The big day has finally arrived. It’s Victors Weekend in Ann Arbor, which means the football staff will be hosting almost dozens of recruits on mostly official visits. In attendance will be multiple five-stars and several blue-chippers at the top of Michigan’s board. With new visitors being added just days before the event, get a glimpse of how each prospect’s recruitment is playing out.
St. Benedict at Auburndale (TN) Walter Nolen - Five-star, No. 3 overall, No. 1 DL
Michigan gets its crack at Nolen, the most high-profile visitor by far. He’s taken two trips to Florida and one to Tennessee, Georgia and Ohio State so far in June. Florida made a big impression on him during his official visit and got him back on an unofficial soon after.
Importantly, Nolen has family on his mother’s side living in Detroit. Nolen started his visit early by heading up to Michigan on Wednesday to see his family. They will definitely be pushing the Maize and Blue for him, but will it be enough when Michigan is going against every heavyweight in the country?
Grosse Pointe South (MI) Will Johnson - Five-star, No. 12 overall, No. 4 CB
Johnson is back on campus for the third time this month. He took his official visit to USC last weekend, but made it back in time to stop by Ann Arbor and hang out with the visitors there, proving he’s still locked in to the Wolverines. He’ll play a big role in forming a bond with the talent on campus this weekend.
Brookwood (GA) Marquis Groves-Killebrew - Four-star, No. 90 overall, No. 11 CB
It was a surprise when Groves-Killebrew announced he was taking an official to Michigan since there was no indication he was being recruited by the staff after committing to Georgia last year. It was another surprise he kept the visit on the books after Mo Linguist left to be the head coach at Buffalo.
This recruitment is still a bit of a mystery, so hopefully this visit provides some clarity on how great Michigan’s chances are of flipping Groves-Killebrew.
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (VA) George Pettaway - Four-star, No. 100 overall, No. 7 RB
Pettaway is Michigan’s No. 1 running back target with a bullet. UNC, Penn State, Alabama and Florida are also pushing for him, but the others could end up with similarly talented backs, clearing the way for Michigan. Having a good visit and convincing him to join the class regardless would also work.
Hewitt-Trussville (AL) Justice Finkley - Four-star, No. 129 overall, No. 23 DL
Despite being from Alabama, Finkley has been looking at schools all across the country since the beginning of June. He took an unofficial visit to Stanford, and an official to Colorado last weekend. He did visit Alabama for a midweek unofficial and has a Texas official later this month.
The Wolverines connected really well with Finkley, who would be an excellent fit as a 3-4 defensive end. They’re definitely one of the top contenders if the staff can get him out of the south.
Gaither (FL) Mario Eugenio - Four-star, No. 285 overall, No. 14 EDGE
Eugenio has been prioritized as an edge target by the new defensive staff. Michigan was one of the first official visits he scheduled, and will be sandwiched between trips to Iowa State and Indiana. However, it may be Oregon that is the biggest threat for Eugenio.
Stratford Comprehensive (TN) D’Arco Perkins-McAllister - Four-star, No. 297 overall, No. 20 S
Long ranked as a three-star, Perkins-McAllister’s profile is finally starting to reflect his offer list, which includes LSU, Georgia, Texas, Florida, Oregon, Oklahoma, Penn State and several more. He set up his official visit to Michigan just a few days ago, which will be sandwiched between trips to TCU and South Carolina. Despite being listed as a safety, at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, the staff could like him at cornerback.
Germantown (TN) Kody Jones - Four-star, No. 320 overall, No. 22 ATH
The coaches will have to recruit Jones like he’s an uncommitted prospect at this point. Originally scheduled to take his official last week, he moved it back to take an unofficial to Tennessee. This is following an official visit to Illinois the weekend prior. Taking this many visits definitely indicates Jones is keeping his options open after Linguist left.
Hill Murray (MN) Lucas Heyer - Four-star, No. 342 overall, No. 34 OT
The board at offensive line is pretty thin at this point, but one of the top options is the Minnesota four-star, who at 6-foot-5 projects to be a swing guy who could play guard or tackle. Heyer’s June schedule includes officials to Northwestern, Minnesota and Stanford, with the hometown Gophers probably being the most threatening.
Mansfield Summit (TX) Joseph Adedire - Three-star, No. 431 overall, No. 64 DL
Adedire is one of Michigan’s most coveted players at the edge position. The three star is also visiting Northwestern, Georgia Tech and Cal, so academics are clearly one of his major deciding factors. Throwing in the fact that none of these schools are local gives Michigan a good chance to blow him away on the visit and eventually secure his commitment.
Johnston City (IL) Austin Brown - Three-star, No. 445 overall, No. 32 S
Brown has been a big riser in the rankings, recently getting his fourth star on 247Sports. His visit schedule doesn’t reflect that change yet, though, which gives Michigan more weight in his recruitment. He’s also slated to visit Northwestern, Cincinnati, Boston College and Illinois officially this month. Being the clear best football school on that list definitely helps.
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (GA) Marlin Klein - Three-star, No. 519 overall, No. 29 TE
Committed since last September, Klein will head up to Michigan to help and recruit his peers to wear the winged helmet. By all indications, Klein has been rock solid since he gave his verbal to the staff.
The Kinkaid School (TX) Dillon Bell - Three-star, No. 568 overall, No. 73 WR
Once recruited as a running back for Michigan, a camp performance at Ferris State convinced the staff to focus on him at wide receiver instead. That performance also caught the attention of Georgia and Texas A&M, who offered soon after.
Those schools will be threats, and Bell will probably set up visits there, but the Wolverines have been recruiting him for a long time and the fact he traveled up to a camp in Michigan shows he has high interest in the program.
North Cobb (GA) Joshua Josephs - Three-star, No. 572 overall, No. 27 EDGE
Josephs was one of the players targeted immediately by Michigan’s new defensive staff and jumped to the top of the board at the outside linebacker spot. He also has an official set up to Penn State, and Kentucky and Tennessee are also pursuing. This is winnable for Michigan though assuming the visit goes well.
Hammond School (SC) CJ Stokes - Three-star, No. 703 overall, No. 59 RB
Looking for two running backs in the class, Stokes would be a great addition to pair with someone like George Pettaway. He has three crystal balls to South Carolina, but apparently their new staff hasn’t re-offered him, opening the door for Michigan to steal him from the south. Stokes has already officially visited Vanderbilt and Missouri, who Michigan should be able to compete with.
Gaither (FL) Tawfiq Thomas - Three-star, No. 924 overall, No. 130 DL
As a teammate of Mario Eugenio, these two could be a package deal as they are considering mostly the same schools. They both officially visited Iowa State last weekend, though Thomas also took a trip to Kansas the week before that. At 6-foot-5, 345 pounds, Thomas is a massive human who would help shore up depth at the nose tackle position.
Palmer Ridge (CO) Connor Jones - Three-star, No. 931 overall, No. 91 OT
Another long-time commit, Jones has shown no signs of wavering and will put on his recruiting cap, while also experiencing Michigan’s facilities and in-person contact with the coaches for the first time.
The Loomis School (CT) Alessandro Lorenzetti - Three-star, No. 92 OT (247Sports only)
A Canada native, Lorenzetti plays his high school ball in Connecticut and recently landed on the radar of several big-time schools. He visited Michigan earlier in the week and was impressive enough to earn an offer. He quickly scheduled an official visit in Ann Arbor for this weekend and will also take trips to Penn State and Vanderbilt. Ohio State wants him to come and camp for them, but it’s unclear if he can fit it in his schedule, as he’s already had to cancel visits to Duke, Georgia, and Georgia Tech.
Case Tech (MI) Deone Walker - Three-star, No. 367 overall, No. 52 DL
Walker is quietly one of the most important targets on Michigan’s board with the versatility to play either defensive or offensive line at a high level. He just received a crystal ball pick for Michigan, which is huge news. This visit will help cement Michigan’s status as the leader for the national-level prospect.
Grayson (GA) Michael Daugherty - Four-star, No. 40 overall, No. 7 ATH
Daugherty is a 2023 prospect from Georgia who was going to visit with his teammate, Mumu Bin-Wahad, before he committed to West Virginia a couple of days ago. Listed as an athlete, he’ll probably play safety at the next level.
Munford (AL) Sylvester Smith - Four-star, No. 93 overall, No. 7 S
Another touted safety in the 2023 class, Smith is coming up from Alabama to check out what Michigan has to offer. The coaching staff is taking big swings at players from his state in 2022, so we’ll see if that eventually pays off.
The Kinkaid School (TX) Micah Bell - Unranked
The younger brother of Dillon, Micah Bell is tagging along to get a feel for Ann Arbor as well. Although he is currently unranked in the 2023 class, it appears with offers from Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Tennessee and more so far, he could end up being a better prospect than his brother.