In the world of Harbaugh, recruiting is a 24/7 duty. Here’s today’s update inside Michigan recruiting – The Justice Report.
Kai-Leon Herbert takes surprise visit
Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage 4-star offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert committed to Michigan back in July. Once a Florida lock, it surprised a majority of recruiting insiders when the trend to Michigan began for the 6-foot-5, 284-pound prospect.
Fast forward two months later, and Herbert showed up in Gainesville for the Gators’ home opener against UMass. As far as Land of 10 can gather, Herbert remains a firm commitment to the Wolverines. During the visit, the Gators scored late and did not lead by much all game against a weak UMass team. A 24-7 final shouldn’t impress Herbert too much, especially when the Wolverines were up north kicking down Hawaii 63-3.
Nonetheless, current team success isn’t always a huge factor in recruitments — as you can tell by Michigan’s Top 25 classes during its dark days.
The visit isn’t a good thing, but it’s not something to begin sweating over — yet. The Gators are still in the race and have until February to drop out of it. Herbert is set to take an official visit this fall to Michigan, meaning it will get the last on-campus word with him headed into the winter.
Not one, not two, but … three?
Detroit Cass Tech 5-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, 4-star Pinson (Ala.) Nico Collins and Cheshire (Conn.) Cheshire Academy 4-star Tarik Black — what do they all have in common? All of them are Michigan favorites. A gaudy grab of five receivers in last year’s class has dropped to three due to the transfer of Ahmir Mitchell and ineligibility of Brad Hawkins.
This year’s class might not see the same quantity, but the quality of this trio could be the best Michigan has ever brought in.
Ohio State has nabbed 5-star receivers Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey, so the only answer Michigan could possibly have to that — do the same thing. They’re on track to do just that with the 5-star Peoples-Jones and high 4-stars Collins and Black.
Black took his official visit to Ann Arbor for the Hawaii game on Saturday and told LandOf10.com that he “loved it.” He’s been to Michigan’s campus three times now and he’s been using a lot of words on his Twitter feed referring to “we” with the Wolverines. This tweet came after his teammate Dillon Harris, a 2018 recruit from Cheshire Academy, was offered by Michigan.
We up to something !! 〽️〽️ https://t.co/xAWze7t3sI
— Tarik Black (@LetmeRockk_) September 5, 2016
Peoples-Jones visited Nebraska, but they don’t look to be a serious factor, and Collins didn’t take an official visit on Saturday.
The biggest threat to Michigan is Florida with Peoples-Jones, Notre Dame with Black and Alabama with Collins.
Deron Irving-Bey finally makes the trip
After four failed visits, Flint (Mich.) defensive end Deron Irving-Bey finally made it to Ann Arbor for an official visit on Saturday against Hawaii. The 4-star prospect is one of the state’s best, but the interest between both sides has never really clicked. Michigan possesses three defensive end commits — in-state 4-star commit Corey Malone-Hatcher and out-of-state 4-stars James Hudson (Ohio) and Luiji Vilain (Virginia) — so, it’s unlikely they take another unless they see him fitting into the defensive tackle role. With Irving-Bey, his frame doesn’t fit that mold and it’s unlikely either side will find any mutual interest, as he is more than likely going to be a Spartans recruit in East Lansing.