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Thursday Recruiting Roundup: U-M going after CMU DT

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The pipeline from Mount Pleasant to Ann Arbor could continue.

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Happy Christmas Eve, everybody, and welcome to today’s Michigan Recruiting Roundup!

We are going to keep it light today and highlight another defensive tackle in the transfer portal the Wolverines have shown interest in. We also have updates on a couple 2022 defensive backs. Let’s get to it.

U-M looking at CMU DT

The Wolverines took in a defensive lineman from Central Michigan a couple years ago in Mike Danna, and now they may be able to reel in another former Chippewa. According to The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz ($), Michigan has expressed interest in former CMU defensive tackle Mohamed Diallo.

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound defensive tackle is looking to transfer somewhere for his final season of college football as a graduate student. In five games this season, Diallo compiled 19 tackles, including 9.5 for loss. He started out at junior college, then transferred to Texas A&M for one year. Then he transferred to CMU for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

As you probably already know, the Wolverines desperately need bodies along the interior defensive line. Given the strong ties to CMU that Michigan has with tight ends coach Sherrone Moore, as well as former receivers coach Jim McElwain being the head coach, this should be a slam dunk for Michigan. As long as Diallo’s academics are up to par, I would imagine Michigan has a good shot at landing him.

U-M wish four-star ATH happy birthday

One of the top prospects in the 2022 class the Wolverines have been recruiting hard is four-star athlete Larry Turner-Gooden. The 6-foot, 179-pounder from California is being recruited by the best of the best in college football, and Michigan is among the top options.

According to TMI’s Brice Marich ($), Jim Harbaugh, Michael Zordich and Aashon Larkins reached out to Turner-Gooden on Tuesday, which was his birthday.

It appears the Wolverines have made Turner-Gooden one of their top priorities in the 2022 class, and rightfully so. He is among the most talented prospects not only just on the West Coast, but also in the country. He is being recruited by Michigan to play in the defensive backfield, and could play either corner or safety at the next level.

Turner-Gooden is the No. 53 overall player in the 2022 class on the composite rankings. He has other offers from Alabama, Clemson, USC, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oklahoma and more.

Zordich still communicating with four-star CB

According to TMI’s Lorenz ($), Zordich has maintained his contact with 2022 four-star cornerback Fabian Ross.

“I am still talking with coach Zordich every week,” Ross told Lorenz. “I can’t wait to get out and see some schools.”

The 6-foot, 185-pounder from Las Vegas plays high school football at Bishop Gorman, a top program in the country. He is the No. 176 overall player on the 247Sports composite. He holds other offers from Notre Dame, Penn State, Oregon, Michigan State, Washington, USC, Utah and more.

Zordich and the Wolverines need to reel in a few high-end cornerback prospects in this 2022 class, considering they only have one corner signed for 2021. Luckily, they are recruiting many elite corners in 2022, including five-stars Will Johnson and Domani Jackson, and four-star Jaeden Gould, among others.

That’s all for this week! Come back Tuesday for another roundup!