Welcome everyone to this week’s edition of the Tuesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup! The roundup today is focused mainly on the 2022 class, with some intriguing updates along the offensive line and some other positions. Start remembering these names for the future!
Michigan “dream school” for four-star OT
Since offering in early June, Michigan quickly became one of the top contenders for 2022 four-star Pennsylvania offensive lineman Drew Shelton. The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich caught up with Shelton to discuss why Michigan has always stood out to him ($).
“The University of Michigan was always my dream school growing up, so it’s pretty cool for me to have the opportunity to play for them,” Shelton said, calling U-M “high on my list.”
That’s also due to offensive line coach Ed Warinner’s persistence with Shelton. The two have talked quite often since the Wolverines extended their offer.
“Yes, I talk to coach Warinner frequently,” Shelton said. “Our calls have gone well and I like him a lot. He’s a nice guy and seems like he cares about the bigger picture, not just my college decision.”
Shelton is ranked No. 149 in the newly-populated 2022 national composite rankings, and the No. 16 offensive tackle.
Warinner speaking weekly with another four-star OT
Another highly-regarded 2022 offensive lineman Warinner is keeping in constant contact with is South Carolina native Collin Sadler. Sadler also spoke with TMI’s Marich about his communication with the Wolverines since receiving the offer ($).
“I try to talk to coach Warinner once a week. Coach Warinner is great. I really look forward to our conversations. I think he is a really honest guy and I definitely appreciate that in a coach,” Sadler said.
Sadler holds offers from some of the top schools in the country, including Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Penn State, Notre Dame, Oregon and several others.
In-state Clemson unsurprisingly has an early crystal ball lead for the No. 18 offensive tackle prospect in the country.
Michigan doing well with in-state four-star ATH
West Bloomfield has the potential to be a major pipeline for Michigan, and one of the next players to be a part of it is 2022 four-star athlete Michael Williams. While listed as an outside linebacker, Williams told TMI’s Sam Webb schools aren’t going to pigeon-hole him into any one position ($).
“Most teams haven’t really told me what they see me as yet,” Williams said. “They mostly just tell me they’re waiting to see what I grow into by senior year. So not one team has really told me what they want me to play yet in college.”
Even with an impressive national offer sheet, Williams says the two major in-state programs are the ones hitting him up the most.
“Michigan and Michigan State are showing a lot of love,” Williams said. “Those are probably the two that are showing the most love to me right now.”
With his mom a Michigan alum and his dad a Michigan State alum, Williams said “he couldn’t be a fan of either school” growing up. But his parents aren’t letting their biases influence the school he chooses.
“They always said any school I choose, they’re okay with,” Williams said. “They always say no matter what, they’re going to take the drive. Even if I’m all the way like out of the way, they’re going to come. They are coming no matter what. So I like that about that. So they’ve never pushed anything on me or anything like that.”
Even though there are no crystal ball predictions yet, I’m comfortable in saying Michigan probably holds a slight lead given how many games Williams visited for last season. However, Williams says he is in no rush to make a decision.
Michigan in contact with three-star TE
One of the top tight ends in the Midwest in the 2022 class is Nebraska three-star Micah Riley. While speaking with 247Sports’ Iowa writer Sean Bock, he revealed a group of schools recruiting him the hardest, which included Michigan ($).
“Nebraska, Arizona State, Wisconsin and Michigan have been in the most contact,” Riley said. “Purdue and Missouri have also been in contact.”
Riley elaborated on the aspects of his game coaches have said they like the most.
“My aggression,” he said. “I block and I finish plays. I’m not scared to go hit somebody, so that’s what they like about me.”
Riley’s recruitment is still pretty open with no crystal ball predictions in yet. He said he won’t go into decision-making mode until next summer when he has a “good bond with a team.”
That wraps up this week’s Tuesday Recruiting Roundup! Come back again soon for more Michigan recruiting news and updates here at Maize n Brew.