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Tuesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Top offensive line target is off the board

A touted tackle suddenly committed elsewhere, but Michigan looks good to a couple of wide receivers.

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Most of the football world’s attention was focused on the NFL draft this past weekend, and deservedly so given our lack of content lately. Given that, there were fewer recruiting updates than usual, but some nuggets did surface. Unfortunately, the biggest piece of news does not bode well for Michigan.

Top tackle target surprisingly commits elsewhere

For a while, it looked like Michigan was the leader for 2021 Illinois four-star prospect David Davidkov. The 6-foot-6 tackle had the majority of his crystal ball picks on the Wolverines, but that changed quickly on Monday morning.

After checking with sources, The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich changed his tune and said Iowa suddenly surged out in front ($). That came to pass when Davidkov announced his pledge on Twitter early Monday afternoon.

Marich continued to say this development is “not for a lack of effort on Michigan’s end or anything like that because he’s noted plenty of times how he’s constantly been in contact with the coaching staff plus his bond with Warinner.”

However, Iowa also did a good job building those relationships and emphasizing their ability to prepare tackles for the pros, as evidenced by Tristan Wirfs being drafted in the top 15 of this year’s draft.

As for the Wolverines, they will keep recruiting guys like Nolan Rucci, Garrett Dellinger, Tristan Bounds and Diego Pounds to fill the tackle spot in their class.

Family ties could help with top wide receiver target

A prospect that has shot up Michigan’s board as of late is 2021 California four-star Xavier Worthy. While Worthy lives across the country, TMI’s Sam Webb reports he has a few connections that could eventually land him in Ann Arbor when it’s all said and done ($).

“I want to get out of California to go explore,” Worthy said. “I have family in Michigan and Arizona. I have family in Detroit, Michigan. I have uncles and like two aunts down there.”

Furthermore, Worthy has another uncle at home in Fresno who roots for Michigan as well.

“That’s my (other) uncle’s favorite team,” Worthy said. “He knows a lot about them. He was happy (about the offer). Happy-happy.”

The Michigan staff is pushing hard to leverage that pre-existing familiarity with the program. Worthy said he talks to Josh Gattis and Jim Harbaugh “all the time, like every week.”

Worthy will still have to visit his top schools before he makes any decision. He plans to nail down his final six schools in August and decide in November. Washington and Oregon are probably the two schools to look out for in this race.

Elite 2022 wide receiver lands offer from Michigan

Michigan is also pursuing top receivers in the 2022 class as well. The staff extended an offer to the No. 2 wide receiver in his class last week in Saint Louis native Kevin Coleman. Coleman talked with 247Sports’ Midwest expert Allen Trieu about the offer ($).

“When I received the offer from Michigan, I was excited and thanked God for another opportunity to play at the next level,” he said. “With the Michigan offer, my pops loved it. One of his favorite players was Charles Woodson.”

Despite not receiving an offer from Michigan until recently, Coleman has already visited campus this year. He was in Ann Arbor with a large group of prospects back in late January, so he had a high level of interest prior to the offer.

Coleman received an offer from Alabama on the same day as Michigan, so this will be a national battle.

That concludes this week’s edition of the Tuesday Recruiting Roundup. Come back again soon to get your latest fill of Michigan recruiting news and updates.