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Corey Malone-Hatcher spills on why he made the Tarik Black video
Michigan’s most inspired commit has been St. Joseph (Mich.) 4-star defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher. As noted in Monday’s Justice Report, Malone-Hatcher was hyping a video he was going to release about a certain Michigan target that he wanted most in the class. He dropped the video Tuesday, and it’s something you have to watch:
— Corey Malone-Hatcher (@CMH2017) Sept. 20, 2016
The subject of Malone-Hatcher’s new movement is 4-star Cheshire (Conn.) Academy wide receiver Tarik Black. Along with videographer Stephen Osentoski, the two collectively made the video and started the hashtag/movement “#TBToAA”. The hashtag has been posted by an estimated 380 people, reaching more than 72,000 people, and has 286,234 total impressions.
The hashtag was tweeted out by Michigan commits Joel Honigford, Ja’Raymond Hall, Dylan McCaffrey, Luiji Vilain, Benjamin St-Juste and more.
Malone-Hatcher spilled the beans on why he started the movement, and what his goal is with recruiting others for Michigan.
“My goal is to expose Tarik (Black) to the excitement and attention that the rest of the Michigan program is under. At 6-foot-4, with great burst and athletic ability, he is one of the scariest sights in the country at the wideout position and could be a huge weapon for us,” Malone-Hatcher said.
The “recruiting recruit,” Malone-Hatcher has made it a priority to make this class reach its potential, and there’s no stopping his motivation to do that.
The visitor list for Saturday is top-notch
Last week’s visitor list for Michigan was stacked with commits. This week’s is filled with uncommitted talent, and two top targets.
Here’s a quick look at who’s visiting and where Michigan stands.
2017 Detroit Cass Tech 5-star WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
Peoples-Jones has been and always will be Michigan’s top target in the 2017 class. He’s been a Michigan lean since he toured the Michigan medical center – the field in which he will study – and he continues to favor the Wolverines, according to all accounts. The other team to watch for is Florida, where he will visit in the coming weeks.
2017 Pinson (Ala.) 4-star WR Nico Collins
Collins exploded as a Michigan favorite this past summer after he took three unofficial visits all the way from the deep South. Alabama was once in on Collins, but they picked up a couple of commitments at the receiver position and seem to have backed off, perhaps knowing that there isn’t much of a shot against UM. Collins is a 6-foot-5 wideout that this staff seems to love, and this will be his fourth unofficial visit to Ann Arbor. He’s invested an estimated $2,000-plus on visiting the school. He could likely return again for an official visit. Collins remains a heavy Wolverines favorite.
2017 Iowa City (Iowa) 4-star WR Oliver Martin
Martin’s recruitment took off in July after his strong performance at The Opening camp. He received his Michigan offer then and visited in August for the BBQ at the Big House. Martin doesn’t say a peep to anybody in the media, so the knowledge of his recruitment is limited. What we do know is that he has a strong connection at Michigan State with family roots, and the Spartans seem to be the favorite. Like Collins and Peoples-Jones, he is using this visit as an unofficial one, so again it’s likely he returns again for an official. The fact Michigan could bring in these three plus Tarik Black at the wide receiver position in 2017 could seriously contest Ohio State’s Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey receiving tandem. Nonetheless, the Wolverines have ground to make up with the Spartans and are close with in-state Iowa for second place going into the visit.
2017 Gadsden City (Ala.) 3-star OT Toryque Bateman
Bateman is a 6-foot-8 monster offensive lineman. He doesn’t quite have the technique, as you can see with his 3-star ranking, but he has a high ceiling. He loves the Wolverines and they remain his leader. A source let us know he was close to committing at the BBQ at the Big House back in August, but he held off due to some things he needed to figure out on his end. If the staff decides to take him, and he has those details figured out, then he will likely commit Saturday. As of right now, we don’t expect said things to be figured out and that will likely hold him off again Saturday.
East Kentwood (Mich.) offensive tackle Logan Brown will visit too, but he’s in the class of 2019 so not much is known there. It’s fair to name the Wolverines an early favorite for a player who will likely be a top 25 prospect in his class.
Other quick notes
- Calabasas (Calif.) 5-star cornerback Darnay Holmes could be taking care of the requirements needed to take his official visits next week. He could visit Michigan for the game on Oct. 22 against Illinois, or visit for Wisconsin on Oct. 1 if he can take care of the requirements before that Saturday.
- Although he seems to be as close to a lock to Michigan as it gets, it isn’t believed that Nico Collins will commit to Michigan this week, at least publicly. He could have a similar recruitment to current Michigan linebacker Devin Bush Jr., meaning he could know he’s choosing Michigan for a while but won’t announce until late in the cycle.
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