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2019 DT prospect Jacob Lacey to make second Michigan visit
Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren 2019 defensive tackle Jacob Lacey will make his second visit to Michigan on July 29, he confirmed with Land of 10 on Wednesday.
The 247Sports 4-star recruit is ranked as the No. 125 overall prospect in his class.
“I love [defensive line] coach [Greg] Mattison, the players and staff,” Lacey said, when asked why he wants to take another visit to Michigan. “I really enjoyed my last visit, but my mom didn’t get to come. I just want to get more acquainted.”
Having his mother on campus with him will be a huge factor, as the Wolverines try to push past the plethora of competition for one of the hottest 2019 prospects.
— Jacob Lacey (@JacobLacey6) April 13, 2017
Lacey, 6-foot-2, 290 pounds, has become a hot commodity after his impressive performance at The Opening regional in Cleveland in April. He held his own as just a rising junior.
Lacey has 12 offers, including from Clemson, Michigan, Notre Dame and Tennessee.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding Lacey’s recruitment. It is early in the process for him, but the amount of Crystal Ball Predictions vary widely.
Five schools have a Crystal Ball for Lacey — Notre Dame (3), Clemson (2), while Michigan, Kentucky and Louisville each have one.
The Wolverines will get the last visit of the summer for Lacey. Can that be enough to gain a significant edge that no school can claim right now?
As one of the best performers we watched at The Opening in Cleveland, he should be one of the Wolverines’ top targets on the defensive line for next cycle.
If Shayne Simon goes to Notre Dame, where does Michigan turn at outside linebacker?
The Wolverines have been focused on Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep LB/S Shayne Simon to fill the rover position in its 2018 class.
In a notebook Tuesday, we discussed the recent surge for Notre Dame in the race for the 4-star recruit.
If Simon commits to the Irish, we expect Michigan to stay in the race for Simon. It’s 2017, and in today’s world of recruiting, a verbal commitment is only that — verbal. Schools will recruit top prospects until the bottom line is signed.
As the Wolverines start to think about a Plan B, here are a couple strategies they could use if Simon sides with the Irish:
Walk away with one linebacker commitment
The Wolverines have one commitment from a linebacker in Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County 4-star OLB Otis Reese.
We see his style as one that could fit the same role Michigan envisions for Simon. Reese is bigger at 6-4, and he’s faster.
Michigan would be just fine with one linebacker commit after adding multiple linebackers in the past two cycles.
Push harder for Brian Asamoah
Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis de Sales 3-star LB Brian Asamoah is a prospect who has kept the Wolverines in mind, but Michigan hasn’t chased him hard.
After watching him win the LB MVP at The Opening in Cleveland, we see Asamoah as a good consolation prize to Simon.
Asamoah isn’t a 6-3 backer like Simon, but he’s got good mechanics and could be a worthy addition to the class if the staff wants to add multiple commitments at the position.