Michigan football recruiting has been able to keep doing enough to keep fans entertained during this world with no sports, landing its sixth commitment in three weeks on Sunday afternoon when four-star center Raheem Anderson joined the boat. Ed Warinner is not finished on the offensive line, however, as he seeks to add even more talent in the trenches before the cycle is over.
Michigan staying on top of in-state four-star OT
While Rocco Spindler gets a lot of attention, it’s easy to forget his teammate Garrett Dellinger is just as touted in the rankings. The No. 77 player in the 2021 class has also been hearing from Michigan plenty lately, according to The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($).
“I talk to coach Harbaugh and coach Warinner about everyday,” Dellinger said. “Just waiting for the virus to die out, so I can go on an official visit. Coach Warinner is excited to get me on campus for an official visit and they see me as a great offensive tackle at Michigan.”
Hopefully recruiting is allowed again during the summer, as Dellinger wants to take his official visit in June.
“When the NCAA allows, I will definitely visit in June. The coaches told me I can choose any weekend in June whatever works for me and my family. My dad is still in Iraq, but should be home in May.”
LSU received a strong run of crystal balls for Dellinger about a month ago, but a commitment never happened. After Caleb Tiernan committed to Northwestern, it appears Michigan has moved Dellinger back up the target board. With an official visit in the plans, the Wolverines should have a good shot to keep him in state.
Four-star OG chats with Michigan coaches
Another priority target Jim Harbaugh and Ed Warinner are teaming up to recruit hard is Massachusetts 2021 four-star guard Drew Kendall. Kendall was discussed a lot when his teammate Casey Phinney committed to Michigan earlier this month, and according to TMI’s Marich, the coaches are staying in continuous contact with the elite prospect ($).
“It was really good to get on FaceTime with coach Harbaugh and to hear the good things he had to say about me. They made it clear that I was a priority for them in this class,” Kendall said. “It was a great experience and a great feeling. It showed me that they are all in and that meant a lot to me. Looking forward to more calls with the staff.”
Kendall continued to say “Michigan is going to be one of my final schools when it comes down to committing.”
Other schools also under consideration include Boston College, Duke, Penn State and Virginia. At this point, I don’t think the staff would turn down either Kendall or Spindler if both wanted to come to Michigan.
SEC commit eyeing possible Michigan visit
“(I’ve talked with) coach Brian Jean-Mary and coach Zordich. I spoke with coach Zordich yesterday actually. (They’ve been telling me) just how I’m maintaining during this COVID-19 and just having a friendly conversation,” O’Brien said.
That communication has led O’Brien to consider taking a visit up to Ann Arbor when he is able to do so, maybe even two.
O’Brien said he wants to take an “unofficial, then maybe come back on an official.”
Florida State holds five crystal balls for O’Brien right now, which indicates his commitment to Auburn is pretty soft.
In-state three-star WR remains top target for staff
East Lansing native Andrel Anthony was identified as a top guy for the staff early in the process, and that has not waned in the months since. TMI’s Steve Lorenz reported Michigan coaches have continued to stay in constant contact with the three-star receiver ($).
According to Lorenz, the staff has FaceTimed Anthony “multiple times in the last two weeks.”
An All-State performer in both football and basketball, Harbaugh, Josh Gattis and Sherrone Moore all attended one of Anthony’s basketball games back in January, showing their level of interest in him.
Local Michigan State will be coming on hard for Anthony while selling their new coaching staff. Penn State and Notre Dame are also in the mix, but the crystal ball still favor Michigan.
That’s going to wrap up another Tuesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup here at Maize n Brew. Check back again soon for the latest happenings on the Michigan recruiting trail.