It’s almost over.
The 2017 cycle is in the second week of this final month of recruiting. National Signing Day is Feb. 1.
Michigan has 26 commitments, and will look to add anywhere from three to six more additions to a high-volume class.
Here is this week’s update.
Who has taken official visits?
Michigan has had plenty of prospects visit Ann Arbor on a paid trip.
Sept. 3 vs. Hawaii
- 4-star WR Tarik Black: Signed to Michigan.
Oct. 1 vs. Wisconsin
- 5-star LB Baron Browning: Committed to Ohio State in November.
- 5-star OL Alex Leatherwood: Enrolled at Alabama.
- 4-star C Cesar Ruiz: Enrolled at Michigan.
- 4-star OL Jedrick Wills: Committed to Alabama in November.
- 4-star OL Chuck Filiaga: Announces Jan. 7. Michigan is the favorite over Nebraska and Oklahoma.
- 4-star LB Jordan Anthony: Committed to Michigan in December.
- 3-star S/LB Brelin Faison-Walden: Stayed committed to Penn State.
- 3-star LB Shanon Reid: Committed to Tennessee.
Oct. 22 vs. Illinois
- 4-star DL Donovan Jeter: Enrolled at Michigan.
- 4-star OL Kai-Leon Herbert: Committed to Michigan months before.4-star DT Jay Tufele: Announcement unknown; Michigan, Ohio State, Utah among favorites.
- 4-star DE Robert Porcher IV: Decommitted from Nebraska, but no mutual interest for now.
- 4-star LB Willie Gay: Decommitted from Ole Miss the following day, decision unknown; LSU has slight edge over Michigan, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
Nov. 5 vs. Maryland
- 5-star DT Aubrey Solomon: Decommitted from Michigan months before. Alabama is the leader with Georgia and Michigan trailing.
- 4-star WR Nico Collins: Will decide on national signing day Feb. 1. Michigan is the favorite over Georgia.
- 4-star OL Aaron Banks: Committed to Notre Dame in December.
- 3-star OL Andrew Stueber: Committed to Michigan months before visit.
- 3-star S J’Marick Woods: Enrolled at Michigan.
- 3-star OL Mekhi Becton: No announcement date. Michigan is the favorite over Virginia. Louisville, Michigan State, Virginia Tech round out top 5.
Nov. 19 vs. Indiana
- 5-star OL Isaiah Wilson: Committed to Georgia in December over Michigan.
- 4-star CB Benjamin St-Juste: Enrolled at Michigan.
- 3-star LB Ben Mason: Enrolled at Michigan.
- 3-star OL Rutger Reitmaier: Signed to Oregon.
- 3-star CB Elijah Hicks: Remains committed to Notre Dame. Michigan still in the race.
Dec. 10 – No game
- 5-star RB Najee Harris: No announcement, but will learn his decision Sunday or Monday. Committed to Alabama, but Michigan is still heavily in the mix.
- 5-star WR Donovan Peoples-Jones: Signed to Michigan.
- 4-star QB Dylan McCaffrey: Committed to Michigan months before visit.
- 4-star LB Drew Singleton: Committed to Michigan a week after the visit.
- 4-star DE James Hudson: Committed to Michigan months before visit.
- 4-star S Jaylen Kelly-Powell: Enrolled at Michigan.
- 4-star CB Ambry Thomas: Committed to Michigan in November. Will enroll on Monday.
- 4-star DE Corey Malone-Hatcher: Enrolled at Michigan.
- 4-star RB A.J. Dillon: Flipped from Michigan to Boston College two days after visit.
- 4-star LB Josh Ross: Committed to Michigan months before visit.
- 4-star DE Luiji Vilain: Committed to Michigan months before visit.
- 4-star OT Ja’Raymond Hall: Enrolled at Michigan.
- 4-star DE Deron Irving-Bey: Committed to Michigan weeks after visit.
Who has official visits scheduled?
We haven’t learned of too many names that will be taking official, or non-official, visits in January.
We do know that Cheshire (Conn.) 3-star CB Brandon Sebastian will visit Michigan on Jan. 13. Sebastian is a former teammate of Michigan signee Tarik Black.
And 4-star Florida WR commit Daquon Green plans to visit sometime this month.
Other players who might visit, officially or unofficially: 5-star OT Austin Jackson, 4-star OL Tedarrell Slaton, 4-star S Paris Ford, 4-star WR Oliver Martin and 3-star OT Mekhi Becton.
How many official visits can Michigan use?
Based on the 38 official visitors Michigan had in the fall, it will have 18 remaining. The NCAA allows 56 official visits per school.
Who is expected to enroll early?
Michigan currently has these players already enrolled, a few more enrolling after their All-American games:
- 5-star WR Donovan Peoples-Jones: Enrolling after U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
- 4-star C Cesar Ruiz: Enrolled.
- 4-star CB Ambry Thomas: Enrolling after U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
- 4-star WR Tarik Black: Enrolling after U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
- 4-star S Jaylen Kelly-Powell: Enrolled.
- 4-star DT Donovan Jeter: Enrolled.
- 4-star DE Corey Malone-Hatcher: Enrolled.
- 4-star OT Ja’Raymond Hall: Enrolled.
- 4-star CB Benjamin St-Juste: Enrolled.
- 3-star S J’Marick Woods: Enrolled.
- 3-star LB/FB Ben Mason: Enrolled.
Which commitments are wavering?
- 4-star OL Kai-Leon Herbert – From Fort Lauderdale (Fla.), Herbert will take an official visit to Florida in January. It will serve as his second visit there since September. While I do think Herbert sticks with his commitment to the Wolverines, Florida is in the race. Don’t count out Miami (Fla.) either.
- 4-star RB O’Maury Samuels – He has some test scores and qualification aspects to figure out. If he can get those resolved, he will stick.
- 3-star RB Kurt Taylor – If Najee Harris or Eno Benjamin end up at Michigan, Taylor could quickly look elsewhere. But unless one of those things happen, Taylor will remain committed.
What’s this week’s best guess?
The grand question is: What will happen with 5-star RB Najee Harris? That’s yet to be known, but we should find out around Sunday or Monday.
You can read my thoughts on the Harris situation here.
As for the other announcement, 4-star OT Chuck Filiaga will announce his decision during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday. I fully expect Filiaga to pick Michigan. The other announcer during the game is 4-star RB Eno Benjamin, who wasn’t recruited very hard by the Wolverines in the final stages. I expect him to pick Arizona State.