With the NCAA recruiting dead period finally a thing of the past, prospects in the 2022 class can take official visits once again. The Michigan Wolverines are playing host to tons of junior recruits this month, and it all begins this weekend with four defensive prospects set to take their official visits to Ann Arbor.
Here is a brief overview of these prospect’s recruitments, and where things stand heading into their official visits.
Jaren Kanak, three-star ATH (No. 489 overall)
Kanak’s recruitment has absolutely blown up, and he will not be a composite three-star for long. In the month of May alone, he received offers from Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Texas A&M and Florida, among others. A reason for this is likely due to his incredibly fast 10.37 100-meter dash that he posted on Twitter. And at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, that is a really impressive time.
Jay Harbaugh is the one who offered him last month, and Kanak told Maize n Brew after he got the offer that the Wolverines like him on the defensive side of the ball. George Helow is listed as the secondary recruiter, so it’s likely they view him as a linebacker.
The lone crystal ball at the moment is on Clemson, a school he unofficially visited this past Tuesday and landed an offer from. He also plans to officially visit Alabama on June 19.
This recruitment is about as open as they come for a three-star with offers from all over the country. Michigan did really solid work to get him to lock in an official visit shortly after offering. I am very intrigued to see where this one goes.
Kevonte Henry, three-star LB/DE (No. 786 overall)
Henry is one of the latest offers for Michigan’s defensive coaching staff, led here by Courtney Morgan and defensive analyst Ryan Osborn. They offered him back in April and quickly got him to commit to an official visit.
At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Henry is likely viewed as an edge prospect in Mike Macdonald’s defense.
Henry, who hails from Lawndale, California, also holds offers from West Coast schools like USC, UCLA, Utah, Arizona State and more. It could be a tough pull from that area of the country, but Michigan will have a good shot since it is the lone official visit he has set so far.
Micah Pollard, three-star LB/DE (No, 524 overall)
Pollard has been a top target for the Wolverines since the defensive coaching changes took place. He was offered back in January and they have not looked back since.
As a junior in 2020, the Jacksonville native racked up 12 sacks and 27 tackles for loss. So much like Henry, Michigan views Pollard as an edge rusher. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 200 pounds, so he seems to be a pretty good candidate for that position at Michigan.
Pollard holds other offers from Penn State, Ole Miss, Auburn, South Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, UCF and more. He doesn’t have any other official visits set up to this point. Both the crystal balls are in for Michigan, so things continue to look good in this recruitment.
Hayden Schwartz, three-star DL (No. 545 overall)
Another Jacksonville native, Schwartz has also been a top target for Michigan ever since offering him back in January. Helow is his main recruiter due to his ties in the area, but Shaun Nua has also been on him from the beginning. Helow also had a pre-existing relationship with Schwartz back when he was coaching at Maryland.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder has other scholarships from Penn State, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri, Northwestern, Indiana, Nebraska, Virginia, Stanford, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and more. Given the schools that have offered him, and his self-reported 4.13 GPA, according to this Twitter, Schwartz is clearly academically-focused.
The lone crystal ball for Schwartz is in Michigan’s favor, and Michigan is the lone official visit he has set up to this point, so things are looking real good in this recruitment as well.