As our own Jonathon Simmons wrote earlier this week, Michigan football’s recruiting board at the cornerback position isn’t looking very hot compared to the safety board. With just one commitment — in-state 4-star Andre Seldon — and other prospects committing elsewhere, things aren’t exactly looking good.
However, the Wolverines are expecting a visitor from a top 100 player in the 2020 class next month, and he so happens to be a cornerback.
4-star Henry Gray tweeted over the weekend his intentions on visiting Ann Arbor June 7.
University of Michigan June 7th #GoBlue 〽️— 2 (@D1bound_zay2121) May 5, 2019
If you have been following recruiting for the 2020 class, this may come to a surprise. For one, 71 percent of the crystal balls are in Ohio State’s favor as of now. Secondly, he’s from Miami and has offers from pretty much every southern school you could think of, so the odds are already stacked against Michigan. But the fact he is coming to visit is a good sign for the Wolverines.
“I’m just looking to confirm what I’ve been talking to the coaches about and make sure I like the campus,” Gray told Maize n Brew on what he’s looking for during his visit.
During the process, he has been talking with defensive coordinator Don Brown, linebackers coach Anthony Campanile and cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich. And while he has been talking with them about the game of football itself, they have also been talking about things outside the game.
“We have been talking about how I fit in the defense and how my versatility can help the team,” he said. “I been talking to them recently about the South Africa trip — it’s really cool. I never seen or heard of a college football team doing stuff like that.”
Gray says his visit next month will be an unofficial one, which means Michigan would be able to bring him in for an official visit later on in the year. And if he is to take an official visit to Michigan, he already knows when it is going to be.
“If I choose Michigan (for an official visit), I’ll be going to the game where they play Ohio State,” Gray said. “Because by that time I’ll be committed to a school.”
Gray is looking to finalize his decision by July, which means a commitment is likely not long after his unofficial visit to Ann Arbor. It will be vital for the coaching staff to roll out the red carpet for the 6-foot, 172-pounder if they want any chance to land the talented cornerback.
And if they don’t, they could be in big trouble at the position in the 2020 class.
Gray is the No. 6 cornerback, No. 9 player in Florida and No. 80 overall player in 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Watch highlights from his junior year below.