That’s right, Recruiting Roundups are back! Unfortunately, we’re bringing them back at a time when Michigan does not have a ton of momentum on the trail right now. The program is missing out on its targets at certain positions and is having to expand its board.
However, the program is looking to turn the tides early in the season when they host Washington for a big out-of-conference game that could make a statement if they pull out the win. Here are a few prospects already slated to be in attendance.
Five-star DT Walter Nolen
Nolen also has plans to visit Michigan for the Ohio State game later in the season with his father, so the fact that he’s scheduling another gameday visit is big.
The other top contenders for Nolen include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. Nolen will be at the Clemson-Georgia game in Charlotte in Week 1.
As the No. 2 player in the country, Nolen remains easily the highest-profile recruit that Michigan still has a shot with. The word is that he will be factoring each school’s NIL pitch heavily in his recruitment.
Four-star LB Lander Barton
Michigan has been pushing to get Utah linebacker Lander Barton on campus for a long time, and it will finally come to fruition on September 11th, according to 247Sports’ West Coast analyst Blair Angulo ($).
The coaching staff absolutely loves Barton’s game and has been pursuing him as a tip-top target for a while now. He wasn’t able to make it to campus in June or for the BBQ at the Big House, but his schedule finally worked out to get him in Ann Arbor for a game-day experience.
This will be a tough pull, as Barton’s two older brothers both attended Utah. Barton also has an official visit scheduled for Texas later in September and has also visited Utah, USC, and UCLA.
Three-star EDGE Joshua Josephs
Another player that the staff fell in love with watching his tape is Georgia EDGE Joshua Josephs. Like Nolen, Josephs took his official visit to Michigan during Victors Weekend in June. Now, The Michigan Insider’s Steve Lorenz reports that Josephs will be back on campus for an unofficial visit for the Washington game ($).
Auburn, Tennessee, and UNC are the biggest threats to Michigan at this point, though Josephs recently canceled a visit to Chapel Hill to attend a recruiting event in South Carolina instead. Michigan remaining a constant top school for Josephs is a positive sign here.