Happy Thursday, and welcome to today’s Michigan Recruiting Roundup!
We’ve got updates on some of Michigan’s top offensive targets in the 2021 class today, so let’s get right to it.
Warinner FaceTimes with top 100 OT
There are tons of great talent in the state of Michigan in the 2021 class, but one of the top guys the Wolverines are going after is four-star offensive lineman Garrett Dellinger. The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder from Clarkston, who plays high school ball with Rocco Spindler, is among the top remaining targets at offensive tackle for Ed Warinner and company in the class, after Caleb Tiernan (Northwestern) and David Davidkov (Iowa) committed elsewhere.
The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($) reported Warinner not only recently had a FaceTime conversation with Dellinger, but also his entire family, including his father who was deployed overseas but has since returned home for the time being.
“In addition, I’m told the family FaceTime went great and the Wolverines sit in strong position,” Marich wrote.
But how strong is the position Michigan sits in? At this moment, still probably not as strong as the position LSU sits in, given all nine crystal balls are in on the Tigers. But evidently, Warinner isn’t giving up the fight. If the pandemic subsides in the coming months and Dellinger is able to get back on campus, perhaps the tide could change.
The battle continues for East Coast OT
The Wolverines are looking to get one more tackle for the 2021 class, after already having a verbal pledge from four-star Giovanni El-Hadi. Maybe it will be Dellinger, but if not, the Wolverines do sit well with another prospect — three-star Tristan Bounds.
247Sports’ Brian Dohn ($) has been following Bounds’ recruitment very closely, and recently broke down the 6-foot-7.5, 285-pounder’s top list.
Regarding Michigan, Dohn wrote, “Michigan offered in late January, and it made an immediate impression on him. Bounds has an official visit scheduled for June 19-21. The mix of academics and competing for a Big Ten title register high with Bounds, and the Wolverines accentuated their standing when four offensive linemen were selected in the NFL draft last month. That holds weight.”
Notre Dame is a team that just got into this heated race after offering him on May 1. The Irish are now among the top schools for Bounds, who has academics as a high priority when deciding his future school.
The other schools in his top list are Boston College, Maryland, Texas, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The competition is tough, but Michigan certainly sits in a good position as of now. We will see if Warinner can close here.
Harbaugh chats again with Hawaiian WR
The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder is someone we’ve talked a little bit about on Maize n Brew in the past. He has video chatted with Harbaugh and defensive line coach Shaun Nua in the past, so he is definitely someone they remain high on, along with four-star receivers Cristian Dixon and Xavier Worthy, and in-state three-star Andrel Anthony.
Mokiao-Atimalala is currently the No. 284 overall player in the 2021 class, per 247Sports’ composite ranking.
That’s all for today! Come back Tuesday for another roundup.