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Aidan Hutchinson, Jake Wray to visit
Michigan turned its lone official visit last weekend into a commitment by 2018 running back Hassan Haskins. This weekend for the game against Minnesota will be quiet in terms of players taking official visits but among the prospects the Wolverines will host are 2018 commit and 4-star defensive end Aidan Hutchinson as well as 2020 4-star tackle Jake Wray of Franklin, Tenn.
— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) October 30, 2017
Wray has taken unofficial visits to Notre Dame and Ohio State the past two weekends, and received an offer from Notre Dame this week. His older brother Max is a 2018 Ohio State commit as a 4-star offensive tackle. The Wray brothers have been involved in a dispute over player safety and health concerns with the Franklin High School coaches and administration but it hasn’t affected their status as potential recruits.
Hutchinson’s Dearborn Divine Child High School team (9-1) is playing in the second round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 playoffs Friday night at home against Redford Thurston (7-3). Divine Child reached the state semifinals last season before losing to eventual champion Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and now-Michigan freshman linebacker Josh Ross.
The Minnesota game is the next-to-last home game of the season for the Wolverines. They’ll be on the road the following two weeks at Maryland on Nov. 11 and then at No. 9 Wisconsin on Nov. 18. The home finale will be on Nov. 25 against No. 6 Ohio State.
That game will be attended by multiple recruiting visitors, official and unofficial. So far, that list, according to 247Sports, for 2018 players includes:
- DE Eyabi Anoma
- DT Alim McNeill
- TE Michael Ezeike
- ATH Talanoa Hufanga
- QB Joe Milton (Michigan commit)
- TE Tommy Tremble
- DE Jayson Oweh
- DT Rick Sandidge
Hutchinson could also take his official visit that weekend, according to his father, former Michigan captain Chris Hutchinson.
Postseason is upon us
Hutchinson isn’t the only Michigan commit who is playing in postseason. Jalen Mayfield of Grand Rapids Catholic Central and Ryan Hayes of Traverse City West lead their teams into MHSAA second-round games Friday night. GRCC (10-0) is the defending Division 4 state champs but plays on the road at Wyoming Kelloggsville, which is also undefeated. West (9-1) hosts a rematch with rival Traverse Central (7-3) after winning the regular-season game, 29-27.
Haskins and Eureka (Mo.) High School are 11-0 and host Lindbergh (10-1) Friday night in a Class 6 District final. The winner advances to the state semifinals in Missouri’s big school division.
The state of Florida is entering its final weekend of the regular season. Michigan has two 2018 commits from the state, and both have their teams in playoff position. Cornerback Sammy Faustin and Naples have won their 6A district title to qualify for the playoffs, while Milton and Olympia are in position to claim an at-large berth in 8A.
Michigan offers California WR
Add wide receiver Chris Olave to the list of 2018 players to receive offers from Michigan this week.
— CO2 (@chrisolave_) October 31, 2017
Olave is from San Marcos, Calif., north of San Diego. He’s a 6-foot-1, 170-pound receiver who has received offers from Ohio State, Southern California, Utah, and Washington State besides the Wolverines. Michigan previously offered wide receiver and Florida commit JaMarr Chase this week, while wide receiver Dillon Spalding of Lorton, Va., announced this week that he will make his final choice between Michigan and West Virginia.
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