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Thursday Recruiting Roundup: Five-star’s visit to U-M has him ‘thinking’

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The Michigan Wolverines are off to a great start in the 2021 season and have been impressing many recruits, whether it’s on an official visit or them just witnessing the games on TV. In today’s Recruiting Roundup, we will discuss a handful of prospects who have been paying attention to what Michigan has been doing so far this year, and what better place to start the roundup than with a top target in the 2022 class?

2022 five-star CB’s visit to U-M has him ‘thinking’

A few weeks back, 2022 five-star cornerback and USC commit Domani Jackson took his official visit to the Big House for Michigan’s game against Washington. The Maize Out provided an electric atmosphere, and now has him thinking about his recruitment, as he told Rivals’ EJ Holland (FREE).

“The atmosphere was unbelievable,” Jackson said. “It was everything I expected. The Maize Out was unbelievable. It was a great game. To keep it real, it really got me thinking. I wouldn’t count Michigan out. I’ll say that.”

Speculation on many USC commits reopening their recruitment began once Clay Helton got fired earlier this season. Despite that, Jackson remains 100% committed to the Trojans. But the experience he had in Ann Arbor at the game, and being able to spend time with this good friend, Michigan five-star commit Will Johnson, has him thinking.

“Both of us imagined ourselves being there and balling out together,” Jackson said. “We can be the best duo in the country. It was more of like ‘we can really do this.’ We text 24/7 all day. He never leaves me alone. He always says ‘Go Blue.’ We are straight boys. He’s like a real-life friend.”

Jackson said he is still communicating with Courtney Morgan, Steve Clinkscale and others on the coaching staff. When asked if there is anything they can do to win over his recruitment, Jackson said, “Not really. We just have to wait to see how the season goes. They are doing great right now. I just need time. That’s it. Just time.”

For now, we’ll have to give him that time and see what happens.

2023, 2025 brothers visiting U-M again for The Game

According to The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($), 2023 four-star lineman Luke Montgomery and 2025 quarterback Ryan Montgomery will be visiting Michigan for The Game against Ohio State.

The Ohio brothers hail from the city of Findlay and are bound to be among the top overall prospects in their classes. Luke already ranks No. 59 overall on the composite, while Ryan does not yet hold a ranking.

Both have offers from the Wolverines and both visited Ann Arbor twice this past summer, including for July’s BBQ at the Big House. Marich caught up with their father after Michigan’s win in Madison last weekend to get their reaction.

“I think it’s fantastic honestly,” Mr. Montgomery said. “We have been watching as much as possible. It looks like a great vibe with the team and I am sure the young staff is paying off big.”

Luke has pretty much every big offer imaginable, while Ryan has a couple other good early offers from Penn State and Tennessee. It’ll be tough to get a couple elite Ohio prospects away from the Buckeyes, but Michigan is doing all it can to pull off the upset.

2022 CB commit impressed with U-M’s season

With the Wolverines sitting at 5-0, they have the attention of many spectators and recruits across the country. If you’re a Michigan commit in the 2022 class, you’re probably pretty excited about your future with the program. That’s at least how three-star cornerback commit Myles Pollard feels about it, as he told On3’s Chad Simmons (FREE).

“The team is playing together and they are playing really well every week,” Pollard said. “I have heard the coaches talk about the successful offseason, and I think that has a lot to do with the success this season.

“It is exciting to watch them play and know I will be there in the future.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder from Tennessee has been committed to Michigan since July, and his commitment remains firm with the Wolverines, especially after all the winning the team has been doing this year.

“My commitment to Michigan is very strong,” Pollard said. “They are playing really good this season, they have the best atmosphere and coach Clinkscale is really a coach I want to play for.

“There are a lot of reasons I am strong to Michigan. It is just a great program and coach Jim Harbaugh has them playing at a very high level this season.”

He is paired up with five-star Will Johnson and four-star Kody Jones as players in the defensive backfield for Michigan in the 2022 class.