The Michigan Wolverines needed a big win at home in primetime over the Washington Huskies, and they delivered. They needed it not just for the in-season results, but also to impress the many recruits they hosted this weekend.
Here are some recollections and reactions from three in-state recruits who were in Ann Arbor this past Saturday.
2022 three-star LB commit Aaron Alexander
The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder who plays at Belleville has been committed to Michigan since this summer, but finally got to check out the Wolverines in game action.
“I really enjoyed it. Saw some old teammates of mine and got to experience an amazing atmosphere,” Alexander told Maize n Brew.
Alexander also stated he spent most of his time with another in-state prospect — 2022 athlete Josh Nichols, who has a walk-on opportunity at Michigan.
He is the lone inside linebacker commit in Michigan’s 2022 class up to this point.
2023 four-star OL Amir Herring
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Herring has been to Ann Arbor many times before, but this atmosphere was a bit different than his previous experiences.
“It was a great time to be back in the Big House for the Maize Out. It was an electrifying experience,” Herring said. “(I got to hang with) Dante Moore, Deone Walker, Jackson Pruitt, Jalen Thompson, Domani Jackson, Will Johnson and Josh Conerly.”
“The vibe from the players and coaches was great during my time there.”
The coaches he got to catch up with were Jim Harbaugh, Josh Gattis, Sherrone Moore and Ron Bellamy, his former high school head coach at West Bloomfield. Needless to say, this is an all-out effort from the coaching staff to secure one of the top in-state prospects in the 2023 class.
Other schools involved include Penn State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Ole Miss and Clemson, according to Herring.
2023 four-star DL Jalen Thompson
Another important in-state recruit in the 2023 class for Michigan is Thompson, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds. The Cass Tech product, who like Herring is also a top 200 overall player in his class, also got to catch up with some of his former teammates and his would-be position coach at Michigan.
“It was fun. They have a very positive atmosphere and they treat me like family,” Thompson said. “(I got to hang with) Deone (Walker) Jackson (Pruitt) and coach Nua. It was fun. We really was just bonding and had a good time watching my former teammates and friends on the next level.”
When it comes to a return trip for another game this year, Thompson said that it is “more than likely” he winds up at the Big House later this season.
Michigan State is a big factor in this one thanks to his relationship with Thomas Wilcher, his former head coach at Cass Tech who left this past offseason for a role as an analyst in East Lansing. This recruitment, much like Herring’s, has a long way to go, so we’ll see where this one heads in the coming months.