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Michigan to receive a visit from top Iowa prospect John Waggoner
Michigan has done well in Iowa in recent years. The state isn’t known for a lot of talent, but it has supplied Michigan with quality pass catchers, including Amara Darboh, who soon will be an NFL draft pick.
In the 2017 class, Michigan landed the top-ranked recruit in Iowa: Iowa City West WR Oliver Martin. He’s a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite.
As the 2018 class begins to take off, the Wolverines are targeting another Iowa prospect: West Des Moines Dowling Catholic 4-star DE John Waggoner.
The No. 311 overall prospect in the country, Waggoner is Iowa’s top-ranked prospect in his class.
Michigan hasn’t been a serious contender for Waggoner thus far. But on Monday, as first reported by 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong, Waggoner will take a Midwest trip that includes a visit to Ann Arbor.
Waggoner intends to visit Notre Dame on Friday, Ohio State on Saturday and Michigan on Sunday.
A visit to Michigan might make an impact. This usually is when Michigan begins to map out its high-priority targets in the 2018 class. That is based, in part, by who shows a lot of interest in the Wolverines. So this visit will be a chance for both sides to gauge their interest.
Waggoner visited Florida on Monday and received an offer. He plans to visit Minnesota on Tuesday, according to Wiltfong’s report.
Isaiah Livers wins Mr. Basketball in Michigan
Michigan basketball’s good fortune continued on Monday, a day after its Sweet 16 win over Louisville. Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central’s Isaiah Livers, a 2017 signee, was awarded Mr. Basketball for the state of Michigan, along with Michigan’s Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Mr. Basketball 2017 Isaiah Livers pic.twitter.com/WU9plqPmMG
— Kevin Bull (@kbull44) March 20, 2017
Livers is the first Wolverines commit to win the award since former Michigan point guard Manny Harris won it in 2007.
He was up against some stiff competition, including Michigan State signee Xavier Tillman.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound 4-star power forward is averaging 18 points and 14 rebounds for Central. Livers’ senior season will continue on Tuesday against Michigan’s top-ranked team, Grand Rapids Christian, which is led by Tillman. On the line is a trip to the state semifinals and a bit of momentum heading into their future rivalry at the two Big Ten schools.
It probably will take a year or so for Livers to make an impact, assuming current sophomore forwards Moe Wagner and D.J. Wilson don’t leave early for the NBA. Livers shows great potential, matched with a college-ready body and intangibles to make a difference in all phases of the game.
His game might remind Michigan fans of the way Wilson plays. He’s disruptive on defense and is skilled at blocking shots. He also can handle the ball, run the point, drive the lane and even shoot the 3.