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Thursday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: All defense edition

This roundup is loaded with top defensive talent.

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Welcome to this Thursday’s Michigan Recruiting Roundup!

We have switched up the schedule a bit for our roundups here on Maize n Brew, but we still have plenty of recruiting updates to share today, all of them being on the defensive side of the ball. Let’s get right to it.

Top 100 2021 DE wants to visit Ann Arbor

The defensive line is going to be a pretty important position in the 2021 class, so why not go after some of the absolute best guys? One of those particular guys Michigan is going after is top 100 defensive end Demeioun Robinson.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound pass-rusher hails from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He received his offer from Michigan last April. In fact, he received offers from U-M, Ohio State, Penn State and Kentucky on the same day. Since then, he’s received offers from the likes of Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M and more.

Robinson recently spoke with The Michigan Insider’s Josh Newkirk ($) and recollected what it was like to get that Michigan offer, along with his desire to visit.

“It was big because it was the biggest offer I had at that time,” Robinson said. “(I’d like to) visit them. I would like to see how the coaches are, and their education.”

The only planned visits he has currently are officials to LSU and Texas A&M. He will use all five officials and then make his decision sometime before the summer ends. He’ll also sign in December and enroll early.

Robinson is looking for “education, the coaches and the community I’m going to be around.” If the education part is a huge factor, Michigan would be a pretty solid choice for him. We will have to wait and see if he ever makes it to Ann Arbor for a visit.

Four-star DT sets OV to U-M

In case you missed it (FREE) earlier this week, I interviewed 2021 four-star defensive tackle Victory Vaka after he posted on Twitter he would be officially visiting Michigan the weekend of June 19.

The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder from Westlake Village, California has a top five consisting of Michigan, Texas A&M, Oregon, LSU and Utah. He plans on officially visiting all five schools before making a decision — a decision he plans to make this summer.

On what he’s most looking forward to seeing at Michigan: “The facilities, the school, and just talking and building with the coaches more.”

“It’s a great and historic program and school.”

Defensive line coach Shaun Nua is the go-to guy in this recruitment for the Wolverines, and so far, it sounds like he has been able to forge a good bond with Vaka.

“(Nua and I) talk when we can. We’re both very busy on a daily basis so when we talk, we talk, if that makes sense,” Vaka said. “He’s a great coach but a better person.”

Vaka is the No. 14 defensive tackle, No. 19 player in California and No. 198 overall player in the 2021 class, per 247Sports’ composite. He would be a very important part of Michigan’s class, so hopefully Michigan knocks the visit out of the park.

In-state CB impressed with start of U-M’s 2022 class

There are a ton of good in-state prospects in the 2021 class, but we are going to spend the final segment for today on the 2022 kids.

Michigan already has two commits in the class — defensive back Myles Rowser and defensive lineman Alex VanSumeren. And now another top player in the state in 2022, and a Michigan legacy, is impressed with the class early on.

William Johnson, a cornerback over at Grosse Pointe South, is one of the top players in the country. It is VERY early — so take his ranking with a grain of salt — but he is No. 11 overall on 247Sports right now. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder already holds offers from U-M, MSU, Penn State, Ole Miss and a few others.

TMI’s Brice Marich ($) recently spoke with Johnson to get his reaction on the class so far.

“I think they’re going to have a good class of in-state guys coming in for sure,” Johnson said. “Myles is a really talented football player. It looks like they’ve got a good 2022 class coming in so far.”

Johnson doesn’t have any visits planned, but does figure to get back to Ann Arbor at some point. He was in town for the BBQ at the Big House last July, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him back for this year’s BBQ, if not sooner than that.

That’s all for this week! Come back next Tuesday for another Michigan Recruiting Roundup!