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Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Growing interest from in-state players

Michigan is getting some love from top in-state players, and the love is being returned.

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Happy Friday, and welcome to another Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup.

Tomorrow is another game day, and that means another game day in Ann Arbor. But before we get there, let’s catch you up on anything and everything Michigan recruiting.

No. 1 2020 recruit in Indiana locks in Michigan visit

One of the top players in the country in the 2020 class, and the No. 1 player in the state of Indiana, defensive tackle Cole Brevard has made up his mind on when he will visit Michigan.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder told Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports ($) he will visit U-M Nov. 3 when the Wolverines play Penn State. He will also visit Penn State for its annual white out game against Ohio State Sept. 29 and Indiana when it takes on Purdue.

Brevard also visited Notre Dame this past weekend...which really bodes well for the Fighting Irish thanks to their big win. But the Wolverines will still have a chance to sway him to come to AA in October.

One crystal ball selection is in, and it has him heading to the Oregon Ducks.

2020 4-star in-state DE continues to show Michigan interest

One of the top players in the state in the 2020 class has grown up around Michigan fans, his family included. That can only bode well for the Wolverines, right?

It appears that way so far, as 2020 4-star defensive end Bryce Mostella, who is from Grand Rapids and plays high school ball with 2019 Michigan commit Mazi Smith, is continuing to show the Wolverines love. Especially since Smith is pushing Mostella to go to U-M.

But one thing Mostella hopes to see sooner than anything else is a Michigan practice, according to The Michigan Insider’s Josh Newkirk ($).

“Probably most important for me is to see a practice, see how the practices are laid out,” Mostella said. “See what they coach and how they tell their players to coach and how they get through to them to make their players successful.”

Mostella is the sixth-ranked player in the state of Michigan, the No. 15 weak-side defensive end and the No. 336 overall player in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ composite. All four crystal ball picks are in Michigan’s favor, so it appears the Wolverines have the edge over other teams that are recruiting him, including Ohio State, Penn State, Minnesota, Indiana and Iowa.

Oddly enough, Michigan State has not offered Mostella yet, so it’ll be interesting if an MSU offer gives him something to think about when/if that happens.

In-state 2021 4-star RB becoming comfortable with U-M

Donovan Edwards, a 2021 running back who is ranked as a 4-star by 247Sports, was offered by Michigan back in April. It was his first ever offer from a collegiate program, and its one he holds near and dear to him.

He told The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($) he has visited Michigan several times, and each time is better.

“What I like about Michigan the most is like it’s a family up there,” he said. They are all real close and very nice. I like that a lot.

”I visited last in the middle of June and it was great. Talked to coach Jay Harbaugh and coach (Roy) Roundtree. They say it’s a special place for me to be at and I feel like it is too.”

Edwards plans to visit both Michigan and Michigan State soon. Four crystal balls have the 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back from West Bloomfield heading to Michigan.

In-state 2021 4-star OT/DT discusses Michigan interest

One of the top players in the entire country in the 2021 class, offensive lineman/defensive lineman Rocco Spindler, much like Edwards, also received a Michigan offer earlier this year.

Spindler also holds offers from Ohio State and Michigan State, so competition will be fierce for him when his time to sign comes. But Michigan is doing everything it can with this recruitment in the early goings.

“I really like Michigan a lot,” Spindler told Marich ($). “They are definitely up there, but I got plenty of time. I’ll definitely keep them up there.”

Spindler said he plans to visit Ann Arbor more this year, attending both football and basketball games. 247Sports has him ranked as the No. 10 overall player, No. 2 defensive tackle and No. 2 player in the state in the 2021 class.

That’s all, folks! Thanks for reading and be sure to check out more recruiting coverage on Monday.