Hey everybody, and welcome in to another Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup!
With spring practices in full force, we will have more updates on weekend visitors. But for now, two new names popped up in terms of Michigan recruiting over the past week.
We will go through them, but first, an update on a 5-star.
Top DL talks top schools
The nation’s No. 1 player in the 2020 class is 5-star defensive lineman Bryan Bresee, and rightfully so, he is being recruited by...well, everybody.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder from Damascus, Maryland has seen a run of crystal balls run in for Clemson, where he will be visiting unofficially this weekend, but he is keeping his options open.
He told 247Sports’ Brian Dohn ($) he is going on an official visit to Oklahoma next weekend for its spring game. He will also be officially visiting Alabama from June 7-9. He intends on visiting Michigan, Georgia, Ohio State and Penn State in the near future.
Here is what he had to say about new defensive line coach Shaun Nua and Jim Harbaugh:
“(Nua) is real energetic,” Bresee said. “He seems like a real good guy. I want to get there and meet him. He seems awesome. And with coach (Jim) Harbaugh, they have real good things going on there.”
Bresee said he plans to decide either before his senior season or early into it, so this recruitment may not last much longer. It will be vital for Michigan to roll out the red carpet if it wants even a slight chance of landing him.
Okay...now let’s get into those two new names I alluded to earlier...
4-star CB lands U-M offer, ‘very interested’
Over the last few years, the Wolverines have recruited lengthier defensive backs, especially at the cornerback position. 2020 4-star cornerback Ryan Watts definitely fits that description, standing at 6-foot-2.5.
He landed an offer from Michigan on Monday, and he spoke with The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($) about that offer.
“It’s really big, Watts said. “It alters my top 10 and I will be seriously considering Michigan through the process.
“Definitely one of my top schools.”
Despite interest in other powerhouse programs like Oklahoma, Texas, Notre Dame and others, Watts seems all in on looking into Michigan more.
No visit is lined up, but he did tell Marich he will “most likely” use an official visit to see everything Ann Arbor has to offer.
The Little Elm, Texas native is the No. 339 overall player and No. 30 cornerback in the class, according to 247Sports’ composite. The crystal balls are split 50/50 right now between Texas and Oklahoma.
TE seeing recruitment skyrocket, has interest in U-M
Much like one of Michigan’s top tight ends on its board in the 2020 class — 4-star Theo Johnson — Jalin Conyers has seen his recruitment take off in recent weeks.
He received his Michigan offer late last month, but has also seen offers come in from LSU, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State and Georgia. He does not have a composite score yet, but is ranked a 4-star on 247Sports and ranked the No. 2 tight end overall.
Conyers caught up with TMI’s Marich ($) after the offer and said it is a “huge honor” to receive a scholarship offer from the Maize and Blue.
“It is still early, but Michigan is a great school and they have a long standing tradition of developing great tight ends,” he said.
He does not have a visit lined up for Michigan yet, but did say he would be interested in visiting in the future. Meanwhile, he does have visits lined up for LSU, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and the University of Louisiana.
Michigan has one tight end committed in the 2020 class already — 3-star Nick Patterson.
That’s all for today! Come back on Monday for more Michigan recruiting news.