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Michigan Recruiting Roundup: In-state o-linemen visit, Gentry commits elsewhere

We’re two days away from the early signing period.

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Welcome into the Monday edition of Michigan Recruiting Roundup. We are just a couple days away from the Early Signing Period (Dec. 18-20) where a handful of players will be signing their National Letter of Intent. Be sure to check back in on Wednesday for comprehensive coverage all day long. In the meantime, let’s get to the roundup!

Gentry commits to Virginia

Michigan was a finalist for 2020 offensive tackle Andrew Gentry, but he announced he’ll be committing to Virginia.

The 6-foot-8, 310 pound prospect is the No. 60 overall player in the 2020 class and the No. 6 OT. Gentry would have been a nice pickup for Michigan, but now UM will shift their focus to other OL targets.

What’s interesting about Gentry’s recruitment is he’s going on a missionary trip that will last a long while and he won’t be playing until 2022. Gentry’s connection to Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall played a factor. Mendenhall was a coach at BYU for over a decade, and Mendenhall and Gentry are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Gentry has mentioned that faith was important to him as far as where he’d commit to, so therein lies why Virginia is a fit, the Mendenhall connection was big enough for him to commit to the Cavaliers.

In-state offensive linemen visit Michigan

Michigan hosted a couple of in-state OL prospects over the weekend, Detroit Country Day 2021 three-star offensive tackle Caleb Tiernan and Oak Park 2021 four-star offensive lineman Rayshaun Benny.

Benny, a four-star prospect, is the No. 175 overall prospect in the 2021 class and No. 24 OT while Tiernan is a yet to be ranked three-star in the 2021 class. Benny said his visit went good, Tiernan says he went well, and we’ll see if their relationships with Michigan blossom.

2022 TE receives Michigan offer after visit

Cincinnati (OH.) Archbishop Moeller 2022 tight end Josh Kattus visited Ann Arbor over the weekend and had an ‘amazing’ visit, per 247 Sports ($). Kattus said that he met with Jim Harbaugh and Josh Gattis and that it went really well, well enough for Harbaugh to extend an offer to Kattus while he was there.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound recruit said he’s very interested in Michigan but still has a lot of schools to visit. Kattus is the son of former Michigan tight end Eric Kattus, who was a team captain for the Wolverines. “My dad was very proud of me (receiving an offer from Michigan),” Kattus said. “My dad played for Coach Schembechler. Yeah, (I grew up liking U-M) and my dad would take me up to the Big House any time we could get up there.”