The coaching staff is still working hard to sort out the recruiting board and build up relationships with the players they deem as top targets in the 2022 class. Today’s roundup has news on a trio of four-stars in the class who are hearing from the staff regularly.
Michigan going after touted Texas signal caller
Who will follow up J.J. McCarthy at quarterback is one of the big questions for the 2022 class. A major candidate to fill that role has emerged in Texas four-star Cade Klubnik. The nation’s No. 6 pro-style quarterback spoke with The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich about his offer from Michigan($).
“I was talking to coach Gattis and it was sweet,” Klubnik said. “He loves my game and I like him. He seems like a great guy. It’s super cool. They’re definitely a legendary program with a great head coach. It’s super cool.”
While Klubnik is aware of Michigan’s storied history, he admits he still has a lot to learn about the program.
“I’m learning more and more,” he said. “Love their program and their play style.”
Klubnik admitted “a few” programs are standing out to him, but he wouldn’t reveal who they were. He holds offers from schools across the country including Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, Penn State and plenty more.
With Texas and Texas A&M both landing highly-ranked quarterbacks for this class, the odds of getting Klubnik are much higher for the Wolverines. However, they’re still going to have to battle several other top programs to get their man.
Michigan offers Alabama four-star LB
“I was thrilled when coach Larkins told me they wanted to offer me,” James said. “He was straightforward with me, didn’t sugar coat anything, which I liked.”
The offer did a lot to increase Michigan’s standing in James’ eyes, and he is clearly receptive of the pitch.
“I’m way more interested in Michigan. I like the benefits that come after the game of football and the job opportunities etc.,” he said.
Sitting just outside the top 150, James has offers from a slew of SEC schools and an early crystal ball pick for in-state Alabama. Needless to say, this will be a tough pull. But Michigan’s new coaching staff has shown they won’t back down from what is perceived to be an uphill recruiting battle.
In-state four-star possible pushing up decision?
We’ve talked about 2022 Michigan four-star athlete Dillon Tatum a lot lately, especially after his former high school coach Ron Bellamy was hired to the staff. Tatum’s father recently spoke with TMI’s Sam Webb about his son’s process and how he is focusing on narrowing down his recruitment soon ($).
“This COVID pandemic that we’re in right now has sped the whole recruiting process up and it has made it extremely stressful,” Mr. Tatum said. “We’re trying to find the right fit, and trying to make sure you take enough time to do our due diligence with each school to try to figure this thing out.”
Michigan getting two defensive back commits and having some big-time targets still left on the board may create a numbers crunch for the class. Mr. Tatum recognizes making a decision soon could be beneficial, but he’s not pushing Dillon either way.
“We’re gonna sit down and put everything on paper (and) try to make better sense of (recruiting) so we can kind of narrow it down as fast as possible,” Mr. Tatum said. “Everybody is getting locked in to what they really want to do. The sooner (Dillon does) the better, but I’m not going to put a timetable on because at the end of the day, it’s not my decision.”
The hires of Mo Linguist and Ron Bellamy almost guarantee Tatum will end up in Michigan’s class if they continue to recruit him throughout the cycle. But that opportunity may not always be open if guys like Will Johnson and Jaeden Gould commit before him.
That concludes this week’s Recruiting Roundup at Maize n Brew. Come back again soon for the latest news and updates from the recruiting trail.