Arguably Michigan’s most important remaining target in the 2021 class, four-star defensive tackle Rayshaun Benny, released a top eight list last weekend. Along with the Wolverines were Michigan State, LSU, Kentucky, Arkansas, Penn State, Tennessee and Arizona State.
As explained on this week’s Future Brew, the Wolverines seem to be the team to beat in this recruitment for the in-state native.
Von: (Benny) included U-M in his top eight list over the weekend, and a couple glaring omissions from his top list were both Iowa and Ohio State, who were going after him pretty hard at one point. The fact that Iowa and Ohio State were left off his list — looking at the other teams on his top list, it really makes you wonder. It’s a matter of “when” and not “if” at this point because he’s talked very highly about Michigan and I just can’t imagine him really leaving the state of Michigan at this point. As of right now, I think Michigan is the team to beat. I don’t know if a decision is looming by any means, but things are looking pretty good for U-M.
Jon: I think it was one of the more surprising top lists you’ll see without two former teams that might’ve been leaders at one point being left off. Iowa, I think the deal is he was really turned off by all the stuff that is happening with (former strength coach) Chris Doyle and Kirk Ferentz and the culture they’ve kind of built there, so I don’t think he likes that. Ohio State is kind of a mystery, I don’t know what’s been going on there. They’re still looking for a defensive tackle to add to the class. Pretty big they’ve been left off. And I definitely think he’s not gonna go too far away from home. With him and his relationship with his mom, who wants to be able to be at all his games. Arizona State and LSU and places like that are just too far away. So right now I’d say it’s probably Kentucky, who’s been pretty good at Oak Park the past few classes, and Penn State, are probably the two that are the biggest threats right now.