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4-star DE Rylie Mills reacts to ‘great’ Michigan visit
Rylie Mills, a 2020 4-star strongside defensive end, made the drive from Lake Forest, Ill., to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit at Michigan last Saturday.
“I had a great time and really liked learning about the interaction between the players, which was a really strong connection,” Mills said. “Coach [Greg] Mattison was a really nice guy and helped show us around the facilities.”
The 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive lineman has offers from Notre Dame, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
While Mills does not have a leader, Michigan left a positive impression.
“It was a good visit to be able to get a look at how the coaches and the team interact,” Mills said. “Right now, for me, it’s about learning the culture and how they work as a team. I was impressed with [Michigan].
“The academics are some of the top in the country.”
— Rylie Mills #99 DE LFHS (@ryliemillss) April 21, 2018
In addition to Michigan, Mills has visited Notre Dame and Indiana, and has kept them in the picture. As a 2020 prospect, Mills is bound to receive more offers and watch his list rise, which will probably play a factor in his decision.
3-star OT Karsen Barnhart delays commitment, Michigan in mix
Paw Paw (Mich.) 2019 3-star tackle Karsen Barnhart planned to make his college decision last Friday, but the decision has been delayed.
Barnhart, at 6-foot-4, 282 pounds, said he was “not ready to make a commitment yet.”
The lineman is picking between Michigan, Michigan State and Indiana.
“I love the feel of the campus [at Michigan],” Barnhart said. “They win football games but just had a tough season. They will bounce back. That’s how it goes.”
Barnhart has a relationship with Michigan offensive line coach Ed Warinner that dates to the 2017 season.
“We actually built a relationship when he was at Minnesota,” Barnhart said. “I’d always text him back and forth. We just are continuing to build the relationship. He sees me playing offensive tackle, offensive guard or center and he sees me as a four-year starter.”
Looking at a new commitment date, Barnhart said he is not putting a timeline on anything. Instead, he will wait for a gut feeling.
“Whenever the time is right and I feel like I know the school is right,” Barnhart said. “Then, I’ll make the commitment.”
If his response to Michigan director of recruiting Matt Dudek is any indication, Barnhart could be the second of three offensive linemen to commit soon to the Wolverines. The first of those players is already on board, as New Canaan (Conn.) 2019 3-star tackle Jack Stewart committed April 16.
— Karsen Barnhart (@k_ballin__) April 22, 2018
With Stewart locked in and Barnhart on the fence, Cincinnati (Ohio) Archbishop Moeller 3-star guard Zach Carpenter is the potential third 2019 offensive line commit hinted at in Dudek’s tweet.
Michigan offered Carpenter on April 13. He visited Ann Arbor on April 21 and is planning to return.
Other options for the third 2019 offensive line commit could be Crystal Lake (Ill.) South 4-star tackle Trevor Keegan or Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy 4-star guard Will Harrod.
3-star LB Marcel Lewis commits to MSU over Michigan
With 18 offers on the table, including from Michigan and Michigan State, Clinton Township (Mich.) Chippewa Valley 2019 3-star inside linebacker Marcel Lewis picked the Spartans on April 18.
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— 6️⃣® (@marcel1lewis) April 18, 2018
He also considered Wisconsin, Iowa State, Syracuse, and others. Lewis helped lead Chippewa Valley High School to a 10-2 record in the 2017 season.
Losing the race for Lewis is not a huge deal for the Wolverines, who already have a commitment from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 3-star inside linebacker Charles Thomas in the 2019 class.
Michigan is considered the leader for West Bloomfield (Mich.) 2019 4-star outside linebacker Lance Dixon and is pushing for Mineral (Va.) Louisa County 2019 5-star inside linebacker Brandon Smith.
Smith took an unofficial visit to Michigan on April 3. He is ranked as the No. 28 overall recruit in the 2019 class and the No. 2 player at his position, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Along with Michigan, Dixon has Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State high on his list.
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