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Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Pre-BBQ news and notes

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This is just an appetizer for what is in store this weekend.

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Happy Friday, everybody, and welcome in to another Michigan Recruiting Roundup! This weekend happens to be special in Ann Arbor, because tomorrow is the annual BBQ at the Big House!

We will have an extensive list of prospects visiting campus for the event tomorrow in an article that will be published later today. But for now, let’s get to some news regarding some top-board guys that won’t be making it to town this weekend.

The ever-changing recruitment of Theo Johnson

If I were to take a guess, 4-star tight end Theo Johnson is probably reaaaaaaal close to the top of Michigan’s overall board in the 2020 class. He is an elite talent, considering his 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame and 4.67 40-yard dash time as a soon-to-be high school senior.

It appears to be a Michigan/Penn State battle, but according to The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb ($), at this point, Johnson is highly considering those two schools, as well as Georgia and Iowa.

Johnson will officially visit Georgia for the game against Notre Dame on Sept. 21. He also recently told Webb something VERY interesting about how he feels about Iowa already having two tight end commits in the 2020 class:

“Doesn’t change how I’m thinking at all,” Johnson said. “The best players are gonna get on the field, and I’m confident that I can beat out both of the guys they have committed right now.”

That is great news for the Wolverines, as they also have two tight ends already locked in for the 2020 class — 3-stars Matthew Hibner and Nick Patterson.

The bad news, however, is Johnson is visiting Penn State this weekend, which will be the last time recruits can visit colleges until the season begins. Johnson reportedly isn’t expected to decide until sometime in October, so don’t expect Johnson’s visit to Happy Valley this weekend to wrap up his recruitment just yet.

Top 2020 OT target to visit for U-M/ND

As first reported by TMI’s Brice Marich ($) and later confirmed by Maize n Brew, 2020 4-star offensive lineman Andrew Gentry is slated to make an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor for Michigan’s game against Notre Dame.

“Yes, I’m going to try and make it out for that game,” Gentry told Maize n Brew.

Gentry (No. 54 nationally, 6-foot-8, 310 pounds) already officially visited Ann Arbor for the Wolverine’s big recruiting weekend on June 21, so getting him back for an unofficial visit is huge.

Gentry also told Maize n Brew he is “still not 100 percent sure on when I’d like to commit,” but he knows he wants to sign to his school of choice in December.

Honestly, I thought his official visit would’ve been the last we saw or heard of Gentry, as 12 crystal balls are currently on BYU to land him, but I gotta give credit to Warinner and the rest of the coaching staff for keeping Michigan in this one.

That is all for this week! Michigan has a HUGE recruiting weekend upcoming, so be sure to stick with Maize n Brew for all your football recruiting needs.