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Where Michigan goes from here with DL recruiting in 2022 after Kenneth Grant’s commitment

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The Wolverines have a few targets left.

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On Tuesday, the Michigan Wolverines picked up a commitment from 2022 three-star defensive tackle Kenneth Grant. The 6-foot-4, 335-pounder is a massive addition to the class, both literally and figuratively. The Wolverines beat out Ohio State and Wisconsin for his services. He joined three-star defensive tackle Mason Graham along the interior for Michigan in 2022.

So where does Michigan go from here on the recruiting trail for the defensive line?

Everybody is still on the hunt for five-star and the No. 1 overall player in the class, per the 247Sports composite, Walter Nolen. Michigan is going to recruit him until the very end no matter what. There will be room in the class for him regardless of how many guys they have committed at the time. There is no telling when he may end his recruitment, as this has been the most ever-changing recruitment in the 2022 class. Stay tuned on this one.

Also out there for the taking is in-state four-star two-way lineman Deone Walker. The Cass Tech product has been a top target for the Wolverines in this class ever since he was offered way back in the summer of 2020. He could play either offensive or defensive tackle at the next level, but it seems like Michigan prefers him to be on defense. At 6-foot-6 and 350 pounds, he would be an absolute monster on either offense or defense.

And then there is three-star Isaiah Hastings. At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, he could line up in a few different spots on the line for Michigan in Mike Macdonald’s defense. Hastings has blown up recently, with offers coming in from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Oregon and other top college football programs. He is set to officially visit Oregon the weekend of Oct. 15, according to 247Sports ($), and has visited Florida a couple times this season already. He visited Ann Arbor for the BBQ and the Big House in July, so the next step here would be to get him back on campus for a gameday. If things don’t develop quickly here, you can scratch him off the list.

Finally, three-star linebacker/edge prospect Joshua Josephs also remains a very real target for the Maize and Blue. He officially visited for the Washington game, and rearranged his visit schedule in order to do so; he was originally slated to visit Tennessee that weekend. He had an original commitment date of Oct. 1, but that was pushed back a couple weeks ago. With two Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Wolverines, it appears they sit at, or at the very least near, the top of his recruitment.

As you can see, there is still a lot going on and a lot to sort through in this 2022 class for the Wolverines — and that’s just along the defensive line. There are plenty of other targets available at other positions, including five-star offensive lineman Josh Conerly, so buckle in and be prepared for an interesting final couple months of the 2022 cycle before the early signing period begins.