Reactions are rolling in from Michigan’s electric atmosphere during their win over Washington on Saturday night. Unsurprisingly, recruits and their families were impressed with the performance on and off the field put on by the Michigan program. Expect this weekend to boost their chances with all of the recruits they had visiting for the game.
USC coaching change opens door for five-star CB
Michigan has been chipping away at 2022 five-star cornerback Domani Jackson well before he committed to USC in late January. The Wolverines got a huge boost this weekend for a couple of reasons.
One, Jackson took an official visit with his family for the Washington game this weekend and came away loving it, per 247Sports’ Greg Biggins ($).
“The game atmosphere blew me away,” Jackson said. “That’s really why I wanted to visit and it was wild there. It’s just different out there in terms of how crazy the fans are and how much support they show.”
Of course, the second reason is USC fired head coach Clay Helton yesterday evening, sparking uncertainty in Jackson’s future in their class.
Jackson admitted to Biggins a bunch of schools hit him up after the news broke, but he’s only picking up the phone for a select few.
“Honestly, the only schools I’m going to be messing with moving forward are USC, Michigan and Alabama,” Jackson said. “I already have relationships built in with those schools and I’m really comfortable with all three so those are the only ones I’ll be focusing from here out.”
We’ll probably have to wait and see who USC hires before knowing for sure how likely it is that Jackson decommits, but Michigan has put itself in a good position to secure his commitment if he decides to look elsewhere.
Five-star OL loves game day experience
One of the headliners for the weekend was 2022 five-star offensive lineman Josh Conerly, who was making his second trip to Ann Arbor in just over a month. He told 247Sports’ Brandon Huffman he had a “great time” while breaking down the visit ($).
“What really stood out to me on the official visit was the game for sure,” said Conerly. “To see that Maize Out was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Conerly was hosted by Raheem Anderson and Giovanni El-Hadi on his trip. He was also able to meet with offensive line coach Sherrone Moore to go over his game tape and talk about how he “can fit in the offense.”
This visit already has Conerly thinking about another trip back to Michigan later in the season.
“I may possibly go back when they play Ohio State (in November),” Conerly said.
Official visit gives three-star DL something to think about
Another West Coast visitor this weekend was 2022 three-star defensive lineman Mason Graham, who is currently committed to Boise State, but is re-thinking that after the Maize Out, according to 247Sports’ Biggins ($).
“My favorite part of the trip was probably the game atmosphere,” Graham said. “The place was packed, 109,000 in attendance and the crowd and overall environment was crazy there and I loved the energy.”
Graham also appreciated being able to interact with current players on the team.
“The players were all very up front with me and cool about everything,” Graham said. “They were just like the coaches in how they were all so honest with me and answered any questions we had about the school. Jeffrey Persi was my host and it was cool to be with him because he’s a Cali guy.”
Moving forward, Graham admits he “needs some time to think things over with his family” about remaining committed to Boise State or not.
Three-star safety names Michigan “top school” following visit
Another prospect the game and atmosphere went a long way with was 2022 three-star safety Damani Dent. He wasn’t shy when talking with The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich about where the Wolverines stand after his visit ($).
“It was cool. I got to experience the Big House and man that’s one of the best stadiums in college football history,” Dent explained. “Just amazing and loved everything about Ann Arbor.”
He didn’t stop there, saying “Michigan is my top school for sure.”
With Dent planning to commit on Oct 10, there’s not a lot of time for other schools to make up the gap. I’d expect to see some Crystal Balls rolling in for Dent sooner rather than later.