The disappointing result of The Game hasn’t stopped the amount of positive reactions coming in from visitors or the coaches’ efforts in bringing the best talent possible. This week, the staff set off across the country to visit some of their top targets and commits.
See what the recruits had to say and who the staff will be visiting in this week’s roundup.
Four-star DE has “amazing” trip to Michigan
Michigan has been a large recruiting presence in New Jersey for the last few years and is looking to continue that success with four-star defensive end Aaron Armitage. The No. 152 player in the 2021 class made his second trip to Ann Arbor for the Ohio State game and told The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich he had an amazing experience ($).
”Getting to catch up with the coaches and see how they are doing was awesome,” Armitage said. “It was also my first game at Michigan, so being able to experience that was amazing.”
Seeing the coaches played a big part in Armitage’s impression, as he continues to build a relationship with defensive line coach Shaun Nua.
“I got to see coach Nua and coach Harbaugh mainly. Coach Nua is always so kind and caring. He was very grateful to have me on campus,” Armitage said. “He is an amazing guy. He cares about me and really wants me to Michigan! He shows lots of emphasis on the team and I love the energy he has.”
Michigan will have to battle Penn State for Armitage’s services, but it’s looking good so far.
Elite 2022 CB enjoys first game experience
Bergen Catholic five-star Jaeden Gould has been identified early as one of the top cornerbacks in his class, and the Michigan staff agrees. The Wolverines have hosted Gould three times already, with his latest trip being the first time for a game. TMI’s Marich caught up with Gould to recap his trip ($).
“It was great,” said Gould. “I loved the atmosphere and being at the game was amazing. It was my first time ever watching a Michigan game in person, and although they may have not gotten the outcome they wanted, it was amazing seeing how much the game means to them and how important the rivalry is.”
Gould also got the chance to visit with two of his teammates, four-star safety commit Jordan Morant and 2021 four-star defensive tackle Tywone Malone.
“Visiting with Tywone and Jordan is great,” Gould said. “It’s always better to share the experience with your teammates and friends.”
Given the level of talent and positions these guys play, the coaches are not wasting any time in seeing the trio again. TMI’s Steve Lorenz reported Chris Partridge was at Bergen Catholic on Monday seeing Malone and Gould again ($). Morant would have been included, but it looks like he had some travel issues.
Stuck in Michigan/Ohio , if anyone got some plane tickets pass it my way tryna get back home— Jordan Morant ❄️ (@jordanmorantt) December 2, 2019
Michigan coaches visiting top-tier OTs
Other coaches were also out in their familiar recruiting grounds this week. According to TMI’s Marich, offensive line coach Ed Warinner headed out to Colorado Monday to visit four-star offensive lineman Roger Rosengarten ($). The No. 111 player in the country, Rosengarten has been committed to Washington since June, but given the recent news that Huskies head coach Chris Petersen has retired, it seems like the staff is trying to take advantage.
Warinner also got to check in on Rosengarten’s teammate, 2022 running back Gavin Sawchuk. Sawchuk is a five-star and ranked No. 22 in the country.
Back on the East Coast, Don Brown trekked up to familiar territory in Massachusetts to visit another offensive line prospect committed elsewhere, according to TMI’s Lorenz ($). 6-foot-7 Ozzy Trapilo was a target before committing to Boston College in June. In a similar situation to Rosengarten, Boston College’s head coach Steve Addazio was just fired and the coaches are looking to capitalize.
Trapilo recently received a huge bump in the 247 rankings up to the No. 75 player in the country and No. 8 tackle, so this would be a huge coup for Michigan.
That’s it for a jam-packed recruiting roundup. Tune in soon as more recruiting news surfaces as the staff looks to finish off most of their class before the early signing day in two weeks.