200 player in their individual rankings. All his Crystal Balls are pointing towards Michigan.


That’s it for now. Keep an eye out for more visitors confirming for this weekend, and in the meantime, get the summer grilling in now.

The fall is right around the corner.