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Tuesday Recruiting Roundup: Targets react to Michigan’s win over Wisconsin

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Michigan is catching attention across the nation after its 5-0 start.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 25 Rutgers at Michigan Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Last week’s big win at Wisconsin has some of Michigan’s targets buzzing, including one who was on the sidelines watching the home team get dismantled. Get their reactions to the game in today’s Recruiting Roundup.

2023 four-star DL notices Michigan’s success this season

Despite being committed to Texas A&M, 2023 four-star defensive lineman Anthony James has been consistently talking about his interest in Michigan. He caught up with The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich to discuss the Wolverines hot start ($).

“Great run defense and they’re going to win a lot of games with five or six sacks. They just look good and seeing everyone getting some shine,” said James, the No. 101 player in his class.

James was born in Flint before moving to Texas, so he has ties to the area. He has already confirmed he will visit Ann Arbor for the game against Ohio State with his father later this season.

With Texas A&M’s struggles and his ties to the state, keep an eye on James as the 2023 cycle draws near.

Top 100 LB on hand to witness Michigan’s win

Wisconsin may have made a strategic mistake by inviting up Louisiana four-star linebacker Tackett Curtis for last week’s game, given he is also one of Michigan’s top targets in 2023. His uncle and high school head coach made the trip as well, and talked with TMI’s Marich about how Michigan’s defensive scheme impressed him ($).

“Michigan looked great,” Mr. Curtis said. “We’ve been impressed with the job (coach Macdonald’s) done. They had a lot of energy and was impressive to watch.”

Curtis has already visited Michigan twice, once in June and for the Washington game a few weeks ago. While it’s really tough to pull players from Louisiana, his multiple trips up North, including to Wisconsin, indicate that he’s not solid to stay in the south.

International 2023 OT in contact with Michigan

Hailing originally from Sweden, 2023 offensive lineman Lucas Simmons gained immediate attention from football coaches after he moved to America with his lean 6-foot-7 frame. Michigan hosted Simmons for the BBQ at the Big House, and he told TMI’s Marich that the interest has remained strong ($).

“Yes, I have (been in contact with Michigan),” said Simmons. “I talk to coach Moore pretty often. I like him. We’ve just been getting to know each other. I’m learning more about the program. They really like me and I like them.”

However, it sounds like Simmons wants to broaden his horizons and see more schools before returning to Ann Arbor for a second time.

“Maybe,” Simmons said about visiting again. “We’ll see. I’ve been to Michigan already. I haven’t spent time at a lot of the other schools that have offered, so I’m not sure.”

Playing now at Clearwater International in Florida, Simmons is currently unranked on the composite but a three-star to 247Sports with offers from Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas and Texas A&M.