Happy Friday, and welcome to another Michigan Recruiting Roundup.
With the conference slate set to begin, recruiting visits are starting to become more and more vital. On this week’s roundup, we will discuss some players planning visits during Michigan’s bigger games on the schedule. Let’s get right to it!
2021 top 100 player plans visit for The Game
Quintin Somerville, a four-star defensive lineman in the 2021 class, is planning to visit Michigan for the Ohio State game.
“(I will be visiting) LSU vs. Florida (in Baton Rouge) in October and Michigan vs. Ohio State,” Somerville told Maize n Brew about his scheduled visits so far.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder from Scottsdale, Arizona is being recruited by defensive line coach Shaun Nua, who he has known for quite some time.
“I met coach Nua a while back at (Arizona State) and we connected ever since,” Somerville told Maize n Brew after his visit to Michigan in April. “We’d talk weekly and he’d just check up on how I was doing, so our relationship really speaks for itself.”
At this point, Somverille remains very open in the recruiting process. He has offers from elite programs like Michigan, Oklahoma, LSU, Ohio State and Auburn, among others.
Somerville is No. 68 overall, and the No. 1 player in the state of Arizona in his class, per 247Sports’ composite ranking. There is one crystal ball in for Oklahoma at the moment, but that pick is six months old, so take it with a grain of salt.
2021 four-star DL seeing Michigan in action 4 more times this year
As first reported by 247Sports’ Allen Trieu ($) and later confirmed by Maize n Brew, 2021 four-star defensive end Rodney McGraw is planning to return to Ann Arbor next Saturday when Michigan takes on Rutgers.
McGraw also told Maize n Brew he plans to visit again for the Notre Dame game in October.
But wait, there’s more! McGraw will also be at Wisconsin this weekend for the Michigan game, and at Penn State on Oct. 19 when the Nittany Lions play Michigan.
“That’s the way it worked out,” McGraw told Maize n Brew.
The 6-foot-6, 223-pounder from Elkhart, Indiana has been on campus twice already, the most recent being two weeks ago for the Army game, which is when he earned his scholarship offer. He also camped in Ann Arbor back in June.
“Very interested (in Michigan). Looking forward to getting back up there sometime this season. I have a few other trips planned to Wisconsin and Ohio State but I’m excited to get back up to Ann Arbor as well,” McGraw said after the Army game.
Where things stand today, it isn’t impossible to think McGraw commits sooner rather than later. All three crystal ball picks early on are in favor of Michigan, so one has to wonder if Michigan made a huge leap over every other program recruiting him. If the Wolverines really want him, he is theirs for the taking.
Breakdown of top 3 schools for 2021 four-star OL, visiting for ND game
On Monday, 2021 four-star offensive lineman Landon Tengwall included Michigan in his top three, along with Penn State and Notre Dame. 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong ($) spoke with Tengwall and got a thorough breakdown of his top three. Here is what he said about U-M:
“Coach (Ed) Warinner. I still always tell everybody whenever I went up there, what I loved the most I went up there for a practice and he’d pull me aside after every play and explain to me why they did this.
“Location. I like the North. I’m not a very Southern guy. I like the cold. Ann Arbor is a great fit. It’s not too far from home. It’s a great school. Has a great business school. One of the best in the nation. That also makes it a great fit.
“The stadium. Playing inside whatever it is, 110,000 fans, that’s sweet and I love that.”
About Notre Dame, Tengwall also raved about Irish offensive line coach Jeff Quinn, and the fact he spoke with former Irish offensive lineman Sam Mustipher, who also attended the same high school in Maryland Tengwall goes to.
As for Penn State, Tengwall likes the fact they have a good business school, the “best fans in the nation,” and has known the coaches since the eighth grade.
This will be a tough pull for Michigan, but getting in his top three is phenomenal for Ed Warinner and company. Tengwall will be visiting for the Notre Dame game, so it is absolutely crucial Michigan beat’s the Irish to have any shot at landing the top 50 player from Maryland. He will also be visiting Penn State for the Michigan game, so the Wolverines will have a couple chances to impress Tengwall in person this year.
That’s all for this week, folks! Enjoy the game tomorrow, and come back on Monday for more Michigan recruiting news.