Welcome to this week’s final Michigan Recruiting Roundup!
On today’s roundup, we have a couple updates on 2022 targets, but let’s start with Michigan’s biggest remaining defensive target in the 2021 class.
Top DT target delays decision
Michigan’s top defensive target left in the 2021 class, four-star defensive tackle Rayshaun Benny, was set to announcement his commitment this Sunday. Instead, he has decided to delay that commitment to focus on his senior season.
I will not be announcing my commitment October 25 anymore I have a season to focus on.— Rayshaun Benny (@rayshaun_benny) October 21, 2020
The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder from Oak Park has a top four of Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Kentucky.
Before this news, 247Sports’ Allen Trieu ($) provided intel on Benny’s recruitment saying he is “expecting Michigan to be the pick there even though MSU made up ground towards the end.” Trieu ($) checked in with a source after this news and they said they still expect Michigan to be the selection when the time comes for his commitment. The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz said the same thing later on.
After having a couple conversations with Benny in the past, I always had a hunch Michigan led in his recruitment as well, and I have no reason to doubt that has changed. His mother is also a big fan of the Wolverines, which typically bodes well when it comes to recruiting.
It’s a little worrisome MSU has made some noise in this recruitment, and it’s also a little worrisome Benny pushed back his decision. But as of today, I still believe U-M has the lead. It may not be as big of a lead as it once was, but a lead nonetheless. As always, stay locked in to Maize n Brew for updates on this recruitment.
Top 2022 CB plans first trip to AA
In case you missed our discussion on this during our Future Brew podcast this week, 247Sports’ Greg Biggins ($) is reporting 2022 five-star cornerback Domani Jackson is set to visit Michigan during the weekend the Wolverines play Wisconsin.
“I can’t wait,” Jackson said. “I’ll be there November 14 and this will be my first time visiting the Big House. I know it’s going to be a lot of fun and even though I’m sure the crowd won’t be as big as normal because of social distancing, it’s still going to be a great atmosphere in there.
“I’ve said it before but I grew up in the Midwest and have always liked Michigan a lot. They’re a school that will always be high on my list so like I said, I’m excited to get out there and see everything up close for myself.”
What Jackson probably didn’t know at the time of that interview is he will unlikely to be able to attend the game, as the Big Ten is only allowing the families of student-athletes and coaches to attend games this season.
I’m not sure there is a loophole for him to get into Michigan Stadium for the game, but regardless, him being in Ann Arbor during the time of the game is big news for the Wolverines. USC has been trending in this recruitment, garnering some crystal balls over the last few weeks. If the Wolverines want any shot in this recruitment, it is vital for them to knock this visit out of the park for Jackson.
2022 four-star DL/OL has U-M in top 4
Late last week, 2022 four-star two-way lineman Billy Schrauth included Michigan on his top four list, along with Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Ohio State. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder hails from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, so the Badgers are probably the top competition in this recruitment, but The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($) caught up with him to get the entire story behind his top four and his interest in the Wolverines.
“I love where the program is at and I think they’re a few players away from being a very elite team,” Schrauth said. “I’d love to be one of those guys. I was very impressed with everything on my visit. I plan to major in business, so I’d be playing top level ball and getting it done in the classroom also at very high level.”
He visited Michigan last November, and he told Marich that he would “no doubt” want to make a return trip to Ann Arbor in the future.
This one may be a tough recruitment, considering the proximity and familiarity with the University of Wisconsin, but the Wolverines have pulled top recruits out of Wisconsin before. Perhaps they can do it again with Schrauth, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up until he is able to make another trip to campus.
Schrauth is the No. 151 overall prospect on 247Sports’ composite. The crystal ball is split 50/50 right now between Wisconsin and Notre Dame.
That’s all for this week! Come back Tuesday for another edition of the Recruiting Roundup.