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No. 1 TE Jeremy Ruckert to visit Michigan for third time
The nation’s top high school tight end, according to the 247Sports composite, is Lindenhurst (N.Y.) 4-star recruit Jeremy Ruckert. And he’s all set to visit Michigan for a third time, he announced via Twitter on Tuesday.
I will be visiting Michigan this weekend ?〽️ #GoBlue
— Jeremy Ruckert (@Jeremy_Ruckert1) March 21, 2017
The nation’s No. 70 overall prospect visited Michigan on July 23, then again for a game on Nov. 5. Ruckert has received two visits at his school from Michigan running backs coach Jay Harbaugh (who at the time was tight ends coach). Land of 10 expects Harbaugh to continue as Ruckert’s primary recruiter, despite his new coaching duties.
Ruckert’s third visit shows just how serious he is about the Wolverines. Usually when a player visits three times in the span of eight months, you’d expect that school to be near the top of his list.
While Michigan isn’t the leader, it surely is creeping up on Ruckert’s top school, Ohio State. The Buckeyes have received two visits from Ruckert, and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has visited Ruckert twice.
Ruckert visited Notre Dame in early March, calling it an “unforgettable” visit, in an interview with 247Sports’ Tom Loy.
The Wolverines still sound like the No. 2 school in the race, with the Irish not far behind.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball reads all Ohio State by seven predictors for Ruckert.
Top QB target Dorian Thompson-Robinson cutting list to 7
There is no argument about who is Michigan’s top overall target in the 2018 class. Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 4-star QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson has been the top target all along.
Thompson-Robinson has had Michigan in his top two schools since Day 1.
His mother being a Michigan alumna has a lot to do with his interest. But it’s grown due to a strong relationship with Jim and Jay Harbaugh, who see him as a great fit for Michigan’s offense.
Thompson-Robinson announced via Twitter on Monday night that he’ll soon reveal the seven schools he will consider.
Cutting it to 7 tomorrow.
From there comes a commitment,
Thanks again everyone. #GodsGlory
— DTR. (@DoriansTweets) March 21, 2017
How we would project Thompson-Robinson’s interest:
- Florida State
An argument can be made that the Bruins and Wolverines are tied at the top, but based on recent Crystal Ball activity, the Bruins have gained an edge following his visit in late February.
Currently, there have been 18 predictions made.
UCLA – 56 percent
Michigan – 39 percent
Oregon – 6 percent
There’s a lot of time left to recruit the Class of 2018, but very little time left for those serious about recruiting the nation’s No. 50 overall prospect.
Thompson-Robinson is set to make his decision in the summer, leaving 3-4 months for schools to build a case, and for Michigan to beat out UCLA.
Can the Wolverines pull it off?
Thompson-Robinson’s main recruiter at Michigan, outside of Harbaugh, was quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch. Fisch is now the offensive coordinator at UCLA, which gave the Bruins an enormous advantage upon his hiring.
But the Wolverines have made up significant ground with new assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton doing great work with Thompson-Robinson.
That said, I like UCLA heading into spring.