Michigan recruiting mailbag: Yes, the Wolverines are seeking more offensive linemen
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Q: Trevor Keegan for last tackle spot? — Dave Reese via Facebook
A: The commitment of guard Zach Carpenter gives Michigan five offensive linemen among its 11 commits for the 2019 class. There is room for maybe one more offensive lineman, and Trevor Keegan is one candidate.
Keegan, from Crystal Lake, Ill., is a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. He got an offer from the Wolverines after attending the Big Man Big House camp last June. Keegan has offers from 26 schools and is expected to narrow that list this week. Nolan Rumler, one of the 2019 commits, told Land of 10’s Evan Petzold that he is recruiting Keegan to come to Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines are also pursuing Xavier Truss of Warwick, R.I., and William Harrod of Fort Washington, Md., in this class. Recruiting analysts predict Truss is leaning toward Penn State, while the Wolverines have been a favorite to sign Harrod. The addition of Carpenter to the class puts the Wolverines in good shape at the position group. They don’t have to press to add another player, but they’ve got three good possibilities.
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Q: Where does Michigan sit with the top recruits in the state of Michigan? — Melvin Marshall Jr. via Facebook
A: In-state recruiting has not been kind to the Wolverines in the 2019 class, and they took another shot when 2020 guard Justin Rogers of Oak Park didn’t include them on his list of 13 schools. Tackle Logan Brown, the No. 1-ranked player in the state and No. 9 in the country, is committed to Wisconsin. Tackle Devontae Dobbs (No. 2/No. 10) didn’t include Michigan in his top 8 schools, and cornerback Julian Barnett (No. 3/No. 52) is committed to Michigan State.
Defensive tackle Mazi Smith (No. 4/No. 119) and linebacker Lance Dixon (No. 5/252) are very much in play for the Wolverines. Smith has been a top target for some time, but he’s taken official visits to Notre Dame and Penn State, while Alabama and Ohio State also are recruiting him hard. Dixon plays for former Michigan wide receiver Ron Bellamy at West Bloomfield, but there will be no favoritism shown. Dixon has five Big Ten schools on his short list: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Tackle Karsen Barnhart, the No. 10 player in the state, is the lone Michigan player among the Wolverines’ current 2019 commits.
Q: What are the odds we land Zach Harrison from Ohio? — Phil Detloff via Facebook
A: Ohio State is still the favorite to sign Zach Harrison, the No. 2-ranked defensive end and No. 2 overall player in the country, according to the 247Sports composite. Harrison is from Lewis Center, Ohio, about 20 minutes from the Ohio State campus. It’s going to be hard for Michigan or anyone else to overtake the Buckeyes for a local player, but Harrison is giving the Wolverines a shot.
Harrison is scheduled to make an official visit to Ann Arbor on June 21. He already took an official visit to Penn State in April and has one lined up to Ohio State on June 23. He has made a couple of unofficial visits to Michigan and reportedly came away impressed each time. He told reporters at The Opening regionals in Massillon, Ohio, last month that Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Clemson are on his top-4 list, but not in any particular order.
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