September 1st marked a big day on the recruiting calendar. Coaches and staff at college football programs were finally allowed to contact members of the 2022 class themselves. Previously, the prospect had to reach out to the program themself, but now their phones are blowing up with text messages and Twitter DMs daily.
Michigan of course wasted no time in contacting their top targets to show them their interest. Through a few sources including our tireless Von Lozon, I have compiled a list of everyone I’ve seen the Michigan staff reach out to on the first day of contact.
The list is long but it isn’t comprehensive. So if there is someone missing that you’re wondering about, they probably just didn’t feel like responding to a bunch of reporters asking questions hours after their phones melted because of non-stop calls from coaches.
First up we have Tennessee high four-star Ty Simpson, per the Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz ($). The No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, Michigan was the first to offer Simpson back in eighth grade, but he looks likely to stay down South.
Michigan also sent some love to Kentucky four-star Gavin Wimsatt, who they haven’t even offered yet. According to TMI’s Brice Marich, both Jim Harbaugh and Matt Dudek reached out to Wimsatt early on ($).
Given that he’s the No. 1 RB in the country, it’s unsurprising that Michigan probably loves Alabama five-star Emmanuel Henderson the most at his position. TMI’s Lorenz reports that Michigan reached out to Henderson “almost immediately” on Tuesday morning ($).
Our own Von Lozon at Maize N Brew confirmed that the trio of Jim Harbaugh, Sherrone Moore, and Josh Gattis reached out to Illinois four-star Kaleb Brown on Tuesday morning. Michigan holds 100% of the Crystal Balls for Brown.
Lozon also reported that fellow Illinois four-star Tyler Morris also heard from the offensive staff early in the contact period. Michigan is in a good position with Morris as well, holding all of the Crystal Balls.
Jim Harbaugh texted Utah four-star and former Michigan native Darrius Clemons on Tuesday morning, according to TMI’s Lorenz ($). Clemons is a childhood friend of current commit Andrel Anthony, giving Michigan a feather in their cap here.
On Twitter, Texas four-star Donovan Green posted a graphic sent to him by the Michigan staff. He has been in frequent contact with Sherrone Moore over the summer.
Sherrone Moore reached out to South Carolina four-star Jaleel Skinner as soon as he could, according to Von Lozon. He also scheduled a chat with Jim Harbaugh later in the afternoon. Despite South Carolina and Clemson Crystal Balls, there is buzz that Michigan could be leading.
Georgia three-star Marlin Klein is another top target at the position who heard from Moore and Harbaugh just after midnight as well, per TMI’s Lorenz ($). Klein will be making his own trip up to Ann Arbor this weekend.
California guard Earnest Greene is right on the edge of five-star status and heard from Ed Warinner, according to TMI’s Lorenz ($). Greene was able to visit Ann Arbor before the shutdown in spring, which gives Michigan an advantage.
TMI’s Marich confirmed that IMG Academy four-star tackle Tyler Booker heard from Warinner as well ($). Booker checks all the boxes for Michigan. He’s originally from Connecticut, played at Bergen Catholic in New Jersey, and is now at IMG Academy protecting JJ McCarthy along with Greg Crippen.
For the sake of brevity I’m going to combine four-star tackles Drew Shelton and Jacob Sexton since Lozon spoke to both. Michigan looks best for Shelton right now, who grew up a Wolverine fan, but Sexton is also near the top of the board.
Colorado three-star tackle Connor Jones had an extra special day, getting a call from Ed Warinner that he received an offer from Michigan, per Von Lozon. The two had been in contact before today, but Warinner waited until he could initiate to extend the offer.
One of the handful of Alabama prospects Michigan is targeting in 2022 is four-star Justice Finkley. TMI’s Lorenz reports that Michigan reached out to him and believes he could bulk up to play defensive tackle at some point ($).
Shaun Nua, Jim Harbaugh, and Matt Dudek all reached out to Arizona four-star Anthony Lucas, reports TMI’s Lorenz ($). Michigan has a good shot with Lucas, who has already visited campus as an underclassman.
As the only commit in the class, four-star Alex VanSumeren heard “almost immediately” from multiple members of the coaching staff, per TMI’s Marich ($). Other schools like Alabama and Michigan State are still trying to pry VanSumeren away from Michigan, but he’s staying solid.
A teammate of Dani-Dennis Sutton, three-star Kwan Williams has shown much more interest in Michigan. TMI’s Marich reports that he has been high on Michigan for a while and received contact from coaches on Tuesday ($).
Michigan loves South Carolina four-star Jaylen Sneed, which is why TMI’s Marich confirmed that Michigan coaches reached out soon after midnight on Tuesday ($). He’ll be a tough pull from Southern powers but Michigan is trying.
Von Lozon was able to confirm that one of the Midwest’s best prospects, four-star Sebastian Cheeks, heard from Michigan coaches on Tuesday. This has the looks of a Notre Dame-Michigan battle if the Wolverines prioritize him highly.
Versatile West Bloomfield four-star Michael Williams was in contact with Michigan coaches on Tuesday, per Von Lozon. Williams could develop into an edge rusher similar to Josh Uche if he continues his development.
Orchard Lake-St Mary’s three-star Jordan Cannon received a customized edit from Michigan, along with several other schools, that he shared on Twitter.
Of course, Michigan reached out to maybe the top overall target in the class in five-star Domani Jackson as soon as they could. Michigan sent him a sick edit on Twitter to show some love.
Michigan five-star Will Johnson to stay home with their own graphic for him. The edit reads “The Best Players in Michigan Go to Michigan.”
Even though he’s a longshot, Michigan is shooting their shot with four-star Earl Little Jr., reports TMI’s Lorenz ($). Little’s father was once enrolled to play at Michigan, but his son has 100% Crystal Balls to LSU.
California four-star Larry Turner-Gooden was contacted by Bob Shoop soon after midnight his time, according to TMI’s Marich ($). As the contact by Shoop implies, Michigan is recruiting Turner-Gooden as a safety.
In-state three-star Tyrell Henry heard from Michigan on Tuesday, he stated on his Twitter account. Henry projects as a wide receiver at the next level.