Recruiting: Expected Spring Michigan Visitors

The Wolverines are finally back home in Ann Arbor for the spring and spring practice is in full force. That means recruits from all over the country will start to visit Michigan. Between now and the end of April, you will see a lot of recruits that are well known and some that are not on Michigan’s campus. Below, I name the expected visitors the Wolverines will have through spring and I give some inside recruiting scoop on the recruits who are expected to visit.

 

2017 LB Drew Singleton and 2017 DL Corey Bolds

According to 247sports’ Steve Lorenz, teammates, 2017 Paramus (NJ) 4-star LB Drew Singleton and 2017 Paramus (NJ) 4-star DE Corey Bolds will visit Michigan on March 24th. Both of the two are on the board for Michigan as top defensive targets. The Wolverines have looked to be sitting pretty for the duo; however, both Clemson and Alabama still remain legit threats to Michigan. Singleton and Bolds have informed me that Michigan is “near the top of the list” for the pair. Not to mention, but both of them have also told me that they may also visit for the spring game on April 1st. Now, I would not count on one of the two to commit to Michigan on the visit, but Singleton would be the guy I would keep my eye on.

2017 C Cesar Ruiz

Michigan has been the longtime favorite for Cesar Ruiz for many reasons. First, all of his New Jersey friends (Mitchell, Hawkins, Johnson, Gary, and Walker) are all heading to Ann Arbor for the next three to four years. In addition, he has already been on campus a couple of times this past year. Finally, there have been a lot of rumors swirling that he has been favoring The Wolverines. All these factors have Michigan looking really good for Ruiz.

Ruiz does plan to visit Michigan in the spring for sure, but he isn’t exactly sure. He has told me that he will likely visit for the spring game. Furthermore, a commitment from Ruiz to Michigan would not be out of the blue. He has hinted too many recruiting sites that a commitment is not out of the question.

2017 OL Robert Hainsey

Hainsey announced on Twitter a few weeks ago that he will be attending the Michigan spring game on April 1st. That was pretty big news for the Michigan coaching staff because Hainsey is a huge target for The Wolverines. This will be the second time within the last few months that he will be on campus. Not only, but he is a very versatile lineman, who can play across the offensive line. Hainsey is extremely athletic and has the perfect size for the college level. That’s why he told 247sports’ Steve Lorenz that he is a “top target for the staff.”

I doubt that a commitment will come from the visit, but you never do know when you get a recruit on campus. Hainsey will not only be visiting Michigan in the spring, he will also be visiting Penn State on March 19th, Ohio State on March 26th, Michigan State on March 31st and Notre Dame on April 16. Penn State and Ohio State look to be the other two that are heavily in the mix for Hainsey. However, by the time Hainsey returns to IMG Academy, I think Michigan will be his leader.

2017 TE Trey Pugh

This is a type of visit where Pugh will get a chance to see Michigan and all they have to offer. I don’t think The Wolverines will land Pugh, or that they will show much interest in him due to the current number of tight ends they are already pursing. However, he is from Ohio and has not received an Ohio State offer yet. Michigan’s use of tight ends and relationship with Jay Harbaugh could play a huge role.

2017 OT Tyler Beach

Beach is currently on Michigan’s campus for his weekend visit. He recently posted a picture on Twitter of him in a Michigan jersey in the locker room. The Wolverines appear to be the leader or one of the top schools for Beach right now. This three day visit for Michigan could really put Michigan in front of the pack. Not to mention, I would not totally rule out a commitment here from Beach on his visit. Beach is the top player in the state of Wisconsin for the 2017 class and Michigan is looking to steal the #1 player in the state of Wisconsin in back-to-back years.

2017 DT/OG Phillip Paea

Paea also plans on visiting Michigan this spring. It’s not exactly clear when he will visit Michigan, but I have a good feeling that he will be visiting for the spring game. Michigan will be in a battle to land Paea as he looks to be bound to leave the state for college ball. However, The Wolverines are really making strides with him, Paea is starting to build a better relationship with recruiting coordinator Tony Tuioti. The spring game could be a huge stepping stone for The Wolverines with Paea.

2017 ATH Scott Nelson

Nelson has informed me that he would really like to get up to Michigan for the spring game, he left it as “possible.” It is still unclear if he will end up visiting, but Michigan needs a visit from Nelson. Michigan State, his childhood favorite, is in the lead for Nelson. If The Wolverines can’t get him on campus, I think Michigan State will take an overwhelming lead with Nelson.

Other Visitors Expected This Spring

  • 2017 Michigan commit OT JaRaymond Hall
  • Per Scout’s Brice Marich, 2017 S J’Marick Wood is planning on visiting for the spring game
  • Per 247sports’ Steve Lorenz, 2017 OT Trey Smith is trying to make it to Michigan in early April.
  • Per Scout’s Brice Marich, 2017 OT D’Antne Demery will visit for the spring game.
  • 2017 Illinois commit RB Mike Epstein informed me he plans on visiting Michigan this spring.
  • Per 247sports’ Steve Lorenz, will be visiting Michigan this weekend 2018 LB Antwuan Jackson and DE/TE Leonard Taylor.
  • 2019 LB Tyrece Woods

– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)