It’s time for this week’s edition of the Michigan recruiting mailbag.
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Let’s get to this week’s fun-filled mailbag.
@LandOfJustice Who you see Michigan having a real good chance at landing at OL?
— Kevin Poore (@kevdp21) April 20, 2017
Answers: There are a few good options here. I’ll keep the list to 4 names I predict to land in the 2018 class, with Emil Ekiyor already committed.
Traverse City (Mich.) West 4-star OT Ryan Hayes has been buzzing as a future Michigan commit, following his visit in March. The in-state player went from unknown in January to the top-ranked recruit in the state. He’s the ideal tackle for Michigan’s roster.
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 3-star OT Daniel Faalele is known nationally because of his 6-foot-9, 390-pound frame, and because he’s an Australian who never has played competitive football. Still, he’s looked really good in camps such as The Opening and the Under Armour Camp Series. He has some serious 5-star potential, and a fourth star should be added soon after his senior season begins. As for Michigan, the Wolverines discovered him at a satellite camp in Melbourne, Australia. That relationship runs deep for Faalele, and Michigan has an edge because of it.
Oak Park (Mich.) 4-star OG Marquan McCall has been mentioned often by Michigan fans. He’s an in-state player who is leaning toward Tennessee because the Wolverines aren’t recruiting him as hard as expected. Should they eventually do so, expect him to wind up in the class.
Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central 3-star OT Jalen Mayfield has visited twice, and one of the visits led him to de-commit from Minnesota. Since then, he’s named Michigan as his leader, but he is being patient about committing again. It seems inevitable, however, that Mayfield will choose Michigan. He is scheduled to visit Notre Dame this weekend, so perhaps the Irish could gain some momentum. As of now, there’s no real competition for the Wolverines.
Another name to watch: Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett 3-star guard Warren Ericson. If Michigan loses out on one of the above players, it could look toward Ericson. It might even choose him over one of aforementioned players.
@LandOfJustice Any chance we get Muhammad, Thompson-Robinson?
— Henry Hassell IV (@HHassell_15) April 20, 2017
Answer: In reference to Missouri City (Texas) 4-star TE Mustapha Muhammad … yes, I think he will choose the Wolverines. Following his spring game visit last weekend, Michigan became the heavy favorite to land him. Proof: 21 of 22 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have Muhammad choosing Michigan.
As for Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 4-star QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson … the opposite. I’ve thought for a year now that he eventually will choose UCLA. When UCLA hired Jedd Fisch away from Michigan, that probably sealed the Bruins for Thompson-Robinson.
@LandOfJustice Possibility of landing Joe Milton/when could we see him commit
— Brayden (@BraydenCole95) April 20, 2017
Answer: Orlando (Fla.) Olympia 4-star QB Joe Milton has had an interesting recruitment.
This week, I heard that Florida isn’t as desirable for Milton as it was before his Michigan visit. The visit to Ann Arbor went well. He told Brandon Brown of TheWolverine.com that the Wolverines told him he’s their top target — that should tell you what they think of their chances with Thompson-Robinson — and that should hold a lot of stock with him.
His fit into assistant head coach Pep Hamilton’s new offensive playbook is a high selling point. Most of all, Michigan gets players into the NFL, and that’s always going to be its best recruiting tool.
I call Milton’s recruitment even between Florida and Michigan. But it could change by the hour.
We know that he wants his commitment to come soon, so don’t be surprised if a decision surfaces before spring turns to summer.
If they can’t land Milton, then Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton 3-star QB Tyler Shough becomes the top target. Right now, it wouldn’t surprise me if the staff takes both commitments, if both are available.
Two different styles, find which one blends with the offense best when it comes their time to start. It’s a great strategy. Perhaps one might fizzle and transfer, but then you know that’s not your quarterback.