It’s that time of the week again. The best time of the week. It’s mailbag day!
Every Thursday, we gather your questions – usually sent in via Twitter – and answer your hard-hitting questions in our Michigan recruiting mailbag.
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Let’s get to it.
Any grad transfer possibilities?
— Sonnie Rollins (@rollins_09) June 1, 2017
Michigan has been seriously involved with only one player in the NCAA’s version of free agency.
The last grad transfer the Wolverines landed was in Jim Harbaugh’s first year, when Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock transferred for his final season.
This time around, news surfaced via Twitter that former Miami offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu visited Ann Arbor over the weekend.
— Sunny Odogwu (@kingxonni) June 1, 2017
The big 6-foot-7 tackle could play a huge role for the Wolverines in his one season of eligibility. Michigan lost its starting left tackle from last season in fellow 6-7 big man Grant Newsome, who won’t return until the 2018 season at the earliest as he recovers from a serious injury to his right knee.
Newsome’s absence gives Michigan very limited options at the position. We’re not sure how hard Michigan will pursue Odogwu, but hosting him for a two-day visit should indicate that they’re, at the very least, interested.
He fits a need. He fills a hole. He answers some big-time questions on the offensive line. And at the end of the day, he makes this team better – and that’s the purpose of a grad transfer.
He is scheduled to visit UCLA next.
Who do you believe is the most likely wide receiver target to commit if any?
— Andrew Morgan (@amorgan9621) June 1, 2017
This probably is the toughest to answer Michigan-related recruiting question to answer.
The Wolverines don’t have a receiver commitment yet in the 2018 class. After taking five signees in last year’s class, Michigan will look to add just one. We’ve been told, though, that the Wolverines will make room for two highly touted prospects if two want to commit.
Regardless, the Wolverines would be lucky to land one of the six players on their short list of receiver targets.
The names we all know to be the top players are Anaheim (Calif.) Mater Dei 5-star Amon-Ra St. Brown, Highstown (N.J.) The Peddie School 4-star Jahan Dotson and St. Louis Christian Brothers College 4-star Kamryn Babb.
Here’s the problem: St. Brown is heavily favored to choose either Notre Dame or a West Coast school. Dotson sounds like a Penn State lean, who remains flirting with Ohio State. And Babb has been all Buckeyes for quite a while.
That’s not to say the Wolverines can’t make up ground with any of these three. If St. Brown decides to visit, things could turn in a positive direction for the Wolverines.
If the Buckeyes take another receiver, maybe Babb will like the idea of being the one receiver in Michigan’s class.
For now, if I had to pick one receiver who would commit, I couldn’t.
That just seems more likely than any right now.
Is Josh Jobe still a priority?
— Josh LaFond (@JoshLaFond) June 1, 2017
Miami (Fla.) Columbus 4-star CB Josh Jobe was a huge target for Michigan a little over a month ago. He was the top cornerback target in the 2018 class, as well.
But as we know, the Miami native was committed to the hometown Hurricane,s and it was a battle that never favored the Wolverines.
Did they have some positives in the race? Yes, absolutely. In the winter, a Jobe de-commitment from the Hurricanes wouldn’t have surprised me. After all, the coaches in Ann Arbor recruited him harder than those from any other school.
Despite that, Jobe released a statement via his Twitter account in late spring stating that his recruitment was shut down and he would attend Miami.
He since has deleted his Twitter account, thus making the tweet disappear. But the word around his recruitment remains the same: It’s over with for now.
Michigan has recruited corners, still, despite having three committed. The Wolverines continue to pursue San Diego St. Augustine 4-star Isaac Taylor-Stuart. And they offered Washington, D.C., 3-star prospect Noah Boykin earlier this week.