Welcome back to this week’s Michigan Recruiting Roundup at Maize n Brew! Michigan had a good weekend on the trail, picking up two commitments. Today’s roundup will check in on some 2022 targets who could potentially join Tyler Martin and Alex VanSumeren in the class down the road.
Michigan offers top 100 QB
On last week’s Future Brew podcast, one of the few guys who Michigan reached out to at the open of the contact period who didn’t hold an offer was Kentucky 2022 four-star quarterback Gavin Wimsatt. That changed on Friday when Michigan finally extended an offer to the No. nation’s No. 4 dual threat quarterback.
Following the offer, Wimsatt told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong “it’s pretty big, it means a lot.” ($).
“Coach McDaniels he’s a really really good coach. We’ve been talking for the past few months, just about football and about everything going on,” Wimsatt said. “I like talking to him. Their campus is really nice, traditionally they’re a very good football team and it’s really exciting.”
Aside from Michigan, Wimsatt holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, TCU, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and others. There are no Crystal Ball picks in yet.
Four-star DE building strong relationship with Michigan coaches
One of the Midwest’s top prospects for 2022 is Indiana four-star defensive end Joe Strickland. Since being offered by Michigan back in the spring, Strickland has been developing a good relationship with some members of the coaching staff, he told The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich recently ($).
“Harbaugh has texted me since Sept. 1, same as coach Nua. I’ve been calling coach Nua since quarantine started and when they offered me,” Strickland said. “I was calling him every Friday at 4 p.m. It was right before I worked out and he would always ask me how I’m doing, if I’m healthy, what I’m doing for workouts and more.”
Nua has also been giving Strickland some tips to improve his game, which he has appreciated.
“With him giving my drills, it also shows he’s definitely interested. He didn’t have to do that. He’s trying to help me get better and he’s not even my coach yet.”
Strickland was supposed to visit Ann Arbor this summer, but those plans were cancelled because of the pandemic. There is an early crystal ball pick in for Notre Dame right now.
Michigan pitching another dual-sport athlete
Jim Harbaugh has shown his love for athletes who excel in multiple sports and has parlayed Michigan’s strong baseball program into landing a couple of recruits in past classes. In the 2022 class he’s trying to leverage that angle again with Mississippi four-star linebacker Stone Blanton.
After getting offered by Michigan last week, Blanton spoke with TMI’s Marich about Michigan’s pitch ($).
“I’m pretty interested in Michigan,” Blanton said. “I remember watching the TV series on them and I just really like the way they develop their players and the amazing atmosphere.”
“Yes, I’m very interested in doing that (at Michigan),” Blanton said about playing both sports in college. “They briefly mentioned it. We’ve only gotten a chance to talk that one time.”
Being from Mississippi, this will be a tough recruitment to win, but the baseball angle has been proven to work well in the past. Mississippi State has a crystal ball pick in so far.l
That concludes today’s Recruiting Roundup. Make sure to check back soon for the latest happenings for Michigan on the recruiting trail.