Good morning, everybody, and welcome to the Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup!
I hope you all had a great week and are ready for the weekend. We are one weekend closer to the start of the season, and, if you couldn’t tell from past stories, I am more than ready.
Today, we (probably?) wrap up our coverage from the BBQ at the Big House last Saturday. Let’s jump right in.
5-star 2020 CB misses BBQ, but still visits U-M
One of the top cornerbacks in the 2020 class is 5-star Elias Ricks. Due to visiting Ohio State the same day, he missed pretty much the entire recruiting event at Michigan. However, he was still able to meet with coaches when he arrived to Ann Arbor late Saturday.
“I went straight from Ohio State to Michigan so unfortunately I missed the BBQ,” Ricks told 247Sports’ Greg Biggens. “I got there around 7:15 that night and all the players were gone but I was still able to sit down and talk with coach Harbaugh. I was there for about an hour and a half so I got a lot of one on one time with coach Harbaugh and my dad and I have been fans of him since he coached with the 49ers.”
Ricks went on to say he also spoke with Don Brown and Mike Zordich and Brown’s style of play would make him “a perfect fit” at Michigan.
The two schools he has “locked in” to take official visits to are USC and Ohio State, so it isn’t looking very good for Michigan in the early running.
3-star 2020 OL bonds with Warinner, Michigan interest growing
I had an interview yesterday with 2020 4-star running back Mookie Cooper, but Cooper is not the only player from Trinity Catholic in St. Louis to make the trip to Ann Arbor.
2020 3-star offensive lineman Jalen St. John also made the venture up and was impressed a lot Michigan has to offer.
“The facilities, the coaches and the vibe,” St. John told TMI’s Brice Marich ($). “I’ve been waiting to get on campus and I finally got to.”
St. John also got to work out in front of new offensive line coach Ed Warinner, who he calls a “great guy and coach who really knows his stuff and knows how to teach it.”
St. John admitted he is more interested in U-M after the BBQ and he also plans to visit again, despite not having an offer yet from the Maize and Blue.
Michigan a top school for 2020 4-star WR
Even though Michigan is far from home for 2020 4-star wide receiver Josh Downs, he is still heavily considering the University of Michigan as his future school.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder from Georgia recently spoke with TMI’s Sam Webb ($) and said his visit to Michigan was “probably the best visit I’ve had so far.” He also plans on coming back to AA for a game this season against either Nebraska or Penn State.
Downs admitted to Webb distance from home is a factor, but “not a huge factor” and that he believes his mother would be fine if he were to attend Michigan.
Jim Harbaugh has made it a priority to recruit the state of Georgia hard, so for Downs to be high on Michigan early on is no surprise to me.
2021 OL/DL visits U-M again, comes away impressed
We end today’s recruiting roundup with a player from the 2021 class — offensive/defensive lineman Greg Crippen.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder from Milton, Massachusetts (Don Brown territory) only has three offers to date, but the first offer was from U-M, so he has made the Wolverines a big priority so far in his recruitment. He spent a lot of time with Warinner, as he told Marich ($).
“Coach Warriner is the best,” Crippen said. “Made me feel real comfortable and at home. We watched some film on previous players he coached and their technique. We talked about being a part of something special at Michigan.”
Crippen hopes to make another visit this fall when Michigan takes on Penn State.
That’s all for this week’s recruiting roundup! Be sure to check back in Monday for more recruiting news!