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Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Five-star commit wants the No. 1 class in the country

J.J. McCarthy sets a high bar for the class and a major 2020 target updates his recruitment in this week’s roundup

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Welcome back to another Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup here at Maize n Brew. Following Michigan’s win over Iowa this past weekend, we’ve got some updates from key visitors who were on hand to witness the game and an intriguing new offer.

Four-star TE has a tough decision to make

One of the top guys remaining on Michigan’s 2020 board is Canadian four-star tight end Theo Johnson. After not making it to the Middle Tennessee State game to open the season, Johnson was able to make it back to campus for an unofficial visit to see two of his final schools square off.

Johnson spoke with WolverinesWire’s Evan Petzold about what he saw and his upcoming decision (FREE).

“It was a good trip,” Johnson said. “It’s no secret Michigan is one of the best universities in the country academically.”

The top 100 recruit nationally has a list down to four schools, including Iowa, Penn State, Georgia and Michigan, and is weighing each option heavily.

“I wouldn’t even say the pressure is the hard part. It’s just wanting to make the best possible decision,” Johnson said. “It’s pretty tough.”

Johnson will see Michigan again soon on his official visit for the Notre Dame game on the 26th.

Five-star commit sets a lofty goal for himself

Helping out the recruiting effort on Saturday was 2021 quarterback commit J.J. McCarthy, who made the trip with 2020 three-star defensive end teammate Ryan Keeler. McCarthy spent his time recruiting guys like Theo Johnson on the sidelines, and told The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich he has big plans for his class ($).

“As a quarterback, you want to do everything in your part to help the program build the class to be one of the best in the country,” Johnson said. “That’s my goal.”

McCarthy is still loving all things Michigan, as evidenced by his multiple visits so far this season.

“Visit was really good, same as the Army game,” he said. “Recruit lounge, field, and killer seats. Met with the coaches before and after game. I cannot get enough of that place. I love all the fans and how they support the recruits and team.”

Time will tell if McCarthy’s vision will come to fruition, but he’s hit the ground running so far.

Michigan offers 2021 four-star TE

After the game, Michigan coaches were still putting in work on the recruiting trail. On Sunday, tight ends coach Sherrone Moore extended an offer to 2021 four-star California tight end Brock Bowers. Bowers spoke with TMI’s Marich about his feelings toward Michigan ($).

“I was very surprised and excited about it,” Bowers said about the offer. “That was the first time I’ve talked to (Moore) and I really liked him from the time we talked. He said that the staff watched my film and they liked it and also he thought I’d fit in very good with their offense with the way I play.”

Moving forward, Bowers said he’s “excited to get out there and get to know the coaches more.”

The four-star is ranked No. 297 nationally and is the No. 11 tight end in 2021. He also holds offers from UCLA, USC, LSU, Notre Dame, Georgia, Tennessee, and others.

That’s it for this week’s Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup. Come back Friday for more recruiting updates!