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CB Vincent Gray visiting Michigan this weekend
Thursday is the final day of the current recruiting dead period in which school officials and coaches may not have contact with prospective recruits. Come Friday, however, who knows where Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan staff will land.
According to Allen Trieu of Scout.com, Michigan will host 2018 cornerback Vincent Gray this weekend. Michigan offered Gray last month. He’s a 3-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, and committed to Missouri last summer before changing his mind. Many recruiting analysts believe that the Rochester (Mich.) Adams product was set to sign with West Virginia during the early signing period before postponing his plans after the Michigan offer.
Gray has also recently received offers from Duke and California.
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This weekend will be the first of four recruiting weekends leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
There is still no word on when 2018 commit Otis Reese will visit, but the Wolverines will get official visits from 2018 signee Ryan Hayes and 4-star cornerback prospect Olaijah Griffin of Mission Viejo, Calif., on Jan. 19-21, according to mwolverine.com. Griffin told reporters at the Under Armour All-America Game last week that he plans to visit Ann Arbor. He had been committed to UCLA but has recently received offers from Tennessee, Auburn and Clemson.
After sleepover and go-karts, what’s next?
Harbaugh has pulled off some memorable optics in previous years during the final stages of the recruiting cycle. He showed up at kicker Quinn Nordin’s house for a sleepover in 2016, and last year he went go-kart riding with the younger sister of defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon during a visit to Solomon’s home in Leesburg, Ga.
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) January 17, 2017
It will be interesting to see whether Harbaugh does anything this recruiting cycle to rival those episodes.
One of the criticisms Harbaugh has faced during his three seasons at Michigan has been that for all the hype and branding he has brought, there has been a lack of positive results. Two 10-win seasons are nothing to scoff at, but going 8-5 this season was a disappointment, no matter how inexperienced the team was.
Harbaugh’s most flamboyant recruiting moment captured on social media during this cycle has been him playing table tennis during an in-home visit with tight end prospect Tommy Tremble in late November. Tremble eventually signed with Notre Dame.
Future Wolverines team up on Team USA
Four Michigan signees will take part in the International Bowl from Jan. 12-19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Running backs Christian Turner and Hassan Haskins have joined twin brothers and defensive backs Ge’mon Green and German Green on the USA Football National U-19 team.
The International Bowl features teams from the USA, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Europe competing in games and scrimmages.
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