After landing Andrel Anthony last Friday, Michigan has another huge recruiting battle on the horizon with Rocco Spindler set to decide this Saturday. There isn’t much news on that race given how close to the vest Spindler is being. It still looks like an extremely tight battle between Michigan and Notre Dame with either team holding a narrow lead depending on who you talk to.
In the meantime, today’s Recruiting Roundup has some good information on another Michigan/Notre Dame battle and a couple of 2022 prospects, so let’s jump right in.
Michigan coaches staying in touch with two-way player
Even with four wide receivers on board, The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich reports the coaches have been consistently contacting another recruit with the potential to play on offense ($).
Hawaii four-star Titus Mokiao-Atimalala told Marich he’s “been talking with them weekly.”
Mokiao-Atimalala has the potential to play both wide receiver and safety, although Michigan has always preferred him to play defense. That is why safeties coach Bob Shoop has been his main point of contact, along with assistance from Jim Harbaugh and Shaun Nua.
There is one crystal ball prediction for Notre Dame, who traditionally does well in Hawaii. If Mokiao-Atimalala is fine with ending up at safety, Michigan has a good shot. But if he prefers playing wide receiver, I’d expect him to end up elsewhere.
New Michigan commit has connection with four-star 2022 prospect
Andrel Anthony’s commitment could already be paying off on the recruiting trail with 2022 four-star wide receiver Darrius Clemons, according to TMI’s Marich ($).
Clemons, who lives in Oregon, is originally from Michigan and grew up tight with Anthony.
“Me and Andrel were best friends when I lived in Michigan,” Clemons said. “Yeah, we’re still close and I’ve known him since I was like five.”
Clemons recently caught the attention of the recruiting industry after running a 4.37 40-yard dash at 6-foot-3. Michigan has made him a priority for a while and has a better chance than usual for a West Coast kid given his childhood growing up in-state.
To make things even better, Clemons is a Michigan State legacy, which would make a potential recruiting victory even sweeter.
Michigan in top group for 2022 four-star DE
A few 2022 prospects have already put out top lists with Michigan in them, including Pennsylvania four-star defensive end Ken Talley. Talley put Michigan in his group of 13 schools on Sunday, mentioning he is planning to commit Sept. 8.
TOP 13 I will be making my decision on my grandmother birthday Sept 8th let the countdown begin #GBR #GBO #Weare #BBN #Gigem #Goblue #H2p #ForksUp #Hailwv #Goterps #Thebirthplace #GoGators #Hottytoddy pic.twitter.com/f2meDEjXXP— KEN “ “ TALLEY (@KenTalley22) August 2, 2020
TMI’s Marich spoke with Talley to see what his interest level in Michigan is like ($).
Talley admitted he “talk(s) to Michigan a lot. I’ve been talking with coach Zordich.”
Penn State has two crystal ball predictions right now, but those were made last October so he seems pretty wide open for a guy planning to decide in around a month. There will have to be a lot of narrowing down of his list before he is ready to make a decision if he sticks to his timeline.
That wraps up this week’s Recruiting Roundup! Come back soon for the latest news in Michigan football recruiting.