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Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Michigan makes a move in tight end’s recruitment

Michigan could now be the leader for Theo Johnson, and a new QB recruit for 2020 pops up.

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It’s been another exciting week in Michigan recruiting, with the team hamblasting their in-state rival in front of several touted prospects, many of them local.

We’ve got updates on the biggest name on campus along with some interesting trends with some other prospects on Michigan’s board in this week’s roundup.

Top TE target continues to build relationships at Michigan

The unquestioned biggest visitor on campus for the rout of Michigan State was top 100 tight end Theo Johnson. While some notes about his visit have trickled out, 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong caught up with Johnson personally to hear his thoughts firsthand ($).

“I just have a good feel with coach (Sherrone) Moore,” Johnson said. “The stuff he’s been saying to me has been pretty much the same from day one and I think I can fit into their scheme and contribute right away.”

Johnson has been connecting with his potential future teammates as well.

“A big thing right now, I have a really good relationship with Braiden McGregor,” Johnson said. “Me and him have a real good relationship right now.”

Following the visit, it’s safe to say Michigan made a big move in his recruitment and could be the leader. The next move will be to look if Johnson visits for the Ohio State game in two weeks or not. If he does, it portends very good things for Michigan’s chances.

Michigan makes top 10 for elite 2021 OT

One stud offensive lineman in the 2021 class that hasn’t been discussed much is IMG Academy (FL) four-star tackle JC Latham. Michigan in good position with the top 100 prospect, as evidenced by their placement in his recently released top 10 schools.

Michigan joins an impressive list of schools that also includes Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and Texas A&M. Latham was once listed as a defensive end, but switched over to focus on the offensive line more.

Latham is originally a Wisconsin native before transferring to IMG, which gives Michigan an advantage is distance to home. In fact, Michigan once had a crystal ball pick in from The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb, but that was changed to cloudy a while ago.

Another possible 2020 QB added to the board

In the midst of JD Johnson’s medical retirement from football, the Michigan coaches have been casting their net far and wide to find a good replacement candidate for the 2020 class. One intriguing prospect they have laid their eyes on is California three-star Carl Richardson, according to TMI’s Webb ($).

Richardson’s recruitment is on the precipice of exploding after an impressive senior campaign in which he completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,277 yards and 34 touchdowns, compared to only 8 interceptions.

So far, Washington State and a smattering of Mountain West schools have offered Richardson, but he is fielding interest from several Power 5 schools. We’ll see if he ends up getting an offer from Michigan or not, but it will probably depend on how CJ Stroud’s official goes during the first weekend of December.

That’s it for another Wednesday Recruiting Roundup! Make sure you check back soon for more of the latest news from the Michigan recruiting world.