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Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Top defensive end target visiting for The Game

One of the top pass rushers on the board in the 2021 class already has his visit set for the Ohio State game.

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Happy Friday, and welcome back to another Michigan Recruiting Roundup!

There isn’t a game this week, clearly, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some recruiting news to end the week! Let’s jump right in.

2021 four-star DE planning visit to AA for The Game

As first reported by The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($) and later confirmed by Maize n Brew, 2021 four-star defensive end Aaron Armitage is planning to visit Michigan for the game against Ohio State on Nov. 30.

“Yes, I think I’m going to be there,” Armitage told Maize n Brew.

Armitage — a Blairstown, New Jersey native — visited in July for the BBQ at the Big House and told Maize n Brew at the time it was one of his favorite visits.

“The visit was great. Loved it. One of my favorite visits by far,” Armitage said in July.

With a growing offer sheet — Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Texas A&M and more — Michigan is going to have some competition. However, the Wolverines have the lone crystal ball selection, so it appears Michigan leads early on.

The 6-foot-4, 242-pounder is the No. 2 player in New Jersey, No. 10 strong-side defensive end and No. 157 overall player in his class, per 247Sports’ composite.

2021 four-star LB visiting Wisconsin for U-M game

Four-star linebacker Yanni Karlaftis, the younger brother of Purdue freshman defensive end George, told Maize n Brew he is visiting Wisconsin next Saturday for the game against Michigan.

Up to this point, it doesn’t really seem like the Wolverines are a big factor for the younger Karlaftis, but if they put on a good performance against the Badgers, things could change. You simply never know in today’s recruiting world.

Yanni also told Maize n Brew he is planning to visit Purdue this Saturday for the TCU game. He is not sure yet if or when he will be able to visit the Big House for a game in 2019.

It doesn’t seem like Yanni is necessarily bound for Purdue just because George plays there. He has said in the past he wants to carve out his own future, and if he were to go to Purdue it would not be solely because George is there.

Whether Michigan can become a factor here remains to be seen, but getting him to a Michigan game, even if it is on the road, could be beneficial to getting him on Michigan’s campus in the future.

Yanni is the No. 2 player in the state of Indiana, No. 10 outside linebacker and No. 131 overall player in the 2021 class on 247Sports’ composite.

2020 five-star CG recaps trip to U-M

We will end today’s Recruiting Roundup with some hoops.

One of Juwan Howard’s top targets, if not the No. 1 target, in the 2020 class is five-star combo guard Nimari Burnett. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder and his family go way back with Howard. He now plays high school ball at Prolific Prep in California, but the bond remains strong with Howard.

Burnett was on campus this past weekend for an official visit and broke it all down with 247Sports’ Josh Gershon ($).

“What stood out was how transparent and real all of the coaches were,” Burnett said. “It’s a perfect coaching staff that complements each other and I had a good time picking their brains.

“They said that I would play both the one and two and be able to play in their up-tempo style of play, playing 30-35 minutes a game.”

Burnett decided to cancel his visit to Louisville and hone in on Michigan and the three schools he now has left to visit — Oregon (Sept. 20), Alabama (Sept. 27) and Texas Tech (Oct. 18). After that, he’ll make his final decision.

That’s it for this week! Be sure to come back Monday for more Michigan crootin’ news.