Michigan is set to host its second batch of official visitors this weekend, plus several 2023 and 2024 prospects camping or visiting unofficially. We’ve got a quick breakdown of each prospect and Michigan’s chances with each.
Germantown (TN) Kody Jones - Four-star, No. 315 overall, No. 19 ATH
Things have gotten interesting with Jones, who took an official visit to Illinois last weekend and will probably take one to Tennessee at some point. Losing Mo Linguist definitely had an impact on him and Michigan will have to fight to keep him in the fold. This official visit is a great chance to do so.
Cherry Creek (CO) George Fitzpatrick - Four-star, No. 293 overall, No. 30 OT
It looked like Michigan was the leader for Fitzpatrick heading into the spring, but then Ohio State got involved. He took an official to Columbus last weekend, and has trips to Oklahoma and Oregon following his Michigan one. He does have a long-lasting relationship with Michigan as he was a top target for both Ed Warinner and Sherrone Moore, so hopefully those feelings will be sparked again on the trip.
Leesville Road (NC) Beau Atkinson - Four-star, No. 359 overall, No. 18 EDGE
Atkinson is a long prospect at 6-foot-6 who could play outside linebacker or defensive end for Michigan. He took an unofficial visit to UNC last week, and has official visits to Virginia and Cal in June as well. But the school to look out for here is Clemson, who has shown interest but hasn’t offered yet. If the Tigers do, they immediately become the biggest threat.
Lincoln (CA) Jahlil Florence - Four-star, No. 32 CB (247Sports only)
One of the guys Michigan moved quickly with after hiring Courtney Morgan is Florence, who is a newly minted four-star to 247Sports. He recently took an unofficial to Arizona, where he is originally from, and has an official to Syracuse the week after his trip to Michigan. Those schools shouldn’t be threats to Michigan, though, and Florence seems like a real possibility to join the class if the visit goes well.
Ravenwood (TN) Myles Pollard - Three-star, No. 424 overall, No. 37 CB
If any visitor were to pop this weekend, it would likely be Pollard, who has been a top target at his position for months now. He’s also the biggest beneficiary of the Steve Clinkscale hire, whom he called his favorite coach recruiting him. Pollard does have official visits scheduled to Florida, Oklahoma and Auburn after this trip, but I could see him wrapping it up if Michigan pushes the right buttons.
Tenaha (TX) Jeremy Patton - Three-star, No. 678 overall, No. 67 LB
It’s going to be tough to pull Patton from Texas, where in-state schools like Baylor and Texas are making strong pitches, as well as Oklahoma State. Still, Patton likes Michigan enough to take a trip up north; we’ll see if it’s enough to combat the feelings of home.
Clovis (CA) Nate Johnson - Three-star, No 708 overall, No. 51 QB
Johnson’s recruitment has been up and down with Michigan lately. For a while he was the only quarterback target on the board. Then Michigan offered a couple other quarterbacks after he didn’t develop as planned in his junior spring season.
But Johnson just performed really well at a camp and was invited to the Elite 11 Finals, causing 247Sports to bump him up on the edge of four-star status. It’s unknown how the staff feels about him now, but if Johnson wanted to commit this weekend, I don’t think the coaches would turn him down.
Nottoway (VA) Tyler Banks - Three-star, No. 1063 overall, No. 90 ATH
Banks is listed as an athlete, but most schools are recruiting him as a linebacker. He took an official visit to Virginia Tech, who has the lone crystal ball, last weekend, and also has trips to Cal and Vanderbilt set up, so academics look to be a priority. It’s not clear where he is on Michigan’s board, but it’s definitely trying to get linebackers on board.
Seattle Prep School (WA) Jack Velling - Three-star, No. 55 TE (247Sports only)
As Michigan started to expand its tight end board, Velling was one of the prospects offered first. He’s been slowly picking up other offers as the process goes on, getting Arizona State and Minnesota shortly after Michigan. Those two plus Oregon State, where he took an official visit last weekend, are the main competition for now.
Merrillville (IN) Kenneth Grant - Three-star, No. 73 DL (247Sports only)
Michigan’s lone unofficial visitor in the 2022 class is Grant, who at 6-foot-4, 335 pounds, could be plugged right into the middle of a 3-4 defense. Like Fitzpatrick, Michigan was looking good until Ohio State jumped in with an offer earlier this month after a good camp performance.
Grant will be visiting Wisconsin, who offered this month, as well. He won’t be taking any officials until the fall, when Michigan should get another crack at him. If Ohio State prioritizes him, this will be tough to win, but he’s a much better fit for Michigan or Wisconsin’s defenses.
Class of 2023 and 2024
Findlay (OH) Luke Montgomery - No. 53 overall, No. 5 OT
Hattiesburg (MS) Tabias Hinton - No. 145 overall, No. 8 EDGE
These visits already have happened, but Michigan hosted two longshots Thursday. Montgomery has said he’s not a lock to commit to Ohio State, but we’ve seen this play out before. Despite being listed as an offensive tackle, Montgomery is probably going to play defensive line in college and looks to be next up in the line of elite ends from the Buckeye State.
Hinton is a longshot simply because he’s from Mississippi and Michigan has signed one player from the state in its history. He does only have three offers so far, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Michigan, so they got in the door early.
Independence (TN) Ty Lockwood - Four-star, No. 79 overall, No. 5 TE
Lockwood will be a national recruit, holding offers from schools all over the country already. A trio of Big Ten schools, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State, are listed as warm on his 247Sports profile right now, so he seems enamored with going up north.
West Bloomfield (MI) Amir Herring - Four-star, No. 110 overall, No. 4 IOL
Simeon (IL) Malik Elzy - Three-star, No. 153 overall, No. 23 WR
Lamar (TX) Isaiah Robinson - Four-star, No. 190 overall, No. 13 OT (247Sports only)
Saline (MI) CJ Carr - Unranked QB
Michigan will be hosting another camp on Sunday to give the coaches a chance to evaluate prospects in person. These prospects already all hold offers from Michigan, and all seem like likely targets.
Herring has been to campus several times before and already has a bunch of crystal balls for Michigan. In recent classes, Michigan has done well in Illinois and is probably the best offer for Elzy right now. Even though he’s from Texas, Robinson grew up as a big Michigan fan thanks to his dad and seems there for the taking if the Wolverines push. Nothing else has to be said about Carr, who is the grandson of Lloyd Carr and just got an offer from Notre Dame as well.