It’s getting colder in Ann Arbor, but this weekend’s visitor list keeps getting hotter.
Kwity Paye will visit Ann Arbor
Michigan has offered two Boston College commits this month: Cheshire (Conn.) 3-star cornerback Brandon Sebastian and Warwick (R.I.) Bishop Hendricken 3-star linebacker Kwity Paye. Paye let Landof10.com know that he will take his official visit to Michigan on Saturday for the Wisconsin game. Paye hasn’t received an offer from another Big Ten school, and Boston College is his only reported offer. If Michigan wants him, it has a good shot to land him. This situation could likely play out as one in which Michigan sees which linebackers it lands, and if the Wolverines need Paye, they’ll take him.
A player from Rhode Island, like Paye, doesn’t get a lot of looks nationally due to the lack of strong competition. But the film doesn’t lie, and Paye is good. The offer to him is legit, but as for a commitment, it will happen if Michigan wants it to, eventually.
Michigan has a stacked list of visitors for the game Saturday. None of the really big names Michigan has a shot with canceled, but some prospects nonetheless have chosen not to make the trip as originally planned.
Oxford (Ala.) 4-star linebacker K.J. Britt planned to visit this weekend back in the summer. He’s a good linebacker, and one of Alabama’s best overall players. But the interest from Michigan was never high enough, and beating out in-state Auburn is a tall task for anyone going for him.
Miami 4-star cornerback Christopher Henderson is one of Florida’s best cornerbacks and ranked No. 18 in the country at his position. Henderson, who has committed to his hometown Miami Hurricanes, said earlier this week he would take a trip to Ann Arbor, a surprising announcement. No one gave the Wolverines, or any other school, a shot to flip him, but now Michigan looks to be out of the race completely as Henderson canceled the visit Wednesday.
Brelin Faison-Walden checking out Michigan
Greensboro (N.C.) Grimsley 3-star safety Brelin Faison-Walden was once pretty interested in Michigan. It wasn’t until about a day or so before his announcement to commit to Penn State this summer that Michigan was counted out. The Wolverines are still in it, apparently, as he will visit Ann Arbor on Saturday for an official visit. With the shape of Penn State’s program, and the 49-10 beatdown the Wolverines put on the Nittany Lions last week, perhaps the Wolverines have a shot with Faison-Walden in the latter part of his recruitment.
At safety, Michigan has a commitment from 3-star prospect J’marick Woods and is a heavy favorite to land 4-star prospect Jaylen Kelly-Powell. Taking three safeties, especially in the defensive system Michigan runs, might not be a bad idea. Faison-Walden fits the system and could be a good flip from Happy Valley. Until the visit, though, we won’t know if he has legitimate interest in budging on his pledge to Penn State.
All rankings are courtesy of 247Sports.com’s composite rankings, unless otherwise noted.