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Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: 5-star OT news and underclassmen getting love

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Michigan is keeping the dialogue open with several top players across the country.

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Welcome back to the Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup. With 22 commitments on board and the board narrowed down, Michigan has been focusing on some underclassmen targets. However, there is an interesting update with a big-time recruit in the 2020 class, so let’s get right to the news.

5-star OT still in contact with Michigan staff

At the end of 2018, it seemed like 5-star offensive lineman Myles Hinton was Michigan’s to lose, given his older brother Chris had just signed with the Wolverines. Those hopes were dashed when the younger Hinton elected to commit to Stanford.

But according to The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz, the dialogue has not stopped between the coaches and Hinton following the commitment ($). There has still been consistent contact, and Hinton “has been receptive to Michigan’s pitches.”

Chris Hinton’s commitment is still beneficial in this recruitment, considering his family is planning to head to Ann Arbor for a few games this season, which will give the coaches plenty of face-time with the 5-star.

This isn’t something that should raise your hopes up too much, but the staff is still laying the groundwork to be Hinton’s destination if he decides to switch schools.

Michigan in consistent contact with No. 1 APB

One of the top play-makers in the 2021 class is North Carolina all-purpose back Will Shipley. Shipley recently caught up with TMI’s Brice Marich to talk about his relationship with Jay Harbaugh and staff ($).

“Coach Harbaugh and I stay in touch frequently,” said Shipley. “He is great. He’s just been telling me to make a visit.”

As for those visit plans, they’re still in the early stages of formulation.

“Maybe trying to get to a game this year, hopefully my schedule works out with it,” Shipley said. “Just tough with it being so far. Hopefully I can.”

In-state North Carolina State holds the lone crystal ball for Shipley at this stage, but the rest of the country is also on his tail. Michigan notably has not offered yet, but is clearly interested.

4-star OLB planning game day visit

After earning an offer at camp last month, Tennessee 2021 4-star linebacker Junior Colson’s interest in Michigan definitely rose. TMI’s Marich reports Colson will return for a game “this fall for sure” ($).

Marich called Michigan a “major player” in Colson’s recruitment, especially considering one important advantage they may hold over other schools.

“My mom was very excited,” Colson said following his previous visit. “It has been her favorite school her entire life. She was just happy, almost in tears. She was just proud and yes, she did (meet Coach Harbaugh).”

Colson currently also holds offers from Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and others.

That’s all for this week’s Recruiting Roundup, come back soon for even more updates from Michigan recruiting!