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Thursday Recruiting Roundup: More visits being planned

Prospects continue to line up visits to Ann Arbor.

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As we discussed on this week’s Future Brew podcast, visits are beginning to line up for the Michigan Wolverines this summer. On today’s Recruiting Roundup, we will discuss even more top targets in the 2022 cycle planning official visits to Ann Arbor this summer.

Top TE target planning OV to Ann Arbor

When Michigan offered 2022 tight end Oscar Delp this past September, he was an unknown prospect who didn’t have offers from any other school. Now he holds offers from the nation’s best and is the No. 1 ranked tight end in 2022 on the composite.

Michigan’s coaching staff has continued to prioritize him, and according to The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($), Delp is in the process of locking in his official visit to Ann Arbor.

“Yes, I do (plan on taking an official visit to Michigan),” Delp said. “We are in the process of choosing a date right now. We think so (that it will be in June).”

Delp also said he continues to talk with tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh “almost daily.”

Along with his official being set up for Ann Arbor, Delp also plans on taking official visits to Georgia and South Carolina this summer. The Bulldogs seem to be the biggest threat in this recruitment, as 75% of the crystal balls are currently in their favor. But Michigan is known for knocking official visits out of the park, so we’ll have to wait and see how that goes to really get a good indicator of where Delp’s head is at in his recruitment.

Four-star DE locks in OV

According to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong ($), 2022 four-star defensive end Joe Strickland is planning to officially visit Michigan the weekend of June 18. He will also officially visit another big contender, Penn State, the weekend prior.

“Just meeting coach Harbaugh in person and coach Nua and the whole defensive staff. That’s really it. I want to see the culture of the team,” he said.

Strickland (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) hails from Indianapolis and has been a longtime top target for Shaun Nua and company, even before the defensive coaching staff shakeup. And his interest in Michigan is mutual.

“(Michigan is) definitely up there,” Strickland said. “Penn State and Michigan are two schools I want to see before it all ends.

At the moment, it really appears the Wolverines and Nittany Lions are the two teams to beat. There doesn’t seem to be a clear leader here at the moment, so I would imagine these visits will go a long way in determining where Strickland winds up.

2 top offensive targets announce OVs

Much like Strickland, according to 247Sports’ Allen Trieu ($), 2022 four-star offensive lineman Lucas Heyer is officially visiting Michigan the weekend of June 18. At this time, it’s the only official visit Heyer has planned.

The 6-foot-5, 307-pounder from Saint Paul, Minnesota was originally being recruited by former offensive line coach Ed Warinner. He has since established a bond with co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Sherrone Moore.

“We’ve developed a solid relationship since he took over,” Heyer said.

Heyer is a bonafide top target for Michigan in this recruiting cycle. There is one crystal ball lodged for Michigan, so getting him to schedule his first official visit to Michigan makes it seem like the Wolverines are out in front as of now.

To go along with the Heyer news, 2022 four-star wide receiver Darrius Clemons has his official visit to Ann Arbor planned for the weekend of June 25, per his Twitter account. He also has an official visit to USC on June 11.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder currently resides in Oregon, but is originally from the state of Michigan. He was very close friends with Michigan wide receiver Andrel Anthony when they were younger, and even tagged Anthony, as well as five-star cornerback Will Johnson, in his Twitter post about visiting Michigan.

Josh Gattis and Ron Bellamy are recruiting Clemons as hard as any receiver in this class, and it’s nice to get assists from Anthony and Johnson as well. Among Clemons’ top 10 list, I would venture to say Michigan is among the top half of that list.

That is all for today! Come back Tuesday for another edition of the Recruiting Roundup.