Take a break from watching the Colorado Hail Mary play. Here’s the latest on the endless that trail that is Michigan recruiting.
Is Benjamin St-Juste going to do the Hokie pokey?
Longtime Michigan commit Benjamin St-Juste has never come close to budging on his commitment to the Wolverines. A once under-the-radar recruit, the Montreal cornerback saw his recruitment blow up after his performance at The Opening in July. He’s now a 4-star prospect and No. 34 at his position.
Being from a small recruiting tree in the middle of Quebec — no schools really pursued St-Juste. Virginia Tech offered him recently, and it was able to snag an official visit from him. As of now, this will be his only official visit outside of one to Ann Arbor. He spoke with LandOf10.com about why he’s taking the visit, and if Michigan fans should be worried.
“Not a lot of schools recruited me because I committed so early,” he said. “I want to know what Virginia Tech can offer me. They need to impress me and my parents. Until my visit, I’m 100 percent committed to Michigan.”
There’s no reason to fault St-Juste for being curious and taking the visit — which will occur sometime in November. If first-year Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente can step in and outdo Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh in recruiting a top prospect — a lot of people will be very surprised.
No reason to fret here — St-Juste remains blue unless the Hokies impress him and his parents, who love Michigan.
— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) July 9, 2016
Drew Singleton to miss entire season
Speaking of longtime Michigan recruits, Paramus Catholic (N.J.) 4-star linebacker Drew Singleton has been a favorite to land with the Wolverines for over a year. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL, according to a report by northjersey.com.
This might cause some schools to back off of his recruitment, but Michigan shouldn’t be one of them. A torn ACL is a a difficult injury, and that could be a tough investment for some teams. But Michigan has developed a strong relationship with Singleton, and he remains its top target at linebacker. His best friend is standout Michigan freshman Rashan Gary, and he’s in contact with all of the New Jersey players on the Wolverines roster.
The two schools that matter in his recruitment so far are Michigan and Clemson — despite his top 12, these two are the only programs with a real shot. The Tigers are as close as they have ever been after a strong summer recruitment of him.
Nonetheless, he’s been a Wolverines pick since day one from this writer — and he will continue to be that.
Brandon Sebastian could be a priority for Michigan
Michigan offered Brandon Sebastian on Monday night. The Wolverines didn’t waste time, either; Harbaugh called him that night. LandOf10.com spoke to Sebastian about his latest call from the staff — defensive coordinator Don Brown. It’s been questioned whether the 3-star Boston College cornerback commit was offered as an athlete by Michigan. While the Wolverines may want him to play some offense, Brown praised Sebastian’s opportunity to be a defensive back in Ann Arbor.
“Don (Brown) told me how there is only one defensive back commit in the class, and the defensive backs now are seniors — so there’s opportunity for me,” he said of his call with Brown. “He’s excited that I’m actually going to take a look and visit Michigan. He knows I have a lot of weight on my back, so he told me to make the right choice for me — not other people.”
Brown went on to tell Sebastian to take it easy, take it slow and relax. When he is ready to make a decision — he will.
“I’m a little stressed out, but everything will fall into place over time,” he said. “I’m just worried about my game Saturday.”
Sebastian is a teammate of 4-star wide receiver Tarik Black at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy. If Sebastian ends up being a take for Michigan — and it sounds like he will — there’s a good possibility both could be playing in Ann Arbor at this time next season.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.