Happy Friday, and welcome back to the Michigan Recruiting Roundup.
We have quite a bit to cover with all these visits going on, so let’s jump right in.
2020 RB plans official visit
According to The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($), 2020 running back D.J. Jones planned his official visit to Ann Arbor the weekend of June 21.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from Fayetteville, North Carolina received his offer and unofficially visited Michigan back in April. He is being recruited by running backs coach Jay Harbaugh, a coach he has a good relationship with.
“I feel like over time as the recruiting process kept going and I finally soaked it all in, I think me and coach Jay’s relationship became less tense as I got more comfortable,” Jones said. “He’s a coach that sees your potential and will make sure he gets it out of you.”
Michigan will be looking to take multiple running backs in the 2020 cycle — perhaps Jones will be in those plans for the Wolverines.
North Carolina has the lone crystal ball prediction. Jones does not have a composite ranking currently.
Ohio 3-star plans official visit for U-M
Another player officially visiting during the June 21 weekend is Akron, Ohio 3-star linebacker Bangally Kamara, he told 247Sports’ Bill Greene ($).
Greene also reports he has already officially visited Cincinnati, and is also going to officially visit Michigan State and Pitt. His fifth official visit is up in the air, but it may be to Nebraska.
Like most recruits that are wanted by the Wolverines, Kamara has a solid relationship with a couple of U-M’s coaches.
“Coach (Don) Brown is great and they also wanted to see my academic progress, which has been good,” Kamara told Greene before making his official visit plans. “They have been to my school on multiple occasions to see me and I think a lot about their program. Coach (Mike) Zordich has been active in my recruitment.”
Kamara’s crystal ball is pretty split right now, with 44 percent for Penn State, 44 percent undecided and 11 percent for Michigan State.
U-M continuing pursuit of 2020 CB
Despite being verbally committed to Alabama, the Wolverines continue to recruit 2020 3-star cornerback Jahquez Robinson, according to TMI’s Steve Lorenz ($).
In fact, Robinson continues to speak to cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich “two or three times a week.”
“We are looking at setting up an official visit in-season right now,” he told Lorenz.
The cornerback position will be important for Michigan in the 2020 cycle. With one already committed in 4-star Andre Seldon, Michigan will likely look at taking in at least two more guys at the position.
2021 TE takes visit to U-M
Finally, let’s get to an important recruit for the 2021 class — tight end Cane Berrong.
He is ranked the No. 1 tight end in the 2021 class per 247Sports (no composite yet). He already has offers from the best of the best. And at 6-foot-4.5, 220 pounds, his body already seems ready for the college game.
Michigan offered Berrong back in March, and the Hartwell, Georgia native took in a visit earlier in the week, per TMI’s Marich ($).
“It went great,” Berrong said. “We toured the facilities, stadium, talked academics, ate lunch at Tom Brady’s favorite place and talked to coach Harbaugh.
“(I talked with) Coach Moore, Coach Newsome, Coach Herbert and Coach Harbaugh. They told me I was their No. 1 guy for the class. They loved what I show on film and how I would be perfect for the new offense. I want to be a strength coach, so coach Herbert talked to me about that process and showed me a few techniques.”
With all that said, it sure does seem like he was impressed with his first trip up to Michigan. But with tenders from schools like Georgia, Alabama, Clemson and other elite programs that are in his neighborhood, is he really interested in the Wolverines?
“Very (interested in Michigan), Berrong said. “I always have been. I just wanted to see the new offense and how they plan to use the tight ends in it. I can’t say a whole lot because they want to keep it quiet for the fall, but it’s similar to some of the things we do at my high school. We just don’t have the tight end numbers they do.”
Berrong also told Marich he would be back to Ann Arbor for Michigan’s home game against Notre Dame this year, and even perhaps The Game against Ohio State. The Wolverines have officially cemented themselves into the race for one of the top tight ends in the country in 2021, so buckle in, folks.