Monday’s Recruiting Blitz Has Recruiting Nuggets On Michigan Targets At The Columbus Opening

This past weekend, the city of Columbus played host to the latest Opening Regional camp. Tons of Michigan targets and a few Michigan commits performed well during their time at the camp this last weekend. With many of the prospects at the camp having interest in Michigan. See how high Michigan is with targets at the camp and how commits fared below.

Michigan Commits:

2017 TE Carter Dunaway

Dunaway had a impressive day at the Columbus Opening this past weekend. He was a constant mismatch for linebackers and defensive backs when he was running routes. Dunaway made most of his catches across the middle of the field and in heavy contact. Even though he had a few drops, he had a pretty good day. The Michigan commit also did some recruiting during his time at the camp. He informed me that he was in contact with 2017 TE Matt Dotson, 2017 OT Jedrick Willis, and a few other prospects.

2018 DL/TE Leonard Taylor

Taylor appears to be a prospect who will end up playing defensive line at Michigan. However, in Columbus he spent the majority of his time at tight end, which 247sports’ Steve Wiltfong said he “looked good” at tight end. Now, Taylor is not the fastest dude, but he has soft hands and has good body control. He impressed a lot of people during his time in Columbus.

In terms of his recruitment, Taylor informed me that he “may” be heading to Ohio State for their annual Friday Night Lights camp. He already took a visit to Ohio State for the spring game. His recruitment appears to be a one that will be interesting as there is a lot of time until he has to make a final decision. Look for Ohio State and Michigan State to be major contenders.

2018 LB Antwuan Johnson

Johnson surprised a lot of people with his ability to work in space and make plays in space. He had a very consistent camp and played well. According to Scout’s Josh Newkirk, Johnson showed that “he can stop the run, while showing good pass coverage skills,” Newkirk said. “He will only get better as he further develops in his high school career.”

Michigan Targets:

2017 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones

Peoples-Jones is Michigan’s top target in the 2017 class. Like expected, he had a standout performance at the regional opening. Despite, Michigan having the presumed lead in his recruitment, his recruitment is not narrowly over. Over the past few weeks, he visited several southern schools in the spring, he also visited Michigan State and Notre Dame. Florida State, Tennessee, and Florida State were the three schools that looked to have jumped back into his recruitment with recent visits. Not to mention, but Ohio State is also a school that is still lurking. However, right now the plan for him is to take all five official visits during the fall and make a decision on National Signing Day. I am hearing that Michigan is a “lock” to get an official visit from Peoples-Jones. If I had to make a prediction, it would still be Michigan, with Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, and Michigan State right behind The Wolverines.

2017 WR K.J. Hamler

I just recently posted a recruiting article on Hamler. Within his recruitment, he says that Michigan is still a “top school” for him and he wants to visit in the summer. However, he did mention that the contact between him and the staff has not been what he thinks it should be.

Here is the full quote he gave me: “Michigan is still one of the top schools for me,” Hamler mentioned about Michigan. “Michigan is a top school for me because the education, the tradition, and the football program ran by Coach Harbaugh. It’s a great vibe up there and Harbaugh is building a championship team. Also, Michigan is a great program a lot of success coming from Coach Harbaugh he’s going to get those players where they need to be. But I want to see how their offense will run this year; I want to see if they will change things.”

Something to keep in mind here is that Hamler is very good friends with 2017 Michigan commit Josh Ross. Hamler wants to visit Michigan this summer with Ross, so he can establish that contact and connection with the Michigan coaching staff.

2017 TE Matt Dotson

Dotson, like Donovan Peoples-Jones and Hamler also received an invite to The Opening this summer. According to 247sports Steve Wiltfong, Michigan is apart of Dotson’s top three schools, which are Michigan State and Penn State. Dotson will spend some time later this month at Penn State with recent Penn State QB commit Sean Clifford. However, Michigan and Michigan State are on top of that list after a few recent visits. This looks like it will be a Michigan-Michigan State battle, even though Michigan looks to have the early lead, Michigan State is trending upwards.

2017 OT Jedrick Willis

Every time I have watched film on Willis at these Opening camps, he dominates every rep and never seems to lose ground. He is an offensive tackle who looks to be ahead of his class, in terms of technique and hand placement. Well, he is one of Michigan’s top targets on the board for the 2017 class. In Columbus this past weekend, he expressed a lot of interest in Michigan and told Scout’s Josh Newkirk, that he wants to visit Michigan this summer. However, Notre Dame, Tennessee and a host of others are pushing along with the Wolverines as well. It appears he’s in no hurry to decide, but is a name to keep in mind going forward. He hopes to narrow down his list before the season, but wants to take his official visits before making a commitment.

2017 OG Jordan Reid

Reid was another player who impressed at the opening. In terms of his recruitment, he currently has Michigan at number two, behind Florida in his top five along with Pittsburgh, Michigan State, and Tennessee. Wherever he visits this summer, will depend on where his team goes to tour or visit. But he plans to visit Michigan and Michigan State both again in June. Reid did just visit Michigan this last weekend with his father and uncle, the visit was another step in the right direction for The Wolverines.

2017 CB Ambry Thomas

The Wolverines are one of many schools who are currently pursuing Thomas. The Detroit King standout, looks to be one of the most likely Michigan prospects who will leave the state. Michigan and Michigan State appear to be the two schools who are sticking out right now. But he visits Notre Dame and Wisconsin next weekend. Thomas is in no rush to make a decision, his commitment will most likely be a longer one.

2017 CB Donovan Johnson

Johnson, a fellow Cass Tech prospect had a breakout performance in Columbus, and he really raised his stock. He won the fastest man at the camp with a forty-time of 4.30. In terms of his recruitment, he has offers from Virginia Tech, Penn State, West Virginia, and a few others. However, he informed 247sports’ Steve Wiltfong that a Michigan offer would “shake things up” in his recruitment. Johnson reminds me a lot of Jourdan Lewis, but a more faster Jourdan Lewis. If Michigan offers and pushes for Johnson, I have no doubt they will land him.

2017 S Jaylen Kelly-Powell

Kelly-Powell was one of the many Cass Tech prospects who was in Columbus over the weekend and performed well. The Cass Tech standout, has been considered a lock to end up at Michigan for quite sometime now. He has a lot of connections to Michigan and has visited Ann Arbor several times already. However, once he takes his visits out west to UCLA and USC, he will be ready to make his decision. This looks to be Michigan all the way, expect him to make his commitment early in the summer.

– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)