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Michigan makes top list for pair of top targets in 2022 class

The Wolverines remain in the hunt for these two prospects.

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The Michigan football program made the top 10 list for two of its top targets in the 2022 class on Friday, and both prospects will be making their way to campus next month.

First up is four-star running back George Pettaway, who included Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Auburn, Oregon, Penn State, North Carolina, Virginia, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech in his top 10 list.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder from Suffolk, Virginia was offered by Michigan back in July 2020. Even though he was offered by a different coach, new running backs coach Mike Hart has made Pettaway one of his top priorities at the position in this class.

Pettaway, along with a handful of other top targets in the 2022 class, is scheduled to take an official visit to Ann Arbor the weekend of June 18, also known as Victors Weekend. He is also planning to officially visit Penn State the weekend of June 25. He also told 247Sports’ Brian Dohn he hopes to officially visit Florida at some point, but that hasn’t been scheduled yet.

Pettaway is the No. 6 running back and No. 97 overall player on the 247Sports composite.

Michigan also made the top 10 list for three-star linebacker Jeremy Patton, along with LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, TCU, Tennessee, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Texas Tech.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder hails from Tenaha, Texas and is being primarily recruited by linebacker coach George Helow, but was actually offered by former linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary back in February.

When he received the offer, Patton told Maize n Brew he was “excited” and he is looking for, “A place that’s more than football. I love the game but I love good people more. Need a place that feels like home.”

Patton, who is ranked No. 661 overall on the composite, will be in Ann Arbor the weekend of June 11 on his official visit. He also has officials set up for Texas (June 4), Oklahoma State (June 9) and Baylor (June 18), according to his 247Sports profile.

Michigan is squarely in it for both these guys, but probably in a better position with Pettaway at the moment. It will be tough to pull Patton away from the Big 12, but he has seemed fairly receptive to Michigan’s pitches. To see Michigan is the lone non-Big 12 school to get an official is a major step, so we will be closely monitoring both these recruitments following their official visits to Ann Arbor.