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Thursday Recruiting Roundup: U-M in final three list for top pass-rushing target

The Wolverines remain in the race for one of their top targets.

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The 2022 class is about to heat up a bit with official visits for gamedays on the horizon. On today’s Michigan Recruiting Roundup, we’ll discuss a couple top targets who are planning a visit to Ann Arbor for a game in the near future, and we’ll start off with one of Michigan’s remaining top defensive targets in the 2022 class.

U-M makes top 3 for three-star LB/DE

In a recent interview with The Michigan Insider’s Josh Newkirk ($), 2022 three-star linebacker/defensive end Joshua Josephs named Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee in his top three list. But among those three schools, it’s Michigan going after him the hardest.

“I love them,” Josephs said about Michigan. “They treat me like family and they help me with my game on and off the field. And they help me in life. They’re showing me the most love out of all the teams that are recruiting me right now.”

Josephs tentatively has a commitment date of Oct. 1, so he has just a little more than a month to officially make up his mind and announce where he will be attending college. But before that date, he is hoping to see his three finalists in-person.

When it comes to his future Michigan visit, Josephs hopes to see “how the fans are during game day, see how it is overall. The overall environment. The students, everything.”

Josephs did officially visit Michigan earlier this summer for the big Victors Weekend recruiting event, so his visit this fall would not be his first. Michigan could very well be in the driver’s seat for this recruitment, so stay tuned for more in the next month or so.

2023 five-star WR visiting for Washington game

Our own Jon Simmons brought you an update on Tuesday’s Recruiting Roundup that 2023 five-star wide receiver Jalen Brown was likely to be visiting Michigan sometime this fall for a game. Now, the plans have been finalized, as Brown told TMI’s Newkirk ($) he will be attending the Michigan/Washington game in Week 2.

Brown — who is 6-foot-1, 170 pounds and the No. 24 overall player in his class — visited Michigan back in June, so this will be a return trip for the Miami, Florida native.

“Next time I go to Ann Arbor I’m going to go to a game, so I am going to go see their night game. I’m going to see how the vibe is on game day,” Brown said. “I’m looking for education, brotherhood, basically a family most of all. Somewhere that will push me to my limits.”

One thing that will never hurt in a recruitment is connections, and Brown has that with Michigan in former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, who has been a mentor of sorts throughout his youth in learning the receiver position.

“It’s a luxury (to know Howard). When you learn from somebody who did it, it makes you work harder and want to be like them,” Brown said of Howard. “He teaches me a lot. He teaches me to focus on my goals and push through everything.”

As a sophomore in 2020, Brown racked up 18 receptions for 500 yards and eight touchdowns for Gulliver Prep. He also runs track, where he clocked in a 10.66 100-meter dash time.

2023 four-star DT hopes to visit this fall

According to TMI’s Brice Marich ($), 2023 four-star defensive tackle Sydir Mitchell is hoping to visit for Michigan’s home game this fall against Rutgers. Mitchell, a New Jersey native, says that is the week his team is off, so tt’s a sheer coincidence the game comes against a team in New Jersey like Rutgers.

The 6-foot-5, 350-pounder who plays high school football at Bergen Catholic — a place very familiar with Michigan — was offered by the Wolverines back in March. His interest was instantly mutual and took a visit to Ann Arbor for the first time in June.

Mitchell also performed in camps earlier this summer on the campuses of Penn State and Texas A&M. He holds other offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, USC, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and more.

That’s all for this week! Tune back in on Tuesday for another Recruiting Roundup.