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Thursday Recruiting Roundup: Michigan reaches out to Iowa commit

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Hey everyone, and welcome to another Michigan Recruiting Roundup.

Just a quick reminder for this Saturday, as 2021 four-star defensive end Quintin Somerville is set to make his commitment. Regardless if he commits to Michigan or not, we will have the news for you right here on Maize n Brew. But for now, let’s get to today’s updates.

U-M contacts Iowa commit

With the recent controversy surrounding the Iowa Hawkeyes football program, the Michigan coaching staff reached out to former offensive line target and current Iowa commit, 2021 four-star David Davidkov, according to The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz ($).

“I’m told that despite it being a positive conversation, Davidkov is staying 100 percent solid to the Hawkeyes and I believe the Wolverines are going to fully move on from the Illinois product,” Lorenz wrote.

Ed Warinner and company were recruiting Davidkov as hard as any of the other top targets on their offensive line board for this class. The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder committed to Iowa back in April and has not wavered his commitment since.

Given what Iowa has been going through, it definitely wasn’t a bad move by the Wolverines to gauge Davidkov’s interest. But now that they know he is rock solid to the Hawkeyes, they will completely move on and focus all their attention on other guys in 2021 like Garrett Dellinger, Drew Kendall, Rocco Spindler and Thomas Cole.

Top OL target planning to commit in the next month

Speaking of Drew Kendall, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound guard from Dedham, Massachusetts recently told Rivals’ EJ Holland ($) he intends to still commit by the end of July.

“(The commitment is) still going to be June or July,” Kendall said. “I don’t know if I ever will have an exact date. I don’t think I’ll release a top schools list or anything. But a lot of it is going to come down to coaches and the feel. I’m trying not to let distance play a huge factor in it. I think when it comes down to it, it’s going to come down to where I see myself and the relationships I’ve built.”

Holland also notes Kendall is down to a final six of Michigan, Penn State, Duke, Stanford, Virginia, and Boston College, where his father played college football.

There are six crystal balls in for Kendall to Michigan, with the highest confidence pick being a 9/10. The lowest confidence is a 4/10. But with the way this recruitment has gone, I can’t help but feel Michigan’s chances are dwindling each day passes and Kendall remains uncommitted. We will see how this shakes out, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Boston College being the school he eventually chooses.

Top 100 2022 CB breaks down recruitment

Cornerback is an interesting position for Michigan in the 2021 class, as Jon Simmons and I spoke about on this week’s Future Brew podcast. But in 2022, the board is really starting to materialize, and among the top targets is Jaeden Gould, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Oradell, New Jersey.

Considering his former top two recruiters from Michigan are no longer on the staff, Mike Zordich and Jim Harbaugh have picked up the slack, Gould told 247Sports’ Brian Dohn ($). Gould also recapped a previous visit to Ann Arbor, in which he described in a positive light.

“Michigan, I would say, I’ve been in contact with the most,” Gould said. “I’ve been there three times since they offered me. There’s just something special about that place. I wish I could go back every single weekend if I could.

“Walking into that stadium, when I went to the Ohio State game, even though they lost, the energy in there was crazy. I drove and it is not too far from home. My family would be able to come to most games. That is definitely a place for me.”

Other schools Gould mentioned to Dohn as schools he is fond of are Tennessee, Boston College, Rutgers and USC. He also holds offers from Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan State, Penn State, Texas A&M and Ole Miss — where his lead recruiter guessed it, Chris Partridge — among other offers.

Gould does not have a composite score, but is ranked No. 96 overall by 247Sports.

That’s all for this week! Come back Tuesday for another Recruiting Roundup.