This will be my third recruiting cycle putting together visitor lists for recruiting events. This will easily be the biggest collection of talent on campus during that time period. As of now, there are SEVEN five-star prospects expected to be at the Washington game, not including a player ranked in the top 10 of the 2024 class.
If Michigan pulls off the win against Washington on Saturday night, it’s going to pay massive dividends in 2022 recruiting down the stretch and definitely boost their prospects for 2023 and beyond. Here’s a rundown of who is expected to be in Ann Arbor.
Grosse Pointe South (MI) Will Johnson - Five-star, No. 13 overall, No. 4 CB
Nazareth Academy (IL) Tyler Morris - Four-star, No. 106 overall, No. 14 WR
Bartram Trail (FL) Micah Pollard - Three-star, No. 575 overall, No. 59 LB
Of course Johnson will be at the game to recruit Domani Jackson, as well as several other targets as the leader of the class. I’d expect even more commits to be in attendance to peer recruit, but that’ll come out later.
Powell (TN) Walter Nolen - Five-star, No. 1 overall, No. 1 DL
Even though he didn’t name Michigan in his top three, which is not a final list of schools he’s considering, Nolen will be back on campus following his official visit back in June. As you can tell from him releasing multiple top lists with different schools, this recruitment is going to be a roller coaster so hold on if you wish to follow it.
Mater Dei (CA) Domani Jackson - Five-star, No. 5 overall, No. 2 CB
Sadly, Jackson suffered a knee injury that is causing him to miss the rest of his senior season. That’s not going to stop him from flying cross-country to officially visit Michigan, despite being committed to USC. His good buddy Will Johnson will be on campus to help try and pull him from the west coast. Another official visit to Alabama scheduled later in the season looms.
Rainier Beach (WA) Josh Conerly - Five-star, No. 20 overall, No. 3 OT
Out of the three 2022 five-stars not committed to Michigan slated to be on campus, Michigan has the best chance with Conerly. I’m sure getting him to visit for the game against his hometown Washington Huskies was not a coincidence.
If Michigan performs well in this game, you could see Conerly trend towards the Wolverines quickly. EJ Holland of Rivals already put in a Futurecast prediction for the good guys in advance of his visit.
University Lab (LA) Austin Ausberry - Four-star, No. 197 overall, No. 24 CB
Ausberry is from Louisiana. His dad works at LSU as an executive AD. His younger brother is a five-star linebacker in the 2023 class. Somehow though, he’s not a lock to LSU yet because there are some tensions between his father and the school that could leave the door open for Ausberry to head somewhere else. Michigan is trying to leverage Ron Bellamy’s relationships in the state to land the talented Ausberry brothers.
Frederick Douglass (KY) Dane Key - Four-star, No. 232 overall, No. 36 WR
Key is one of Michigan’s top wide receiver prospects as they look to add a couple more to their class. His dad is a former Kentucky player so getting him out of Lexington will be tough, but the Steve Clinkscale hire definitely helps here.
Brighton (UT) Lander Barton - Four-star, No. 269 overall, No. 29 LB
Michigan has been trying hard to get Barton to campus all cycle and will finally get their wish this weekend. As the top remaining linebacker target on the board, this visit will mean a lot in convincing him to choose Michigan over Utah, where most of his family members attended school.
Cass Tech (MI) Deone Walker - Four-star, No. 327 overall, No. 44 DL
Landing Walker would be huge with keeping the perception of in-state recruiting going well. He’s been considered a Michigan lean for a long time now, but they need to get him to pull the trigger soon. Allen Trieu of 247Sports has said Walker is due for a ratings bump and Alabama is legitimately recruiting him.
North Cobb (GA) Joshua Josephs - Three-star, No. 510 overall, No. 29 EDGE
Josephs was supposed to visit for this game, then switched to taking an official visit to Tennessee, then switched back to visiting Ann Arbor a couple of days ago. That has to bode well for the Wolverines, who received a Crystal Ball pick from 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong after the news of his changing visit plans was announced. Landing Josephs would lock up an excellent Edge class.
Merillville (IN) Kenneth Grant - Three-star, No. 511 overall, No. 76 DL
After visiting campus multiple times unofficially throughout the summer, Grant will be using his official visit to campus this time around. This is shaping up to be a Michigan-Ohio State battle, with the former clearly wanting and needing him more, but they’ll have to show they can compete on the big stage.
Ponchatoula (LA) Amorion Walker - Three-star, No. 541 overall, No. 41 ATH
Walker is another Louisiana prospect Michigan is trying to get up north. He’s already committed to Notre Dame, so leaving the area doesn’t seem like a big deal. Getting him up on campus again right after he visited for the BBQ at the Big House is a big deal, though. If I were the Irish I would be getting nervous about his solidity in the class.
O’Dea (WA) Mark Nabou - Three-star, No. 692 overall, No. 31 IOL
While not as highly touted as Conerly, Nabou is another talented lineman from the state of Washington who has several big-time suitors. A former Washington commit, Nabou would probably appreciate the Wolverines beating up on the Huskies. Right now, it looks like Texas A&M is the biggest threat here.
Servite (CA) Mason Graham - Three-star, No. 993 overall, No. 131 DL
Michigan offered Graham at the end of August and things have moved quickly here with him already scheduling his official visit to campus for this weekend. Graham committed to Boise State in the middle of July but if Michigan wants him, they should be able to convince him to flip.
Bayside (VA) Lemar Law - Three-star, No. 1,274 overall, No. 159 DL
Originally slated to visit last week for the season opener, Law pushed back his visit to join the festivities this week. He’s been committed to Virginia Tech since June, but is clearly still exploring his options as Michigan searches far and wide for more bodies to add to the defensive line.
Terry Parker (FL) Damani Dent - Three-star, No. 1,468, No. 98 S
Michigan has moved quickly onto Dent after missing out on a lot of their top safety targets this cycle. While lowly ranked, Dent decommitted from Akron after receiving interest from Michigan, Oregon and Pitt. This will be Dent’s first official visit.
Detroit King (MI) Dante Moore - Five-star, No. 16 overall, No. 3 QB
Moore has been off to a scorching hot start to his junior season, backing up his five-star ranking. Michigan’s goal should be to get him on campus as many times as possible since he’s so close, and this atmosphere will be a great start. Ohio State would love to pull Moore from Michigan’s clutches to continue their string of five-star quarterback recruits.
Gulliver Prep (FL) Jalen Brown - Five-star, No. 24 overall, No. 3 WR
Michigan has been on Brown for a while, and the five-star has reciprocated the interest encouragingly. Desmond Howard volunteers as a coach for Brown’s team, giving him a connection to the program the staff is using to their advantage here. Having Moore on the visit as well can’t hurt.
University Lab (LA) Jaiden Ausberry - Five-star, No. 32 overall, No. 3 LB
Ausberry was already mentioned above in his older brother’s section. As the No. 3 linebacker in his class, he’s going to be pursued by the national elites, but if Michigan can land Austin, it would make it a lot easier to land Jaiden.
Many (LA) Tackett Curtis - Four-star, No. 66 overall, No. 5 LB
It’s weird to see all these Louisiana prospects on this list since it’s been incredibly difficult to pull someone from the state recently, but Curtis has said and done all the right things to make you believe Michigan is a factor. This will be Curtis’ second trip to campus, after a visit in June.
Pleasant Valley (IA) Andrew Depaepe - Four-star, No. 155 overall, No. 27 DL
Depaepe earned an offer from Michigan after camping with them in June. Since then, Michigan has stood out as one of the few schools central to his recruitment. This will likely be a Big Ten battle with Iowa and Wisconsin also looking good so far.
Cass Tech (MI) Jalen Thompson - Four-star, No. 169 overall, No. 29 DL
It might be awkward between Thompson and Moore on Saturday, depending on who wins the battle between their two schools’ rivalry game on Friday night. Regardless, Michigan definitely wants both guys in their class as Thompson is ranked right behind Moore as the No. 2 player in Michigan for the 2023 class.
West Bloomfield (MI) Amir Herring - Four-star, No. 174 overall, No. 6 IOL
My bet for the first commit of the 2023 class is Herring, who has had Crystal Balls to Michigan as soon as he got his offer. He could be a leader of the class in the way Giovanni El-Hadi was last cycle. With his West Bloomfield connections, Michigan is going to be hard to beat here.
Lake Stevens (WA) Jayden Limar - Four-star, No. 232 overall, No. 12 RB
Kennedy Catholic (WA) Micah Banuelos - Three-star, No. 18 IOL
Limar and Banuelos are both part of a big contingent of prospects from Washington visiting to see their hometown team play across the country. Both guys already have multiple Crystal Balls for the Huskies, so Michigan will hope to make them look bad on Saturday and get them thinking about other schools.
Ferndale (WA) Landen Hatchett - Three-star, No. 19 IOL
Right below Banuelos in the IOL rankings is Hatchett, who has more of a vested interest in the game. His older brother, Geirean Hatchett, is a freshman on the Washington team and was a former Michigan target.
Dexter (MI) Brennan Parachek - Three-star, No. 20 TE
West Bloomfield (MI) Semaj Morgan - Three-star, No. 314 overall, No. 44 WR
It’s going to be a quick turnaround Parachek and Morgan, since they were both just on campus for the Western Michigan game last week. Michigan received a Crystal Ball pick from Morgan because of the impression they made, so they’ll have a chance to build on that momentum by stringing two good games together.
Divine Child (MI) Dylan Senda - Three-star, No. 327 overall, No. 21 IOL
Senda is a top 10 player in the state of Michigan for his class and will be visiting both in-state schools on Saturday. Senda has already taken two visits to Michigan, once in June and for the BBQ at the Big House in July, though his lone Crystal Ball pick is for State.
O’Dea (WA) Isendre Ahfua - Four-star, No. 9 overall, No. 1 IOL
Ahfua is also part of the Washington crew coming to visit for the game. He’s already been pegged as one of the elite players in his class, coming out in the top ten overall in 247Sports’ first set of rankings for 2024. This recruitment will have a long way to go before it’s over.
Saline (MI) CJ Carr - Four-star, No. 99 overall, No. 10 QB
After Dante Moore in 2023, Michigan is likely to set their sights on Carr in 2024, considering he’s part of THAT Carr family. This won’t be gift-wrapped to Michigan but having a local top-100 quarterback who is the grandson of a former head coach is definitely a nice advantage.
West Bloomfield (MI) Jamir Benjamin - unranked CB
West Bloomfield (MI) Brandon Davis-Swain - unranked DL
A pair of young West Bloomfield prospects will be attending along with their older teammates, and both already hold several FBS offers at this point. Michigan has offered Davis-Swain, but not Benjamin yet but they’ll always be a factor for West Bloomfield guys while Ron Bellamy is on staff.
Harper Woods (MI) Jacob Oden - unranked ATH
With a bunch of Power 5 offers already, including Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Pitt, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee and West Virginia. His father is a graduate of Michigan, which is going to help in what is going to be a big-time recruitment. Oden has previously visited for Detroit Day on June 1st, and attending the Ohio State game before Michigan’s on Saturday.