Michigan will be hosting a handful of prospects in what will hopefully be a comfortable win against Northwestern this weekend. The headliner is Jimmy Rolder, who has quickly shot to the top of the linebacker board and could pop for the maize and blue soon if all goes well.
Marist (IL) Jimmy Rolder - Four-star, No. 333 overall, No. 36 LB
Rolder is one of the hottest prospects in the country right now. After he released his first eight weeks of senior season film, he went from unranked to a four-star on the composite just like that. Along the way, he’s picked up offers from about half the Big Ten, including Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue.
He’s also held one from Illinois for a while, where he is currently committed to play baseball. Michigan has had success with these dual-sport athletes in the past, and I’m sure Eric Bakich wouldn’t mind another Big Ten caliber player who doesn’t count against his scholarships.
Michigan has moved quickly in this recruitment. They offered in the middle of last week, and defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald was already at his game last Saturday afternoon. Rolder isn’t wasting any time reciprocating that interest either, with this trip quickly planned so he can see Ann Arbor for the first time.
Ohio State offering earlier this week is definitely going to have the biggest potential to throw a wrench in this process. This recruitment is starting to remind me of Tommy Eichenberg’s back in 2019. Michigan was looking for a linebacker late in the cycle and got Eichenberg on campus for a visit. However, being an Ohio kid, a late run by the Buckeyes made it a difficult recruitment to win.
Rolder isn’t from Ohio, but the appeal of the Buckeyes is still very high. How long this recruitment goes will depend on how much of a priority Ohio State makes him, barring some other big offers coming in.
Dexter (MI) Cole Cabana - Three-star, No. 368 overall, No. 21 RB
This will be Cabana’s second trip to Michigan this season despite not holding an offer from the Wolverines. He is one of the fastest players in the state of Michigan, with a sub 11-second time in the 100 meters.
However, Caban grew up as a Michigan State fan and since receiving an offer from the Spartans earlier this month, a ton of predictions have come in for them.
Walled Lake Western (MI) Aidan Vaughan - Three-star, No. 85 LB (247Sports only)
Similar to Rolder, Vaughan is catching a ton of attention after releasing his senior film. He hasn’t quite reached the level of schools as Rolder, but he’s picked up offers from West Virginia, Louisville, Syracuse, and Wisconsin in the last week.
Vaughan has been committed to Air Force since early August, but he’s likely to open that back up because of all this new interest. Michigan hasn’t offered yet, but if they do it could be an indication on how they feel about their changes with Rolder.
Lincoln (FL) Raylen Wilson - Four-star, No. 74 overall, No. 6 LB
George Helow has done an excellent job making an impression on Wilson in his recruitment so far. Wilson included Michigan in his top five schools earlier this fall, along with Penn State, Georgia, Auburn and Oregon.
Loyola Academy (IL) Brooks Bahr - Three-star, No. 72 DL (247Sports only)
Bahr is an under-the-radar prospect a few schools are keeping an eye on after a promising start to his junior season. He already holds an offer from Illinois, but Iowa and Michigan are keeping close tabs on the 6-foot-6, 250 pounder to see how he develops.
Roseville (MI) Amare Snowden - Three-star, No. 51 CB (247Sports only)
The 6-foot-3, 187-pound Snowden already has an impressive offer list despite not having a composite ranking yet. He currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia, plus some Group of 5 schools. He visited Penn State last month, where he picked up his offer in person.
Huron (MI) Bruce Williams - Three-star, No. 93 DL (247Sports only)
This will be the second visit to Michigan as a prospect for Williams, who was also at the BBQ at the Big House. Williams is a Michigan legacy, with his father Josh Williams winning a national championship with the Wolverines in 1997. He’ll be visiting Notre Dame next week and Cincinnati the week after that, though he doesn’t hold offers from any of these schools yet.
Destrahan (LA) Jai Eugene Jr. - Unranked QB
Back in the mid-2000s, Jai Eugene shocked followers of recruiting by committing to Michigan over in-state LSU. While he eventually flipped to the Tigers, he now has a son that is also interested in the Wolverines. Michigan has basically only been recruiting Dante Moore at quarterback in the 2023 class, but they’ve been pushing into Louisiana more and more with Ron Bellamy on staff.