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Thursday Recruiting Roundup: U-M in good shape for emerging 2022 TE

The Wolverines could be at the top of the list for a tight end in the heart of SEC territory.

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Welcome to another Michigan Recruiting Roundup!

Today, we have a few updates on 2022 prospects on the offensive side of the ball. Two of them will likely be top targets, with the “athlete” of this article being a bit of a mystery at this point as far as where he falls on the board for Michigan. Let’s get to it!

U-M could be team to beat for 2022 TE

With the Wolverines currently at one tight end in the 2021 class, odds are they will look to take a couple in 2022. One of their most recent offers is Oscar Delp, a 6-foot-5, 220-pounder from Cumming, Georgia. Since being offered by Michigan on Sept. 5, he has received other offers from Michigan State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Utah, Minnesota, Georgia Tech and Boston College.

247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong ($) caught up with Delp recently to gauge his interest in U-M.

“The academics and way the school utilizes their tight ends have really stood out to me the most,” Delp said. “I’ve been building a relationship with coach (Sherrone) Moore that keeps growing stronger.

“The overall atmosphere from some of the games I’ve watched and I’ve got some family up near Ann Arbor which is great as well.”

The family up near Ann Arbor is one of the reasons why The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb ($) said he is close to putting in a crystal ball for Delp. And then there is this report from Forsyth County News that a teammate of Delp’s shouted “Yeah, Michigan” to him when he caught a touchdown in his first week of the season.

All in all, things are looking good for U-M early on here. I don’t expect a commitment any time soon, but these reports all seem very favorable. He is not ranked yet, but with a 40-yard dash time of 4.66 seconds and a shuttle time of 4.35 seconds, chances are he will get a decent rankings bump in the future.

Warinner connecting with 2022 East Coast OL

The Wolverines routinely clean up the East Coast when it comes to recruiting. They already landed the No. 1 player in Massachusetts in 2022 — four-star linebacker Tyler Martin — and are looking at another 2022 player in Massachusetts, four-star offensive lineman Ty Chan.

Ed Warinner offered the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder back in August. Chan has kept in contact with Warinner since then, he told The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($).

“Yeah, I have recently (talked with Michigan),” Chan said. “Coach Warinner and I have talked on the phone a good amount of times now. I had a Zoom call with the coaches on the staff (last) Saturday. It went well. I got to learn more about the program and academics at Michigan.”

It is very early on in his recruitment, but Chan was not afraid to say Michigan is already very high on his list of schools.

“I think it’ll definitely be one of the schools that I have a great interest with and might be the school I decide to go to,” he said.

Warinner and company are going to have a very good shot here. With there being so many East Coast connections at Michigan, they should be in this recruitment until the very end.

Chan is the No. 2 player in Massachusetts and No. 288 overall player in his class on 247Sports’ composite. He holds other offers from Boston College, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Duke, Penn State, Syracuse, and William & Mary.

2022 Alabama ATH attends virtual tour of U-M

With the ongoing in-person recruiting dead period, college coaches all over the country have had to think of unique ways to connect with kids and get them interested in their program without seeing them face-to-face. One thing Michigan has utilized is virtual tours, and one prospect who was able to go on one recently is 2022 three-star athlete Omari Kelly, according to TMI’s Marich ($).

“I have gotten mail and did a virtual tour with (special teams/defensive analyst) coach (Aashon) Larkins and have been talking here and there,” Kelly said. “It was last Thursday and it went pretty well. He took me through both levels of the facility, which were very nice and I got to see a few of the players. I didn’t get to see the locker room due to the fact that there were a limited number of people allowed in there.”

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Trussville, Alabama was offered by offensive coordinator Josh Gattis back in June, but it is the relationship with Larkins he is currently looking to expand on.

“I like (Larkins) and we just started talking, but I think we will grow to have a really good relationship,” he said.

Something to keep in mind for this recruitment is that Kelly plays for the same high school as another 2022 target for Michigan, four-star defensive lineman Justice Finkley. Considering where they are both from, I would consider both guys long shots at this point, but we will obviously have to wait and see how their recruitments play out.

That’s all for this week! Come back Tuesday for another Recruiting Roundup.