The Michigan football program’s revamped recruiting staff has been putting in a lot of work, especially over the last few weeks, to increase brand awareness and ensure recruits give Michigan a solid look when it comes time to deciding their future school.
The staff’s first big recruiting event post-pandemic dead period was “Detroit Day,” an event on June 2 which hosted recruits from the state of Michigan. Kids from the 2022, 2023 and 2024 classes were in Ann Arbor for the event, meeting with the coaches and better-acquainting themselves with the program.
Five-star corner Will Johnson, Michigan’s highest-rated recruit in the 2022 class, was among the participants from this year’s cycle. Other 2022 commits, four-star receiver Tayshawn Trent and three-star defensive lineman Davonte Miles, were also in attendance.
Johnson spoke more in depth with The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb about Detroit Day.
Will Johnson committed to recruiting for #Michigan; Looking forward to visiting #USC - @Willj1228 discusses U-M's inaugural "Detroit Day", targets on the verge of going blue, his upcoming trip to USC, and more- #GoBlue (VIP) https://t.co/Y7CLBh5J65 pic.twitter.com/u30pjckiNZ— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) June 4, 2021
Five-star 2023 quarterback Dante Moore originally had plans to camp at Ohio State on Tuesday, but instead opted to go to Ann Arbor for Detroit Day. He is arguably Michigan’s biggest recruiting target in his class. He is ranked No. 14 overall.
Amir Herring, a four-star offensive lineman in the 2023 class from West Bloomfield, was in Ann Arbor for the event and is a major target for the Wolverines in his class. All five crystal ball predictions are in Michigan’s favor at the moment.
Had a great time at Michigan’s Detroit Day〽️ pic.twitter.com/vquKFe5rIF— Ámir Hèrrìng✌ (@amirherring55) June 3, 2021
Wide receiver Semaj Morgan from the 2023 class also plays at West Bloomfield High School. His only three reported offers so far are Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Ole Miss. But if he keeps performing like how he did at a camp at Ferris State this past week, it may not be long before he gets more.
Aaron Alexander, a 2022 athlete from Belleville, also enjoyed his time in Ann Arbor.
Nolan Ray is a running back from Brother Rice in the 2023 class. He holds early offers from Maryland and Boston College.
Torrence Greene is an athlete in the 2023 class, hailing from Ann Arbor Huron.
2024 athlete Caleb Williams, who is from Canton, was also in attendance for the event. His only reported offer so far is a Power 5 offer — Tennessee.
There were tons of other in-state recruits in Ann Arbor for the event, and you can see that full list here.
Needless to say, the event was well-received and was a great way for the staff to familiarize themselves with the talent they have in their backyard. It’s apparent the Wolverines are working to lock down the state of Michigan on the recruiting trail, and events like Detroit Day can only help them achieve that.