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Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Biggest recruiting weekend of the year is here

Get ready for a wild recruiting weekend in Ann Arbor.

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It’s going to be a weekend-long party in Ann Arbor starting today, as tons of top 2020 and 2021 prospects are set to be in town for a huge recruiting event.

Top targets and commits alike are set to visit Michigan starting today, with most of the bunch coming in tomorrow. Let’s get to a few of the more recently-announced visitors, and then end on a quick note on a 2021 player.

Side note: We will also have an entire visitor’s list for you later on today.

2020 3-star WR adds to visit party

Paxton, Massachusetts native Jay Brunelle, a 3-star wide receiver, announced on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon he will be using his first official visit at U-M.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder holds offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, UCLA, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Boston College, Rutgers, and pretty much every Ivy League school you can think of.

The Wolverines offered Brunelle on Jan. 17, just seven days after Josh Gattis became the offensive coordinator. Speaking of Gattis, he is Brunelle’s main recruiter. If things go well on the visit, Michigan could put itself in the driver’s seat here.

2021 commit puts on recruiting hat for in-state target

The first commitment of the 2021 class came back in March, when Sterling Heights offensive lineman Giovanni El-Hadi pledged his services to the Maize and Blue.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder recently told TMI’s Brice Marich ($) he intends to be on campus today. He has also put his recruiting cap on for one of the state’s top players in the 2021 class — two-way lineman Rocco Spindler.

“Rocco’s my boy,” El-Hadi said. “Rocco is a great guy with a great work ethic and I’ve been telling him how it doesn’t get any better than this (Michigan). We’re pretty tight.”

Spindler is one of the elite prospects in the 2021 class, being rated already as the No. 55 overall player on 247Sports’ composite. He and elite teammate — offensive lineman Garrett Dellinger — are said to be a package deal, so securing the commitments of these two important in-state recruits would go a long way for Michigan’s 2021 class.

New 2020 DE target emerges, officially visiting this weekend

Our own Jon Simmons brought you on Wednesday that Michigan is cooling on 4-star defensive end Antwaun Powell, possibly because of a shoulder issue. With that, Powell is no longer visiting this weekend, but visiting in his place is 2020 3-star defensive end Kris Jenkins.

“I’m really interested in (Michigan),” Jenkins told TMI’s Marich ($). “I like how serious they are when it comes to football, and their record of alumni NFL players that played my position.”

“They are one of the schools I’m most interested in.”

And the Wolverines share the interest, as Marich is also reporting Michigan is “really likes” Jenkins, and “have for a while now.”

The 6-foot-4, 239-pounder from Olney, Maryland has one crystal ball in for the hometown Maryland Terrapins, but we will see if this official visit sways anything on that front.

2021 4-star OL visiting for Middle Tennessee State game

Brice Marich of TMI ($) is reporting Michigan is expecting a visit from 2021 4-star offensive lineman Eli Sutton during the 2019 home opener against Middle Tennessee State.

This will be Sutton’s first time in Ann Arbor, and even though it is early, it is important to get guys like him on campus early. He also holds offers from Florida, Miami (FL), LSU, Louisville, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and more.

“Yes, I am (still very interested),” Sutton told Marich. “I like the program as a whole and the direction they are heading. The history of offensive linemen is undeniably one of the best in the country.”

The 6-foot-7, 278-pounder from Brentwood, Tennessee is No. 190 overall in his class, according to the 247Sports composite.

That’s all for now! Be sure to stick with us this weekend, as this is going to be one of the biggest recruiting weekends for Michigan all summer long.