Happy October, and welcome to this week’s Thursday Recruiting Roundup!
Today, we’ve got updates on a couple 2022 offensive line prospects, but today we begin with two players in the 2021 class who are slated to make their announcements in the very near future.
Two 2021 prospects could both commit tomorrow
Two Michigan targets could very well be committing Friday — four-star receiver Jayden Thomas and four-star defensive lineman George Rooks.
Thomas will for sure be announcing his commitment, as he posted on Twitter earlier this week he would be committing Oct. 2, his grandmother’s birthday. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder from Atlanta, Georgia is a long shot for Michigan at this point. The Wolverines slowed down recruiting him after Andrel Anthony committed, so it looks like the likeliest destinations for him are Notre Dame, Arkansas and Georgia.
As for Rooks, there is no guaranteed commitment date, but he is on the record saying he wanted to commit before his senior season begins. That season starts tomorrow, so there is a chance he locks in a commitment as well.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder is down to Michigan, Penn State, Boston College and Pitt. Rooks visited Michigan and Penn State this offseason on his own dime, so it’s fair to assume those are the top two options for him.
We will certainly find out more tomorrow, but if any of these guys were to come to Michigan, it would be Rooks, as we explained on this week’s Future Brew. He would be a welcome addition to Michigan’s 2021 class and join Quintin Somerville, Kechaun Bennett and Dominick Giudice along the defensive line.
2022 four-star OT hearing from Warinner
The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder plays high school ball at IMG Academy and blocks for Michigan quarterback commit J.J. McCarthy, along with Michigan commit Greg Crippen.
Warinner extended the scholarship back in May. Shor, who is No. 170 overall on the composite, also has offers from Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Oklahoma, Penn State, Oregon, Texas A&M, USC and more good college football programs.
It will be interesting to see how much McCarthy and Crippen recruit Shor to go to Michigan. If they do end up recruiting him quite a bit, it would go to show how much Warinner and company want Shor. Time will definitely tell, so stay tuned for any developments here.
2022 four-star OT familiar with former Wolverine
One of the most recent 2022 offers to go out was to four-star offensive tackle Aamil Wagner. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder from Dayton, Ohio is a fringe top 100 overall player and has a boatload of potential, especially for being as lightweight as he currently is.
But that hasn’t stopped Warinner and Michigan from offering those types of prospects before, so they certainly aren’t stopping now. Especially considering his potential and the fact Wagner’s brother is very close with a former Wolverine, according to TMI’s Marich ($).
“One of my brothers best friends, Tyree Kinnel, played for Michigan,” Wagner said. “I think it’s great knowing someone that’s played in the program and know what it’s like being there. I’ve know him since I was a little kid and we have worked out together in the past.”
Wagner also said just because he is a highly ranked player from Ohio does not mean he grew up a fan of Ohio State.
“No, I mostly watched my brothers play when it came to college sports,” he said.
With the program connection in Kinnel and the fact he isn’t much of an OSU fan in the state of Ohio, perhaps Michigan will have a shot here. Obviously, he has a lot of work to do on his body before he gets to college, but Warinner and the Wolverines are usually willing to take those high upside guys and let them develop for a year or two before thrusting them into game action.
Wagner also holds offers from Penn State, Oregon, Michigan State, Nebraska, Kentucky, Indiana and more.
That’s all for this week! Come back Tuesday for another recruiting roundup.