Welcome back to another Michigan Recruiting Roundup! You’ll notice that it’s coming on a different day than usual. Now that the season is over, the roundups are going to be moved to Tuesdays and Thursdays, so adjust your schedules accordingly. Now, let’s get to the latest happenings in Michigan recruiting.
Four-star DT sets official visit date
One of the top defensive tackles on Michigan’s board has not wasted any time in deciding when he will take one of his five official visits. California four-star Victory Vaka announced on Twitter that he will be in Ann Arbor from June 19th through the 21st.
First Official Visit Set! University of Michigan, June 19-21.— Victory (@victoryvaka) January 12, 2020
As his tweet indicates, this is the first official visit that Vaka has planned, indicating his serious interest in the program. Other than Michigan, he has LSU, Texas A&M, Arizona State, and Utah in his top five schools.
Also notable is the date he’s scheduled to visit. The staff has lined up several official visits at once during the last official visit weekend of the spring period in each of the last two cycles, which has generated a boatload of commitments. It looks like they are using that strategy again for the 2021 class, with Vaka one of the first guys to jump on board.
Nua recruiting another West Coast DL hard
Besides Vaka, another four-star defensive lineman that Shaun Nua is pursuing with vigor is top-100 defensive end Quintin Somerville, per The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz ($).
Somerville was supposed to visit for the Ohio State game in November, but his team’s semifinal playoff game interfered with his plans. Still, Somerville says that he is “in contact with Coach Nua all of the time” and that he’s being recruited harder by Michigan than anyone.
Getting Somerville on campus again will be the next big step in his recruitment for Michigan, but it seems like that should be a matter of when, not if, given Nua’s persistence.
Four-star OG looking to make a return visit to Michigan
Another blue chip player who wants to make it back to campus is Massachusetts four-star guard Drew Kendall. He talked with TMI’s Brice Marich about his future visit plans ($).
“I’m planning on going out for a spring practice sometime in March or April,” said Kendall, who was last on campus for the BBQ at the Big House in July, his first trip to campus.
Kendall is ranked as the No. 3 guard in the country, and plays in the same league as 2020 signees Kalel Mullings and Zak Zinter. Boston College, where Kendall is a legacy, leads on the Crystal Ball right now with three predictions.
Northeast four-star TE in constant communication with staff
Michigan has consistently plucked tight ends from the Northeast under Jim Harbaugh, and could land their highest ranked one in 2021 with the addition of Massachusetts four-star Louis Hansen. Hansen recently spoke with TMI’s Lorenz about how Michigan is recruiting him ($).
”I am in contact with Michigan almost every day,” Hansen revealed. “Both Coach Brown and Coach Moore are making me feel like a major priority right now.”
With that combo recruiting Hansen, Michigan should be in a good spot in this race. The four-star said that he plans to visit Ann Arbor in the spring after his basketball season was finished. Other than Michigan, Hansen holds offers from Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, and Penn State.
That’s all for this new edition of the Tuesday Recruiting Roundup! Check back again on Thursday for more updates as you get used to the new schedule.