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Five-star DL Walter Nolen puts Michigan in his top five

Michigan remains in the race for the elite defensive tackle.

NCAA Football: Air Force at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Five-star DL Walter Nolen, the third-ranked player overall in the 2022 class, included Michigan in his top five list of schools this afternoon.

Michigan is joined by Alabama, Florida, x and x in Nolen’s top group.

Nolen visited all five of his finalists in June, including an official to Ann Arbor for Victors Weekend on June 18th.

Despite already using his official to Michigan, Nolen’s father said they will be back for the game against Ohio State in the fall. Previously, Nolen has indicated he wants to make a decision over the summer, but it’s possible this high-profile recruitment goes all the way to signing day.

Michigan is starting to be considered more of a threat to pull Nolen from the south, but this is going to be a long, hard battle to beat out the other contenders here. There are no crystal ball predictions yet for where Nolen will go.

Watch Nolen’s junior highlight tape below if you’re not afraid of getting your hopes up too much: