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Thursday Recruiting Roundup: U-M keeping up with targets despite coaching situation

Even though some assistant coaches have expiring contracts, they are still recruiting for the Wolverines.

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It’s no secret the Michigan football program is in an interesting spot right now. Head coach Jim Harbaugh hasn’t signed an extension yet, and several assistant coaches have contracts set to expire on Monday.

Despite all that, the Wolverines continue to be aggressive on the recruiting trail, keeping in touch with top targets on the regular. On today’s roundup, we will detail a few of the guys the coaches have recently reached out to.

2 coaches speak to four-star LB

Linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary and tight ends coach Sherrone Moore are still communicating with 2022 four-star linebacker Sebastian Cheeks, he recently told The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($).

“I touched in with coach Moore and coach Jean-Mary after the new year, but haven’t got on the phone in awhile. Still in communication though for sure,” he said.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Evanston, Illinois was hoping to make it to Ann Arbor for a visit during the Wisconsin weekend in October, but he was unable to do so. However, according to Marich, Cheeks still does hope to visit in the near future.

Cheeks is the No. 151 overall player on the 247Sports composite. There are two crystal ball picks in for Notre Dame.

Warinner staying in touch with OL

According to TMI’s Marich ($), offensive line coach Ed Warinner continues to recruit 2022 offensive lineman Laakea Kapoi.

“Yeah, I’ve been in contact with coach Ed (Warinner),” Kapoi said. “They think it’s a perfect fit for me for the most part when it comes to academically and athletically, but I really wanna see for myself.”

The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder plays high school ball at St. Louis High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, the same place Michigan wide receiver Roman Wilson played in high school. Kapoi was offered by Warinner back in August. He also holds offers from Arizona State, Indiana, Syracuse, Washington State, Cal, Arizona, Colorado, UCF, BYU and more.

Kapoi is not yet ranked on the composite, but 247Sports does have him as a low three-star.

Shoop talks with two three-star safeties

Safeties coach Bob Shoop has recently touched base with two three-star safeties in the 2022 class — Treyveon Longmire and Sherrod Covil. Both reports are from TMI’s Steve Lorenz.

Longmire said his contact with Shoop has been “weekly,” while Covil said the communication has been “consistent” over the last few months or so.

Neither of these guys have had the opportunity to visit Ann Arbor just yet, but both of these guys can be considered top targets for the Wolverines in 2022. The safety position likely won’t be a position they hit very hard in this class, but they would probably like one or two guys after taking just one in the 2021 class.

Covil just received a crystal ball to Virginia Tech this week, while Longmire had had a prediction for Kentucky since last summer. It doesn’t sound like either recruitment is super close to ending, so you can count on Shoop and company to keep in touch with these guys until the very end.

That is all for today! Come back Tuesday for another edition of the roundup.