With high school sports beginning in some parts of the country, time is winding down for the 2021 football class, and that means the uncommitted prospects should be making their final decisions within the next few months.
There are still a handful of targets for Michigan to go after in this class — some of which they have been recruiting throughout the entirety of the cycle. Today, we will dive into the recruitments of some of the top targets remaining for Michigan in this 2021 class.
Drew Kendall, four-star, OL
According to 247Sports’ Brian Dohn ($), Kendall is set to make his decision sometime this week. His final list of suitors include Michigan, Boston College, Duke and Stanford.
Kendall (6-foot-4, 260) has had all summer to commit to Michigan. Ed Warinner and company have kept a spot open for him this entire cycle, even before Rocco Spindler committed to Notre Dame. It is concerning Kendall still has not committed, even though it’s been a few weeks since Spindler’s announcement.
I have no intel on this whatsoever, but I have a gut feeling Kendall will choose his father’s alma mater, Boston College, over Michigan. Luckily for Warinner, the Wolverines already have four guys along the offensive line in the class, so it wouldn’t be the end of the world by any means.
Donovan Edwards, four-star, RB
The fringe five-star running back from West Bloomfield has been Michigan’s top target at his position the entire cycle, and that has not changed one bit.
Edwards has been vocal about making visits this fall before announcing his decision, but with the in-person recruiting dead period in effect through September, I find it hard to believe he will be able to do that. Even if college football is played in the SEC or Big 12, I doubt the NCAA would allow in-person recruiting visits at games. If this happens, this is obviously great news for Michigan.
Regardless of what happens with that, I think he winds up a Wolverine when it’s all said and done. He has a good relationship with all the coaches at U-M, he is really tight with J.J. McCarthy, and is constantly seen wearing U-M apparel in workout videos on social media. Advantage: Michigan.
Rayshaun Benny, four-star, DL
Another in-state product, Benny (6-foot-5, 275) attends Oak Park High School, and has also been a longtime Michigan target.
Along with Michigan, his top eight list he put out in July includes Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, Arkansas, Arizona State, Kentucky and LSU.
Benny has taken self-guided visits to U-M this offseason, and his mother is also a fan of the Maize and Blue. Given his close relationship with Shaun Nua, his desire to play defensive line in college — the position Michigan is recruiting him at — and the fact his mother favors Michigan, I think the Wolverines are in a very good spot right now. There is no indication he will commit soon, but if he does, I think it’ll result in good news for U-M.
Ceyair Wright, four-star, CB
A top 100 player, Wright is Michigan’s top-ranked cornerback recruit left on the board.
Wright has been very quiet during this cycle, but some of his top schools outside of Michigan are Stanford, Notre Dame, Oregon, Arizona State, USC and UCLA.
The recruiting experts out on the West Coast even find this recruitment tough to predict. At this point, we are in “wait and see” mode with Wright. If I were a betting man — which I’m not — I would bet he stays out west and plays for either Stanford or USC.
Daymon David, three-star, S
An under-the-radar prospect until late, David shot up the composite rankings, going from a player in the top 1,000 to now sitting at a fringe four-star at No. 347 overall. This is all thanks to Rivals updating their rankings and making David a four-star.
David has a top two of Michigan and Boston College, but Oregon also recently entered the race after extending an offer. It will be interesting to see if the Ducks turn up the heat and become a real threat in this recruitment. Until then, I see this being a Michigan/BC battle until the end. This will be a close call, so stay tuned for more on this recruitment.