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Michigan makes 4-star WR Lawrence Keys’ top 11 schools
Michigan hasn’t made as many final school lists for big-name recruits as it has in years past, but on Saturday it notched its name on the short list for a 4-star recruit.
New Orleans McDonogh 35 WR Lawrence Keys announced his 13 schools, and the Wolverines made the cut.
TOP 13 🎯 pic.twitter.com/5OzJ2m2mJF
— Lawrence Keys III 🔑 (@Double_doo1) May 27, 2017
The 247Sports composite 4-star recruit is ranked as the country’s No. 189 overall prospect and the No. 37 receiver in 2018.
As we mention every time we discuss Michigan’s receiver recruiting in its 2018 class, it will only look to add one at the position.
The 5-foot-10 Keys’ game involves a lot of speed and perfectly fits the mold for what the Wolverines are seeking in their sole commitment at the position.
He’s dangerously fast with reliable hands and can make a lot of guys miss in the open field.
With Michigan having added four pure wideouts in its five-man receiver class last cycle, adding a pure slot guy such as Keys would make a lot of sense.
Unfortunately, the Wolverines haven’t had any success — admittedly without making much effort — in recruiting Louisiana. The situation with Keys is similar to that of nearly all Louisiana prospects — he loves LSU.
The 247Sports crystal ball has four predictions for him to choose the Tigers … and none for any other school. The only schools gaining any sort of traction are Arkansas, Mississippi State, Nebraska and Notre Dame.
Look for Keys to stay in the South, likely with LSU in his home state.
Wolverines make 4-star WR Kamryn Babb‘s top 9
Sticking to the topic of receivers, arguably Michigan’s top receiver target released his top 9 on Monday night, and the Wolverines made the cut.
— Kamryn Babb® (@kamm_o) May 30, 2017
St. Louis Christian Brothers College 4-star WR Kamryn Babb is becoming one of the country’s very best and he’s now taking the next step in his recruitment in cutting down his list of choices.
The 247Sports composite ranks Babb as the country’s No. 41 prospect and its No. 7 receiver in 2018. But it’s worth noting that the 247Sports solo rankings list him as the country’s best receiver and the No. 18 overall prospect.
The Midwest star could be the best in the region. And the schools he’s most considering just so happen to be some of the best in the region, as well.
His top school has been Ohio State for quite some time now. In the past few months, nothing has changed in his crystal ball with eight predictions for Ohio State and just one — from more than a year ago — tabbing him to Missouri, which is far, far away from happening now despite the Tigers making the list.
The Buckeyes command the lead, but the Wolverines aren’t too far off. After a visit from Babb in the spring, the Wolverines sprung into the second spot, inching closer to gaining an edge on the Bucks.
That hasn’t happened yet, and might not happen at all considering how much Ohio State continues to resonate for Babb.
But the slot receiver with some of the surest hands and open-field ability in the entire country would be paramount to the building of Michigan’s 2018 class.
He has a chance to be this class’ best receiver. And if Michigan can get him on one more visit before it’s too late, it could battle it out with its arch nemesis for Babb’s services.
There’s no sure commitment date for Babb yet, but he could end up being a winter or National Signing Day guy if the Wolverines and Oklahoma continue to chip away at the Buckeyes’ lead.