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Thursday Recruiting Roundup: In-state DL ‘50/50’ between Michigan and SEC school

Michigan is still in decent standing despite the emergence of an SEC program.

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The Michigan Wolverines have about a month and a half to seal the deal with their commitments, and uncommitted targets, in the 2022 class. The early signing period is coming fast, and with that, things are heating up on the recruiting trail.

Let’s check in on a couple of those targets in today’s Recruiting Roundup.

Update on in-state four-star DL

The top remaining in-state prospect for Michigan in the 2022 class is four-star defensive lineman Deone Walker. He has been a longtime top target for the Wolverines in this class, offering him back in July 2020.

There was a report a couple weeks ago that Kentucky lead for the 6-foot-6, 350-pounder from Cass Tech in Detroit. Although the Wildcats are a real threat at this point, Walker’s recent interview with The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($) makes it seem like they aren’t out in front like previously thought.

“I don’t know,” Walker said. “It’s 50/50 right now.”

Walker has no visits set up at the moment, but he has been to U-M a handful of times this season, so it wouldn’t shock me to see him at one of the final two remaining home games for the Wolverines. But even if he does, it sure sounds like he won’t be making a final decision until next month.

“I might commit on signing day and have like a big dinner,” Walker said. “At least that’s what my mom was saying.”

This one is going to come down to the wire, so stay tuned for more on this recruitment.

Three-star Big 12 RB commit eager to visit

As discussed on Tuesday’s edition of the Recruiting Roundup, Michigan is eyeing another running back in this class, recently offering 2022 three-star Justin Williams. The 6-foot, 200-pounder from Dallas, Georgia has been committed to West Virginia since July 5, but that hasn’t stopped Mike Hart from trying to get him to flip.

Speaking with TMI’s Marich ($) not long after getting the offer, Williams has hopes to see Ann Arbor up close in the near future.

“Probably an unofficial visit,” Williams said on what his visit plans would be. “I’ll check it out, but me and West Virginia are in a really good spot and the relationship just keeps stronger.”

As far as when that visit would happen is still up in the air, but it’s a good sign for Michigan when an already-committed prospect is immediately speaking about a potential visit. This will one to monitor moving forward, but don’t expect a whole lot of traction here until after he visits; if he visits at all.