Michigan had a host of visitors on campus this weekend, including Rice grad transfer prospect Calvin Anderson and 2018 signee Cameron McGrone. There was a particular eye on the 2019 class, however, as the calendar continues to run down to National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
Land of 10 Michigan gives you a recap on what has happened for the Wolverines the past couple of days.
Michigan hoping to make second Houston connection
Tight end Mustapha Muhammad has been one of the most stridently loyal members of the 2018 class. Muhammad is a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, from Houston who announced his commitment to the Wolverines in October and then signed his national letter of intent on Dec. 20. He finally got to take his official visit to Ann Arbor this weekend after playing in the Under Armour All-America Game and the Polynesian Bowl this month.
What y’all think??? 👀 pic.twitter.com/jQ9rUwFQMy
— 〽️ustapha (@MustaphaM_) January 27, 2018
Muhammad caught 20 passes for 294 yards and 3 touchdowns for Ridge Point High School last season, but those receiving numbers fail to tell just how good he can be. The Houston Touchdown Club named him its Offensive Player of the Year, and he is ranked the No. 6 tight end prospect in the country.
I love it here
— 〽️ustapha (@MustaphaM_) January 27, 2018
Calvin Anderson is another Houston connection Michigan is hoping to make. Anderson, a 6-5, 300-pound left tackle is in high demand as a grad transfer from Rice, which is located in Houston. His recruitment has taken on the look of an NFL free agent, which is essentially what he is. Anderson has started the last three years for Rice and is also being recruited by Texas, Auburn, TCU and Oklahoma among others. He is not expected to make his decision until March.
Belleville trio visits campus
Belleville High School is a 20-minute drive east of the Michigan campus, and the Tigers have risen to become one of the state of Michigan’s top programs under coach Jermain Crowell. The top two ranked players in the state for the 2019 class are from Belleville; tackle Devontae Dobbs and cornerback Julian Barnett.
Dobbs was on campus with 2019 defensive end Jalen Hunt and 2021 defensive end Damon Payne this weekend. There has been little connection between Michigan and Dobbs, although he has made multiple visits to Ann Arbor. Most recruiting analysts have Dobbs, who is a 5-star prospect and ranked No. 7 overall nationally, leaning to Michigan State, where Barnett has already committed. Wolverines passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton visited Belleville on Jan. 12 and offered Barnett.
Thank you @UMichFootball @CoachJim4UM @CoachPepHam @UMichMagee for having us in AA and showing us the amazing new workout facility. Great Staff and Incredible University. #GoBlue #GoTigers pic.twitter.com/dDRNIa3Gls
— Coach Rami (@coach_rami_bhs) January 28, 2018
Top 2019 tight end visits Ann Arbor
The Wolverines offered Hudson Henry, the top-ranked tight end in the 2019 class, on Jan. 16, and they hosted Henry on campus Friday. It was part of a trip around the Midwest for Henry, who also took unofficial visits to Notre Dame and Wisconsin from his home in Little Rock, Ark.
— Hudson Henry (@hudsonhenry84) January 27, 2018
Michigan hosts 4-star RB John Emery
Louisiana running back John Emery Jr., a 4-star prospect ranked No. 82 overall in the 2019 class, came to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit this weekend. Running backs coach Jay Harbaugh visited Emery at Destrehan High School outside of New Orleans this month. Michigan’s top running back target for the 2019 class is Quavaris Crouch of Charlotte, N.C., a 5-star prospect and No. 22-ranked player, but just as players have to keep their options open with multiple schools, so do teams keep their options open with multiple players.
The early recruiting analyst projections have Emery staying in-state with LSU but the 6-foot, 194-pound back will have his options.
Loving the look✊🏽〽️ pic.twitter.com/80QqKrkdrf
— John Emery (@Emery4____) January 27, 2018
Wolverines welcome pair of West Michigan prospects
Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison made his way around the state this past week, and his trip to the west side of the state resulted in a couple return visits.
Karsen Barnhart of Paw Paw and Adam Berghorst of Zeeland came to Ann Arbor on Saturday and left with offers. Both players are considered 3-star prospects by 247Sports.
Very blessed to receive an offer from The University Of Michigan!〽️ pic.twitter.com/ltgwmgnIdV
— Adam Berghorst (@adam_berghorst) January 27, 2018
Otis Reese visits Georgia
Otis Reese took his official visit to Michigan last weekend, and was in Athens, Ga., this weekend officially visiting Georgia. Reese is a 4-star prospect and a Michigan commit, but he went to Georgia on several unofficial visits during the last year. Reese has not talked publicly about his recruitment but leaves little notes on Twitter about what he’s doing.
The expectation is that Reese is unlikely to make his announcement until National Signing Day, which is the same path Reese’s former Lee County (Ga.) teammate Aubrey Solomon took last year before signing with the Wolverines.
— O Dog™.. (@otisreese13) January 27, 2018