Friday’s Recruiting Blitz Talks Mystery Five-Star, Updates, And West Coast Recruiting Battle

Is Michigan In The Playing For A Five-Star?

2017 Bradenton, FL (IMG Academy) five-star DE Joshua Kaindoh released his list of top four schools on Wednesday night on Twitter. His top four schools included Notre Dame, Penn State, Ohio State, and Michigan. Well, what made this such a big story was his presumed favorite, Maryland, did not make the list.

Maryland being left out of his list shocked me and many recruiting experts. Not to mention, but the Terps were his leader by a long margin and many expected Maryland to land a commitment from Kaindoh in the near future. Furthermore, as of right now, their are two possibilities: Kaindoh is trying to shake people off his recruitment or he is now seriously not considering Maryland. However, I personally believe that Maryland is now out of the running.

As for Michigan, 247sports’ Steve Lorenz posted a note saying he would be “shocked if Kaindoh ends up at Michigan.” With that being said, I think The Wolverines do have somewhat of a chance to land Kaindoh, but I would put it as an outside chance. Notre Dame appears to be the leader.

The Wolverines Are In A West Coast Battle For A Offensive Linemen

First reported by 247sports’ Steve Lorenz, Michigan and the coaching staff are currently in a heated recruiting battle for a very-talented offensive linemen with USC. That west coast offensive linemen is 2017 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Santa Margarita Catholic) four-star center Brett Neilon.

Michigan, led by Michigan offensive line coach Tim Drevno has been recruiting Neilon heavily over the past few months. Neilon recently visited Michigan for the spring game and it was a huge success for the coaching staff. He informed me that Michigan made a “huge impression” on him and will continue to be a major factor in his recruitment.

However, USC has also been on Neilon’s mind for quite sometime and even before they offered he pointed out that he had a lot of interest in USC. After a few visits to USC from Neilon and a expressed longtime interest, the Trojans finally pulled the trigger and offered Neilon. Now, USC and Michigan appear to be in a huge recruiting battle that will likely end in the summer.

Neilon plans to camp at USC over the summer and has informed me that he will continue to visit USC over the next few months because of the close distance from home. However, Neilon recently visited Washington and California, who also appear to be threats, but not major threats. The coaching staff will have a tough time pulling Neilon out of the west coast and with USC now pushing hard for Neilon it makes it even tougher. Michigan currently appears to have the slight lead, but it will be tough.

Michigan Pushing For Top 2018 Ohio Prospect

2018 Westerville, OH (Westerville South) five-star running back Jaelen Gill is one of the top prospects in the state of Ohio for the 2018 class. Normally a recruit who is a highly skilled prospect in the state of Ohio and plays running back is destined to end up with Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes. However, with Gill, it might be a different story.

The Michigan coaching staff is pushing hard for Gill. He recently told Rivals’ Brandon Brown that “he likes what Michigan has to offer and they are pushing hard for him.” Well, Gill recently visited Michigan in the spring game and after his visit he likes The Wolverines a lot. He is expected to visit Ann Arbor sometime in the summer, which could be a huge bonus for the staff. So far in the 2018 class, Michigan has had a lot of success with landing top Ohio prospects.

The Safety Board Is Getting Crowded

Michigan has a major priority in the 2017 class, and that is the safety position. The Wolverines have already landed one commitment at the safety position from 2017 Florence, AL (Florence) S J’Marrick Woods. With one commitment at the safety position, the coaching staff is trying to land one or two more prospects at the safety position.

2017 S Jaylen Kelly-Powell

Kelly-Powell has looked like a lock to end up at Michigan for quite sometime now, due to the connections at Michigan and him actually being named after former Michigan basketball player “Jalen Rose.” Kelly-Powell and his father visited Michigan a few days ago for a half-day visit and the visit just confirms how strong of a lead Michigan has on him. Not to mention, but he has already been at Michigan a few million times. After his anticipated west coast tour in June, when he will visit both USC and UCLA. I fully expect him to have everything he needs to make a commitment. I believe The Wolverines will land him sometime in the summer.

2017 S A.J. Harris

We all know how big and crazy things turned within Harris’ recruitment a few weeks ago. Well, I recently talked to him and he filled me in on his recruitment; ARTICLE. 

2017 S Jonathan Sutherland

Sutherland is very familiar with Michigan and has already visited Ann Arbor a few times now. Even before his offer from Michigan, he appeared to be very high on Michigan. As of right now, The Wolverines look really good in the hard-hitting safeties recruitment. Add in an expected visit from Sutherland in the summer for Michigan when he is at The Sound Mind Body Camp. The Wolverines are looking really good for him. Another bonus for Michigan with Sutherland, he recently talked with 247sports’ Ryan Bartow and named Michigan within his top five list of schools.

2017 S Devon Hunter

Hunter is an elite athlete that has everything you can ask for at the safety position. Even though, he does not have the most interest in Michigan, he recently told Rivals’ Adam Friedman that Michigan is a school he wants to look into. If the coaching staff can get him on campus, The Wolverines have a good shot at landing Hunter.

Extensive Notes

  • 2017 Huntington (WV) three-star OT Billy Ross informed Rivals’ Adam Friedman that he has a lot of interest in Michigan. Not to mention, but The Wolverines appear to be one of his top schools right now.
  • 2017 Las Vegas (NV) three-star TE Brevin Jordan informed 247sports’ Steve Lorenz that Michigan is a school he would love to get an offer from and The Wolverines are close to the top of his list of schools. Jordan’s recruitment will be an interesting one. I think Michigan has a very good chance of landing him, if Michigan misses on a few other tight end targets. Note: Michigan is still sitting very well with two of their top targets at the tight end position in Jimmy Jaggers and Texas commit Major Tennison.
  • 2017 DT Neil Farrell informed Scout that The Wolverines are currently in his top three list of schools. I don’t think Michigan has much of a shot here, however you never know. Something worth noting that was mentioned in the article was he plans to enroll early and Michigan is the only school he is planning on taking an official visit to.
  • 2018 Lee County (GA) four-star S Otis Reese recently received an offer from Michigan. Reese is a prospect to keep a close eye on moving forward. He told Scout’s Brice Marich that Michigan is his leader and he is already looking to visit. The Wolverines look to be in good position early on, but there is still a lot more time for Reese in his recruiting process.
  • Michigan also offered a familiar name in 2018 Franklin, MI (Detroit Country Day) three-star LB Kolin Demens. Yes, the younger brother of former Michigan linebacker Kenny Demens, who like his brother was also very excited about his offer. To make things even better, Demens told Scout’s Sam Webb that Michigan is now his leader and he plans to visit soon. The Wolverines joined Nebraska as Demens second total offer.

– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)