Mario Eugenio, a four-star defensive end in the 2022 class, placed Michigan in his top 10 list, he announced Friday afternoon on Twitter.
The Wolverines are joined by Oregon, Miami, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Arizona State, Indiana and Cincinnati.
Eugenio is set to officially visit Michigan the weekend of June 18, along with a ton of other top targets for the Wolverines in this cycle for the big “Victors Weekend” recruiting event. Up to this point, publicly at the very least, this is the only official visit Eugenio has planned.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder from Clearwater, Florida was offered by defensive line coach Shaun Nua and defensive analyst Ryan Osborn back in February. And it appears the relationship with those two coaches is what has Michigan toward the top of his list.
“It’s just the relationship that I have with them,” Eugenio told 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins (FREE) after releasing his top list. “Me and coach Nua speak on a regular basis and even before they offered me were talking. They know my dad and my brothers. I just want to go there and see if I like it.”
Eugenio had a successful junior campaign at Gaither High School in 2020, compiling 42 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception.
At this moment, it really seems like the Wolverines could be one of the few teams to beat. Eugenio’s connection with Nua and Osborn seems pretty strong up to this point, and he also has a connection with another target of Michigan’s in the 2022 class — in-state three-star defensive lineman Deone Walker, according to The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($).
With all those things in the Wolverines’ favor, I would not be surprised if they are at the top of his list right now. At the very least, I’d venture to say they are in the top three, but it’s very possible they are No. 1 right now. Obviously, we’ll have to see how his official visit goes, but things look very good right now for Michigan in this recruitment.
Eugenio is the No. 18 weakside defensive end, No. 36 player in the state of Florida and No. 307 overall player in the 2022 class on 247Sports’ composite.