Welcome to this week’s recruiting roundup from Maize n Brew. We’ve got a notable update on a major in-state target and visit recaps from a pair of blue-chip tight ends to cover, so let’s get to it.
Top-100 in-state prospect details recruitment
While there has been much contention over running back Donovan Edwards lately because of a string of Ohio State Crystal Balls, guard Rocco Spindler has taken a bit of a backseat. However, in an interview with 247Sports’ Tom Loy, Spindler revealed how he plans to finish his recruiting process, which is scheduled to end before Edwards ($).
First, Spindler discussed how Director of Recruiting Matt Dudek and head coach Jim Harbaugh have recruited him well.
“Matt Dudek, I think he’s by far probably one of the best recruiters out there. He knows how to say the things he’s got to say, but also he could prove it on and off the field and in the classroom and with his players, especially with how they show up Saturday nights,” Spindler explained.
Spindler continued about Harbaugh, “He’s a great coach. A lot of people say he won’t be there long, but I think he’s doing something really special, especially with the guys he’s recruiting,” said Spindler of Harbaugh. “I think they’ve got to just figure out one or two things, and they could be a national championship team and they can win a Big-10 championship. There’s just those small, little increments that they need to fix and I think they could possibly be the one team that wins it all.
The plan is for Spindler to visit Ann Arbor for the weekend of April 24th through the 26th in what I assume will be an official. This will be his last chance to learn about the program before making his decision on May 15th. While it appears that Michigan has a lead, they’ll have to fight off Notre Dame, Penn State, and Ohio State until the very end.
California Four-star TE makes first trip to Ann Arbor
A top target on the tight end board is four-star Brock Bowers, the No. 3 prospect at his position. Bowers and his parents visited campus for the first time this weekend, catching up with The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich afterwards to discuss the experience ($).
“We toured campus and the facilities and got to sit down and meet with some of the coaches. It was nice. The guys there were great,” recapped Bowers. “I mostly talked with Coach Moore. It went good. I really like him. He’s been the one I’ve been talking to (in my recruitment).”
Bowers also got the chance to talk with head coach Jim Harbaugh, which was a highlight for the California native.
“It was cool because I’ve seen him on TV with the Niners and now Michigan, so it was crazy sitting down with him. He wasn’t a lot different. He was just another football coach when he was talking, which was cool. He was easy to talk to and he was mainly trying to get to know me and seeing what I was looking for in a school.”
Bowers also visited Notre Dame and Penn State while on his Midwest swing, but doesn’t seem to have any other trips planned as of now.
Ohio Four-star TE receives offer during visit
Another tight end on campus this weekend was Hilliard Bradley (OH) four-star Jack Pugh. Pugh stepped on campus without an offer, but that changed when Michigan extended one to him during the visit. Pugh’s father spoke with 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong about how the trip went ($).
“The visit was great. Jack loved it,” Pugh’s father shared. “Coach Harbaugh spent a considerable amount of time talking with us which was nice. We got the tour of the facilities, the stadium and talked with the academic people.”
Moving forward, Pugh has visits planned for Penn State and Alabama at the end of the month. Pugh’s father said that “Michigan is definitely in the thick of it” and that “Jack will probably narrow things down after his visits in March.”
After taking three trips to Wisconsin, the Badgers look to be leading here and have the sole Crystal Ball prediction. But, we’ll see if this string of visits will do anything to shake up the four-star’s recruitment.
Three-star CB blown away by Michigan offer
Another cornerback added to Michigan’s board is Philadelphia three-star Tyreek Chappell, who received his offer from cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich last week. Chappell spoke with TMI’s Marich to share his thoughts following the offer ($).
“My coach had told me on the phone and I was so amazed that I had an offer. I couldn’t believe it, after I spoke with my coach I was still in disbelief. I’m excited about this offer,” Chappell exclaimed.
Needless to say, Chappell’s interest is now very high in the program. “I am very interested in Michigan,” Chappell said. “One of my dream schools. The academics are top of the line, a huge fan following, the colors are tough, so there’s a lot to like.”
Chappell holds a solid offer list that includes Baylor, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.
The three-star prospect said he plans to visit Ann Arbor “sometime in spring like April” to experience what the program has to offer firsthand.
That concludes this week’s Tuesday Recruiting Roundup! Make sure to check back in soon for even more recruiting news and updates from Maize n Brew.