This is the final weekend before National Signing Day. Michigan’s 2018 class isn’t complete but with 16 players signed in December there isn’t a lot of work left to for the Wolverines to do for this cycle. Thus, the focus is starting to shift heavily to 2019 and beyond.
Land of 10 Michigan gives you a recap on what has happened for the Wolverines the last couple days.
Michigan welcomes 2019 commit Nolan Rumler and others
Michigan hosted a large contingent of recruits on Saturday. The visit included a trip to Crisler Center to take in the men’s basketball team’s 76-73 win in overtime against Minnesota. Coach Jim Harbaugh was in attendance and several assistants, including offensive coordinator/line coach Tim Drevno, defensive backs coach Michael Zordich and safeties coach/recruiting coordinator Chris Partridge, were with the group during the game.
Tackle Nolan Rumler, a 2019 commit from Akron (Ohio) Hoban, was there along with Hoban teammates DeaMonte Trayanum and Caden Clark. Both 2020 prospects and received offers from the Wolverines this week; Clark got his on Saturday. The Wolverines also had in-state prospects Mazi Smith (2019, East Kentwood), Marcel Lewis (2019, Chippewa Valley), and Justin Rogers (2020, Oak Park) on campus.
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) February 3, 2018
Michigan vs. Georgia for 4-star recruit Otis Reese
The recruitment of 2018 commit Otis Reese is going down to the wire, and it is still a toss-up whether he will choose Michigan or Georgia. The 4-star linebacker from Leesburg, Ga., got an in-home visit from Harbaugh and Partridge last Thursday and was expected to get an in-home visit from Georgia head coach Kirby Smart on Saturday.
Reese has been quiet publicly about his recruitment. He hasn’t conducted any interviews about it, although he occasionally tweets tidbits. He’ll also retweet a few items, as he did on Sunday when fellow 2018 commit Michael Barrett sent out a tweet depicting him and Reese wearing Michigan uniforms. Barrett is from Valdosta, about 100 miles from Leesburg, and has a strong friendship with Reese.
— mike barrett (@lilmike70) February 4, 2018
As of now, any predictions on Reese’s decision are pure speculation. Recruiting analysts seem to be split, with those having more insight into the Wolverines believing the choice will be maize and blue, while those covering Georgia are leaning Bulldogs.
Michigan vs. Texas (and a couple others) for grad transfer
The recruitment of Rice grad transfer left tackle Calvin Anderson is similar to that of Reese in that Michigan is involved in a toss-up battle. Anderson told Sports Illustrated last week that the Wolverines and Texas are his top two choices, with Auburn, Oklahoma and TCU also in the running.
Anderson has become one of the most coveted grad transfer in the nation, which should come to no surprise given his rise from a former 2-star recruit to a three-year starter at a prime position.
Little things count in recruiting, and both Michigan and Texas sent out congratulatory wishes to Anderson’s father for his promotion to colonel in the U.S. Army.
Today my dad had the honor of being promoted to the rank of full bird Colonel in the army! I’m incredibly proud of his dedication to not only our family, but to our country. Thank you @UMichFootball and @TexasFootball for the tributes to him as well! #HookEm #Michigan pic.twitter.com/DcJ3Zfyxik
— Calvin Anderson (@THE_CONDA25) February 3, 2018
Anderson was at Texas for a visit on Saturday. He has said he wants to make his decision by his birthday, March 25.
Michigan gets preferred walk-on commit
Tight end Luke Buckman of Holland (Mich.) announced Sunday that he will accept Michigan’s offer to join the team as a preferred walk-on. Buckman was planning on signing with Division II Grand Valley State University but changed his mind after visiting Ann Arbor on Saturday.
His older brother, Wade, played at Purdue as a walk-on tight end the last two seasons but recently announced he is transferring to Western Michigan.
— Luke Buckman (@LukeBuckman) February 4, 2018