Michigan had a pretty good visitor’s list on Saturday, so dive into the Justice Report for all of the updates from this weekend’s recruiting news.
Jaylen Kelly-Powell – surprise, surprise
Detroit Cass Tech 4-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell made a surprise visit to Michigan on Saturday. He showed up with two Cass Tech teammates — 2018 4-star defensive back DeAndre Square and 2019 defensive back Xavier Goldsmith. Kelly-Powell has visited Ann Arbor innumerable times. His father loves Michigan, and isn’t shy about rocking the Maize and Blue gear.
Kelly-Powell visited Nebraska in Week 1 and Oregon in Week 2. His Week 3 visit to Ann Arbor was likely an unofficial visit since it probably only costs him about $15 in gas to get to the stadium; there’s no reason to waste an official visit on that.
Since the beginning of his recruitment, it’s been all Michigan on both sides from what we’ve been told — the visit Saturday certainly didn’t hinder that.
Michigan remains the far-and-ahead leader for Kelly-Powell.
No shortage of commits in attendance
Sugarcreek (Ohio) Garaway offensive tackle Joel Honigford, Oak Park (Mich.) offensive tackle Ja’Raymond Hall and Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian quarterback Dylan McCaffrey were three Michigan commits in attendance for the Wolverines’ game Saturday.
Honigford, a 3-star prospect, said the three bonded.
“I enjoy those guys a lot and feel like we connect well,” Honigford said of 4-stars Hall and McCaffrey. “The visit was great.”
Hall – who lives about 25 minutes from the stadium – took his second game visit of the season. He looks to be a stick for this class that could see itself with eight offensive line commits.
McCaffrey’s visit was unofficial, so he can return for a free trip this season. That will likely happen for the Wisconsin game on Oct. 1, because that is the headline visitor’s list with two – possibly three – 5-stars and loads of 4-stars including Alex Leatherwood, Cesar Ruiz, and Chuck Filiaga.
Having the quarterback commit on the sidelines for that game could do wonders for the recruitment of each player in attendance.
Chuck Filiaga is coming to town
It surprised a few people when 4-star Aledo (Texas) offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga announced he will take official visit to Michigan on Oct. 1 for the Wisconsin matchup. That game will be stacked with visitors and should produce at least one commit for Michigan.
Filiaga is from California but moved to Texas to play his senior year of football. The consensus here is that he will return to the West Coast or stay in Texas, if he likes it there. USC, Oklahoma, TCU and Oregon are programs that are in the mix for the 6-foot-6, 335-pound Army All-American.
While Michigan is after numerous offensive linemen, it doesn’t feel like Filiaga is considering the Wolverines seriously just yet. Still, we all saw what an official visit can do for a recruit like Devin Asiasi – a Michigan tight end who, at this point in his recruitment, was a lock to pick USC or UCLA.
Buckle up: Oct. 1 is going to be fun on and off the field.
Corey Malone-Hatcher is living up to his promise
St. Joseph (Mich.) defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher announced his commitment to the Wolverines on June 2. He promised the fan base that day that he would recruit like never before, and even went so far as to say that he would give former Michigan director of player personnel Chris Partridge a run for his money. Partridge is the linebackers/special teams coach.
Malone-Hatcher made good on his promise with a tweet on Monday that announced he is in the process of releasing a ‘hype video’ about a current Michigan target. Here’s the full explanation from Malone-Hatcher:
— Corey Malone-Hatcher (@CMH2017) September 19, 2016
What does this mean, exactly? Recruiting in 2016 has a lot to do with how fans interact with recruits on Twitter. A lot of fans are just sending well-wishes to the players. Others, unfortunately, threaten recruits when they choose a different school, visit another school or even hint at being interested in another school. Malone-Hatcher seems to be trying to gather the utmost positivity from the Michigan fan base toward this recruit and make him feel like a celebrity. Who doesn’t like feeling wanted, right?
It’s a good strategy by Malone-Hatcher, and it shows that this year’s recruiting class wants to build and get better together as a whole – not individually.
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