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RJ Mickens, the no. 1 S in 2020, puts Michigan in his top 11

Michigan makes the cut for the 4-star.

Michigan v Michigan State Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Could Michigan go back-to-back years landing the No. 1 safety in the country? Well, the staff has put themselves in position to potentially do just that, as 4-star RJ Mickens included the Wolverines in his group of top 11 schools Monday night.

His list is a who’s who of top programs in the country, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

Mickens is from Texas and plays for powerhouse Southlake Carroll, which makes the absence of the Longhorns surprising here. But he’s a Texas A&M legacy, so the Longhorns may have been off limits in his house.

Clemson is probably the favorite here, with the two most recent crystal balls going in its favor after his fourth trip to Death Valley. Ohio State has three picks, but they’re older, and the last prediction is foggy.

Mickens was offered by the staff all the way back in 2017 when he was a freshman. Mike Zordich clearly knew what he looking at, as Mickens is currently ranked as the 42nd overall prospect and No. 5 in the state of Texas.

Despite how long it’s been since he’s been offered, Mickens still hasn’t visited campus. That doesn’t bode well for the Wolverines, but at this time last year no one thought they were contenders for Daxton Hill, so you never know.

A two-way athlete, Mickens accumulated 973 yards and five touchdowns on offense, and 57 tackles and three interceptions on defense. Watch his junior year highlights below: