Michigan is hosting a handful of prospects with intriguing storylines for the game against Rutgers this weekend. There will also be a couple of basketball visitors on the sidelines as Michigan tries to finish out another top class nationally. Expect more in-state prospects to pop up as well as they always do.
Apple Valley (CA) Jayden Denegal - Three-star, No. 436 overall, No. 28 QB
The quarterback situation has gotten interesting lately with former target Justyn Martin decommitting from Cal this week. Martin told our Trevor Woods Michigan immediately contacted him when the news broke, indicating they’re not totally satisfied with Denegal in the class.
Martin was trying to get to Ann Arbor for a game day visit, but this weekend was ruled a no-go because Denegal was already scheduled to be on campus. Having your current commit and a target at the same time would’ve been awkward. We’ll see if Michigan ever ends up scheduling a visit with Martin or if they decide to stick with the guy who jumped at the chance to commit.
Madison Academy (AL) Deuce Spurlock - Three-star, No. 1,248 overall, No. 106 ATH
Spurlock’s recruitment with Michigan has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. Over the summer he impressed the staff at a camp and earned an offer. He even got a Crystal Ball prediction for the Wolverines, but then they backed off him and it looked like he was no longer an option.
Now, with the linebacker board very thin, it looks like Spurlock and Michigan are back in together with this visit. This could also mean Lander Barton’s official visit for the Washington game didn’t go as well as planned and the coaches are moving on guys further down their board.
Archbishop Carroll (DC) Nyckoles Harbor - Four-star, No. 82 overall, No. 10 ATH
Imagine a player faster than Xavier Worthy in the 100 and 200 meters. Now imagine that player is 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. That’s Nycholes Harbor, a freak athlete who could play on either side of the ball but is being recruited as an edge defender by Michigan right now.
Harbor originally wanted to visit for the Washington game but had to reschedule. The fact he’s visiting only two weeks later is a good sign he has a high level of interest in Michigan. Last week he was at Penn State’s White Out and also at their recruiting event at the end of July, so they look like the early favorites here.
Chaminade-Madonna Prep (FL) William Larkins - unranked IOL
So far, Michigan is the only offer for Larkins, who also visited for the BBQ at the Big House in July. He’s also getting interest from NC State and Notre Dame, who have both invited him for visits. Keep an eye on the 6-foot-3.5, 298-pound lineman to see where his recruitment goes throughout the process.
Waterford Mott (MI) Kalieb Osborne - unranked QB
But they’ll add another guy to the list this weekend with Osborne, who is already 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds as a sophomore. He has more of a dual-threat profile with 772 yards passing and 357 yards rushing through four games this season.
Pinckney (MI) Bobby Kanka - unranked DL
File away this name for a few years down the road. Already holding an offer from Syracuse, Kanka has been identified by 247Sports’ Midwest analyst Allen Trieu as one of the next big things in the state of Michigan. He has NFL bloodlines with his father playing in the league and has the ability to play on either side of the ball. Kanka will visit Michigan State the weekend after this visit.
Dream City Christian (AZ) Yohan Traore - Five-star, No. 10 overall, No. 3 C
Link Year Prep (MO) Tarris Reed - Four-star, No. 39 overall, No. 8 C
Juwan Howard will also be taking advantage of the football game to host one of his top prospects and a current commit. Traore has blown up recently, shooting up the rankings to top-10 nationally. This visit will be coming off an official to Texas Tech last weekend.
Having Reed on a visit as well is a strategic move. While they’re both listed as centers, Traore wants to play power forward in college. With Reed there as a representative, he and Howard can assuage any concerns Traore is ticketed as a forward while Reed will stick to center.
Compass Prep (AZ) Colin Smith - Four-star, No. 118 overall, No. 24 PF
What is interesting is they’ll be hosting another power forward at the same time. Smith has been a target for a while, but he looked ticketed for Stanford for just as long. However, they may have cooled on him, opening the door for other suitors.
Smith has taken official visits to Vanderbilt twice and Arizona State. If things don’t go Michigan’s way with Traore, Smith or the similarly-ranked Gregg Glenn look to be the backup plans.