Just because the recruiting calendar has entered the dead period, doesn’t mean Michigan can’t still add to their class, as 4-star wide receiver Roman Wilson proved yesterday. That may not be all that’s in store for Michigan’s class, so let’s get right into the latest news!
One more commit coming soon?
Michigan may not be done adding commits if the consensus opinion around 3-star defensive lineman Kris Jenkins is accurate.
Big Announcement: July 3rd, 2019— 18 (@KrisJenkinsJr1) June 30, 2019
Since Jenkins took his official visit on June 21, crystal ball have been rolling in for the Maryland prospect. He is ranked as the No. 28 defensive end in the country right now, but seems likely to grow into a defensive tackle at some point in his college career.
There’s not a specific time set for Jenkins’ announcement, but be on the lookout for another addition to the 2020 class at some point today.
Michigan pursuing 4-star CB hard
Along with defensive tackle, one of the positions Michigan is trying to shore up in the 2020 class is cornerback. There seem to be a few good options left on the board, but no one may be more likely to join the class than California 4-star Dorian Green-Warren, who spoke with The Michigan Insider’s Josh Newkirk about his contact with the staff ($).
“They tend to reach out to me every day. And they say I am one of the top corners on their board – so I love that,” Green-Warren said.
The No. 14 cornerback in the country also outlined another big factor helping Michigan in his recruitment. “I just like their history of their DB’s and defensive players making it to the league,” Green-Warren said. “They have a great history of putting players into the league. That’s one of my biggest things.”
Despite this high interest, Green-Warren still hasn’t had the chance to visit Michigan’s campus yet. He said that will change “later this month” which I presume to mean will be for the BBQ at the Big House on July 27.
If true, that is significant since it will be an unofficial visits and the staff will have a chance to get him back on campus for a game in the fall. If they can pull those visits off, they’ll have to feel good about locking up the cross-country prospect.
Another 4-star CB has Michigan in his top group
“I’m messing with Oregon, Michigan, Florida, (and) Penn State,” Gray said, who added Michigan “wasn’t really a school I was really focused on until like three or four months ago. But they’re up there right now.”
As for his visit to Ann Arbor in early June, Gray brought up one significant factor that he liked. “(The) facilities (are) crazy. They were doing construction while I was there, so they’re going to have all new stuff up there.”
He also mentioned he is connecting with Mike Zordich, Anthony Campanile and Ben Herbert the most, and if he had to pick one school he was leaning towards, it would be Michigan.
There had been some crystal ball action toward Penn State recently, but that seems to have subsided and now it looks like the Wolverines are in the driver’s seat. The staff just has to withstand a visit to Oregon in late July before they look golden for the country’s No. 15 cornerback prospect.
Top TE target talks camp experience
One of the visitors from last weekend who we haven’t heard much from is 4-star tight end Theo Johnson, who’s at the top of Michigan’s tight end board. That changed when Johnson talked to TMI’s Josh Newkirk about his visit ($).
“Coach Gattis sat me down and we really went through everything he’s planning on doing with the tight end position,” said Johnson. “He kind of said right now they don’t really have a guy, an iso guy. A third down guy. A very reliable, we need to get you the ball and we can count on you at all times.”
Johnson says he hasn’t been thinking too hard about who has the edge amongst his finalists, which include Iowa, Penn State and Georgia, along with Michigan. A decision could come at any time, though.
“I still want to be done by the end of October, but it could happen at any time between, I’d say, the end of July until the end of October,” said Johnson. “If I know, I’m doing it that day.”
That’s everything for another week in Michigan recruiting. Check back again soon for more updates from the trail.