On today’s Recruiting Roundup, we will discuss a couple defensive players in the 2023 class who are highly interested in the Michigan Wolverines. They are also hoping to visit campus in the near future. But first, we begin with a five-star offensive lineman in the 2022 class who is also looking to visit Ann Arbor as soon as next month.
2022 five-star OT potentially looking to visit for OSU game
On Wednesday, Steve Wiltfong at 247Sports ($) detailed a few key visits upcoming for 2022 five-star Kentucky offensive line commit Kiyaunta Goodwin, and one of them includes a potential trip to the Big House for The Game against Ohio State next month. He would also see U-M up close in East Lansing against the Spartans next weekend.
“Goodwin has future officials on the radar for Michigan State the weekend of Halloween and then a return to Kentucky the first weekend of November for the Tennessee game,” Wiltfong reported. “He’d like to get to Ohio State the weekend of Nov. 20 and Michigan the weekend of Nov. 27.”
Goodwin is visiting Alabama this weekend, and it seems like the Crimson Tide have the best chance for a potential flip, considering he also visited Tuscaloosa over the summer.
Take this news with a grain of salt, as it would be an absolute stunner if Goodwin decommitted from Kentucky and chose Michigan. The Wolverines have been honing in on a different five-star offensive line prospect for months now — Josh Conerly — and have made him a top priority. It is a positive sign Goodwin wants to visit Michigan at all, but unless something major happens, I don’t expect him to wind up a Wolverine.
2023 five-star DL hopes to visit this season
One of the top-ranked overall players in the 2023 class is five-star defensive lineman Jason Moore. The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder plays at DeMatha Catholic in Maryland, the same school where hoopster Hunter Dickinson came from. Moore also used to play basketball at DeMatha before focusing on football, so perhaps his old schoolmate can get in his ear about the Wolverines.
Regardless of whether Dickinson can lend a helping hand in this recruitment or not, Moore recently told The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz ($) he is hoping to visit Ann Arbor at some point this year for a gameday.
“It’s a visit we’ve been talking about and working on,” Moore said. “I have been in communication with them about once a week at this point.”
Moore has a scholarship list consisting of Alabama, Florida, LSU, Penn State, Oklahoma, Michigan State, USC and more, so he will be a tough pull regardless. But with his heavy interest in the program and his willingness and eagerness to visit, Michigan seems to have a decent shot early on. This will be one to monitor in the coming months.
Moore is ranked No. 20 overall and the No. 5 defensive lineman on 247Sports’ composite.
2023 four-star CB hearing from Clink twice a week
Another highly-regarded defensive prospect in the 2023 class the Wolverines are working on is four-star cornerback Antonio Robinson. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder hails from Miami and plays prep ball at Florida Christian School. Much like Moore, Robinson is also a dual-sport athlete, as he plays football, baseball and track and field.
Robinson caught up with TMI’s Lorenz ($) to give him the lowdown on Michigan’s heavy involvement in his recruitment so far.
“I’m hearing from coach Clink at Michigan twice a week,” Robinson said. “They are trying to get me up for a game but it’s hard right now to make that trip. I wish I could.”
The defensive backfield is a position the Wolverines have targeted hard in the 2022 class, and it looks to be that way as well in 2023. Robinson is just one of a handful of prospects Clinkscale and Mike Macdonald will be coveting in this class, so stay tuned for more on that.
Robinson, who is ranked No. 176 overall on the composite, holds other offers from Florida, Miami, Kentucky, Penn State, Ole Miss, Texas and more.