A recruiting dead period in which coaches are not allowed to have contact with recruits begins Monday, so Michigan coaches made the most of their time beforehand.
Defensive end and 2018 commit Aidan Hutchinson took his official visit over the weekend and Michigan also was able to get newly offered tight end Ben VanSumeren on campus, per a report by Allen Trieu, but most of the recruiting work was done away from campus.
There is an emphasis on the 2018 class as the early signing period opens for 72 hours this week starting Wednesday, but the Wolverines also concentrated efforts on the 2019 and 2020 classes.
Michigan director of recruiting Matt Dudek sent out a tweet with his thoughts on Kansas City BBQ. It was a sly tweet.
I LOVE KANSAS CITY BBQ!!!!! I know A LOT of people that sleep on it because it's not 5 Stars on Yelp…but those people are idiots
— Matt Dudek (@Thee_Matty_D) December 16, 2017
Michigan offered scholarships to 2019 quarterback Graham Mertz, a Wisconsin commit, from Blue Valley North High School in Leawood, Kan., just south of Kansas City, and 2018 wide receiver Ronnie Bell of Kansas City Park Hill High School.
Mertz is a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. Bell is an interesting case in that he signed a national letter of intent in November to play basketball at Missouri State. He has been released from the NLI and Michigan quickly began showing interest.
I am Beyond Blessed and just Thankful to have received an offer from The University of Michigan 🏈 pic.twitter.com/EDsQI9SHAj
— 6 (@RonnieBell24) December 16, 2017
Bell, who is 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, was honored with the Simone Award as the Kansas City metro area’s player of the year after catching 89 passes for 1,605 yards and 21 touchdowns to lead Park Hill to the Class 6 state semifinals.
Michigan does not have a wide receiver commit for the 2018 class. Chris Olave was scheduled to make an official visit this weekend but had to cancel. The Wolverines have been recruiting former Florida commit Ja’Marr Chase of Metairie, La., with purpose for the past couple months, including hosting the 4-star prospect for an official visit on Nov. 25. Chase took an official visit to TCU this weekend.
Remember the name Julius Welschof? No? Well, Welschof was among a group of international prospects who camped at Michigan this past June. They came to the United States with Premier Players International, an organization run by former University of Massachusetts defensive lineman Brandon Collier. Collier was coached by current Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown at UMass.
Welschof (6-6, 250) is committed to Georgia Tech. But, according to Brian Dohn of 247Sports, he received an offer from the Wolverines on Saturday.
— BrianDohn247 (@BrianDohn247) December 16, 2017
Michigan also offered 2019 offensive tackle Jacob Dean of nearby Walled Lake (Mich.) Western. Dean is a 6-9, 310-pound prospect who has not been rated by the 247Sports composite.
Extremely excited and blessed to receive a offer from the University of Michigan! pic.twitter.com/kKcSa4Nlpx
— Jacob Dean (@Jake_Dean_70) December 16, 2017
The Wolverines have started looking to the 2020 class with offers to offensive tackle Jonathan Wallace of Baltimore St. Frances Academy, quarterback DJ Uiagalelei of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, and wide receiver Rashawn Williams of Detroit Martin Luther King.
— 🌟 DJ Uiagalelei 🌟 (@DJUiagalelei) December 14, 2017