If you live in Michigan, you may not believe it, but springtime is coming. For football recruits, that means taking lots of visits to schools. Michigan is the beneficiary of several of these visits from plenty of their top targets. Let’s check out who’ll be on campus soon.
By the way, I didn’t include exact rankings because 247 is updating their rankings later today and whatever I put will be wrong by the end of the day.
2 top targets set upcoming visit plans
Last week, I mentioned a pair of prospects planned visits for the same weekend. Well, this week it’s happened again.
First up is 4-star offensive tackle Zak Zinter, who The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich confirms will visit on March 29 ($).
Zinter previously visited for a game last fall and twice in the summer. It’s safe to say Michigan is one of, if not the top school he’s considering at this point.
The Massachusetts prospect stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 300 pounds, and is ranked in the top 150 nationally.
The second player visiting that weekend will be New Jersey 4-star safety Jordan Morant, according to TMI’s Steve Lorenz ($).
Morant will be making his first visit to Ann Arbor count, staying for three days. He was identified as a new top target after the hires of Anthony Campanile and Josh Gattis, who had been his primary recruiters at their previous schools.
Now he’s being tag-teamed by Chris Partridge and Campanile, a formidable duo in New Jersey.
A top 200 player in the country, Morant has 100 percent of his crystal ball picks for Penn State at this juncture, but only one has come in since August of last year.
4-star RB hearing the most from Michigan
Florida recruit Lawrance Toafili hasn’t been out of the state for a college visit yet in his recruitment, but he’s planning to change that soon.
He spoke with 247Sports’ John Garcia Jr. about his recruitment recently and mentioned how hard Michigan is going after him ($).
“Michigan has a really good school and program but they have a different way of presenting it,” Toafili said, “The running backs coach, who I talk to probably the most, watches my film and tells me what I’m doing wrong and stuff like that.”
Toafili also stated Ohio State is another school he’s planning to check out when he makes the trip up north.
Besides the Buckeyes, he just picked up an offer from Alabama and he’s also considering Florida and Florida State strongly, calling the Seminoles his “dream school” growing up. That’s probably why both crystal ball picks are for them so far.
I’d expect Toafili to visit sometime in the spring, giving Michigan a really good chance to take the lead in his recruitment. Given how much the staff is contacting him, they are really high on the top 100 back.
No. 1 cornerback in 2021 planning to visit campus twice
2021 5-star cornerback Tony Grimes visited Ann Arbor last season for the Penn State game. The visit impressed him and his father so much they’re planning to come back twice in the upcoming year.
“We are 100 percent for sure coming up this spring and coming back up for a game this fall,” Grimes’ father told TMI’s Steve Lorenz ($). He added his son’s interest in Michigan “remains really high.”
Mike Zordich is recruiting Grimes, who hails from Virginia. He has a crystal ball pick each for Texas A&M and Virginia Tech, and also holds offers from Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and a host of others.
Having both Grimes and his father so interested this early is very important. There’s still a long way to go in this recruitment, but the Wolverines have started out on the trail hot.
That wraps up this week’s roundup! Come back soon for more news and updates.