It’s the offseason, but recruiting never stops in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines are building their classes of the future. Check Land of 10 daily for the latest inside the Michigan recruiting room.
Michigan offers 2018 DL Jordan Davis
Michigan is the latest to offer a fast-rising prospect from North Carolina. Charlotte Mallard Creek DT prospect Jordan Davis announced the Wolverines’ offer via Twitter.
Extremely Blessed and Honored To Receive A Offer To University of Michigan. 🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/ChNR7pQeC4
— Big Jay (@swaggidavis) May 16, 2017
A 4-star prospect, per the 247Sports composite, and ranked as the nation’s No. 298 overall recruit, Davis’ recruitment has really begun to peak as of late. This rise has included offers from Clemson, Florida, Miami, North Carolina and Ole Miss.
Michigan is the first Big Ten school to join the race and the first of his offers that doesn’t belong to the ACC or SEC.
The Wolverines are in on only one defensive tackle right now in Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep 4-star prospect Tyler Friday, arguably the school’s top overall target after landing the commitment of 4-star QB Joe Milton last week.
The frame of Davis (6-foot-6, 300 pounds) jumps out at you immediately even without peeking at his tape.
Davis’ recruitment is wide open, as there is just one 247Sports crystal ball prediction, favoring Miami.
As we inch closer to the summer, expect the Wolverines to push for a visit from the Charlotte prospect.
Michigan swings, misses on another 5-star basketball target in Mo Bamba
Another recruiting cycle has come and gone with Michigan’s basketball class going without a 5-star recruit.
On Thursday morning, a recruitment that had been kept close to the vest and mostly a mystery until the final month was finally made official. Michigan’s top overall basketball target – and the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect – New York City Westtown School 5-star PF Mo Bamba committed to Texas.
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) May 18, 2017
The Wolverines made a surprising amount of noise in this recruitment.
Bamba visited Michigan for its football home opener against Hawaii on Sept. 3. After the trip, three Michigan commits showed surprising confidence in what Bamba was going to do.
As more time was removed from that trip to Ann Arbor, the less confident Michigan staffers, fans and media became in the chances to land Bamba.
In the end, it was down to Duke, Kentucky, Michigan and Texas.
The Wildcats possessed the 247Sports crystal ball lead, having 48 percent of the 21 predictions that came in for Bamba. Duke and Texas both had 24 percent and the rest were “cloudy.”
Michigan was the only school in his final four without a prediction.
Signing day isn’t here, but basketball isn’t like football when it comes to recruiting. Things are set in stone for Michigan’s 2017 class, adding two 4-star prospects in forwards Isaiah Livers and Jordan Poole and 3-star PG Eli Brooks. No more additions should come, as the Wolverines will use a scholarship for grad transfer PG Jaaron Simmons and for their 2018 class.
The trend of 5-star prospects, or top-ranked guys in general, showing Michigan serious interest but not choosing it is becoming all too familiar for the Wolverines faithful.
The last 5-star recruit to choose Michigan was in its 2012 class, when it signed Glenn Robinson III. That 2012 class is John Beilein’s best while at Michigan. It included three top-100 recruits (Robinson III, Mitch McGary and Nik Stauskas). Michigan’s past four classes – including its 2017 class – have included just three top-100 recruits.