Since Michigan offered a scholarship on April 13, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller High School 2019 3-star guard Zach Carpenter has visited Ann Arbor twice.
Now, he is gearing up for a potential commitment in June.
Wolverines offensive line coach Ed Warinner and linebackers coach Al Washington visited Carpenter at Archbishop Moeller last week. He said they will be back to see him on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound prospect visited Kentucky on Sunday and is planning to make a trip to Clemson in June.
“My parents and I are trying to fit in another couple visits in June to other schools,” Carpenter said. “If we can get to those schools or if I get a better sense about the best fit after my next couple of visits, including maybe a return to Michigan, I might be ready to commit in June.”
Michigan is in Carpenter’s top 3, even though he will not name the other schools in that group.
“Coach Washington and my mom talked [May 15],” Carpenter said. “Things are still great with Michigan. I really like the 2019 class and how it’s shaping up and really like the coaching staff, program as a whole and academics.”
For the second and third schools in his top 3, it would be expected that Clemson is one of them. The third is unknown. Carpenter has offers from 24 schools, including Arkansas, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Clemson, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Oregon, Pitt and West Virginia.
Despite the question marks, it could make sense to suggest his top 3 is Clemson, Michigan and Kentucky, as those were the only schools he mentioned visiting before making a commitment.
To help bring in another member to the Michigan offensive line, Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban 2019 4-star guard Nolan Rumler and Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch High 2019 4-star quarterback Cade McNamara are recruiting Carpenter.
“They talk to me a lot,” Carpenter said. “They’re really great guys. They just say that they hope I consider committing to Michigan because we’d have a really good offensive line. They said they keep hearing great things about me from the coaches and [director of recruiting] Matt Dudek.”
Carpenter’s most-important bond with a Michigan commit is the relationship he has with Rumler, as both players are from Ohio. The two families have become close throughout the recruitment process.
“Nolan and I have been texting back and forth for about a year now and have become friends,” Carpenter said. “My parents also talked to Nolan’s dad when we went up for our first visit when the spring game was scheduled. We have a lot in common, so it would be cool to play ball with him.”
Rumler (6-4, 290) committed to Michigan on July 29. The guard has been back to see the Wolverines multiple times during the last few months.
Carpenter is ranked No. 487 in the 2019 class, No. 19 at his position and No. 18 in Ohio, according to the 247Sports composite.