Welcome back for another edition of the Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup. Michigan hasn’t had a commitment in a little while, but it’s looking like that could change soon. Let’s see who could join the class in the near future.
4-star RB target nears decision
There’s no question running back is one of the biggest needs of the 2020 class. Fortunately for Michigan, they look to be in a good spot with a touted target who says he’ll be deciding soon.
Commitment coming soon— #2⃣4⃣BeSavage (@blake_corum) April 16, 2019
Blake Corum is a 4-star who attends St. Frances Academy. He tagged along with the rest of his teammates on the early February trip that led Osman Savage and Micah Mazzccua to the Wolverines.
Following the visit, The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz put in a crystal ball for the Wolverines, and that has been followed by a Maize and Blue run after Corum tweeted his intentions.
Corum is ranked as the No. 204 player in the country, and the No. 17 running back. He hasn’t indicated a concrete decision date yet, and recruits often put out timelines they end up changing, but this run of predictions indicates that could happen sooner than later.
Adding Corum would give the Wolverines a triumvirate of St. Frances Academy players, and they may not be done with the school yet. The staff is still targeting 4-star cornerback Luke Hill, 3-star linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green and 4-star wide receiver Traeshon Holden, who is an Alabama commit.
Michigan the leader for 3-star APB
In the unlikely event the Corum recruitment ends up not going Michigan’s way, it appears there is a solid backup plan waiting in the wings. Tennessee 3-star all-purpose back Jabari Small was on campus for the spring game and came away raving about the experience.
“This is the best visit I’ve taken so far,” Small stated plainly to TMI’s Brice Marich ($).
Small especially enjoyed meeting Jay Harbaugh, who he called “one of the best running back in all of college football” and “very honest.”
As you can see from above, Small didn’t hold back in his candid take on his view of Michigan. He continued to reveal where the program stood with him following the visit.
“Although I don’t have any top schools and 100 percent still open, Michigan is my leader right now. If I had to commit to a school right now, it would be Michigan,” he said.
Small is ranked as the No. 697 player in the country, and No. 10 at all-purpose back. He holds offers from plenty of mid-tier SEC programs, including Arkansas, Missouri, Ole Miss and Tennessee, among others.
Considering his and Corum’s playing styles are similar, I don’t see Michigan taking both of them, but it’s good to see there are still plenty of options in play still.
Elite 2021 in-state prospect building relationship with Michigan
There has been a lot of hype around the Clarkston duo of Garrett Dellinger and Rocco Spindler, given their proximity to Michigan and lofty ranking. The duo visited campus on Sunday, and Michigan made a big move with at least one of the pair.
Spindler talked to TMI’s Brice Marich about his relationship-building with the staff, his position at the next level and the possibility of him being a package deal with Dellinger ($).
This was Spindler’s third visit to campus, and the momentum is picking up with the program.
“The past visits were great, but I think with this one now we are starting to build that relationship and have more fun on the visits and get a better feeling what I would work with if I did commit there, so I would be understanding who they are,” Spindler said.
Spindler is listed as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the country, but he could end up joining his teammate Dellinger along the offensive line.
“I think now since coach Greg Mattison has left Michigan, I believe now it is more focused on offensive line,” Spindler said. “When coach Mattison was there, they had some heated battles and arguments about where I should play. I think since he’s gone, they are really just focused on offense.”
Having Warinner as the main recruiter as a prospect is proving to be a very big advantage.
Finally, Spindler said him and Dellinger have talked about attending the same school “since we were little kids.”
“We will be a package duo, I believe so.”
Many recruits say they are package deals with their friends but it rarely ends up materializing, so take with a grain of salt, but getting Spindler on board with Michigan will be big in swaying Dellinger to come along as well.
Following the visit where Michigan “jumped up” Spindler’s list, a crystal ball from Big Ten recruiting expert Allen Trieu came in for the Wolverines, putting them on the board with Notre Dame. This race will be a big one to watch in the coming months.
Thanks for enjoying another Wednesday Recruiting Roundup! There will be plenty of updates coming your way again soon, so come back and catch up on Michigan’s recruiting action.