The first home game of the season also means the first opportunity for the program to host recruits and show them the game day experience at the Big House.
Since it’s still early in the season and not a marquee matchup, the staff is probably saving their visits for later on when they face Wisconsin or Penn State. These early games will be focused a lot more on in-state athletes who will likely be visiting several times throughout the season.
However, there are two long-time commits to other schools that Michigan has a good chance of flipping as soon as this weekend. Both are coming from out of state to take their official visits.
Here’s a rundown of the prospects visiting this weekend for the Western Michigan game.
Mike Morris - Four-star, #322 overall, #22 SDE
Morris has been committed to Florida State for two and a half years now. That makes sense, considering his dad played on the offensive line for the Seminoles. Fortunately, Michigan has a good track record of landing Florida State legacies.
The Seminoles have apparently turned him off by wanting him to follow his dad and switch to the offensive line. Morris clearly wants to stay on defense.
Michigan has every one of the five of the Crystal Ball picks for Morris, all of them coming after his visit for the BBQ at the Big House.
Every sign points to Morris inevitably flipping to Michigan, with this weekend being the best opportunity for it to coalesce.
Jaylen Ellis - Three-star, #551 overall, #67 WR
This will be an official visit for Ellis, who has been flirting with the Wolverines for a while, despite being committed to Baylor.
The Texas native is seriously speedy, clocking a 10.4 100-yard dash during his track and field season last spring.
Texas holds two crystal ball picks in for Ellis, but those were from back in May. Michigan could put themselves in a great position and even pull off the flip this weekend.
Tyrece Woods - Three-star, #1614 overall, #103 DT
Woods will be making the short trip from Detroit for what will likely be several visits this season.
Having the Michigan commit on campus will be beneficial, as he can help in recruiting his peers. I wouldn’t be surprised if his teammate and fellow Michigan commit, Andre Seldon, is also on campus this weekend.
Denver Warren - Four-star, #258 overall, #22 DT
If Woods can’t convince recruits Michigan is the place for him, then Warren definitely can. His effusive comments after his first visit to Ann Arbor were rare from a recruit.
He’ll be making his third visit since June, after coming up for Michigan’s elite camp and the BBQ at the Big House. Safe to say, the love hasn’t diminished.
Grant Toutant - unranked OT
Toutant caught the attention of the Michigan coaches during a camp this summer, and will be returning to campus for the second time this weekend. He hasn’t received an offer yet, but will be looking to earn one soon.
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle plays for De La Salle Collegiate, so he is very local. Toutant is also receiving interest from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa State so far.
Phoenix Dickson - unranked LB
The Michigan native absolutely stuffs the stat sheet every week while playing for Lapeer. He racked up 136 tackles last season, including 6 sacks and 18 TFLs.
Only two games into his junior season, he has 30 tackles, 2 sacks and an interception.
Dickson has also been receiving attention from Michigan State and Boston College.
David Carter - unranked CB
Hailing from River Rouge, Carter is yet another in-state prospect making the trip to Michigan this weekend.
Carter has picked up a few MAC offers so far, but is still under the radar.
Tag Bonnema - unranked LB/QB
Greetings from way, way into the future! Bonnema is still waiting his turn at quarterback, but has everyone at Zeeland East excited about his potential.
In the meantime, the freshman has been starting at linebacker for the varsity squad. He is ahead of the curve physically, already standing 6-foot-4 and weighs 185 pounds.
This will be a name to keep your eye on, as he could play on either side of the ball and has the size to be an elite quarterback.