Things have been picking up a bit on the recruiting trail recently for the Michigan Wolverines. It definitely helps to have the Jim Harbaugh situation sorted out, and it’s definitely helping with more and more assistant coach hires being announced.
On today’s Recruiting Roundup, we’ll discuss a few guys the newer defensive assistant coaches have been honing in on, have already been in contact with, or likely will have contact with in the near future.
2022 in-state five-star recaps West Coast trip
One of the top priorities in the 2022 class for new defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald and whoever his cornerbacks coach will be is in-state five-star cornerback Will Johnson. The elite 6-foot-3, 190-pounder from Grosse Pointe has been a top target of Harbaugh and company’s for a while now, and that won’t change under Macdonald.
Last weekend, Johnson took a visit out west to see one of the schools on his top five list, USC. There, he got to see everything up close and hang out with his good buddy, fellow 2022 five-star cornerback Domani Jackson, as he told 247Sports’ Allen Trieu ($).
Trieu asked Johnson where USC sat in his consideration now after the trip, and Johnson replied with, “Very heavily. They’re one of my top top schools. Me and Domani are trying to play together, so that’s a spot that can happen at. Really, Ohio State and Michigan, I’d say those are the other two (high on the list).”
Jackson has set a commitment date of Jan. 23, and all the crystal balls are pointing toward USC. However, Johnson isn’t that close to deciding on his future school. He told Trieu it’s “going to be big” as far as who the Wolverines hire as the next cornerbacks coach. After the hire is made and he gets to familiarize himself with that new coach, Johnson said his decision will “probably be soon after that.”
Brice Marich over at The Michigan Insider reported earlier in the week that Macdonald has already been in touch with Johnson, so it is great he has already established contact. Now we will have to wait and see if Johnson vibes with the cornerbacks coach coming in. Fingers crossed it all works out and that Johnson stays home.
Recently-offered 2022 four-star CB has history with Linguist
Yesterday, I recapped four players who new co-defensive coordinator Maurice Linguist sent scholarships to. One of those guys was 2022 four-star cornerback Bobby Taylor. I wrote that the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Katy, Texas was the biggest longshot of the four to land in Ann Arbor because of the slew of crystal balls to Texas A&M and an upcoming commitment date of Feb. 24.
But The Michigan Insider’s Marich ($) caught up with Taylor, and while it still seems to be a longshot, it isn’t as big of a longshot as I previously thought.
“My commitment date is Feb. 24, but if coach Mo can work some magic, then it might be able to get pushed back,” Taylor said.
Taylor and Linguist have known each other since 2019, when Linguist was recruiting Taylor to play at Texas A&M. That familiarity with each other may get Taylor to push back that commitment date. The new staff has a month to work that magic and try and convince him to cancel that commitment.
2022 in-state ATH hopes to connect with Macdonald
The Wolverines got West Bloomfield’s finest player in 2021 in Donovan Edwards, and now they are going after another player from the school in 2022 in four-star athlete Dillon Tatum.
Playing behind Edwards at running back, Tatum hasn’t really had much of a chance to show off what he can do on offense. But he has shown a high ceiling already at cornerback.
Tatum hasn’t had the opportunity to talk with Macdonald just yet, but as he told TMI’s Marich ($), he thinks a good relationship with the new Michigan defensive coordinator is on the horizon.
“No, I don’t really know him, but I really want to get to know him because that’s one of my top offers and they are in my top 10,” Tatum said. “I feel like if I get to know him, then we will have a pretty good connection. I’m curious to see what his scheme will be at Michigan.
One thing Tatum is interested to see, like we all are, is how the new defense will look.
“I really want to know what kind of scheme he’s going to bring to Michigan like if he’s going to mix in some more zone coverages because with coach Brown, it was more man base everything,” he said. “I really want to see what they are going to do, but I feel like they will be a great team. With last year, I just feel they were pretty young all around. I definitely will be watching them and seeing how it looks.”
At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Tatum has the potential to play either position in college, but the Wolverines are recruiting him to play in the secondary. This recruitment has a ways to go, especially since Macdonald hasn’t fully hit the recruiting trail yet, but Michigan is in a good spot early on.
That’s all for now! Check back Tuesday morning for another roundup.