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Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Positive updates following The Game

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Did Michigan gain any ground on the recruiting front this weekend?

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Hello folks, welcome into our recruiting roundup, where we have a few positive things to share. A lot of players were in town over the weekend and we have a few updates to pass along. Let’s roll.

Theo Johnson attends The Game

The No. 3 tight end and No. 69 overall prospect in the 2020 class was in attendance for The Game on Saturday. Windsor (Ontario) product Theo Johnson has visited Michigan before and told 247 Sports ($) “Honestly I really just went to see the game, we didn’t do any recruiting stuff or nothing like that.”

Johnson said he was able to spend some time with Michigan commit Braiden McGregor and spoke briefly with tight ends coach Sherrone Moore.

“He kept on telling me how he feels he can develop me and that the player-coach relationship is very important and he feels we have a good one, and with a very good player-coach relationship we can do a lot of great things,” Johnson said.

Johnson was able to see Michigan’s tight ends utilized in a potent fashion against Ohio State. Nick Eubanks and Sean McKeon combined for 5 receptions and 108 yards.

Johnson will be visiting with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz on Monday, and Penn State tight ends coach Tyler Bowen and offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne on Monday.

Four-star DE has amazing visit

Berkley Prep (Tampa, FL) four-star defensive end Jaylen Harrell visited Michigan over the weekend, and left Ann Arbor happy.

The 6-foot-4, 235 pound end said the visit was amazing and the atmosphere was great, per TMI ($). Harrell called it an overall magnificent unofficial visit and plans to head back to Michigan for an official visit in the future.

Harrell is ranked as the No. 301 overall recruit in his class, and is the No. 14 weak-side end.

Four-star DT recaps visit

Bergen Catholic (NJ) 2021 four-star defensive tackle Tywone Malone had a good visit to Michigan over the weekend, according to Brice Marich ($). Malone met with Jim Harbaugh, someone Malone called a fun guy to be around.

Malone’s head coach is Vito Campanile, who’s the older brother of U-M linebackers coach Anthony Campanile. Further, Malone’s teammate Jordan Morant, is a Michigan commit. While those variables might not necessarily give Michigan an edge, they would appear to be helpful. What also could help is the fact Malone wants to play football and baseball in college. Michigan said he could play both.

Malone is the No. 37 overall prospect in the 2021 class and the No. 6 defensive tackle. Michigan could use the beef and stout presence of Malone along their d-line. Malone is already 6-foot-3, 300 pounds. He could be in the Vince Wilfork mold of d-tackle.

Harbaugh visits McGregor

Jim Harbaugh wasn’t sitting at home upset about the loss to Ohio State on Sunday, he attacked the day and got back to work on the recruiting trail. Harbaugh visited 2020 Michigan commit Braiden McGregor, per Brice Marich ($).

Harbaugh, Shaun Nua, and Sherrone Moore all ventured to Port Huron, Michigan to visit the 6-foot-6, 260 pound four-star defensive end. The visit was likely an act of good faith on the part of the Michigan staff, letting McGregor know how much they value him. Marich noted that McGregor will be taking an official visit to Michigan this weekend.

McGregor is ranked as the No. 3 strong-side DE in his class and the No. 107 player overall.