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Michigan Recruiting Visitor List: Nebraska

Once again, the visitors list focuses on local guys in future classes

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Michigan opens Big Ten play this weekend with a Nebraska team that’s had some air let out of it’s balloon after an 0-2 start. The staff is still saving their big visit weekends for the Penn State or Wisconsin match-ups, and the target list for 2019 is pretty narrow.

Because of all that, there will be another big group of in-state recruits in the next few classes on campus this weekend. What was supposed to be the headline visitor, Lewis Cine, had to cancel his visit because of transportation issues. This may end up helping the Wolverines if he returns this season. Getting the last visit instead of Georgia would be huge.

There’s still several intriguing and familiar names visiting this weekend though, especially in the 2020 class. So let’s check out the full list below.


Gabe Newburg - Three-star, #705 overall, #55 WDE

Joey Velazquez - Three-star, #952 overall, #83 safety

Tyrece Woods - Three-star, #1627 overall, #103 DT

This trio of commits will be making short trips to be at the game on Saturday. The two Ohio guys, Newburg and Velazquez, will be making their first visits of the season. Woods has been to every game so far, and will be visiting with some Belleville teammates as usual.


Michael Drennen - Four-star, #180 overall, #17 running back

Drennen is considered the top running back target for the staff in the 2020 class. He’ll be a tough pull from Ohio, as they all are, but Michigan seems to have captured some momentum in this recruitment.

The Crystal Balls read 71 percent to Ohio State and 29 percent to Michigan, but two recent ones have been for the Wolverines. The Buckeyes also already have a stud running back committed in the 2020 class, which could make Michigan more favorable.

Drennen is good friends with 2020 commit Andre Seldon as well, so I’d expect Seldon and probably Tyrece Woods to be back on campus for their third straight game.

Michael Carmody - Four-star, #192 overall, #24 OT

Carmody is one of the staff’s top targets and one of their best shots at landing a high profile tackle. Don’t pay attention to the Penn State Crystal Balls, Michigan is right in this race.

247Sport’s Steve Lorenz has said he has “extreme confidence” Michigan led after his visit for the BBQ at the Big House, and still thinks the Wolverines are ahead. Carmody making his second trip in that short of a time period is a very good sign for his interest.

Andre Seldon - Four-star, #330 overall, #24 CB

Like his teammate Tyrece Woods, Seldon will be 3 for 3 in visits for games this season. He’s jumped out as a leader and main recruiter for the 2020 class, so it’s great for him to always be at games and forming relationships with uncommitted recruits.

Ian Stewart - Three-star, # 372 overall, #73 WR

Stewart is one of the in-state prospects that Michigan is in the best standing with right now. He grew up a Wolverine fan, considering he is cousins with former star running back and coach Tyrone Wheatley. Current commits from Michigan have also been pushing on him to join eventually.

Michigan holds three Crystal Balls, along with one to Michigan State. The 6-foot-3, 200 pounder has a great shot to end up in the class.

Cornell Wheeler - Three-star, #502 overall, #17 ILB

Wheeler last visited for the BBQ at the Big House and will be making his first trip for a game this season. The West Bloomfield star is teammates with another top Michigan target, four-star safety Makari Page.

Wheeler looks to be a UM-MSU battle as his recruitment moves forward.

Carson Lee - Three-star, #664 overall, #27 OG

Lee is a Colorado native, who received his Michigan offer during the evaluation period in May. Back then, he said he’d be making a visit for a game day, and here we are.

The 6-foot-4, 300 pound junior already holds offers from Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah, Washington State, Iowa State, Boise State, and others. Nebraska has the lone Crystal Ball.

Nick Patterson - Three-star, #667 overall, #21 TE

Patterson will be coming up from Texas for the second time this season. He’ll probably be attending plenty of times, considering his brother is the quarterback and all.


AJ Kirk - Five-star, #28 overall, #2 safety

Kirk has been tabbed as one of the elite players in his class at this early stage in their recruitments. Kirk is the younger brother of former Ohio State star Mike Doss, so naturally he has been considered a Buckeye lock.

But, Kirk visited Ann Arbor twice this summer, for their camp in June and the BBQ at the Big House. They’ll continue to try to sway the talented safety in the coming years.

Donovan Edwards - Four-star, #69 overall, #4 RB

The very nicely ranked Edwards is one of the top prospects in the Midwest for his class. The West Bloomfield native has been all Michigan so far in his recruitment. There are already four Crystal Balls in for the Wolverines. The staff just needs to hold steady here and keep him interested.

Makai Cope - unranked

Traveling all the way across the country, Cope is a 6-foot-1, 170 pound wide receiver from Los Angeles. He already holds an offer from Michigan and Syracuse. To make a trip this far, the Michigan offer must have piqued his interest significantly.

Jamari Buddin - unranked

Buddin is a 6-foot-2, 175 pound wide receiver that plays for Belleville. The sophomore doesn’t have any offers yet, but he’s already got the size to be a legitimate prospect.

With Seldon and Woods on his team, there’s no doubt he’ll be hearing good things about Michigan for the next few years.

Devon Williams - unranked

Joining Kirk will be his teammate, defensive end Devon Williams. Williams holds an offer from Boston College so far, and is looking to pick one up from Michigan as well during his visit, as the staff continues to make inroads in the state of Ohio.


Myles Rowser - unranked

Rowser is another part of the Belleville crew visiting on Saturday.

Despite his enrollment being so far away, the freshman safety has already been picking up interest from the Big Ten’s best, including Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan State.

He doesn’t have an offer yet from the Wolverines, but is on track to receive one in the future. He’s one of the reasons it’s been important for the staff to involve themselves in the emerging Belleville pipeline.

As with this list every week, there will be several more guys that pop up on the sidelines. Young, local prospects will be on trips with their teammates and coaches. Who would turn down the chance to hang out on the field before a Michigan game every Saturday?

This story will be updated as more names are released.