Recruiting never stops, and Michigan isn’t passing up the opportunity to host elite recruits in both football and basketball for the game against Michigan State on Sunday.
A packed arena and a top 10 rivalry matchup will greet the prospects in what should be an electric environment. Let’s see who’ll be in the crowd.
Justin Rogers - 5-star, #17 overall, #1 OG
Officially move me from “skeptic” to “intrigued” in this recruitment. This will be Rogers’ second straight weekend in Ann Arbor, a testament to Ed Warinner’s doggedness. He could just be using this trip for a free ticket to a big-time basketball game, but his interest in the Wolverines seems to be rising.
Andre Seldon - 4-star, #293 overall, #25 CB
If anyone from Michigan’s class was going to be there on Sunday, you’d want it to be Seldon, the most unabashed recruiter among the players. I expect his message to connect the most with the in-state guys.
Theo Johnson - 4-star, #313 overall, #7 TE
Speaking of rising interest, Michigan has been making big strides with the Canadian tight end. This will also be Johnson’s second visit in a short period of time, as he was on campus for Michigan’s junior day in late January. Johnson just got bumped to 4-star status after the Rivals re-rank.
Maliq Carr - 3-star, #413 overall, #74 WR
I’m curious about this recruitment, after Carr insisted on Twitter he’s a wide receiver, not a tight end. He got a lot of dogging from his peers about it, but he seems pretty adamant. This is intriguing because the Michigan staff views him as a tight end, as do other schools. We’ll see who’s opinion wins out in the end.
Cameron Martinez - 3-star, #524 overall, #43 ATH
This visit is coming at a good time for one of Michigan’s top in-state targets, as he just picked up an Ohio State offer. The Wolverines have both crystal ball picks, but this will be a battle, just like with Carr.
Devin Hightower - 3-star, #669 overall, #48 OLB
Hightower is a former teammate of Nolan Rumler at Archbishop Hoban in Ohio. He picked up his Michigan offer at the end of last month and is starting to emerge as a prospect, with interest from Iowa and Wisconsin as well.
Myles Rowser - unranked S
Get used to seeing Rowser on campus, as he’s already made a ton of trips to Ann Arbor for games this fall. He’s the younger brother of Seldon, so it’s understandable. He’s a 2022 recruit so there’s still plenty of time for him, but if he develops like his brother, he’s more likely to end up in the Maize and Blue than not.
Nimari Burnett - 5-star, #25 overall, #3 CG
Burnett will be traveling all the way across the country for the game on Sunday. The California native doesn’t hold a Michigan offer since he hasn’t visited campus yet, per John Beilein policy. Nevertheless, Michigan is pursuing the elite talent, who will be checking out Louisville the day before on his swing through the Midwest.
Zeb Jackson - 4-star, #62 overall, #14 SG
Michigan’s lone commit in the 2020 class will be in attendance, no doubt recruiting his peers to join him in what will be a large class. Let’s hope he connects with some prospects.
Carlos Johnson - 4-star, #107 overall, #19 PF
Michigan has been surging for the in-state prospect, who the staff apparently loves, both on and off the court. They hold the only crystal ball pick for Johnson, but if Michigan State offers, it could be a real battle.
Khristian Lander - 5-star, #25 overall, #2 PG
The elite Indiana prospect holds offers from the who’s who in the Midwest, including Kansas, Indiana, Ohio State, Purdue, Iowa and Illinois. Michigan will be competing with the best in this recruitment, but this visit is an important indicator of interest.
Julian Roper - unranked PG
Roper just transferred to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s from Detroit Country Day, so he has to sit out this basketball season. That didn’t stop Iowa and Wisconsin from offering, and Michigan could be next.
Emoni Bates - unranked SF
Bates is right down the road in Ypsilanti, and looks to be the next big thing in Michigan basketball. He already has one crystal ball pick for Kentucky and Michigan State, which should tell you the level of prospect on track to turn into. Having him so close to campus will hopefully help Michigan in this recruitment.
With so much talent on hand for what should be an exciting game, it will be a great atmosphere for everybody to experience. Both programs taking advantage of this event is a good strategy, we’ll see how it pays off down the line.