The 2017 class in the state of Michigan was one of the better ones in the 247Sports composite history.
The 2018 class won’t match that, but it’s still a group with several FBS offers, including some from the in-state Wolverines. Five offers have been given out to in-staters thus far by Michigan, with a few more recruits on the radar who may get one before it’s all said and done.
Here’s a look at the five in-state players Michigan has offered, and a couple more prospects who they may offer soon.
Marquan McCall, 4-star OG
Oak Park was the home of Michigan early enrollee Ja’Raymond Hall. So having that relationship already established is a good start in Michigan’s recruitment of the state’s top-ranked player in 2018.
A top-100 prospect, ranked No. 96 by the 247Sports composite, McCall is a high priority for the Wolverines in 2018. A big reason why: Michigan doesn’t have many guards on campus, just lost another from this year’s roster and didn’t add any true guards in the 2017 class. Though some of the four tackles in the class will transition, there is a noticeable lack of guards on the roster moving forward.
A twist here is that the Wolverines already have a guard commit for the 2018 class in Indianapolis Cathedral 4-star player Emil Ekiyor. With only three scholarship guards on campus, though, there’s no reason to believe Michigan won’t add two. And McCall will be the top priority for that spot.
Michigan and Michigan State are the two main schools pursuing McCall right now, and they will be locked tight until fall. Tennessee appears to be on the outside, looking in.
Aidan Hutchinson, 4-star DE
Ranked as the No. 199 overall prospect and Dearborn Divine Child’s top prospect in years, Aidan Hutchinson is a top priority for Michigan in the 2018 class. His father, Chris, was a defensive tackle for the Wolverines from 1979-1982.
Jim Harbaugh visited his school two weeks ago, and it is considered just a “matter of time” before Hutchinson commits to Michigan.
It’s worth noting that in 247Sports’ solo rankings, Hutchinson is the No. 80 overall prospect in the country.
Kalon Gervin, 4-star ATH
The first in-state offer of the 2018 class, Gervin is from a very familiar area for Michigan recruiting: Detroit Cass Tech. Michigan has three commitments from the school in the past two cycles alone, including 5-star WR Donovan Peoples-Jones from the 2017 class. Harbaugh’s relationship with the Detroit school has become a huge advantage for the Wolverines’ recruiting efforts.
Gervin, the No. 222 prospect in the country and the No. 17 overall ATH, might already be Michigan’s top target with the confidence it has in securing Hutchinson’s commitment.
Michigan cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich is his primary recruiter, as the Wolverines are recruiting him as a cornerback. And the last cornerback from Cass Tech to come to Michigan was pretty good: Two-time All-American Jourdan Lewis.
Ovie Oghoufo, 3-star OLB
A Notre Dame commit from Farmington, Oghoufo has seemed pretty firm with his commitment to the Irish. And the Wolverines haven’t focused too much on recruiting him because, after their offer to him, he committed to the Golden Domers.
Oghoufo, the No. 323 prospect in the country and No. 7 in Michigan, might not be recruited that heavily by the Wolverines moving forward.
Kolin Demens, 3-star ILB
Another prospect from Farmington, Demens attends a private school, Detroit Country Day. Like Hutchinson, Demens is also a Michigan legacy. His brother, Kenny, played for the Wolverines from 2009-2013 and for the Cardinals in the NFL.
Demens looks like another prospect whose commitment is just a matter of time for the Wolverines. He’s the No. 449 overall prospect nationally and No. 10 in the state.
Three others who might receive offers
DeAndre Square, 4-star S: A teammate of Gervin’s at Detroit Cass Tech, Square and Gervin would be a heck of a package deal. Michigan got a duo in Jaylen Kelly-Powell and Peoples-Jones in 2017 that took its relationship at Cass Tech to a whole new level. Ranked as the No. 303 prospect nationally and the No. 4 prospect in Michigan, it would be surprising if Square doesn’t get an offer.
Ryan Hayes, 4-star OT: After receiving an offer from Notre Dame, Hayes hit the scene in a big way. From Traverse City – AKA, Up North – Hayes still doesn’t have a composite ranking. But the 247Sports solo rankings have him as the No. 308 prospect in the country. Although he’s a Michigan State favorite right now, the Wolverines might pop in and change that.
Jason Whittaker, 3-star QB: A Northwestern commit, Whittaker is an under-the-radar prospect who, when he camped at Michigan last year, caught a lot of eyes. His ranking has bolstered, and if Michigan misses out on Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Artur Sitkowski, it might seriously consider giving an offer to Whittaker.