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Tuesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Michigan makes a move for top 2021 target

Michigan may be in pole position for a coveted target, and some 2022 news in this week’s roundup.

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Welcome back to this week’s Michigan Recruiting Roundup! There have been some new developments with some big-time Michigan targets, so let’s get right to it.

Michigan stays in race for three-star S

Michigan’s top safety target on the board in 2021 remains Maryland three-star Daymon David. After it looked like Oklahoma was in pole position for a while, 247Sports’ Brian Dohn recently reported this is no longer the case ($).

In a sudden twist, David dropped Oklahoma from his favorites and listed a top two of Michigan and Boston College.

“They are both on me every day. I still get a text from each of them every day. I get a call a couple of times a week,” David said.

With his narrowed down list, David said he is nearing a decision.

“I am thinking next month (for a decision), maybe early next month or the middle of next month,” he said. “I think next month is a good time. I am really going back and forth on things.

Oregon also just offered and could be lurking as a dark horse, but Michigan and Boston College have definitely done the most in building a relationship with David.

2022 in-state four-star being recruited on both sides of the ball

One of the next big prospects out of West Bloomfield High School is four-star athlete Dillon Tatum. While Michigan was once recruiting him as a running back, The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich reported their pitch has changed ($).

“They are now recruiting me as an athlete,” Tatum said. “(I found out) a few weeks and I (was) very excited because now they’re giving me options. I called coach Zordich that day and he said, ‘We’re recruiting you on both sides of the ball now, so get used to talking to me also.’”

Tatum already has a long offer list with schools such as Florida, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas A&M and USC throwing their hat in the ring. But Tatum is still very high on the local Wolverines.

“They’re very high on my list and I really like the staff there,” Tatum said about Michigan.

2022 top 100 TE building relationship with J.J. McCarthy

Five-star quarterback commit J.J. McCarthy has been a consistent recruiter for Michigan on the trail, and is setting his sights on the 2022 class recently. One of his top targets is four-star tight end Jaleel Skinner, according to TMI’s Marich ($).

“I am very interested in Michigan,” Skinner said. “Knowing that (McCarthy’s) going there gets me pumped knowing that if I went there, then I know I would have someone to throw me the ball. I have watched his highlights and he is just a straight baller out there.”

Skinner just spoke with tight ends coach Sherrone Moore on Friday as Michigan continues to build its case.

Being from South Carolina, Skinner will be a tough pull. His crystal balls are split between the in-state schools South Carolina and Clemson right now.

That’s it for this week’s recruiting roundup. Make sure to check back again soon to get the latest news on Michigan recruiting.