There’s less than a month left until National Signing Day on Feb. 1. Michigan is looking for another top-5 class. Check Land of 10 daily for an update on what’s to come in Ann Arbor.
La, la, la, Mo Bamba
It was a slow weekend for football recruiting inside the walls of Schembechler Hall. And, that may be a first for this cycle.
But, there was a silver lining to this unusually slow weekend in the form of a 5-star basketball prospect – Mo Bamba.
Bamba visited Michigan for the football game against Hawaii on Sep. 3, 2016. After that visit, a source said that the Bamba and Michigan interest was “legitimate,” and the Wolverines actually stood a shot to land his services.
Following the visit, a fellow Michigan commit that was on that visit said that the commits felt as if it was an “8 out of 10” that Bamba would eventually commit to the Wolverines.
That’s super optimistic, as other sources have called this one a battle that Kentucky always wins. The Wildcats are the second team in Bamba’s top four of Duke, Kentucky, Texas and Michigan, as reported by Scout.com.
The Wildcats do usually wrap these kind of recruitments up. And if they don’t, Duke does. So this puts Michigan in a weird spot. For once, they’re battling for a 5-star … in basketball. The last time Michigan landed a 5-star was Glenn Robinson III in its 2012 class.
Since then, Michigan landed just two prospects inside the top 50 – one, Kam Chatman, transferred, and the other is senior forward Zak Irvin.
Bamba would start immediately at Michigan. And he would probably leave after one year for the NBA draft, which no one should complain about.
Basketball recruiting is the complete opposite of football. Not much is known on guys unless you go to games, and decisions come kind of randomly. There aren’t commitment videos, etc., and you really don’t find out vital information on the recruitment until the final weeks.
So while Bamba won’t decide until the spring, and it’s more than likely going to be Kentucky, the Wolverines still have shot with the nation’s No. 3 prospect, according to the 247Sports composite.
Mekhi Becton update
Michigan’s top offensive line target left on the board is a 3-star out of Highland Springs (Va.), 3-star OT Mekhi Becton.
He told Land of 10 that the Wolverines led earlier this week. And it sounded like they had a strong hold on him.
But Becton was at Louisville over the weekend, and he described the visit as a “great” one that now has Michigan and Louisville “neck-and-neck” at the top of his recruitment.
I will update this as the week goes along. What I can say, though, is that I still fully expect the Wolverines to land his services.