It’s the offseason, but recruiting never stops in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines are building their classes of the future. Check Land of 10 daily for the latest inside the Michigan recruiting room.
Today is June 9, 2017, and here is its edition of The Winged Helmet …
High-profile DL prospect Rick Sandidge will visit Michigan
According to Blake Alderman of 247Sports.com, Michigan will be getting a visit from a 4-star recruit next week.
Concord (N.C.) DL prospect Rick Sandidge told Alderman of his plans to visit the Wolverines, as well as Ohio State.
The tackle has heavy odds to choose nearby South Carolina, as the Gamecocks possess all five Crystal Ball Predictions on his 247Sports profile.
Sandidge took visits to North Carolina, Miami, Florida and Florida State during the spring, most of them taking place in May. So he’s well-traveled, to say the least.
The country’s No. 108 overall prospect, Sandidge is being chased by several schools, but none have pushed more than the Gamecocks.
Standing 6-foot-5, 288 pounds, Sandidge is a big body with an athletic presence at the interior tackle position with “good-enough” speed and technique.
Sandidge released a final list of 11 schools on May 1, the Wolverines were in the mix.
🚨🚨Top 11🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/p5y59AV8PN
— J® (@rickyo_90) May 1, 2017
With trips to Ann Arbor and Columbus coming up, the idea for Sandidge to leave the Southeast could become more serious if the visits rule successful.
Michigan misses on Sunny Odogwu, likely ruling out any grad transfers for 2017
Michigan grad transfer target – and former Miami offensive tackle – Sunny Odogwu committed to UCLA on Friday morning, ending his post-grad recruitment.
(God/Gut) 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/V6QqSoCNFQ
— Sunny Odogwu (@kingxonni) June 9, 2017
He would have filled an offseason question at offensive tackle for the Wolverines after losing starting right tackle Erik Magnuson to graduation and left tackle Grant Newsome to a right knee and calf injury for the entire season.
With Odogwu headed to UCLA, the question pops up: Should and can the Wolverines add a grad transfer this cycle?
The question should has an easy answer: If it’s a tackle, then yes.
But the answer to can is also simple at this stage of the game: It’s highly unlikely. And the Wolverines will have to move on from this saga and rely on its organic personnel.
It has senior Mason Cole, a center, that originally played tackle in his freshman season, but switched to center due to questions at the position – similar to those right now with tackle.
There are two inexperienced options in redshirt sophomore Jon Runyan, Jr. and junior Juwann Bushell-Beatty, who struggled in limited time in 2016.
Michigan was targeting another offensive lineman early on in the process in former Clemson tackle Jake Fruhmorgen. Things never got serious between the two parties, though.
With that in mind, expect Michigan to sit on adding any other grad transfers in the offseason this round, but will add another offensive lineman in its 2018 recruiting class.