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Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Updates from the Washington D.C. Opening Regional

Michigan has always hit the northeast hard, and this year is no different, with several targets in attendance in D.C.

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It’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for another Michigan Recruiting Roundup! The team has been busy in South Africa for this past week, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been updates. The Washington D.C. Opening Regional provided an opportunity for a bunch of Michigan targets to talk about their process. Fill up on your latest recruiting news below.

4-star running back outlines top 4

One of the blue chip prospects Michigan is in the best shape with is St. Frances (MD) 4-star running back Blake Corum. He has strongly considered Michigan since visiting with his teammates in February, which led to the commitments of Micah Mazzccua and Osman Savage.

Corum showed off his speed at the Opening, running a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash. Additionally, he spoke to 247Sports’ Northeast expert Brian Dohn about his top group ($).

“Jay Harbaugh, Jim Harbaugh, they are good guys,” Corum said. “There is a bunch of history there. I feel like I could do a bunch of good things there, academically and on the field. It’s a good place.”

Kentucky, LSU and USC are the other three schools joining Michigan in Corum’s list. The 4-star said he plans to take an official visit to all four schools and decide in a few months.

This new plan to take all officials is a bit of a disappointment since Corum recently tweeted he’d be committing soon, but chalk that up to another event a recruit has hinted at but never came to fruition. Instead, Corum will take another trip to Michigan and hopefully get the same feelings he did before that led the Wolverines to take 100 percent of the crystal ball predictions.

Michigan a top contender for 4-star OL

Joining Corum at the Opening Regional and earning an invite to the Finals this summer was fellow DMV native Olu Fashanu. The 4-star visited Michigan, along with a pair of other Big Ten powers, over his spring break.

While talking with 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Fashanu revealed he wants to make another trip soon ($).

“I like Michigan because it’s one of the schools that has the top-tier academics and the top-tier football which is also going to play a big factor in where I go,” Fashanu said.

He added he “talk(s) daily and often” with offensive line coach Ed Warinner and he “did a great job of selling to me I’d have a great chance of succeeding in life because of all the academic opportunities they give me.”

Fashanu said Michigan was one of the schools recruiting him the hardest, along with Ohio State and Penn State. The Nittany Lions have the lone crystal ball pick right now, but are filling up on offensive linemen quickly, with five already in their class. This feels like a prospect Michigan could land if things fall its way.

4-star OLB trying to iron out official visit plans

One of the longest-running targets on Michigan’s board has been Massachusetts 4-star linebacker Kalel Mullings, who has always had the Wolverines at or near the top of his list.

After a run of Stanford crystal balls, Michigan fans got the familiar feeling of inevitably when facing the Cardinal in a recruiting battle. When talking to 247Sports’ Brian Dohn about his official visit plans, it looks like there is still a shot, but it’s not great ($).

Mullings originally looked to take his official for the Notre Dame game in October, but has a game the same day. Instead, Mullings said he is “going to have to move that up to one of their earlier games.”

The most revealing quote, though, was when he talked about his timeline:

“I was thinking I might decide (in the summer) and still take that official there if I am not committed there,” Mullings said.

That’s not something you hear a lot from recruits, and doesn’t give me much confidence Michigan will be the school he chooses in the summer. If he does commit to Stanford, it’ll be a coin flip if the official visit still happens.

Michigan battling familiar foes for 3-star OLB

Possibly replacing Mullings on the board is Maryland 3-star Mitchell Melton, who looks to be more of a defensive end/outside linebacker combo.

Melton talked with 247Sports’ Dohn at the Opening Regional about why he likes Michigan and his visit and decision plans ($).

“It’s intense recruiting, and that is positive, when I think of Michigan,” he said. “It’s been a very intense process with all these coaches and colleges. They really want me.”

That doggedness has paid off, with Melton already having visited campus at the end of March, and an official visit planned for June 22.

Melton added he’s “trying to get (to) Ohio State right now,” and also has a Notre Dame official scheduled for June 7.

As for a decision, Melton said he’ll commit “probably at the end of July.”

Maryland has the only crystal ball pick right now, but that seems outdated with the bigger Midwest programs going after Melton hard. Michigan is in a good position, but I’d look out for his return Ohio State visit as a potential snag.

That’s all for this week’s Northeastern-themed Recruiting Roundup! Come back soon for more information from the recruiting trail.