The 2015 and 2016 recruiting cycles were not ones in which the Wolverines did too well in the state of Michigan overall. Michigan did not obtain the commitments of the majority of the state’s top targets in either class, but was able to secure the signatures of some top prospects such as Michael Onwenu and Lavert Hill. The class of 2017 will be one where the Wolverines will look to clean up on the states top prospects and will hope to block those targets from heading over to in-state rival Michigan State. Once again, that is the case with Three-star defensive end Deron Irving-Bey, who will reportedly be checking out the Wolverines.
Per Scout’s Allen Trieu, Irving-Bey will be taking a visit to Michigan this week ($). This will be the first time that the Flint native visits the Wolverines meaning that this will be an extremely important visit on multiple fronts. Michigan is looking to make ground on the presumed leader Michigan State and this visit is certainly the perfect occasion to do so. Multiple outlets have reported that Irving-Bey’s mother is extremely Pro-UM, and we’ve all seen how important mother’s can be in recruiting.
Earlier this month, Irving-Bey told us that he’s extremely interested in UM was “surprised” that Michigan wanted him. The Flint star also implied that academics will be an extremely important factor in his recruitment and could very well impact the eventual outcome of his recruitment. Other major schools are starting to show significant interest in Irving-Bey, but expect this to be the typical UM-MSU battle for a top in-state possible (don’t expect it to be the last one this cycle).
Look for the Wolverines to either gain a significant amount of ground on the Spartans or to either become level with/surpass MSU on Irving-Bey’s leader board following this crucial visit. We’ll have more on Irving-Bey following his visit this week.