Recruiting in the 2022 class is up and running, and the Michigan Wolverines have wasted no time sending offers to some of the very best junior prospects.
Two players who could end up being top targets are maintaining weekly contact with the Michigan coaching staff, they both told Maize n Brew. Those players are four-star defensive tackle Nick James and four-star offensive lineman Jacob Sexton.
Both Sexton and James are within the top 200 on the 247Sports composite, and both received offers from Michigan this summer. Since receiving those offers, they both have remained in touch with the program.
“Yes sir,” Sexton said when asked if he is still talking with Michian. “I aim for weekly (discussions), but sometimes I have a busy week and do (once every) two weeks.
“Usually (we talk) just about the week so far and how workouts and practice have gone.”
When he was offered by Michigan back in June, he spoke with both offensive line coach Ed Warinner and tight ends coach Sherrone Moore.
“It was really awesome to get to talk to both of the coaches, and then even cooler to receive the offer,” Sexton told Maize n Brew in June. “I definitely plan on keeping in touch with them and I would say that they definitely are a good school.”
Sexton is from Edmond, Oklahoma, a state where their fall sports are tentatively scheduled to play in the fall. With the season approaching, Sexton says he is working on “the small details that most people ignore or wouldn’t notice.”
Besides Michigan, Sexton says he is trying to talk with all the other schools who have offered him, which include Oklahoma, Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M and more.
Meanwhile, James has also talked with two members of Michigan’s coaching staff — defensive line coach Shaun Nua and defensive analyst Aashon Larkins.
“I have talked to coach Nua as much as I want, but I have been talking to coach Larkins a lot,” James said. “We talk often. I like him because he talks about more than just football.”
Earlier this summer, the 6-foot-2, 270-pounder told Maize n Brew he also enjoyed his chat with Nua when he received the offer.
“I like (Nua). He’s honest and he cares a lot about education,” James said. “I like the passion (Michigan has) about education.
“Education (is what I want to study). I want to be a coach.”
James, who plays his football down at IMG Academy in Florida, is also talking with Michigan’s top recruit in 2021 — five-star quarterback J.J. McCarthy.
“We have talked about Michigan a couple times,” he said. “He says it’s a great place.”
James also continues to talk regularly with coaches from Ohio State and Florida State. These are two schools he discussed with us last month when we first spoke with him, so these two schools could wind up being Michigan’s biggest competitors here.
James is the No. 15 defensive tackle and No. 196 overall player, while Sexton is the No. 21 offensive tackle and No. 185 overall player on the 247Sports composite.