On this week’s Future Brew, the Von Lozon, Jon Simmons and Stephen Osentoski discuss how important the weekend of Nov. 14 will be for the Wolverines — not only on the football field against Wisconsin, but also off the field for the big recruiting weekend lined up. Several important prospects in both 2021 and 2022 are set to be in Ann Arbor that weekend, and it could pay dividends down the road.
Von: There has been a movement by J.J. McCarthy, obviously has been the loud voice for the 2021 class ever since he committed, and he’s rounding up a lot of recruits to come to Michigan to watch the game against Wisconsin. Obviously they won’t be able to go into the stadium, but there’s already a lot of players confirmed. These are the commits coming — J.J. McCarthy, Xavier Worthy, Jaydon Hood, Tristan Bounds and Ja’Den McBurrows. Uncommitted players though, a big-time player here, four-star cornerback Ceyair Wright, visiting Ann Arbor for the first time.
Jon: Yeah, up until now, the whole thing with Wright was Michigan has done well recruiting him, but you can’t see him committing without visiting campus first. Now being able to check that off is gonna be a big deal. Michigan kind of has a way with these Southern California defensive back recruitments here they kind of hang around and then in December they end up committing. Maybe they could pull that off one more time. (Cornerback is) one of the biggest holes left in 2021 to fill, so capping it off with (Omarion) Cooper and Wright — let’s get greedy here — that would be an awesome way to finish it.
Von: Let’s move on to these 2022 guys who are looking to come that same weekend. The two commits visiting as of now are Alex VanSumeren, the four-star defensive tackle from Essexville, and then Tyler Martin, the four-star linebacker. A couple other visitors, all in the defensive backfield, five-star Domani Jackson, who is finally going to be able to visit Ann Arbor for the first time after calling Michigan his dream school. Another defensive back is five-star cornerback Will Johnson, another big-time target for Michigan in this 2022 class. And then one of the surprises for me personally, when I saw this name come up I was a little stunned, is four-star Isaac Thompson, the four-star cornerback/safety kind of hybrid player. Stephen, it sounds like this game catapulted Michigan up on Thompson’s list, and potentially, if not at the top, pretty close to the top.
Stephen: Yeah, when you have Texas who gave up 63 against Texas Tech, Oklahoma is Oklahoma but they aren’t the team we are used to recently, but 53 points against them. That plays a big role, especially if you’re a defensive back, that doesn’t give you a whole lot of confidence. The thing that stands out about Isaac Thompson’s film to me is he’s extremely physical. I think there is some technique he could clean up but, man, he hits. He hits harder than most corners out there, and his frame at 6-foot-1, that lends him really well to even move to safety if cornerback doesn’t work out. He plays all over the place on his team in high school in St. Louis. Intriguing prospect and kind of came outta nowhere, but Texas not doing their hottest, that has an impact.
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