Hey there everyone, and welcome to another Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup.
We’ve got updates on high-ranked recruits again, so let’s not waste another second.
5-star Zach Harrison may make a visit this weekend...
But not to Michigan. Instead, the Ohio native could very well be visiting Penn State for the big showdown this weekend against Ohio State, according to ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren.
2019 Five-star DE Zach Harrison says he thinks he will be visiting Penn State this weekend.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) September 26, 2018
2020 prospects Bryan Bresee and Julian Fleming, ranked No. 1 and 3 overall in their class, also said they will be visiting the Nittany lions. Big weekend ahead for Penn State.
VanHaaren also says top 2020 prospects defensive end Bryan Bresee and wide receiver Julian Fleming are also visiting for the game.
Fleming is a Pennsylvania native and is nearly a lock to commit to Penn State in the future. Bresee, meanwhile, is a Maryland native and has interest in schools like OSU, PSU, Michigan and Georgia.
This could spell bad news for the Wolverines in their chances to land one of the top remaining prospects in the 2019 class. Even if they aren’t able to land him, they have a very good defensive line class already. Harrison has always been a luxury at this point, so missing out on him won’t be the end of the world.
4-star S Lewis Cine update
I spoke with Cine last week following up on is visit to Michigan.
Turns out, that visit was canceled and he instead visited Texas for the TCU game.
After a failed attempt to catch up with Cine again, it doesn’t appear he will be visiting Michigan again in the near future. A couple crystal balls were recently put in for Georgia, and no crystal balls are put in at the moment for Michigan, so this recruitment may be as good as over.
Eric Gray update
Despite visiting Tennessee and Ole Miss recently, Steve Lorenz over at The Michigan Insider ($) is reporting Michigan commit and 2019 4-star running back Eric Gray is still fully committed to the Wolverines and is “believed to be fully solid to the coaching staff.”
Gray spoke with the Tennessee 247Sports site and said he is making sure Michigan is the right place for him with the visits he is taking. He also said he plans on visiting Michigan multiple times this season, so this is encouraging news for one of Michigan’s top recruits in the 2019 class.
3-star 2019 WR to decide after high school season
Raphael admits he is focusing on his senior season right now before making a final decision.
“Not too much is going on with recruiting really because I’m just trying to focus on this season, and do my part for the team so we can make it deep in the playoffs,” Raphael said. “I haven’t been anywhere for games yet, and I have trouble getting rides to go to places, so I will just wait until after my season is over and take official visits.”
Raphael also said he still holds interest in Michigan, but hasn’t “really talked to them much at all.” He also is interested in West Virginia and Kentucky.
U-M offers BIG offensive lineman
2020 offensive lineman Zak Zinter is a certified big boy — 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds as a high school junior.
Well, the Wolverines offered him a scholarship Wednesday, as he announced the news on Twitter.
Very Excited and Honored to announce that I have received an offer from The University of 〽️ichigan! @UMichFootball Thank you @4Warinner @CoachJim4UM @FBCoachDBrown @Coach_Kugs @PrinceRon @_b_blanes @Thee_Matty_D @Coach_Willey_FB @MissionAE #GoBlue 〽️ pic.twitter.com/XOqyALPlYm— Zak Zinter (@zak_zinter) September 27, 2018
He is from North Andover, Massachusetts — otherwise known as Don Brown territory — and also has a scholarship from Ohio State and Penn State.
Zinter attended a camp at Michigan back in June and the BBQ at the Big House in July. With the offer sent out, it feels like Michigan has a good shot to land him. And with offers coming from three of the biggest Big Ten schools, his ranking could shoot up in the future.
That’s all for this week! Check back here on Monday for Sam Dodge’s Monday Crootin’ update!