Since schools have been scheduling official visits after the recruiting dead period is supposed to end after May 31, we’ve had to qualify the deadline may be extended once again. But according to a report by Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, it looks like the news may become official soon.
Sources inside the NCAA Council have indicated prospects will finally be able to officially visit college campuses in June. Expect a bunch of visit news when that happens, given prospects in the 2022 class haven’t been able to meet coaches in person since halfway through their sophomore years. Given this exciting update, we have more news of official visits in this week’s Recruiting Roundup.
Three-star DT schedules official visit
The latest prospect to add his name to the growing list of official visitors on June 18 is 2022 Nevada three-star Sir Mells, he announced on Twitter.
It’s official June 18th I will be in Ann Arbor on a official visit to the University of Michigan! pic.twitter.com/NrjB4Rx9Dx— Sir Mells (@SirMells40) April 11, 2021
Mells is listed as 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, making him one of Michigan’s top targets for the nose tackle position in Mike Macdonald’s scheme.
Michigan offered Mells back on Feb. 27, the same day he decommitted from his pledge to Washington. Mells has also scheduled official visits to Oregon and Maryland.
Four-star LB aiming for in-season visit
One player who won’t be making it to Ann Arbor this summer is 2022 Utah four-star linebacker Lander Barton. Barton told The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz he wasn’t able to fit an official visit in his schedule for June, but plans to take one in the fall ($).
“I was hoping to visit in June, but the dates didn’t work out,” Barton said. “I am still looking to take an official there, but it would have to be during the season at this point.”
While being listed as an outside linebacker, Lorenz reports Michigan actually views him as an inside backer.
Barton hasn’t scheduled any official visits to other schools either, so this isn’t him prioritizing other schools over Michigan. However, he does hold quality offers from LSU, Texas, USC, Notre Dame and several others that will provide stiff competition.
Michigan in heavy contact with four-star RB
Mike Hart has kept the running back board pretty tight since he’s arrived at Michigan. One guy he is focusing on is 2022 Virginia four-star George Pettaway, who told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong Michigan is one of the schools contacting him the most ($).
“Coach Hart ever since he got there he reached out to me, he’s not recruiting a lot of backs and broke it down with what he’s looking for. He’s been on me hard to lock in an official visit and all that stuff,” Pettaway said. “I like Michigan a lot. I see the vision they’re going in and coach Hart has told me a lot and coach Harbaugh has told me a lot of where they’re trying to go and running back Blake Corum is like a role model.”
He added he and Harbaugh “FaceTime a lot,” demonstrating his level of importance to the staff.
The other schools Pettaway mentioned are UNC, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Florida.
Pettaway also said he is planning on “going on a lot of unofficials” when he can. I’d expect him to narrow down his list and take his officials in the fall. Right now, it looks like Michigan is in line to receive one.
That concludes today’s Michigan Recruiting Roundup. Check back again soon as we provide more recruiting news and updates pertaining to Michigan football.