With the 2017 class only two weeks underway, the Wolverines are already looking really good for a few top targets in the 2017 class. Plus, the coaching staff offers a few more targets in the 2017 class.
Michigan Is Standing Out Early For A Few Top Targets
2017 CB Stanford Samuels
With Michigan signing three recruits from Flanagan High School in the 2016 class. Everyone is now watching top-rated 2017 4-star CB Stanford Samuels who also attends Flanagan. Michigan has been in the mix very early for Samuels ever since he landed a offer very early in the recruiting process. However, Scout’s Corey Bender is reporting that four schools are standing out for Samuels right now, Michigan is one of those schools. Florida State is also one of those schools; Samuel’s father is a former Florida State star. This will be a battle for the coaching staff with the Florida State connections and his father. But, the Wolverines are starting to get on Samuels good side.
2017 DT Jay Tufele
According to 247sports’ Justin Hopkins, the Wolverines are currently standing out for Tufele, along with Utah, USC and Ole Miss. A big part of Michigan taking a liking from Tufele is because of Michigan’s coaches: Don Brown and Greg Mattison; who are very close with Tufele. Likewise, the major need for defensive tackle in the 2017 class also has Michigan looking really good.
Tufele is planning on making a decision sometime closer to National Signing Day. The biggest battle with a west-coast target is to get him on campus. If the coaching staff can get him on campus and show him he is a major need. I really like Michigan’s chances.
2017 OT Brett Neilon
Neilon recently told Scout’s Brice Marich that he will be visiting Michigan in the near future along with good friend 2017 5-star OT Wyatt Davis. Neilon told Scout’s Brice Marich the following: “I don’t have a top list yet,” he said. “Michigan will be a top school when it’s all said and done though. They will get heavy consideration. Anyone with an offer can’t not consider Michigan. Awesome school, great facilities, crazy fan base and rich history plus great coaches. Can’t go wrong.”
When Davis and Neilon come to Ann Arbor the staff will be putting the full-court press on both of them and putting all their efforts towards the two. Michigan is in good position for both of them.
Michigan Is Throwing Offers Everywhere
2017 RB Eno Benjamin
Benjamin has emerged as a big target for the coaching staff. That’s why the Michigan coaching staff has been in recent contact with Benjamin. Even though, Iowa is his leader as of right now. He has been waiting for a Michigan offer, and now he has one. As a result, he has planned an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor on March 8th. The Wolverines could be in position to take the lead in his recruitment.
2017 OL Jederick Wills
Willis is a very highly-rated offensive linemen in the 2017 class. He is the #15 overall player according to Rivals and he has the coaching staff very interested. His recruitment will likely come down to Kentucky and Michigan. The Wolverines are in for a battle against the in-state Wildcats, but if the coaching staff can show Wills he is a priority and that he is a major need. Michigan could possibly land a huge commitment.
2017 OG Logan Bruss
Bruss does not seem like a very likely recruit to end up at Michigan. He is from the state of Wisconsin and he is currently favoring the in-state Badgers. However, I do expect the coaching staff to make a run at him before it’s all said and done.
2017 OL Pope Aumavae
Aumavae is a west-coast guy and he does have some early interest in Michigan. However, I don’t think he is leaving the west-coast.
- 2017 RB Kyshaun Bryan attended American Heritage High School his junior year; however, he announced that he will be playing his final year at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. The Wolverines are sitting very well for Bryan due to an early offer. According to 247sports’ Steve Lorenz, Bryan is planning on visiting Ann Arbor sometime in the future.
- 2017 S Todd Harris is located in Louisiana and is a recruit that is considered a “SEC recruit.” However, the Michigan coaching staff is currently working their magic with Harris. He recently told 247sports Steve Lorenz, “there’s just something different about Michigan” and he would like to take a visit. In addition, he also added that he wants to compete early for a starting spot, which Michigan can definitely offer.
- New Michigan commit, 2017 QB Dylan McCaffrey, told Scout’s Sam Webb that it would take something “super traumatic” for McCaffrey to consider a decommitment. He also said that his top target in the 2017 class for Michigan is 2017 5-star WR Donovan Peoples-Jones.
- Michigan has offered 2018 QB Cameron Rising. The Wolverines have early interest from Rising and I have heard mumbles that the Wolverines are the current leader for the talented 2018 QB. 247sports’ Steve Lorenz reported that Rising is very interested in Michigan and everything they have to offer.
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)