Welcome to another edition of the Michigan Recruiting Roundup!
Spring is right around the corner, even though Mother Nature makes it seem otherwise. Regardless, two of the top targets on Michigan’s board are planning spring trips to Ann Arbor, and the coaches will be seeing these guys for the very first time.
Let’s dive right in.
Top 100 APB plans U-M visit for late March
This would be Ngata’s first visit to Michigan, which is an obviously huge step in his recruitment. This would be huge for Michigan to get him on campus in the spring, leaving the door open for an official visit later in the year.
I interviewed Ngata — the No. 2 all-purpose back and No. 70 overall player in the 2020 class— last month after he put Michigan in his top 11, and he explained the reasoning for placing the Wolverines on the list.
“Coach Jay (Harbaugh) has been in contact with me for a long time, and said a few things and he has a special plan for the next few years,” Ngata told Maize n Brew. “I think (Jay and I) are really close. He talks to me at least every week. Not even just about football — just like social life and all that.
“He said if I had came, there would be four scholarship running backs and then from there I just got to work.”
Maize n Brew followed up with Ngata on Wednesday, but did not receive a comment.
Near-top 100 S also planning end of month visit
Ever since the arrival of linebackers coach Anthony Campanile, recruiting the east coast has become a priority, once again, for the Michigan coaching staff. One of those players they are going after heavily is 4-star safety Jordan Morant.
Morant recently told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong ($) he intends to visit both Michigan and Ohio State at the end of March.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder is from Oradell, New Jersey, and is being recruited by Campanile and safeties coach Chris Partridge, who is also from the area. Wiltfong also points out Morant is coached in high school by Campanile’s brother, which gives the Wolverines something every other school, clearly, does not have.
“It’s like family,” Morant said of Michigan. “Him coaching me would be amazing. It would be like being coached by my head coach right now. I really like the coaching staff, Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and Coach (Don) Brown, great guys.”
Getting Morant on campus for the first time, like Ngata, is hugely important. It could also be very good news for the Wolverines to potentially get them both on campus for the first time during the same weekend. This will certainly be intriguing news to keep an eye on, so stick with Maize n Brew as this develops.
That’s all for this week, folks! Be sure to come back Monday for more ‘crootin news.