Welcome back everyone to yet another Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup. The coaches are back at home preparing for Wisconsin after fanning out and visiting prospects over the bye week, but there is still some activity on the recruiting trail.
Still hope for three-star WR?
After Brenden Rice visited Colorado for their contest against Nebraska last week, it seemed like the tide had turned toward the Buffaloes. But while Michigan struggled with Army, Colorado actually lost to a service academy in Air Force last weekend. In an interview with 247Sports’ Blair Angulo, Rice made it clear he is still undecided about which school he’ll choose ($).
“I have already started recording that (commitment video) a bit, just kind of the intro stuff, but right now I have no idea where I’ll be going,” Rice said. “It’s wide open. My head has been bouncing back and forth everywhere.”
After taking visits to Michigan and Colorado in the first two weeks of the college football season, Rice will take one more to Oregon on Oct. 4 before he makes his decision. He’s slated to decide Oct. 6, which sets up Oregon, who was the previous crystal ball leader, pretty well.
Rice has been tweeting out some Michigan stuff this week, but I still don’t think he ends up choosing the Wolverines anymore. It’ll be up to the Oregon visit to determine if he goes there or Colorado.
Elite 2021 OT puts Michigan in top 3
Maryland four-star OT Landon Tengwall cut down his list of schools to three on Tuesday night, and Michigan made the cut.
Right now, the Crystal Balls are split between the other two contenders, Penn State and Notre Dame. It appears that the Nittany Lions may lead, but Michigan has always been the constant when people speculate about his top school.
Tengwall is the teammate of 2020 defensive line commit Kris Jenkins at Good Counsel, which may help Michigan out during his recruitment. The No. 31 player in the nation, Tengwall has a visit to Ann Arbor planned for the Notre Dame game on October 26th.
Michigan offers 2021 four-star DE
Pennsylvania looks set to have a good crop of prospects for the 2021 class, which has led Michigan to push for some top talent from the state. The latest in this trend is four-star defensive end Elijah Jeudy, who received his offer on Sunday night.
Jeudy is a slim 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, but already holds offers from Florida, LSU, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Wisconsin and several others. He’s currently ranked as the No. 179 player in the country No. 6 player in the state.
2021 four-star DT target sets decision date
One of the top targets along the defensive line Shaun Nua has set his sights on for 2021 is California four-star Victory Vaka. After committing to the Polynesian Bowl, Vaka spoke with 247Sports’ Greg Biggins about his recruitment ($).
Vaka admitted “LSU is showing the most love right now,” but listed several more schools he has high interest in, including “Michigan, Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State and Utah.”
Additionally, Vaka said he wants to commit on Jan. 6, his mother’s birthday. I’m not so sure that will end up happening since recruits change their mind all the time, but Michigan will have to get him on campus this season to have a shot. Vaka previously said he’s planning to visit for the Ohio State game, which will be a great shot for Michigan to surge ahead.