With the end of the latest extension of the recruiting dead period on the horizon, schools have started to schedule visits for June. Michigan is no different, with some top targets getting ready to finally get to meet the coaches and tour the facilities.
But Michigan won’t have to wait until the end of May for some prospects to take a visit to Ann Arbor, including one of the highest-ranked players in the 2022 class.
Five-star DT making self-guided visit this weekend
Michigan has been pushing hard for Tennessee five-star DT Walter Nolen ever since their new defensive staff was hired. They haven’t been given much of a chance because all of the Southern schools are after him, but The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb reported that Nolen has enough interest to tour Ann Arbor himself in a few days ($).
Nolen will be making the trip with his father after naming Michigan in his top ten a few weeks ago.
After releasing his list, Nolen told Webb, “When Coach Bellamy got there he started pushing. (The vibe) was pretty cool. He was somebody that I could like to communicate with easily, off the rip. I just felt like it’s one of the better relationships I have.”
Quietly, Michigan is doing very well with Nolen, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they also received one of his five official visits when he’s able to take them. This is still going to be a tough battle to win but everything is on track so far.
Recent visit boosts Michigan’s chances with three-star CB
Nolen’s visit will take place just a week after another standout from Tennessee was on campus. Three-star CB Myles Pollard has been another prospect emphasized by the new staff and TMI’s Webb says his recent visit only solidifies Michigan’s chances ($).
While up in Michigan to compete in the Rising Stars Midnight Madness event in Auburn Hills, where Pollard was named as the top guy on defense by Allen Trieu, he and his father took the chance to tour Ann Arbor.
They also got the chance to get dinner with five-star commit Will Johnson and his dad, Deon. Johnson has taken on the lead role as a recruiter for his peers and formed a strong bond with the Pollards.
“He’s a cool guy,” Pollard said about the younger Johnson. “Funny and just good to talk to (about) football, or anything with. He’s a real, real cool guy. Feels like I’ve known (him) for longer than I have.”
There’s a good chance that Michigan is leading in the race for Pollard, but Oklahoma and Washington are also up there. He definitely likes the opportunity to play with Johnson and we’ve already seen how well Mo Linguist has done in Tennessee so far.
Nation’s No. 5 RB sets official visit at Michigan
Running backs coach Mike Hart has kept a tight board at his position but has his sights set on some elite players. One guy he’d love to land is Pennsylvania four-star Nicholas Singleton, who told 247Sports’ Brian Dohn that he’ll be taking an official visit to Michigan in June (FREE).
Singleton will be visiting for the last weekend in June, from the 25th to the 27th. That last weekend has traditionally been a big visitor weekend for Michigan, so look for others to join him soon.
Besides Michigan, Singleton has also scheduled official visits with Wisconsin, Penn State, and Notre Dame on the three weekends before he visited Ann Arbor.
This will be Singleton’s second visit to campus, after taking an unofficial last year at the end of January.
Michigan has been talked about much in regards to Singleton, so this news is certainly promising. His one Crystal Ball pick so far is for in-state Penn State.
That’s going to wrap up this week’s Tuesday Michigan Roundup at Maize n Brew. Check back again soon for more recruiting news and updates from our great staff!