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Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Updates on in-staters, 2021 top targets

We’re looking a bit ahead to the 2021 class, but still taking a look at a couple in-state 2020 guys.

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Welcome in to another Michigan Recruiting Roundup.

Boy oh boy, has it been busy this past week or what? With a total of 20 commitments to Michigan football’s 2020 class, and 10 of those coming in the past week alone, it has been a hectic time in the recruiting world. And it ain’t slowing down either, as there are more targets still left on the 2020 board, and the 2021 board is also beginning to heat up, too.

Let’s start with the 2020 guys first.

Update on in-state WR, S

Two guys we have not heard from lately are in-state 4-star wide receiver Maliq Carr and in-state 4-star safety Makari Paige.

Both (at least at one point or another) were being heavily recruited by the Maize and Blue. Now? Not nearly as much as before. So where do the Wolverines stand with these two prospects? Josh Newkirk from The Michigan Insider ($) caught up with them at the Metro Detroit Media Showcase presented by Sound Mind Sound Body at Grosse Pointe Farms University Liggett School.

Carr says he has no plans on visiting Ann Arbor again, but plans to check out Purdue and LSU once more before his final decision, which comes on his birthday, Oct. 11.

Michigan’s chances are slim here, and it looks like the Boilermakers jumped out way ahead in his recruitment. But with other targets emerging like Brenden Rice and Roman Wilson, it’s probably best the Wolverines move on.

Paige, meanwhile, told Newkirk his top four include Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Kentucky. He plans to finalize his commitment by the end of July, so now we have to just sit and wait for him.

The more likely prospect for the Wolverines to land here is Paige, but it’s a tossup at this point. It’ll be real interesting to see how his recruitment unfolds.

2021 4-star WR reschedules trip to AA

One of the 2021 prospects that was supposed to visit Michigan last weekend was 4-star wide receiver Latrell Neville. Instead, he is now looking to visit on July 24, according to TMI’s Brice Marich ($).

The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder from Missouri City, Texas seems to already be one of the top receivers on Michigan’s board in the 2021 class, so getting him to campus for the first time is likely a priority to Josh Gattis and company.

“(Michigan is) definitely one of my top schools, especially with coach Gattis being there,” Neville told Marich. “He really recruited me when we was at Alabama and he’s really a guy I want to play with. He’s a football genius. We also have a really good relationship.”

The 247Sports crystal ball is scattered all over the place right now, but this early into the recruitment, the crystal ball should not even be taken seriously. But other teams to extend him a scholarship include Ohio State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Oregon and more.

U-M up there for another top Illinois prospect

Finally, let’s give the Wolverines credit for knocking it out of the park with their recruiting of the state of Illinois.

They got the top Illinois recruit last cycle (Trevor Keegan) and already have commitments from the top guys in that state in 2020 and 2021 (A.J. Henning, J.J. McCarthy). But the No. 2 ranked player in Illinois in 2021 is offensive lineman David Davidkov, and he told TMI’s Marich ($) about his interest in U-M, which is very real.

“Yeah, I’m very impressed with the recruiting classes and know that Michigan has a bright future,” Davidkov told Marich. “I’m excited to visit again.

“I know (McCarthy) and he’s reached out to me on what Michigan has coming.”

Davidkov was offered by Ed Warinner back in January and visited Ann Arbor last month. Now he is looking to get back to campus, and it could happen during another big recruiting event — the BBQ at the Big House.

“Yeah, I am most likely (visiting Michigan for the BBQ) depending on if my parents are available,” Davidkov said.

Michigan’s offensive line recruiting has been strong, and Davidkov would be another strong addition to what is becoming a deep position group for the Wolverines.

That’s it for this week! Come back next week for more crootin’ updates.