Last week turned out to be pretty eventful in Michigan recruiting, despite the moratorium on visits and camps. While plenty of attention was devoted to the two commitments that Michigan received, there was plenty of other action going on. Let’s see what else was happening under the radar.
Michigan offensive staff hops on call with priority in-state recruit
Four-star guard Rocco Spindler is one of the most coveted recruits for Michigan in the 2021 cycle. The coaches showed their level of interest to Spindler last Friday by having the entire offensive staff get on a FaceTime call with the top 100 recruit. Following the call, Spindler caught up with The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich to discuss how it went ($).
“I talked with Michigan today and it was actually with a bunch of coaches. I was shocked because I just thought it was just going to be coach Warinner on there and then I look and see coach Harbaugh, coach Warinner, Matt Dudek, coach Gattis. Tt was crazy,” Spindler said. “I talk to coach Warinner and Matt Dudek like about every other day, so I just thought it was awesome having all of them on there.”
The coaches’ message revolved around how much they wanted Spindler, but without trying to pressure him into a decision.
“They told me to not worry about (spots),” Spindler said. “They told me I’m the top prospect in this class and that I’m a top priority. They also told me they’re going to do everything they can to get me. Basically I’m their guy.”
Originally planning to visit his top schools and make a decision in May, Spindler admitted the pandemic has shaken things up. Now, he said “as soon as it clears, then I’ll probably release my top five,” so this one won’t be ending any time soon.
Four-star Florida athlete constantly hearing from coaches
A prospect who has not been talked about much but one the Michigan coaches really like is four-star athlete Kamonte Grimes. TMI’s Marich reached out to Grimes to gauge how serious Michigan’s interest is in the Florida native ($).
“Yeah, I talked to coach Zordich and coach Harbaugh almost every day,” Grimes said. “We just been chopping it up. It means a lot (hearing from them as much).”
Zordich’s contact reveals Michigan wants the 6-foot-2, 185 pound Grimes to play on the defensive side of the ball. According to Marich, Michigan is recruiting Grimes as a safety or possibly viper.
The No. 324 player in the country, Grimes has no crystal ball predictions yet. However, he does hold offers from Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee, Utah and UNC.
Oregon three-star athlete has Michigan near top of list
One of the latest beneficiaries of a Michigan offer is three-star jumbo athlete Patrick Hisatake. The 6-foot-5, 240 pound prospect spoke with TMI’s Marich about his experience of receiving the offer ($).
“I found out when I talked with coach Nua. I was beyond happy. Words can’t describe how I felt,” said Hisatake. “He asked me about my family, my grades, my interest in the school. I told him my dad is a big time Michigan fan, which was why it was one of my dream schools. He told me he was impressed with my film and how Michigan was one of the top schools in the country athletically and they wanted to offer.”
According to Hisatake, defensive line coach Shaun Nua has plans to play him all over the defense at Michigan.
“They are looking at bringing me in as a hybrid linebacker because I can rush and drop back,” Hisatake said. “I only started as a linebacker this past season so there is a lot of room for improvement on my end. But I am excited to keep working on my craft and getting better.”
Moving forward, Hisatake stated Michigan in his “top three for sure” and he hopes to visit this summer if possible. Besides Michigan, Hisatake holds offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada and Utah.
California three-star defensive back is on Michigan’s radar
A prospect who is a candidate to receive an offer from Michigan soon is California cornerback Robert Regan. While speaking with 247Sports’ West Coast expert Greg Biggins, Regan revealed that Michigan has been in increasing contact with him ($).
“I just talked to Michigan yesterday,” Regan said. “They actually came by my school in January but I hadn’t heard from them since. I talked to coach Zordich, the DB coach and coach Staab and they told me they’re interested and said I’m one of their top DB recruiting going forward.”
After finding he does have interest in Michigan, “coach Staab said that there was a good chance coach Zordich would be offering me soon,” according to Regan.
Once that happens, Regan said he’ll “definitely go see them and give them a look.” He already plans on visiting Wisconsin, Kansas and Boise State for officials, with Michigan now a top candidate to get one of his two remaining. Wisconsin has the sole crystal ball prediction right now.
That wraps up this week’s Michigan recruiting roundup. Come back soon for the latest in Michigan recruiting news and updates.