Just like for Middle Tennessee State, the visitor’s list for the game against Army this weekend is pretty light and focused towards future classes. We can also expect more prospects than listed will show up on the sidelines, as evidenced by last week when a trio of four-star prospects popped up unannounced. But for now, we have the list of who has announced they will be in attendance, including a pair of top-100 prospects for both football and basketball.
Clarkston (MI) Rocco Spindler - Four-star, No. 40 overall, No. 7 OT
You should know about Spindler by now if you follow Michigan recruiting at all. The Michigan legacy has visited a bunch of times and looks more and more likely he’ll eventually join the 2021 class. As evidenced by his position change on 247, Michigan is recruiting him on the offensive side of the ball, although he could play defensive tackle as well.
Elkhart Central (IN) Rodney McGraw - Four-star, No. 308 overall, No. 18 WDE
On the flip side, McGraw is a new name to the recruiting board. He camped at Michigan back in June, but has yet to pick up an offer. He does hold offers from Boston College, Indiana, Penn State and Purdue along with some MAC schools at this juncture. No word on when his country album will be dropping.
Detroit Country Day (MI) Caleb Tiernan - Three-star, No. 461 overall, No. 48 OT (247 only)
Another one of the plethora of offensive linemen with high interest in Michigan is Tiernan, who has four crystal balls already for the Wolverines. He has the prototypical left tackle frame and is right in Michigan’s backyard, so he could be willing to commit. It’ll be interesting to see if he’s a take given the aforementioned abundance of options along the offensive line.
Regis Jesuit (CO) Nicco Marchiol - Four-star, No. 74 overall, No. 2 QB (247 only)
It’s super early for Marchiol, but he seems to really like Michigan so far. Ranked inside the top 100 of 247’s initial 2022 rankings, this will already be the Colorado prospect’s third trip to Michigan. Even for quarterbacks, it’s too early to expect a commitment, but the coaches have definitely put themselves in the driver’s seat here.
Westerville South (OH) Kaden Saunders - unranked ATH
Saunders is an electric play-maker who was offered by the staff back in late April. The staff joined Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia and others who have already offered the sophomore. He’ll clearly be someone to look out for in the future.
West Bloomfield (MI) Michael Williams - unranked OLB
Michigan looks to strengthen its West Bloomfield pipeline following Makari Paige and Cornell Wheeler with Williams, who has earned a Michigan offer. The sophomore already stands 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and also holds offers from Maryland and Central Michigan.
Flint Beecher (MI) Devin Runnels - unranked OT
Another player ahead of the growth curve is Runnels, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 308 pounds already. He plays along both the offensive and defensive lines for Flint Beecher, but it’s unclear where the staff likes him the most right now. There’s still plenty of time for them to figure it out.
Prolific Prep (CA) Nimari Burnett - Five-star, No. 21 overall, No. 5 CG
Burnett is Juwan Howard’s best shot to land a big fish in the 2020 class in my opinion. Despite playing in California, Burnett is from Chicago, where he formed an early relationship with Howard through the AAU circuit. Michigan is competing against Alabama, Louisville, Oregon and Texas Tech for his services, all of whom seem easier to win against than blue bloods like UNC or Kentucky.
Camden (NJ) Lance Ware - Four-star, No. 32 overall, No. 5 PF
Howard will be hoping Michigan football’s pipeline in New Jersey carries over for Ware, who attends the same high school that Brad Hawkins and Cesar Ruiz once attended. Kentucky currently holds 83 percent of the crystal balls, but the most recent pick is for Michigan. Ware is on campus as we speak for his official where the staff looks to continue their momentum.