Let’s talk about what we’re thinking when it comes to the evolution of Michigan’s 2018 class.
The Wolverines currently have eight current commitments. Obviously, that number will continue to grow as months pass until National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
But what’s recruiting without talking about some predictions and speculation?
Here are three names we think are locks to choose Michigan and three others the Wolverines have a chance to land — even though they trail in the recruitment as of now.
Before we start, remember: This is all as of right now. We know that clock ticks in recruiting; anything can happen.
Three names we’re confident will choose Michigan
Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central 4-star OT Jalen Mayfield
The in-state talent decides on May 23. With two very successful visits to Ann Arbor, the former Minnesota commit should be destined to choose Michigan next week.
Traverse City (Mich.) West 4-star OT Ryan Hayes
Hayes could end up being a top-50 talent when it’s all said and done (247Sports currently ranks him the No. 205 player in 2018). Michigan’s strong push, including a great visit during the spring, makes the Wolverines the overwhelming favorites.
Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point 4-star TE Mustapha Muhammad
Following his visit for Michigan’s spring game, Muhammad has more than 20 predictions on his 247Sports profile to choose the Wolverines. What’s interesting here is that he isn’t deciding until signing day. That gives the competition — Clemson, Oklahoma and the entire SEC to name a few — a lot of time to work with.
But, as of right now, he’s considered a heavy lock to put on a Michigan hat.
Three names Michigan trails for, but could inevitably land
Lindenhurst (N.Y.) 4-star TE Jeremy Ruckert
Arguably the nation’s top tight end, Ruckert is desired by nearly the entire country.
Ohio State has led for a good chunk of time, but he still hasn’t committed.
With three visits to Michigan, another during the summer and possibly an official visit coming, can the Wolverines finally surpass the Buckeyes’ longtime lead for the all-around tight end?
Columbus (Ohio) St. Frances De Sales 3-star LB Brian Asamoah
While Ruckert choosing Michigan lies solely on if he wants to, the Asamoah recruitment depends a lot on if Michigan shows him enough attention, and, wants him in the class.
The Wolverines missed out on their top linebacker target in 4-star prospect Dallas Gant — who chose Ohio State — so the fast-rising Asamoah could be a guy they come and make a push on.
Currently, Cincinnati and Penn State are making a lot of noise.
St. Louis Lutheran North 4-star DE Ronnie Perkins
I know, this one is a bit of a wild card. Perkins isn’t a name that’s very popular among the Michigan recruiting circles right now.
But don’t count Michigan out for the Missouri prospect who’s had a very busy spring full of offers.
Michigan is recruiting him, along with fellow St. Louis 4-star prospects Kamryn Babb (WR) and Michael Thompson (DT) pretty hard. The likelihood of the Wolverines landing all three St. Louis prospects is slim-to-none, but landing one isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
Perkins has shown a lot of interest in our conversations with him. A visit to Ann Arbor could change things around in a big way.
Currently, he favors Oklahoma with Missouri behind the Sooners. The Wolverines take a backseat to both.