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Thursday Recruiting Roundup: Top targets close to locking in official visits

A couple top targets are very close to getting their official visits to Michigan on their schedules, while another has already put his on the calendar.

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The month of June is shaping up to be a very exciting time in the world of college football recruiting. Official visits are reportedly going to be able to take place for the first time since the pandemic began, so 2022 prospects will finally be able to meet coaches in person.

On today’s Michigan Recruiting Roundup, we will be taking a closer look at a few prospects who are still in the process of scheduling an official visit to Ann Arbor this summer, as well as one who just recently locked in his official visit.

Top WR target eyeing AA visit

One of Michigan’s top targets at the wide receiver position throughout the 2022 cycle has been four-star Tyler Morris. The 6-foot, 175-pounder from Bolingbrook, Illinois has been quiet as of late, but he caught up with The Michigan Insider’s Josh Newkirk ($) recently to update his recruitment.

“(Michigan is) definitely still a top school,” Morris said. “I stay in contact with them and I’m always hearing from J.J. (McCarthy) and I’ve talked to A.J. (Henning) a couple of times about them. It’s definitely a school that I’m going to set up an official with. Kind of just want to get a better feel and see how I fit in.”

Morris has an official visit set up for Notre Dame the weekend of June 18, which is unfortunate because that’s the same weekend Michigan is hosting a ton of recruits for its “Victors Weekend” recruiting event. He does plan to officially visit Michigan at some point in June, but he does not have that planned out yet. He also wants to officially visit Florida.

After those visits, Morris will evaluate everything and then make a decision. If he’s able to make all his summer visits, he will commit to a program “probably by July.”

Michigan leads the crystal ball at the moment, and Newkirk actually put in a high-confidence crystal ball after speaking with Morris, who is the No. 10 wide receiver and No. 80 overall player on the composite. Things appear to still be in Michigan’s favor, but getting that official visit locked up would go a real long way in this recruitment.

Four-star CB close to locking in OV

Another prospect close to scheduling an official visit to Ann Arbor is 2022 four-star cornerback Jaeden Gould. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Oradell, New Jersey, much like Morris, has also been pretty quiet lately.

That was until recently, when TMI’s Brice Marich ($) caught up with him to discuss the latest in his recruitment, including a Zoom call last week with Michigan’s defensive coaching staff.

“It was great,” Gould said. “The whole defensive staff was on the call. They were just preaching how important I am to them and that I am the missing piece in what they are trying to build as a secondary and as a defense as a whole.”

Gould has official visits scheduled for USC (June 4) and Penn State (June 11), so naturally, he is planning to take his official visit to Michigan on June 18, which would be great news considering it is “Victors Weekend” in Ann Arbor. That date isn’t 100% confirmed yet, as he is “still figuring it out with my family, but that should be the date,” he told Marich.

After his visits, Gould either plans to commit on his birthday, July 3, or sometime in August before his senior season begins.

Michigan still leads the crystal ball with Gould, who is the No. 16 cornerback and No. 144 overall player in the 2022 class.

Three-star CB schedules OV

One prospect who was able to schedule his official visit to Ann Arbor over the last few days is 2022 three-star cornerback Myles Pollard. According to his Twitter account, Pollard will take his official visit to Michigan the weekend of June 11.

TMI’s Sam Webb ($) spoke with Pollard’s trainer, Daryl Graham, to get some insight on where the Wolverines stand among his top six, which also includes Oklahoma, Tennessee, Washington, Kentucky and Virginia Tech.

“I think it’s the relationship that he has with (Junior Colson and Will Johnson) and Maurice Linguist,” Graham said. “I think he’s feeling confident in where the program is trying to go.

“I think they’re in a pretty good spot. I think Michigan is obviously, (along) with Kentucky and Oklahoma, high on his list. I think the official visits are what’s going to separate everybody.”

Pollard also has an official visit set up for Oklahoma the weekend of June 18, so while it may seem the Wolverines are standing out among the pack, the Sooners also are pushing very hard for his services. It will be a good recruiting battle until the end, so stay tuned in the coming months to see how these official visits go for the No. 414 overall player in the class.

That is all for this week! Come back Tuesday for another Recruiting Roundup.