The Wolverines Are Losing Ground On Two Top Targets
Michigan’s #1 priority for the 2017 class is to bring in a few highly-rated offensive linemen. In the 2016 class, Tim Drevno was not very happy because he did not bring in enough tackles for his liking. However, in the 2017 class he might be losing his previous tight grip on #1 2017 OT Isaiah Wilson.
Early in Wilson’s recruitment, The Wolverines were the leader for Wilson. He even made it official on Twitter stating that Michigan was his leader. A few weeks later, he pulled that statement back and said he no longer had a leader. Since then Michigan has lost a lot of ground on Wilson and Ohio State and Alabama now look to be the two favorites for Wilson.
Rivals’ Adam Friedman posted an article stating he did not think Michigan would end up landing Wilson. He stated, “Michigan was in great shape early in the process, but it has since faded. Alabama and Ohio State are at the top of Wilson’s list and they will likely be battling each other all the way until Signing Day.”
That is not a good sign for Michigan; however, I do disagree with Friedman on one thing. I do think Michigan will be a factor for Wilson going forward, unlike him. Wilson plans to make his commitment in the summer, if not then he will hold off until NSD. Furthermore, I do think Michigan will be a factor; as of right now, I don’t think Michigan will land him, but they will be a factor. The coaching staff can gain back some ground in the summer because he plans to visit Ann Arbor.
Too make things worse, Friedman also stated that Michigan has lost ground on 2017 LB Drew Singleton, who is Michigan’s #1 defensive target. He stated, “Michigan was the early favorite and many will still have you believe the Wolverines are in the driver’s seat, but the real leader is Clemson.”
I disagree with Friedman on this comment. I have talked to Singleton for a while now. He has stated numerous times that Clemson and Michigan are head-and-head. Clemson may be his leader right now, but I think Michigan will end up landing Singleton because of the relationship with the coaching staff and connections to Michigan.
Michigan is Pursuing Some Canadian Recruits
The coaching staff already has one Canadian commitment in the 2017 class. Well, the coaching staff is looking to add two more. DE Luiji Vilain and S Jonathan Sutherland are originally from Ottawa, Ontario, which is located in Canada. They both moved to Virginia in order to make themselves more attractive to major college football programs across the country. With all that being said, The Wolverines looks to be in good shape for the duo.
Vilain and Sutherland have both been on Michigan’s campus a few times over the last few years. They have normally visited Ann Arbor after the Sound Mind Body camp, which is located in Detroit the last few years. Both of them have been waiting for a Michigan offer for a long time. Well, now they both hold offers from the coaching staff and things are heating up.
According to many reports, Michigan is very high up on both of their list of schools. I recently talked to Sutherland and he informed me that he wants to make his commitment over the summer. Well, that commitment could come after the Sound Mind Body camp, when they visit Michigan again after the camp.
Vilain recently talked to 247sports’ about his recruitment and he said the following: “I was pretty excited about Michigan and Michigan State,” Vilain said. “I’ve been waiting on those two.” Sutherland on the other hand, appears to have a top four of North Carolina, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan.
The Wolverines have been in great position for a while to land the dynamic Canadian duo. If you add in the long time relationship and familiarity with the program and coaches. Not to mention, but the close-to-home factor Michigan has, I really like Michigan’s chances here.
Recapping Michigan’s Weekend
2017 OT Tyler Beach
Beach and I talked after his visit to Michigan. He informed me that he had a “awesome time during his visit.” He also told me that his top two schools are Wisconsin and Michigan; he plans to make a commitment sometime in the near future. I still think this is a big-time battle between The Wolverines and Badgers. However, Beach still has not had a long or in-depth visit to Wisconsin. Beach still has to visit Northwestern, Notre Dame and Michigan State. I really like Michigan’s chances here.
2017 TE Trey Pugh
For Michigan to get Pugh on campus was a huge deal and a big stepping stone for Michigan with Pugh. Ohio State looked to have the lead in his recruitment prior to his visit because he is from the state of Ohio, even though he does not hold a offer. But that’s how it works with in-state prospects. After his visit, Michigan looks to be head-and-head with Pugh’s other presumed leader, Duke. However, I would not be surprised if Michigan has the slight lead over both Ohio State and Duke.
2017 CB Amir Riep
Similar to Pugh, The Buckeyes appeared to be the leader with Riep as well, due to Riep being a recruit from the state of Ohio. Well, Michigan appears to have either taken the lead with Riep or are now head-and-head with The Buckeyes.
Michigan is pursuing Riep heavily and put the full-court press on him during his visit. The coaching staff has taken an interesting pursuit of Riep. He told 247sports’ Ryan Bartow, that Michigan is recruiting him as the next “great player from Ohio”, or the next Charles Woodson.
I really like Michigan’s chances with Riep. So does 247sports’ Steve Lorenz and the Michigan coaching staff. Lorenz reported that Michigan believes they have a “very legitimate chance.” Not to mention, but he also said he likes what he is hearing about Riep.
- 2017 OL Tyler Friday told Scout’s Sam Hellman that he has an early top three of Michigan, Rutgers and Ohio State.
- 2018 Bishop Gorman QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson told 247sports’ Steve Lorenz that a Michigan offer would be “tough to beat.” If Michigan offers him, I think they would become the immediate leader.
- 2017 S A.J. Harris has informed me that he will be visiting Ann Arbor this weekend, along with his teammate 2017 DE LaBryan Ray. I don’t think it makes much of a difference, no way Harris leaves the state of Alabama to play college ball. Auburn appears to be his favorite, but they have not offered yet.
- 2017 LB Pete Werner will visit Michigan on Thursday and Friday, according to 247sports’ Steve Lorenz. Michigan could land a possible commitment from Werner. After his visit to Michigan, he will visit Notre Dame on Friday.
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)