It’s that time of the week again — mailbag day!
Every Thursday, we gather your questions — usually via Twitter — and answer them in our Michigan recruiting mailbag.
Want to ask a question? Tweet me @LandOfJustice.
Let’s get to it.
@LandOfJustice Most important uncommitted prospect?
— Sonnie Rollins (@rollins_09) May 11, 2017
With Michigan landing its quarterback for the 2018 class in Joe Milton earlier this week, the answer to this question changes.
There are plenty of options, but I’m going with Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep DT Tyler Friday – a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Michigan has landed two dominant defensive linemen in its last two classes: Aubrey Solomon (2017) and Rashan Gary (2016), both of whom were 5-star prospects.
Another top-notch defensive tackle might not be as high of a priority as a defensive back or a tight end, but what Friday brings could be special.
Friday’s decision might come down to the Wolverines, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and, if it makes him a priority, Alabama.
Michigan dominates the crystal ball predictions for Friday, with all but one going to the Wolverines.
It’d be a big surprise if he ends up elsewhere.
— Garrett Fishaw (@MGoFish) May 11, 2017
Good question here from my good friend over at MGoFish.com, Garrett Fishaw.
As far as quarterbacks in 2019 go, look no further than the best in the country: Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 5-star prospect J.T. Daniels.
The Wolverines have put their name in his mind as one to remember, but this recruitment might not heat up until fall or winter. Right now, the West Coast star has multiple predictions in, with Stanford being given an early edge.
Alabama, Notre Dame and USC also are in the mix.
As far as others with offers, Walled Lake (Mich.) Western 3-star QB Sam Johnson could be a name to keep tabs on if the Wolverines don’t find luck with Daniels or another top-10 quarterback.
Johnson is a very intriguing prospect due to his length and raw ability. At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, he’s going to have put on weight and muscle mass before we see a strong push from the Michigan staff.
There’s no big-time early 2019 target, nothing like what we saw last year with Dorian Thompson-Robinson. But there could be a Joe Milton — a commit we didn’t know about until recently.
@LandOfJustice With OSU offering more TEs, is this a good sign for UofM with Ruckert?
— Drew Jones (@wakeforestphd) May 11, 2017
It lends some credence to the theory that Ohio State isn’t as confident as it once was that it will land Lindenhurst (N.Y.) 4-star TE Jeremy Ruckert.
The Wolverines have taken the back seat to the Buckeyes in his recruitment for nearly a year. Can they gain an edge toward the midway point of the race?
Michigan is as close as it has ever been with Ruckert following a successful third visit to Ann Arbor this winter.
Count on him to visit this summer, followed by an official visit. That would make five visits to Ann Arbor for Ruckert.