Welcome again to the Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup! Michigan is still adding to their class during camp, adding Tyrece Woods at the beginning of the week. Check out my interview with him following his commitment.
Let’s get to what else has been up on the recruiting trail lately.
Update on Michigan and 5-star S
Michigan fans are still nervously waiting to learn the fate of 5-star safety Daxton Hill, who is arguably the biggest target left for the Wolverines.
A while ago, Hill tweeted that a commitment was coming soon. While that has not happened yet, a potential date may be approaching, according to The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz ($).
Lorenz reports that, “There is some speculation that Hill could make a verbal commitment on Aug. 24, when a video of a race between he and his brother Justice will be aired via Twitter by a local reporter.”
This is not a given, but is something to look out for as that date gets closer. It’s hard to tell if deciding in nine days is a positive or negative indicator of Michigan’s chances. On one hand, it could signify Hill has seen enough to know he likes Michigan and wants to take his visit as a commit.
On the other, it could mean his official visit to Alabama has stuck in his mind and he’s willing to decide before taking his corresponding official to Michigan. Abandoning his interest in Michigan doesn’t seem likely, based on all of the positive vibes about the program this summer.
Lorenz even included in his report that, “We continue to hear positive things regarding Michigan’s chances with 2019 5-star Daxton Hill.”
Most likely, this race doesn’t end up being his commitment video, and Michigan has an excellent shot to surge out in the lead during his official a couple of weeks later. I am going to stand by my assertion that the longer Hill waits, the better Michigan’s chances become.
Another battle with Stanford looms for 5-star OT
In last week’s roundup, I included an update about Georgia 2020 prospect Myles Hinton. That tidbit said Hinton had a top five he was considering. After an interview with 247Sports’ Rusty Mansell, it seems clear that it’s really a two team battle ($).
Hinton said it’s “in between both of them,” referring to Michigan and Stanford. He said he plans to visit both schools during the fall, and is “nowhere near” choosing a school.
Talking about what he likes about Michigan, the younger Hinton said, “The community. I like the team itself. I like the school. The coaches are great. Everything there is home.”
Hinton is the son of former NFL and Northwestern player Chris Hinton Sr., so academics are clearly a priority for the family.
Battles with Stanford have not gone well recently, with the Wolverines losing Stephen Herron Jr. to the Cardinal and 3-star linebacker target Aeneas DiCosmo once again trending their direction. However, Michigan looks to be in excellent shape here still, with the commitment of his brother tough to overcome.
Ranked nationally as the fifth-best player in the 2020 class, Hinton’s recruitment will be one of great interest to Michigan fans. They are in the driver’s seat now, and will hopefully have an immediate impact tackle in a couple of seasons.
The Hinton brothers kick off their season for Greater Atlanta Christian on Friday.
2020 in-state DE planning to see Michigan plenty this fall
McGregor, the eighth-ranked player in Michigan for 2020, will be in South Bend on Sept. 1 for the game against Notre Dame.
After that, McGregor is planning on a tour of Big Ten schools.
”I’m going to schedule (a game visit) for Michigan and Michigan State and also try and get down to a couple other schools like Ohio State and Purdue,” said the 3-star defensive end.
Michigan currently holds all four of McGregor’s crystal ball picks, getting them after the Wolverines offered in April.
That wraps up this edition of the Recruiting Roundup. Soon, not only will the season be here but the long recruiting dead period will also be over! Only a couple of weeks more, folks.