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Top-ranked 2019 RB Noah Cain set to visit Michigan
Michigan is about to get a visit from 247Sports top-ranked running back in the Class of 2019. According to Evan Petzold of Scout, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy RB Noah Cain, a 4-star recruit in the 247 rankings, will visit Ann Arbor later in June.
247Sports’ Steve Lorenz reported Cain will be in Ann Arbor on June 22-25.
— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) June 12, 2017
Cain is expected to visit alongside multiple IMG Academy recruits, including a fellow 2019 target — 4-star linebacker Charles Thomas. We have Thomas choosing Michigan in our crystal ball prediction.
As for Cain, he is currently the No. 23 overall prospect in the country per 247Sports.
The Wolverines have a great relationship and reputation with IMG Academy, having added two signees in its 2017 class from the school in LB Jordan Anthony and center Cesar Ruiz. Ruiz was an early enrollee and has been with the program since January.
The Wolverines are targeting one from the school in 2018 as of now: 3-star tackle Daniel Faalele. Michigan also hosted its spring practice in 2016 at IMG Academy.
As far as running backs go, Michigan could add one or two in 2018, though one is more likely. The Wolverines added two in the 2017 class. So expect the position to be one of its top priorities in next year’s cycle.
Cain is currently the top target at the position for Michigan, and his first visit to the campus could pay dividends in eventually landing his commitment.
He currently has a plethora of crystal ball predictions — Texas (4), Miami (2), Oklahoma (1) and LSU (1).
Michigan offers Luke Ford; Wolverines targeting more TEs?
Michigan’s top positional priority in 2018 could come from one of three units: Tight ends, cornerbacks or safeties. The Wolverines lost talent in all three positions following last season and don’t have many replacements in the 2017 class.
While the Wolverines are most focused on a couple of 4-star tight ends in 2018 — Mustapha Muhammad (Missouri City, Texas) and Jeremy Rucker (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) — they are not putting all of their eggs in those two baskets.
On Monday morning, Michigan offered Carterville (Ill.) 4-star TE Luke Ford, who de-committed from Arkansas on Saturday.
Blessed and thankful to receive an offer from the University of Michigan!!! Go Wolverines!! pic.twitter.com/gUlcLeRo5f
— L U K E F O R D™ (@lukeredx97) June 12, 2017
Ford’s upside is through the roof. He is a 6-foot-7, 250-pound vertical threat who fits the scheme the Wolverines are looking to beef up in terms of personnel in its 2018 class.
Despite being a Midwest kid, Ford has concentrated a lot on the South. Along with the being a former Razorbacks pledge, he visited Alabama and then LSU in the last two weekends.
The Wolverines haven’t had any serious smoke toward potentially landing Ford. But according to Allen Trieu of Scout, Ford is expected to visit in July following a visit to Columbus to check out Ohio State.
I'm told Ford will look to visit Michigan in July when he also visits Ohio State.
— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) June 12, 2017
There is just one crystal ball in for Ford following his de-commitment from Arkansas, for the Crimson Tide.
Expect his recruitment to extend until the fall, and look for the Wolverines, who have been chasing the Buckeyes for Ruckert for nearly a year now, to push for Ford.