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Thursday Recruiting Roundup: 2022 Cali prospects edition

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These 2022 prospects from California are guys to keep your eye on moving forward.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome in to today’s Michigan Recruiting Roundup!

We have a few updates for you today, all of them being about 2022 prospects from the state of California. The Wolverines have been successful landing top guys from California in the last few cycles, so can they strike gold again? Let’s get right to it.

U-M expected to make top list of big-time WR

One of the top receivers in the 2022 class is California four-star C.J. Williams. He is currently ranked the No. 8 wide receiver and the No. 56 overall player on the composite. With offers from all over the country, he is expected to be one of the most coveted players at his position in this class.

247Sports’ Greg Biggins ($) recently got to see Williams work out and came away impressed, saying he is now getting compared to another pretty good wide receiver from California — JuJu Smith-Schuster. In Biggins’ evaluation of Williams back in April, he compared him to another NFL talent — Los Angeles Chargers’ wide out Keenan Allen.

The bottom line is this guy is pretty good, and has the potential to get better. Biggins interviewed Williams after that workout, and he said he expects to cut his top list down soon. The four schools that are guaranteed to be a part of that are Michigan, USC, Ohio State and Alabama.

“I love the coaching staff and I have a good relationship with Josh Gattis,” Williams said about Michigan. “He has been around and is known as one of the best wide receiver coaches out there.

“The fact he’s the offensive coordinator and the wide receiver coach is pretty cool, too. That’s something Cristian (Dixon, Michigan commit) and I have talked about. That usually means they’re going to throw the ball like crazy and they have a great quarterback coming in, J.J. McCarthy, as well so a lot of pluses there.”

The fact he knows a couple names in Michigan’s 2021 class really goes to show he is paying close attention to the recruiting classes ahead of him. With Michigan trending up with four-stars Kaleb Brown and Tyler Morris — who are shorter speedsters — Williams would be an excellent compliment in Michigan’s 2022 wide receiver class.

U-M still a top school for California DT

According to The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($), the Wolverines are still a major factor for 2022 four-star defensive tackle Damonic Williams.

Shaun Nua offered the 6-foot-2, 280-pounder from Mission Hills, California back in June. Two months later, he admits Michigan remains a big player in his recruitment.

“Michigan is definitely still in my top five,” Williams said. “It would be an honor to play for such a prestigious team. I like the fan’s excitement at Michigan, the vibe of the coaching staff and the weather. I can’t wait until I can take a visit.”

Hey, if a Cali kid enjoys the Michigan weather, come on down!

Williams does not have a composite score yet, but 247Sports has him ranked a the No. 24 defensive tackle and the No. 27 player in California in his class. He holds other offers from USC, Washington, Penn State, Michigan State, Utah, Cal and more.

Five-star WR may get offer soon

Another Cali wide receiver in the 2022 class to remember later down the road is five-star Tetairoa McMillan. The Anaheim native does not yet hold an offer from Michigan, but TMI’s Marich ($) says that is only a matter of time.

“I’m hearing he’s also been in contact with the staff as well,” Marich wrote. “The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder currently doesn’t hold a scholarship offer from the Wolverines, but he’s a serious candidate to land one.”

With other offers from USC, Oregon, Notre Dame, LSU, Stanford, Penn State, Oklahoma and more, Michigan may want to speed up that process if it wants any chance of being a serious contender in his recruitment. He is already garnering serious attention from other top schools, so Gattis and company should pull the trigger sooner rather than later.

McMillan is the No. 2 wide receiver, No. 2 player in California and the No. 20 overall prospect in 2022 on 247Sports’ composite.

That is all for now! Come back on Tuesday for another Recruiting Roundup.