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Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Goodbye dead period

In this week’s edition, a receiver sets a visit date, another European prospect changes plans and more!

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Get excited people, Sept. 1 brings something we’ve all been eagerly anticipating for months — the start of the official contact period for 2020 recruits!

Hold on, I’m being told something.

Ah, it looks like Michigan is also playing a football game that day! Nevertheless, the start of September means the dead period is over and staffs can now officially contact 2020 recruits. This means much more recruiting news in the near future.

In the meantime, let’s check in on what’s been happening recently on the trail.

3-star wide receiver sets official visit date

In my recent article about the most important positions in this year’s recruiting class, I failed to mention Jaylen Ellis, who has a good of a shot as any to end up at Michigan.

The Texas native has been committed to Baylor for more than a year, but that doesn’t look likely to stick. Ellis received several bigger offers after the spring evaluation period, including Michigan, Ohio State and Texas.

Ellis has been giving Michigan plenty of attention during this period, and now it is culminating in an official visit this fall.

He told WolverinesWire (FREE) that he will be attending the game against SMU on Sept. 8.

Michigan has been persistent in its pursuit, according to Ellis. “The coaches from Michigan hit me up all the time. It’s just a welcoming feeling.”

Ellis had 56 catches for 1,248 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior. He says he also has plans to take officials to Baylor and Oregon.

Michigan contender for 2020 4-star OT

After visiting for the BBQ at the Big House, Washington tackle Geirean Hatchett is still high on the Wolverines.

”I’m for sure still interested in Michigan,” Hatchett told The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz ($).

Unfortunately, the visit for the BBQ may be the last Hatchett is able to make for a while. Talking about potential return visit plans, Hatchett said it’s unlikely.

”We don’t have any bye weeks this year and no Thursday night games that would allow me to fly out on Friday. If our team performs well in the playoffs, it would be even tougher as it would eat away at some potential weekends too. We’ll see what happens.”

If Hatchett does end up making a visit this fall, you should take it as a huge sign of interest.

Hometown Washington has six out of the seven crystal ball picks so far. The other is from an Ohio State insider who automatically picks the Buckeyes whenever someone visits campus.

French defensive lineman switches up plans again

International 3-star Jeffrey M’ba has been caught up in some bureaucracy while trying to figure out for which school in the U.S. he’s going to play.

For a while, it seemed like St. Frances Academy in Baltimore would be receiving the services of the talented but raw prospect. However, something went wrong with the paperwork and M’ba had to switch up his plans late.

As of two days ago, he was to attend the totally not-fake sounding Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. But his issue with St. Frances apparently was cleared up and M’ba switched back to Biff Poggi’s team at the last second (FREE).

All of this is meaningful because Michigan, like many others, has offered M’ba. Coming from France, he hasn’t been scouted as much as a normal prospect, but his athleticism has coaches drooling.

M’ba holds offers from Penn State, Virginia Tech and Michigan State, as well as Michigan. St. Frances has been a potential pipeline for Michigan it has failed to crack in recent years. Head coach Biff Poggi has been accused of steering players towards Alabama, given that several of his top players have ended up with the Tide.

M’ba has no crystal ball selections yet. If the Wolverines really wanted M’ba, I think they could be a major player. The coaches probably want to see how he performs at a totally different level of competition.

That wraps up another edition of the Wednesday Recruiting Roundup! Be sure to check back in a couple of days for more developments and updates as the season draws near.