Wednesday’s Recruiting Blitz Has Updates On The OL And TE Board, Collins’ Visit, and More

The Wolverines, led by Jim Harbaugh made some more news last night, when they announced another satellite camp. More accurately, their 28th satellite camp in the month of June. Well, this satellite camp is a little different. Some coaches for Michigan will be hosting a satellite camp in Australia on June 3rd. In addition, they are expected to hold camps in Hawaii and Samoa.

This is somewhat of a good thing for Michigan. Rugby players can make the perfect American football player or kicker in the right system and Harbaugh could certainly find the next great one this summer in Australia. Michigan will surely have their eyes peeled at camp for the next great Aussie style punter, but this camp is for all positions.

However, I do think that The Wolverines are getting a little out of hand. ESPN’s Travis Haney reported that some members of the Michigan coaching staff are not thrilled about the coaching staff hosting this many camps. That report was rejected by 247sports’ Steve Lorenz, as he said that the report is totally false. Regardless, I do think that the NCAA will make some rules about how many camps you can hold and where you can hold them. By then, I expect Jim Harbaugh to be focusing on something else and being ahead of the game, like he normally is.

The Offensive line Board Is Heating Up

The offensive line position for Michigan in the 2017 class is arguably the most interesting and most intriguing spot for The Wolverines. The coaching staff has a lot of options.

One of Michigan’s top-targets on the offensive line in the 2017 class is Miami (FL) American Heritage five-star offensive tackle Tedarrell Slaton. The Wolverines have been a long-time leader for Slaton, and have recruited him hard ever since they offered Slaton. Michigan may not be the leader anymore for the talented offensive linemen. As he informed Scout, that Clemson is now the leader within his recruitment. Slaton’s recruitment will be a wild one and his leaders will change a lot until National Signing Day. However, I expect Michigan to be a major player until the end.

As for Slaton’s teammate, 2017 four-star offensive guard Kai-Leon Herbert. He informed me last night that both him and Slaton plan to attend Michigan’s offensive line camp this summer. In his recruitment Florida has been the leader for quite sometime now. But Michigan is making some major moves for him Herbert informed me.

Michigan signee Nick Eubanks was a former high school teammate for the two talented offensive linemen. He has played a huge role and will continue to in getting Slaton and Herbert to Michigan.

The Rest Of Michigan’s Offensive Line Board:

2017 OT Isaiah Wilson

The Wolverines were a leader early on for Wilson, however now it appears like Alabama and Michigan are in a major recruiting battle moving forward. Michigan looks to have the slight lead on the five-star offensive tackle as both 247sports’ Steve Lorenz and Rivals’ Adam Friedman think Michigan will end up landing Wilson. Not to mention, but Alabama already has a few top-rated offensive linemen already committed and are not recruiting Wilson as hard as Michigan is, led by Michigan offensive line coach Tim Drevno. I think Michigan will end up landing Wilson, but it will not be a easy road.

2017 OT Robert Hainsey

Hainsey is a major Michigan target due to his ability to play all five spots on the offensive line. Michigan looked to be the early favorite for Hainsey, but now it appears like in-state rival, Michigan State, is now the favorite for the talented offensive lineman. I think The Wolverines will make another run at Hainsey, but the thought by most experts is he will end up at Michigan State.

2017 OT Jedrick Wills

Willis has become a major target for the coaching staff in the last few weeks. He has turned a lot of heads during his time at the Opening Regional camps. Willis appears to be ahead of his class in terms of hand placement and pass protection. In terms of his recruitment, he plans to visit Michigan this summer for the first time along with a few other schools. As of right now, Kentucky is the team to beat for the Blue Grass state prospect. Expect his recruitment to go one for a while, but I believe that The Wolverines will be a team to watch going forward.

2017 OT Micah Clark

I have heard multiple reports from sources close to the Clark that he is committed to Rutgers, but is still keeping his options open. When he committed to Rutgers, it was expected from the Michigan coaching staff. However, the staff was surprised that they were second behind Rutgers. Schools like Michigan, Ohio State, and a few others are keeping the door open for Clark.

2017 OT Austin Deculus

Deculus’ recruitment is pretty much a done deal too most people. He is from Louisiana and is favoring LSU a lot, but he keeps saying Michigan has a legit shot at landing him. The Wolverines are in his top five along with LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Notre Dame. I would be shocked if he ends up anywhere else, but LSU.

2017 OG Jordan Reid

Reid has been a rising prospect out of Cass Tech High School after an impressive performance at the Columbus Opening where he earned an invite to The Opening. Florida is the current leader with him, with Michigan right behind them along with Michigan State, Pitt and Tennessee. Reid has been a common visitor in Ann Arbor, he recently just visited Michigan along with his uncle and dad. This is a case where Michigan might not take his commitment right now, due to Reid not being a top-target.

2017 OC Cesar Ruiz

Michigan has been considered the leader for Ruiz for a long time now. North Carolina and Alabama are also in consideration, Ruiz has said that North Carolina, Alabama, and Michigan are all tied at the top. However, it has been pretty clear for a while now that Michigan holds the lead by a large margin for Ruiz. Auburn and Florida State have also been names that have been thrown around. Auburn, is currently not much of a threat, but Florida State is a team to watch after a recent visit to Tallahassee. The Seminoles are making a major push, and I have heard they have a good shot.

2017 OC Brett Neilon

The Wolverines have recruited Neilon the hardest out of all their offensive linemen prospects in the 2017 class. Michigan appears to be the leader for Neilon, but expect this to be a USC-Michigan recruiting battle moving forward. Neilon plans to visit USC “a lot” because of the close distance from home, and that will be a concern for Michigan. Neilon plans to make a decision in the summer after he visits USC and Michigan one more time. However, he will have no problem moving back his decision if he is not sure and make a commitment in September. The Wolverines are in very good shape here.

Nico Collins Names A Leader?

 

Nico Collins is one of Michigan’s top-targets for the coaching staff on the board. Like I reported three weeks ago, Collins and his father made the trip up to Ann Arbor for a visit this past weekend. The time up in Ann Arbor was an absolute success for the coaching staff.

Collins’ recruitment looks to be down to Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, and Michigan. However, after his visit to Michigan this weekend, The Wolverines are now Collins’ leader according to 247sports’ Kipp Adams. In addition, he “fell in love with Michigan on his visit.”

The Wolverines have the connections for Collins in his recruitment. His father is a major Michigan fan, he has family up in Detroit who want him to attend Michigan, and he has a great relationship with the Michigan coaching staff. I am not ready to say that Michigan will land Collins — as his new leader could very likely be “after visit hype.” However, Michigan will be in it until the end for Collins.

Michigan’s Tight End Situation

The Michigan tight end situation has started to come to together a little more as the summer rolls in. Michigan’s top target at the tight end position, 2017 TE Matt Dotson, is trending in the wrong direction for Michigan. The crystal ball has been attacked by a lot of Michigan State predictions. The Spartans have started to trend up because of a few reports that Dotson is favoring Michigan State, but I have heard that is not the case from Dotson himself. In addition, 247sports’ Steve Lorenz is hearing positive things about Michigan for Dotson.

As for Michigan’s other tight end targets:

2017 TE Major Tennison

Tennison, who is currently committed to Texas made a lot of noise a few months ago when he visited Michigan for the spring game. Since the spring game, the Michigan coaching staff has continued to recruit the Texas commit. As of right now, nothing will change with his commitment; he is still keeping his options open, but does not plan to decommit. Tennison did tell me he wants to visit Michigan this summer. Expect his recruitment to heat up towards National Signing Day.

2017 TE Jimmy Jaggers

Jaggers has also been a very talked about recruit when he decided to not visit Michigan when his 7-on-7 team was in Chicago and he did not visit Michigan. However, he informed me that there is nothing about it, he has already visited Michigan twice and wanted to save some money and time. He remains a major target for Michigan, Washington looks to be Michigan’s main competitor.

2017 TE Josh Falo

Michigan is keeping tabs on Falo, he looks to be a prospect that is more of a fall back option. In case Michigan misses on Jaggers, Dotson, or Tennison.

Michigan Trying To Flip A Pac-12 Commit?

According to Scout’s Sam Webb, Michigan is currently pursuing 2017 UCLA commit DE Hunter Echols. The UCLA commit informed Webb that he was a Michigan fan growing up and he wants to take a official visit to Michigan this fall. He is also trying to visit Michigan this summer. Echols has been considered a soft verbal commit to UCLA for quite sometime now. If Michigan can get him on campus, I think they have a good chance.

Notes

  • Per Scout’s Brice Marich, 2017 five-star ATH Darnay Holmes will visit Michigan for an official visit this fall. I don’t think Michigan has much of a chance here, but you never know what the staff can do when they get a prospect on campus.
  • Per 247sports’ Steve Lorenz says Michigan “believes” they have a good chance to land 2017 DT Greg Rogers, who is a big-time west coast prospect. However, USC has the lead here.

– Shane Kinnee (Lead Recruiting Reporter)