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Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Multiple coaches reach out to top in-state OL

Michigan is making it known this 2021 in-state four-star is a top priority moving forward.

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Welcome in to another edition of the Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup! As always, we won’t talk about upcoming visitors, as our own Jon Simmons will break that all down in our annual list of visitors, which will be published later today.

Today, we continue to roll through news in the 2021 class, as the recruiting dead period ended last Sunday. As expected, the Wolverines reached out to several of their top targets on Sunday, so we start off our roundup today with perhaps the top target overall.

Rocco Spindler talks to Jim Harbaugh, Ed Warinner last Sunday

If you have been paying attention to the 2021 in-state class, it’s pretty darn good to say the least. And one of the kids at the top of the in-state list is Clarkston four-star offensive lineman Rocco Spindler.

Spindler told The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz ($) that Jim Harbaugh, Ed Warinner and Matt Dudek all reached out to Spindler at midnight on Sept. 1, the day the dead period ended. He also told Lorenz how he “definitely felt the love” from the Michigan coaches contacting him as fast as they did.

And to pile on the good news, Spindler is expected to be in town this weekend.

Things seem to be going very well in this recruitment. I am not fully expecting a commitment this weekend by any stretch of the imagination, but this is about as good as it can be going this early on. If Michigan doesn’t lead at this point, I don’t know who does.

U-M also reaches out to 2021 four-star RB

Another player in the 2021 class the Wolverines reached out to immediately on Sunday was four-star running back Corey Kiner.

In a recent interview with Maize n Brew (FREE), Kiner described how head coach Jim Harbaugh got in touch with him as soon as he was able to.

“(Jim Harbaugh) actually texted me at 12 o’clock on the dot on Sept. 1, so I thought that was pretty cool,” Kiner said.

Michigan offered the 5-foot-10, 205-pounder back in January, and he has visited campus twice since then. He is planning a visit to Ohio State for the game against Cincinnati tomorrow, and the Buckeyes are likely Michigan’s biggest blockade in securing a commitment from Kiner.

But with all that said, he is taking his time with the recruiting process.

“I don’t know where I’m going to go, I don’t know what school I like the most right now, they are all the same and my opinion won’t change for a while,” he said. “I just gotta keep learning more about each school.”

Kiner seems determined to get more offers and fully invest himself in slowing down the process. Sometimes you can tell when a recruit is saying stuff just to say stuff, but I really think he means it. I wouldn’t expect to see him commit anywhere at anytime soon.

Teammate of J.J. McCarthy’s visiting for Iowa game

According to TMI’s Brice Marich ($), 2021 three-star defensive lineman Ryan Keeler, the teammate of five-star quarterback commit J.J. McCarthy, is planning to visit Ann Arbor when Michigan takes on Iowa.

He originally planned on visiting this weekend, but he decided to visit Purdue instead.

I wouldn’t worry about him canceling his visit to go to Purdue instead. This seems more like a situation where he would not have been able to check out Purdue for a long time had he not went there this weekend. And it is still good news he was able to quickly find another date that works for him to visit Michigan and commit to that.

That is all for this week! Be sure to check back with us next week for more crootin’ news.