Happy Friday, and welcome to the Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup!
We are one day away from Michigan’s season kicking off, and I could not be more excited. If you are planning on being in Ann Arbor tomorrow, be sure to check out our Maize n Brew tailgate party at The Circ Bar. If not, I hope you are able to kick back in your favorite seat and watch some prime time Wolverine football.
But let’s get back on track here and get you up to date on some important recruiting news.
2020 four-star TE cancels visit
One of the players I mentioned on the debut episode of Future Brew (our brand new recruiting podcast) is 2020 four-star tight end Theo Johnson. Specifically, I mentioned how no news on Johnson has come out recently. That is, until now.
According to Steve Lorenz from The Michigan Insider ($), Michigan was expecting Johnson to unofficially visit tomorrow for the Middle Tennessee State game, but those plans have changed, per TMI’s Josh Newkirk ($).
Johnson still plans on visiting Michigan at some points for a game, and according to Newkirk it could be the Michigan/Michigan State game later this fall.
The Wolverines are battling Penn State, Georgia and Iowa for the Windsor native’s services. Speaking of Georgia, Johnson will be visiting Athens on Sept. 21 for the Bulldogs’ game against Notre Dame.
Johnson has visited Michigan a few times in the past, but to get him on an unofficial visit for the first game of the season would have been great news for the Maize and Blue. Michigan already has two tight ends committed to the 2020 class, but they would gladly take in Johnson, who is one of the most complete tight ends in his class.
Don Brown invites 2021 in-state CB to visit this season
The 2021 recruiting class in the state of Michigan is really, really good, and one of the main guys the Wolverines are going after is three-star cornerback Kalen King. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder from Cass Tech in Detroit already holds offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and more.
He recently spoke with TMI’s Josh Newkirk ($) about his recruitment, bringing up Michigan’s defensive coordinator specifically.
“I’ve been talking to Don Brown,” King said. “He’s just been saying whenever you want to come to a game, he’s got me. I plan on going to some games this year.”
When he exactly visits is still in the works, but he did say he wants to “build a good relationship with the coaches and get a more of a feeling of where I stand with Michigan.”
If I were to guess, Michigan is probably going to take a few cornerbacks in the 2021 class. It will be a position of need and one that I could see them taking three or four guys. King could very well be one of the Wolverines’ top corners on their board in this class.
2021 in-state OL planning multiple visits to U-M in 2019
The Wolverines are going after a ton of in-state guys in the 2021 class, and two of them just so happen to go to Clarkston High School and play football together — offensive linemen Rocco Spindler and Garrett Dellinger.
TMI’s Brice Marich ($) caught up with Dellinger briefly, and he explained how he is planning on attending more than one Michigan game this year.
“I don’t know which games yet, but I will definitely be at some,” he said.
Spindler has also spoken about how he is planning to visit Ann Arbor multiple times this year for games, so to have Dellinger also doing this is great news for the Wolverines. These two guys would be big additions to the 2021 class, if they were to eventually commit.
That’s all for today! My good buddy Jon Simmons will be putting out a list of visitors for this weekend’s game, so be on the lookout for that later this morning.