Welcome into this week’s edition of Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup. Today we have a few interesting tid-bits and notable developments worthy of your attention.
Spoiler: Two of the topics mention Penn State.
Let’s get rollin’.
Michigan offers 2021 RB
Over the weekend Michigan offered three-star running back Mar’Keise Irving. The Illinois prospect (Hillcrest High School) is the No. 30 running back in his class and No. 409 overall prospect.
247 Sports Steve Wiltfong believes Irving is a stud and one of the most dynamic 2021 prospects in the Midwest. 247’s Allen Trieu had a chance to see Irving play over the weekend and was impressed by Irving’s skill-set. AJ Henning like. The difference right now is that Henning is a legit 10.7 100 meter guy,” Trieu said ($). “We don’t have a verified speed number on Irving but he has great great balance and burst and is very elusive.”
2021 RB Mar'Keise Irving was very impressive last night. Wisconsin, Minnesota, Purdue, Iowa State, Nebraska, Illinois, etc. have offered. https://t.co/MGaVXn9u19 @RyanBurnsMN @Evan_Flood @JWerner247 @AlexHalsted @mikejschaefer @SWiltfong247 pic.twitter.com/agudUPzvz3— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) October 12, 2019
Trieu went on to say he doesn’t detect a leader in the hunt for Irving’s commitment but that he’s been to Purdue the most so far. Irving might not be a familiar name for Michigan fans at the moment, but that seems like it’s about to change with Michigan throwing their hat into the ring with an offer.
Theo Johnson set to visit Penn State this weekend
Four-star tight end Theo Johnson attended the Iowa vs. Michigan game, and now he’ll have a chance to see Michigan in action again. However, this time Johnson will be Penn State’s visitor in Happy Valley over the weekend when the Wolverines play the Nittany Lions under the lights. Johnson said he’s been to Penn State a bunch of times and he’s looking to see a good game and get around Penn State’s players once again.
Obviously Michigan wants to win the game against Penn State, but games such as these are what can make or break a recruiting class. Johnson said that his top four schools in no order are Iowa, Georgia, Michigan, and Penn State.
Johnson wants to have a decision made by mid to late November and will announce it sometimes after that, he plans on signing on the early signing day in December and enrolling to the institution of his choice in January.
Johnson told Josh Newkirk ($) that a big thing that’s sticking out about Michigan is how the locker room is like minded and they have a good bond. Along with that, Johnson said he has a really good relationship with tight ends coach Sherrone Moore.
The 6-foot-6 Johnson from Holy Names High in Windsor, Ontario is the No. 94 overall prospect in the 2020 class and the No. 4 tight end.
Morant keeping options open
2020 four-star safety Jordan Morant committed to Michigan back in June, but still has kept in contact with a few other programs.
The Bergen Catholic (New Jersey) is looking to visit Penn State again and taking an official visit at USC. Beyond USC and Penn State, Texas A&M has kept in contact with Morant since his visit there last month. Morant told 247’s Brian Dohn ($) that he still has it in his heart that he’ll love Michigan the most and believes Michigan is the place to be.
Morant may be on hand at Penn State this weekend according to Dohn, but his schedule is “a bit scattered” at the moment.
It sounds like Morant is doing his due diligence and wanting to make sure he’s making the right decision and that his interest in Michigan hasn’t waned.
Morant is the No. 170 overall prospect in his class and the No. 13 safety.