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.
Who’s next to commit to Michigan?
Orlando (Fla.) Olympia QB prospect Joe Milton committed to Michigan on Sunday. He’s the eighth commitment in the Wolverines’ 2018 class and the first quarterback in the class.
So who’s next to commit to the Wolverines?
An unpredictable commitment could come, but the most logical choice is a recruit who has already let us know when he’ll commit– and it’s soon.
Grand Rapids (Mich.) OT prospect Jalen Mayfield – a 4-star lineman, according to the 247Sports composite rankings – is set to announce his commitment on May 23.
May 23rd the announcement….#StayTuned
— Jalen Mayfield (@jay_may_11) May 5, 2017
Early on, Mayfield was a Minnesota commitment ranked as a low 3-star prospect. When he de-committed, visited Michigan and named the Wolverines his leader, it was exciting for the fans but nothing too crazy.
Now? It should be considered a big commitment, as I’m a huge fan of Mayfield’s tape.
Since his performance at The Opening in Chicago, where he won nearly all of his reps, his stock has risen dramatically.
Now a 4-star lineman ranked as the nation’s No. 315 prospect, Mayfield could receive more national offers.
One recruiting service is already believing the hype in Mayfield: 247Sports ranks him as the nation’s No. 105 overall prospect and the 10th-best offensive tackle prospect.
From all that we know, Mayfield hasn’t backed off naming Michigan his leader. We spoke with him a week ago and the Wolverines remained on top.
Unless something changes by May 23, expect Mayfield to choose the in-state Wolverines.
Michigan offers 2019 top-100 RB John Emery
Michigan offered Destrehan (La.) RB prospect John Emery on Tuesday morning.
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) May 9, 2017
The 247Sports solo rankings list the 2019 recruit as a 4-star prospect, the nation’s No. 91 overall prospect and its eighth-best running back.
A Louisiana native, Emery’s home state hasn’t sent many of its prospects to Ann Arbor. It hasn’t happened once under Jim Harbaugh.
So could Emery be the first?
Like a majority of Louisiana prospects with an offer from its premier in-state football school, Emery is an early favorite to choose LSU.
The Crystal Ball predictions read all Tigers, but only two predictions have been made.
The reality of the situation is that it’s early. It’s nearly two years until he needs to decide. And in the South, the Wolverines can benefit from time.
Michigan won’t land a prospect as good as Emery overnight. It’s going to take time.
Emery could be one of the top targets on the Wolverines’ board, and he will be on the radar of plenty of other schools, too.
Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee have offered the 2019 standout.
Now seems like the perfect time for the Wolverines to insert themselves into the mix.